Sunday, October 21, 2012

A Perfect Word For Every Occasion

This is a wonderful reference book for everybody! There are so many occasions when you don't know exactly what to say in a certain situation but you need to say something. Liz Duckworth tells us what to say and what NOT to say in various situations.

Situations include variations of grieving (i.e., for spouse, pet, parent, child etc.), gratitude (thank you notes), illness, birthdays, weddings, engagements, encouragement, celebrations (birth, adoption, graduation, promotion, retirements), events and activities, truth and love (asking for or giving forgiveness, confrontation, apology, etc.), and even a chapter about notes in cyberspace.

Here is a tidbit. Birthday: "Another birthday has rolled around, and another reason to celebrate the gifts you bring to the world." That's a nice thing to say. Ms. Duckworth talks about her "Aunt Me-me" (it's all about Me, Me) throughout and that's where she gets her what not to say quotes. Here is one such no-no: "Congratulations! You've been in college for so long, I almost forgot you were there. Now, make your parents proud and start paying off those huge loans. I'm rooting for you!" Reading the what not to say parts is even more fun than using the good suggestions. So even if you don't need to put a note in a card to your friend or relative, just read this book for the sheer entertainment value!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House to review. I did not receive any compensation for completing this review. All opinions are my own.

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