How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special
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Letter Writing Tools, Heartfelt Words and Inspirational Thoughts to Articulate Correspondence
Richard R. Blake (Top 500 Reviewer), posted December 2, 2012
How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special is the perfect resource for you to reinstate your own personal lost art of letter writing.
The book is a treasure store of information, a comprehensive reference book. I appreciated the user friendly format of the book, the suggestions for using the book, and the clarity of the table of contents. The appendix is another valuable feature with a wealth of resource information, including a dictionary of heartfelt words to describe someone special, inspirational thoughts to include in your letters, great beginnings to jumpstart your sentences, days and occasions to commemorate with a letter, and additional resources.
I found the chapter "Cultural and Religious Rites of Passage" of particular interest. Smith describes practices and commonalities among the major world religions and cultures. The suggestions for honoring special friendships and military personnel are excellent.
How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special [is] highly endorsed by recognized professionals, authors, and counselors. I highly recommend that you get a copy for ready reference available on or near your writing desk.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
Wonder Reference Book
Robin Landry (Top 500 Reviewer), posted November 19, 2012
There is nothing harder than composing the right words to console a friend when something earthshaking happens. We all know what it feels like to want to say the right thing, but our brains just can't come up with what we need at the moment. Finally someone has written a book that can guide us through the rough spots of those emotional moments, giving us the right thing to say, whether in an email, or in a handwritten letter that will live on, hopefully bringing comfort instead of a jumble of sincerely meant wrong words.
Maybe a generation or two ago, people were taught such manners, but now days parents are too busy making ends meet, and driving their precious bundles to a sporting practices to sit down and teach such invaluable lessons. Lynette M. Smith has taken the time to put together a primer on every sort of letter you'd ever need to write. This is the sort of book you keep around for the times when you have a friend who loses a child, a parent, or a spouse. The shock of the news is enough to make your mind go blank, but with Smith's book, you'll find the write words along with quotes that fit the occasion.
Smith has laid out the her writing advice according to occasion. You start by going to the chapter you need, say "Bringing Meaning to a Life Well-Lived," and under this heading, you'll find advice on how to write a eulogy, aging relatives and friends, someone in hospice.
Or say you don't quite know how to start your letter. There's a short form to help you jump-start you letter such as: "Remember when we used to ______?" or "One of my favorite memories was _______?" And the hardest letter of all to write, is the death of a loved one. Smith guides you through this letter, and even giving you guidance through examples of some cultural ceremonies.
Here's a sample of from the quote page that has a hyperlink you can jump to from your Kindle. "Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it. —Abraham Lincoln"
I really love this book and look forward to having a reference guide so that I'll always have the right thing to say for any occasion.
A Valuable Resource for Meaningful Letter Writing
Books and Chocolate (Top 100 Reviewer), posted November 2, 2012
As a fan of real pen and paper letter writing, I found this book to be a great resource for writing memorable letters to anyone, for any occasion. It takes letter writing beyond pen pal status to writing letters to express gratitude to those who have impacted our lives, commemorating special occasions for children such as the first day of school, and letting loved ones know just how much they mean to us, to name a few suggestions.
The book is divided into three sections: The Basics of Writing a Treasured Letter, Writing for Special Occasions, and Writing for Occasions Made Special. There are also helpful sections that include age-appropriate word lists to use in letters, inspirational quotes, and suggested sentence "jump starts" to help one get started.
This book inspired me to think beyond writing thank you notes or letters about daily life to pen friends (and those are good things to continue) to sending more personal, thoughtful letters to my kids, husband, and friends that they will want to keep. Something has been lost with email, texting, and tweeting. Real, meaningful letter writing will reconnect us and keep us connected when we take the time and effort to express heartfelt thoughts in this way.
I received a copy of this book from the author for review but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
Write Letters That Are Treasured
John Chancellor "Mentor Coach" (Top 500 Reviewer), posted October 29, 2012
The Internet has dramatically increased our ability to stay connected to friends, family and business associates. Actually it has allowed us to make and maintain an extensive network of connections which was undreamed of just a dozen or so years back. I personally connect with dozens of people from around the world who I have never met and probably never will. But our increased connectedness does not mean we are creating stronger bonds. I believe we are maintaining connections but losing closeness.
The way we had communicated for years is now rapidly being replaced by shorter, less personal methods. Too often we no longer communicate in complete sentences or even complete words. And because our communications are becoming less personal, the bonds are not as strong. We could and should be decreasing barriers and prejudices but instead we are becoming more isolated.
Lynette Smith, the author of How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure, believes if we would engage in more letter writing, with sharing our feelings in a heartfelt way, we would make stronger and better connections. By engaging in more personal communication, we build stronger relationships and increase understanding. We build a more peaceful and better world.
There is no doubt that increasing the amount of and depth of our communication would go a long way toward improving our world. But unfortunately most people have either forgotten or never learned the art of writing personal letters. Ms. Smith has written a well thought out guide to help everyone from the novice to the experienced letter writer.
The book is divided into three parts. It is not necessary to read this book from cover to cover. Part one covers the basics of writing a letter which will be treasured. Part one should be read in its entirety. Part two covers writing for special occasion and Part three covers writing to make the occasion special. Under each section there is an excellent index which identifies the topic being covered. So when the occasion arises, simply read about the specifics of how to write for that occasion.
There are excellent tips covering each topic. Ms. Smith discusses what all should be included, how to approach the subject and for some topics there is a section of "what not to say." You will find that the topics are well covered with some excellent advice about what to say and what not to say. She also gives some good advice covering what might be potentially sensitive situations - communication between teachers/students or other situations where the communication tread on thin ice.
Ms. Smith dispenses a lot of professional advice in her book. She deals with lots of situations such as how to write a letter to repair a relationship where the way you approach the topic and the way you deliver the letter are as important as what you say. The book is a combination of Dear Abby, Miss Manners, Dr. Phil and good old fashioned motherly advice as it is technical tips on writing.
In the Appendix there are some additional valuable resources. There are lists of words to describe someone special, grouped by appropriate category. There is a collection of quotations arranged by special categories. Also included is a list of words/phrases to jump start your sentences - again this is arranged by category making it very easy to find just the right way to start.
This is a very handy reference. The book is not to be read through from cover to cover. The way to use the book is to read Part One and then use the index and other resources to find the answer to your particular question.
If you are looking for an easy way to improve and strengthen your relationships, this is a very handy guide. Keep it handy and refer to it often. The more comfortable you become at writing letters that will be treasured, the more letters you will want to write. I was provided a review copy of this book.
This Is an Excellent Book That Will Help Revive the Lost Art of Letter Writing
D. Fowler "Dragonfly77" (Top 50 Reviewer), posted October 27, 2012
Writing heartfelt letters is an art form that seems to be disappearing. A century ago people would correspond about everything from the weather to engaging in courtships. With the advent of cards with someone else's heartfelt message, letters started disappearing. A little note and a signature would suffice. How many of us would give a lot to be able to read a letter written to us from our parents or grandparents? Probably most of us. And then came email. You've got mail! Nothing irks me more than receiving a minimalist-style thank you that has traveled through the miles with very little thought as to how I'd feel. Is the letter a dying art form or is there hope it can be revived?
It can be revived, but only if you want it to. A friend was talking about the letters her parents wrote to one another. They were tied up and bundled together. Perhaps you too would like to leave a similar legacy to your family. In this book there are some templates, however I feel the most important thing you can do is use them as suggestions, drawing on your own inner feelings. For example, one of these letters which deals with "mending a torn relationship," provides an excellent starting point with which to reconnect with a friend. Receiving an actual letter in hand rather than an email that can easily be deleted surely would be a start toward recovering a lost relationship.
There's a little bit of etiquette that goes along with writing a letter. For example, when someone dies in the line of duty, one of the last things you want to write is "I know what you must be going through." No you don't and hopefully you never will. Lynette Smith helps guide you through those tricky situations, even if you are going to simply write a note on a card. Letter preferred. You'll learn how to write that special letter and even how to present it. In some instances, you may be encouraged to present a letter in person, and if possible, in private.
In this book you learn "the basics of writing a treasured letter." You'll learn how to plan it, write it, package it, present it, and enhance it. There are numerous special occasion letters/suggestions covering birthdays, school highlights, military service, romantic, family holidays (including Grandparents' Day), "cultural and religious rites of passage," and those surrounding career issues. In the latter part of the book there are numerous letter suggestions with which you can honor or thank those who have made an impact in your life. In the back of the book is a thorough five part appendix that will give the letter writer additional resources with which to work. This is definitely a book you'll want to add to your list if you want to make those special occasions sparkle and want to leave behind a legacy of yourself at the same time!
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