Reviewed by Dale Lewis
Grattitude by Ace Collins
"GrATTITUDE is not so much a pep talk about being positive 24/7 as it is an encouraging exhortation."
There is an overwhelming cloud of negative emotions lingering in our homes and on the streets. To say “it’s not so good” would be an understatement with the current difficult financial times wreaking havoc on so many of our friends and family.
You’ll find an abundance of gratitude around Thanksgiving. You’ll find plenty of attitudes if forced to stand in line at Sam’s Club with impatient members. So when prolific author Mr. Ace Collins puts these two words together to come up with “GrATTITUDE”, it sounds and feels like an oxymoron in today’s culture. But it caused me to pick up a copy and read his common sense insights.
GrATTITUDE is not so much a pep talk about being positive 24/7 as it is an encouraging exhortation. In the author’s own words, “The choice you have to make is whether you want to be an attituder or a grattituder. Grattituder’s are those who see their blessing, look for solutions, lift up rather than put down, and solve problems.”
We are all familiar with these character qualities even if we haven’t called them “grattitudes”: Self-Discipline, Growth, Courage, Humor, Tenacity, Forgiveness, Teamwork, Service, Integrity and Love. Throughout the chapters, Ace shares poignant stories from his own life as well as personal examples of individual people who have weathered hardships and remained positive in their approach to life.
One of the aspects I like about Ace and his writing is that he’s not afraid to ask hard questions while at the same time one of my dislikes is that he asks too many questions. At times, they became like a streaming run-on paragraph with one question after another after another.
As I read and reflected upon his insights, I was reminded of how deficient I am in many of these “grattitudes.” How easily a negative comment can deflate your spirit or how paralyzing an unforgiving heart can become if left unchecked.
Reading this book was just what the doctor ordered . . . and I needed as I spent some unexpected time in the hospital at the end of January. I wholeheartedly recommend GrATTITUDE: Practicing Contagious Optimism for Positive Change as a book to read and then share with a friend.Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.