Mike O’Mary’s The Note Is a Gift | A Review

by: Mike O’Mary
Published: January 1, 2011
Publisher: Dream of Things
Genre: Gift Book
Source: Purchased


Named Best Gift Book of 2011 in the Living Now Book Awards, The Note is a story about the power of appreciation and how a simple note can change a person’s life. At the center of the story is a simple note of appreciation. The story behind that note will break your heart, but by the time you finish reading, your heart will be mended and filled with warmth. The book also includes insight into the importance of showing appreciation, and step-by-step advice on Writing a Heartfelt Note. The powerful and ultimately uplifting message of The Note is that a simple note of appreciation can change a person s life and create positive feelings that ripple outwards and touch an ever-expanding circle of people including all who read this book.

Praise for The Note:

“This is a touching book. After reading it, you feel compelled to pick up pen and paper and really say thank you to someone. At times it’s difficult to put your thoughts on paper, and the author does a great job of breaking it down step-by-step to make you feel less self-conscious while doing so.” –The Sunday Book Review, May 28, 2011

“What a beautiful book! This book inspires you to reach out the old-fashioned way to everyone who has made a difference in your life! It has a place on the bedside table of my guest room.” –Patricia Pickett, Goodreads.com, Nov. 14, 2011

(Synopsis and Praise from Goodreads)

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My Thoughts:

Writing letters and notes has long been a favorite pastime of mine. When I came across The Note, I had to pick it up and read it.

Consisting of only 88 pages The Note is a quick read. Yet in those 88 pages O’Mary shares a story with enormous impact. One so powerful it makes you stop, take stock and think.

A note sent to O’Mary at Christmas one year by his younger sister in which she shares a memory with him becomes the catalyst for The Note. This little book falls into the genre, “gift book.” In and of itself, it is a gift from O’Mary to whomever reads it.

Encouraging the reader to share with others appreciation, gratitude and even love in handwritten notes or your method of choice, O’Mary shows us ways to let people know our feelings. It’s that simple. A word of appreciation, a note of thanks can be life-changing for someone. It was for Mike O’Mary.

If you’ve never been a letter or note writer, O’Mary walks you through how it’s done. Give yourself a gift — read The Note.

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My Recommendation: For everyone,  young and old, male and female, as a gift or for yourself. This could be the difference in how we all relate to each other.

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Meet the Author: 

Mike O'Mary via Goodreads

Mike O’Mary via Goodreads

Mike O’Mary is founder of Dream of Things, which publishes memoirs, anthologies of creative nonfiction, and other books. Mike is series editor for Dream of Things anthologies, including Be There Now, a collection of travel stories from around the world, and Saying Goodbye, an anthology of true stories about how we say goodbye to the people, places and things in our lives.

Mike is also author of The Note and Wise Men and Other Stories, and he has published stories and essays in the Sunday magazines of the Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Baltimore Sun, Cleveland Plain Dealer and Detroit Free Press, and he was a regular commentator on WNIJ – Northern Illinois Public Radio, doing weekly commentaries as part of the local segment of National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” program. He has also written and produced sketch comedy in Chicago.

Mike is a graduate of Knox College (BA in Economics and English-Writing), the University of Montana (MFA in Creative Writing, MA in English Literature), and the Second City Comedy Writing Program. In addition to his creative work, Mike has more than 20 years of experience in corporate communications, producing speeches, annual reports and other executive communications for many leading corporations.

(Source for image and bio via Goodreads)

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