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One Million Lovely Letters: When life is looking hopeless, one inspirational letter can change your life forever Paperback – 25 Sep 2014
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An extraordinary woman. It takes courage, self-belief, imagination and an inspiring lack of self-pity to turn such bad luck into a positive direction, and to conceive of an idea that will spread happiness. (Stephen Fry)
There is so much emotion in these pages that we challenge you not to cry... A witty and uplifting account of the ripples of positivity that Jodi created around the world, she's inspired us with the idea that "For the price of a stamp you can change someone's day. (Cosmopolitan)
She may have to get used to the attention because my hunch is that the book she has written, One Million Lovely Letters, may well become a bestseller. It's Eat, Pray Love meets The Little Book of Calm. (Sunday Telegraph Stella Magazine)
Extraordinary... Her account of this time is very affecting... She writes with acute intelligence of the loss of the familiar Self, suffered by people who become very ill or disabled... The letters she prints and her sweet replies bring light into a gloomy world, and I for one am grateful for her message. (Daily Mail)
A book filled with gorgeous letters. (Company)
A hug in book form. (Glamour)
One Million Lovely Letters tells how this simple idea kick-started her recovery - and helped many others. Tissue, anyone...? (Good Housekeeping)
An inspirational read by an incredible young woman whose words are helping change lives across the globe. As featured on 'Jodi's Lovely Letters', part of the BBC One series 'Our Lives'.See all Product description
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Having said that, it’s not all “life is perfect, be positive and everything is completely fabulous all the time.” Jodi is beautifully honest about some pretty brutal emotional and physical difficulties and illnesses that she’s been/going through. About how even when things are starting to go right, she still has personal hurdles to overcome.
This book reminds us that everything is not perfect – it never is – but we still have the option to be kind.
The story itself is captivating but the language used and they way the story is told is equally gorgeous. The author is a poet (by day) and I think it really come across in the beautiful language and Bickley has an amazing way of drawing you in and expressing so much emotion through her words.
One Million Lovely Letters by Jodi Ann Bickley
Wow this is such a beautiful book. I wanted to read this book after hearing about One Million lovely Letters on a bbc1 documentary. I’m really glad I did. Jodi is a very inspirational person with a talent for creating beautifully written heartfelt letters that touch people’s hearts across the world.
One Million lovely Letters is about a young lady called Jodi, in her 20’s. When she got bitten by a tick and contracted a serious brain infection it changed the course of her life forever. But Jodi turned her illness into something beautiful when she set up a blog asking if anyone would like her to write them a letter telling them how amazing they are. She has a goal to write one million letters. So far she has written to people all over the world spreading hope and kindness to those who need it most at a stressful time in their lives.
I also loved how this book talks of how the little things can help when you’re having a bad time or you’re unwell, such as letters from a stranger, or a message that pulls you back from the brink of ending it all. I’m sure a lot can relate to pets making us feel better at one time or the other. Also I loved reading some of the beautiful letters Jodi had sent to people and how just a few words made their day a bit brighter. how special is that?
Jodi talks about people paying it forward by either writing letter themselves for others or even to oneself which can be equally helpful. I also think it’s interesting how she talks about self imposed rule, like not talking to strangers on a bus or asking people if they would like a letter for fear of getting a negative response, but her letter and the way she’s brightened so many people’s live proves just once in awhile if we set aside those rule and fears we can make the world a beautiful place.
I found this book very inspiring and it has a strong message. We all need reminding we can climb mountain and move stars or just get out of bed and see the sunrise because we are strong and amazing people. But sometimes it takes a stranger or loved one to put those words down for us and show kindness. Also if more people just wrote one letter to a stranger and of course loved ones to tell them how special they are wouldn’t the world be a magical place?
This book really made me to want write more letters or little stories to friends and even to people I don’t know if come across someone who I can send a little letter too. I think anyone who reads about Jodie, her letters and little kind notes she leaves places can’t help but want to grab a pen and paper or their laptop and pay it forwards by writing one themselves and spread the love.
As a writer myself I really see how words can help, not just myself, but to those around me. When my Nan was dying of cancer she disclosed that the things that kept her going was my stories and the letters she got from special people.
I can’t recommend this book enough -why not give it a read and feel inspired by Jodi’s stories and letters. Then see if you can write a letter or note to someone who needs cheering up, whether that be someone you know or not. I know I ‘m going to.
What Jodi has been through but came out the other end with so much kindness and love is inspirational. We all have a part to play in making our day, others days, the world, a better place to be if we are just kind to each other.
Highly recommend this Book, it's just LOVELY x
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