For anyone facing a difficult situation or living through a crisis, a few words of sympathy and encouragement can work wonders lifting the gloom and offering hope that better days lie ahead. In his latest release, The Book of Courage, inspirational writer and speaker Hans Wilhelm has compiled hundreds of verbal pats-on-the-back into one attractive volume (small enough to stuff inside a stocking). Adorned with Wilhelm's own bright and uplifting illustrations, these encouraging words offer advice on dealing with fear and worry and finding a sense of inner peace that can make coping with any situation more bearable. Quotations from such sources as the Psalms and Shakespeare are sprinkled throughout the text, reinforcing Wilhelm's message that there's always a way to endure when your world turns upside down.

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