Open When – Letters To Lift Your Spirits – Book Review

Open When

Open When – Letters To Lift Your Spirits by Karen Salmansohn

If you’re looking for a unique gift to give a friend, Open When – Letters To Life Your Spirit by Karen Salmansohn is as likely to catch your eye as it did mine. This book – described as an “emergency inspiration kit designed to lift the spirits” – contains twelve inspirational messages tucked away in beautifully illustrated envelopes, waiting for the recipient to open like a surprise gift that comes when you need it the most.

Unfortunately, while this book held great potential, it did not quite live up to my personal expectations!

What I like most about Open When…Letters To Life Your Spirits are the soft, watercolor illustrations. They are absolutely perfect and exactly what I hoped to discover inside.

However – aside from the beautiful illustrations – the rest of the book left me feeling rather disappointed.

First, the book is tiny – much smaller than I expected it to be. I ordered this book as a gift for a friend but, after reading it, feel that it is not substantial enough to stand on its own – at best, it is gift basket or stocking stuffer material.

Next, most of the content did not work for me. Several of the messages were trite; several were based on Buddhist philosophy; none of them provided new inspiration or insights to me.

I wish that I could recommend this book to you but, regrettably, I can’t. As much as I love the concept and enjoyed the beautiful illustrations, this book just did not enrich my life.

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.


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9 Responses to “Open When – Letters To Lift Your Spirits – Book Review”

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  1. ~ linda says:

    Thank you for being honest and for sharing this book. It would catch my eye, for sure. I love letters and the idea that is behind this book.

    • Create With Joy
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      Hi Linda, thanks for stopping by! I had such high hopes for this book – I had brought it for a friend – it just wasn’t what I expected or what she would want. It is a beautifully illustrated book though – I know it will appeal to a different reader!

  2. Christy says:

    I’d still be curious to flip through this one as I am struggling right now.

  3. That’s a shame the book was a disappointment. I was looking forward to finding out more from the title alone!

  4. Brandi Raae says:

    Thanks for sharing your honest review at Literacy Musing Mondays.

  5. Thanks for your honest thoughts. I’m sorry the messages inside weren’t all that innovative. I do like the look of it though, like you said. I’ve seen similar books around but YOU actually write the notes for the envelopes, and I like that idea better.


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