But it did. San Francisco author, Allen Klein, knows because of a letter he got from a woman after she read that quotation in one of my books. The letter said, “I’m 67-years-old, and at age 12 was violently raped twice. Never told anyone, but I haunted me for 55-years…I was angry and full of rage.”
The letter continues, “because of that quote, I’ve taken my power back, and it has changed my life.”
Klein’s quotation books have sold over 400,000 copies. This month Viva Editions published his sixth quotation book, Always Look on the Bright Side.
That letter is only one of several that Klein received about the impact a single quotation has made in someone’s life.
Another inspiring letter came from a teenager who said, “I know there are hundreds of other inspiring quote books in the world, yet it was your particular book that helped to save my life years ago.”
“My dad passed away when I was eleven,” the teenager wrote. “I remember the birthday when he had handed me your book, and how I hadn’t been too thrilled to see what it was. But looking back now, I guess he had been the only one who had seen into me—seen how depressed I had truly been—and done something about it.”
“Upon opening the book and reading such touching words, I had been struck with an emotion so deep and powerful, I still don’t know of any words to describe it—I only know it was then that I had begun to find myself; I had glimpsed my first twinkle of starlight in a dark, cloudy, sky in the pages of this book. And with each quote I had read, a new star had shown bright.”
After thanking me for writing the book and saying again “You saved my life. You really did!,” the young woman concludes, “And now I have a picture of my dad marking the page with the Og Mandino quote: ‘I will love the light for it shows me the way. Yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.’”
Allen Klein (www.allenklein.com/
Inspiration for a Lifetime: Words of Wisdom, Delight, and Possibility (http://www.audible.com/
Always Look on the Bright Side: Celebrating Each Day to the Fullest (http://www.audible.com/
Change Your Life!: A Little Book of Big Ideas
The Art of Living Joyfully: How to Be Happier Every Day of the Year
Words of Love: Quotations from the Heart