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When You Don't Know What to Say, Second Edition, Compiled by Doris Rikkers

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If you like to write your own sentiments, consider the second edition of When You don't Know What to Say to copy from or use as writing prompts. However, if you like to purchase greeting cards, considerPapyrus Greeting Cards, Bellevue Square Mall, Seattle, WA, who sell greeting cards, "buy 3 get 1 free."


When You Don't Know What to Say, Second Edition, Compiled by Doris Rikkers, 2010, 175 Pages, ISBN-978: 15729333798, $10.98

Have you ever stood in front of a greeting card rack searching for just the right card that expresses what you feel in your heart and not found the right one? I have, more than once.

Whether I'm looking for cards that communicate feelings of sympathy for the loss of another's loved one, cards to share in the joy of new birth, or expressions that convey my sincere thanks and appreciation, none of the cards quite fit my feelings.

When I saw the second edition of, When You Don't Know What to Say," compiled by Doris Rikkers I felt I'd found a gold mine of messages and Scriptures to outright copy or use as writing prompts instead of standing in front of a card rack. I'm sure part of the problem is I'm a writer who loves to tinker with words and write and read carefully and critically, sometimes to the point of confusion.

With this new version that would no longer be the case. Compact in size, the expanded edition includes new categories with "record-keeping pages," an "address and special dates" section, even a few devotions with 175 pages of sentiments and Scriptures.

Six segments contain categories of love, comfort, illness, holidays, loss and anniversaries. Sub-topics within each category include appreciation, birthday, congratulations, encouragement, get well, Easter, sympathy and more.

For example, in the love section, under "welcome to the neighborhood" the message: "Whether you moved across town or across the country, we hope you feel welcomed by our caring and friendship. Welcome to the neighborhood." 1 Corinthians 16:14 "Do everything in love."

Under Sympathy: "Through your tears and in your sorrows, know that God holds you close." Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God."

Under New Baby: "Made in God's image—born in His love—a baby—God's wonder, His gift from above." Genesis 9:6 "In the image of God has God made man."

Whether copied verbatim or used as a springboard to draft messages from the heart, these concise sayings couple with Scripture to bless the person who receives them.

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