Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul

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A book review of Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit compiled by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Aubery & Nancy Mitchell.

A book review of Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit compiled by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Aubery & Nancy Mitchell.

Stars: ***

HCI Publishing (2012)
Christian Self-Help
400 pages

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Summary: These stories will deepen your Christian faith by helping you practice Christian values in your daily life: at home, at work and in the community. This collection will open your heart to the experience and expression of more
love in your life and will remind you that you are never alone or without hope, no matter how challenging and painful your circumstances may be.

Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul

My copy of this is actually from 1997 although the photo above is of the updated 2012 edition. A lot of the stories took place many years before the book was published so you can tell the stories are a little outdated but hey were still inspiring.

For some reason, the second half of the book was better than the first. I just resonated with the stories, or enjoyed them more I guess.

As with all CSS (Chicken Soup for the Soul) books the stories are broken up into categories. In this case they are: On Love, On Giving, On Parents and Parenting, On Faith, On the Lighter Side, On Death and Dying, A Matter of Perspective and Overcoming Obstacles.

The story that moved me the most was Thank You, Miss Evridge from the On Faith category. It’s a story of thanks to a teacher from junior high. The author lost contact with the teacher and wasn’t able to send the thank you letter to her so he shared with us.

This resonated with me because I wrote a thank you letter to a guidance counsellor I had in high school. I had a rough 4 years and I saw the counsellor daily, sometimes a few times a day, pretty much every day. She was very helpful and never seemed tired of me. I didn’t know how to contact her though so I never got to give her the letter directly.

The book makes a great bathroom reader as you can read 1 or a few stories, depending on how long you are. It’s like a little faith pick me up throughout your day!

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About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.

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