Book Review – Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Amy Newmark

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People: 101 Stories about Overcoming the Economic Crisis and Other Challenges

My favorite reading is the novel. I rarely pick up a book of short stories or essays because I enjoy plot development. However, noticing how popular Chicken Soup books have become, I decided I had to read at least one for myself. Now that I know why others enjoy these personal short pieces so much, I’ll be reading more of them.

The book is appropriate for all ages and both sexes. Its topics are universal and its style and vocabulary simple. Selections average three pages in length so it is easy to complete a reading in one sitting. Because the common thread is people sharing tough times, a common bond develops between the reader and the author. I have to agree with the appropriateness of the tag line, “Tough times won’t last but tough people will”.

In today’s economy hard times have fallen on everyone one way or another. Whether it’s finances, sickness, family, or something else, we can cope if we try. This book’s 101 stories show us that we are not alone. I liked all the stories, but these are some of my favorites.

  • What’s Really Important by LaVerne Otis
  • A Saving Flame by Don Verkow
  • Disabled but Not Destroyed by Monica Giglio
  • Escaping Domestic Violence by Elizabeth Bogart
  • A Good Sport by Karen Myers

There are things out there plain as day like enjoying other people, playing games, taking a staycation, even just walking that are fun. If our perspective focuses on simple then being thrifty and cutting back won’t hurt. In fact, what they bring may well surprise us. Everything should not be about money.

Family ties bring with them shared things, feelings, and moments that are timeless. If our outlook is optimistic, we can strive to look forward and live without regret. Looking for the rainbow rather than at the dark cloud can get us through almost anything. Laughter is a great medicine that facilitates all kinds of healing.

Our bodies and minds are only human and things like bankruptcy, domestic violence, broken homes, debilitating medical problems weaken us if we let them. We can overcome anything with enough determination. Every loss is an opportunity to start anew. Our own personal attitude, self-determination, and other people are big helps if “we shall overcome”. Believing in God even in the face of death and keeping faith help us overcome challenge.

11 thoughts on “Book Review – Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Amy Newmark

  1. I wish I could live without thinking about money so much. We have become so frugal (partly by choice) that we evaluate everything first, by how much it costs. I don’t like that.

  2. I don’t care for short stores, but I do like the Chicken Soup books. I have read many of them over the years. I especially enjoyed this one!

  3. I think I’ll have to check this out. I also do not care for short stores and would rather sit down with a novel. However, this book seems like it might be a good read…at least I could get one story in before I’m interrupted by a kid!

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