BOOK REVIEW With Giveaway – Chicken Soup for the Soul, Thanks Mom by Jack Canield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Wendy Walker

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Chicken Soup for the Soul, Thanks Mom

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul; Original edition (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935096451
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935096450

When I turned to the first pages of Chicken Soup for the Soul, Thanks Mom, 101 Stories of Gratitude. Love, and Good Times I decided any mother presented it by her child or children would be touched by its heart-felt messages. This book is full of short meaningful stories about moms making a difference. Topics include Following in Her Footsteps, Mom Knows Best, Making Sacrifices, Favorite Moments, Mom to the Rescue, What Goes Around, One of a Kind, Gifts of the Heart, and My Mother’s Legacy.

Here are a few of my own personal favorites:

Kris Hale’s “Things My Mother Taught Me” is a tribute to her mother who after being diagnosed with MS faced life with grace and strength and gave her daughter the tools to be responsible, capable, and independent. Teaching her daughter life experiences like meals, housecleaning, laundry, bills, business, and speaking up helped her daughter grow from a seven year old into self-sufficient womanhood. What more could any good parent do than teach her child how to manage her life and prepare her for the world?

Karen Kullgren’s “Turning Into My Mother” reminded me of something my own daughter once said to me. It takes time for each of us to realize that relationships are neither black nor white. Sometimes our own personal baggage like separation issues eclipses the big picture and brings out our defenses. Different ideas are alright, all right as well. Strength and resilience with time moves many into being reflections of the tough old broads who raised them.

Saralee Perel’s Happy to Be You puts perspective into generational issues. Too often each of us interprets comments from those closest to us as insulting, judgmental, controlling, meddlesome. However, if one of our circle of friends gave us the same advice wanting to help we would not consider it a put down. When the listener realizes that parental love and compassion are a parent’s true intentions, the relationship gains. Sounding like one’s mother can truly be a big compliment.

Ellen Fink’s “Nobody’s Child but Mom’s” proves blood lines alone do not make the bond. The author’s reflections on her dead mother who took and raised an abandoned child with love is inspirational. The last gift, a quilt made from scraps of childhood dresses and dreams, testified to a true mother’s wishes, “It’s time for you to make your own memories, but never forget that you will always be my baby.” It brought with it an accompanying realization. “You will always be my mother.”

This book would make a great Mother’s Day gift for any mother, daughter or grandmother.


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28 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW With Giveaway – Chicken Soup for the Soul, Thanks Mom by Jack Canield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Wendy Walker

  1. I am a friend on facebook, am a follower of yours on twitter, get your here & there emails.

  2. I follow on twitter (countryboy1204) I get your emails and my mom would enjoy this book make a great happy gift for her.

  3. Not to sound greedy, but I would definitely keep this book for myself. I sometimes have a huge struggle with my girls and this would be a wonderful inspiration to me to be able to be a stronger mother and a more patient mother as well. I have read a few of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books and really loves the stories that I have read, this would definitely be no exception. Thanks so much for hosting such a wonderful giveaway.


  4. I would give the book to my dear friend who sometimes struggles with her children, but loves them dearly.

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