BOOK REVIEW – Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners

Chicken Soup for the Soul ? Runners

  • Author: Canfield, Hansen, Newmark, and Karnazes
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: CSS Publishing (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781935096498
  • SMRP: $14.95

I’m not much into short stories and non-fiction, but I have to admit that Chicken Soup for the Soul is an exception to my literary taste. Its stories no matter how brief are always inspirational and perfect reading material for times on the road.

Still never having any athletic interests or skills, I couldn’t help but wonder how much I would enjoy Runners and its tales of energy, endurance, and endorphins. Suspicious that the book would read like P. E., my doubts quickly dissipated. These were stories about people starting out, camaraderie, comebacks, therapy, adventure, family ties and not a basic course in running for dummies.

After reading Miracle on the Run, I could not help but identify with Olympian and professional runner Josh Cox. The 20 mile practice run in the heat he took without remembering to bring fluids could have done him in. Yet not once but twice miraculously strangers in unexpected places intervened. Imagine that!

I admit I read Erin Liddell’s Sharing More than a Jog suspiciously. Why had this author chosen to write under a pseudonym? I soon realized that her choice was for for purely personal reasons which did not detract from her piece’s message. Sharing a run with the father often not part of her childhood brought the pair closer. Something special!

Then came Tricia Downing’s The Heart of an Ironman. This disabled woman is awesome. Struck down by a car driver, this former cyclist now no longer independent athlete’s spinal cord injury left her paralyzed and unable to walk. Undaunted she relearned basic life skills and showed in her first triathlon that mind counts more than body in her 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run. What heart!

Best thing about Runners is its 101 stories are real.


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