Monday, February 7, 2011

Joy, pain, sunshine and rain.

My book review on Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings:

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings is a wonderful book, plain and simple. All the stories deal with the challenges that we all might face at one point or another in our lives, from broken hearts to broken promises and everything in between. Every story is personal and if you haven't gone through the situation before, you could at least empathize with the person who is sharing his/her experience with the reader and even recall what you can do if you are ever in crisis. 

Chicken Soup for the Soul books are always a favourite of mine because they are incredibly comforting, no matter what my mood is at the time. They are down-to-earth, emotional stories that are meant to be read by everyone, from very young children who want their parent(s) to read them a story before bed, to older individuals who are inspired and want to continue to share their wisdom with others by reading books.

The best part is how encouraging and positive the stories are, even in the worst conditions imaginable. Examples are: a divorce, leaves a family torn apart, and a mother hopeless and alone until finds her purpose again in life in the strangest of circumstances and a loss of a beloved partner allows a widow to reclaim her forgotten youth and find peace within.

A lot of the stories have a religious undertone, which some may not resonate with due to their own belief system or lack of belief. However, no matter what, I feel that everyone in their own way could appreciate the power of faith that is presented in this book.

To end this review, I must quote one of my favourite lines in a Depeche Mode song, which makes total sense because one can learn valuable coping strategies and lessons from this book. 

"Try walking in my shoes, you'll stumble in my footsteps."