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Chicken Soup books have been around for a few decades and they have enhanced this franchise completely by categorizing their books to the appropriate genders, race, age and many other topics. However, once you start with these books they are hard to put down. Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen truly captured the hearts of many by sharing stories of everyday people; these stories are the most powerful teaching tools available to us today. The stories heal our souls but also teach us about love, necessary losses, respect and values.

Book Review - Chicken Soup

The stories collected in these books provide us all the wisdom on parenting, teaching, learning, death, attitude and overcoming obstacles. These books are intended to warm your heart, brighten your darkest days, help you see the light of life and heal your very soul. We all face obstacles through our lifetime and know others have experiences similar to ours makes the heart heal, the body recovered and the mind blossoms with knowledge. Regardless of which book you read, just pick one and read it.

The books come in different settings, like the book The Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul or the book Chicken Soup for the Golfer’s Soul plus they have books for teenagers, college students, father’s and many more. But the theme within each book is similar. The promise of love with another soul, or a coworker or a child and the books grow to include, learning about life, accepting life, how to care for others, on kindness, how to follow your heart, on courage and most common theme in every book is overcoming obstacles. Lessons on life to be learned presented in a very positive way.

One of my favorite stories is in the 3rd Course of Chicken Soup for the Soul book, page 319, Eclectic Wisdom, “The Secret of Life”

As the Lord God was creating the world

He called upon his archangels.

The Lord asked his archangels to help

him decides where to put the Secret of Life.

“Bury it in the ground,” One angel replied

“Put it on the bottom of the sea,” said another.

“Hide it in the mountains,” another suggested.

The Lord replied, “If I see to do any of those only a few will find the Secret of Life.

The Secret of Life must be accessible to EVERYONE!”

One angel replied, “I know: put it in each man’s heart.

Nobody will think to look there.”

“Yes!” said the Lord. “Within each man’s heart.”

And so it was –

The SECRET OF LIFE lies within all of us.

Author unknown

This is a powerful message to us all and we each can interpret it the way we want. But what is your Secret of Life?

The first book, Chicken Soup for the Soul, page 235, Overcoming Obstacles, “Don’t Be Afraid to Fail”

You’ve failed many times, although you may not remember.

You fell down the first time you tried to walk.

You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim, didn’t you?

Did you hit the ball the first time you swung a bat?

Heavy hitters, the ones who hit the most home runs, also strike out a lot.

R.H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York caught on.

English novelist John Creasey got 753 rejection slips before he published 564 books.

Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times, but he also hit 714 home runs.

Don’t worry about failure.

Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try!

A message as published in the Wall Street Journal by United Technologies Corporation; Hartford, Connecticut 06101

These books bring a sense of hope to many people. Not only are they great gifts for loved ones, these books bring laughter, tears, sorrow, remorse and lessens in life that will help you as a person. Authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen started this book to open the heart and rekindle the spirit, but what they have done is move a nation into the belief that you can overcome just about anything in life, that your dreams are achievable and hope will help you in any situation. Pick up one of these books today and find what many others have already found. Open your heart, rekindle your spirit, shape your life and live your life to the fullness.

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

'The SECRET OF LIFE lies within all of us' - What a wonderful observation this is... :-)


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Ladybird33 6 years ago from Georgia USA Author

De Greek, yes, I hope all get it!


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Good review - thanks for sharing.

Love and peace

Tony


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Great book review! I've read a couple of parts of the book - I need to read it in its entirety.


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gusripper 6 years ago

Hi terry how are you?


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Ladybird33 6 years ago from Georgia USA Author

tonymac04, how are you? Thanks for reading and stopping by to see me.

habee, yes, read these books, even in parts, they are so inspirational!!

gusripper, how are you? Did you like the book? Welcome back!


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

Don’t worry about failure.

Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try!

Ladybird33, I love that quoute. Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub.


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drej2522 6 years ago from Augusta, GA

Hmmm..Honestly, I've heard of the books but always discarded them, thinking they were 'made for women'. I believe you swayed my overall opinion and I thank you for that. I'll definitely look into. Great work, Ladybird!


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blondepoet 6 years ago from australia

Sounds a bonza book Ladybird. A must for the library :)


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Ladybird33 6 years ago from Georgia USA Author

samboiam, I love that quote too, it speaks volumes to me. Hope you are well.

drej2522, you have to read these books, they are GREAT. Thanks for stopping by, much appreciate.

blondepoet, how are you? Yes, get these books. Thanks for coming to see me!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

beautiful book and so you are Lady, always a LADY, Maita


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Ladybird33 6 years ago from Georgia USA Author

prettydarkhorse, thank you for stopping by, I love these books too. Love the compliment!!!


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I have some of these books and they are great for inspiration and encouragement. Good hub.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

"The Secret of life lies within us"

I love that. These are great books and I enjoyed your fine review. Thank you very much for the pleasure.


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Ladybird33 6 years ago from Georgia USA Author

elayne001, thank you and I am glad you have read some of these, they are so wonderful!

james, how are you? I love that quote too! Thanks for coming to see me!


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Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Great book by the sound of it with ghood advice thanks for sharing this


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Ladybird33 6 years ago from Georgia USA Author

Eileen Huges, these are wonderful books, I hope you read them and thank you for stopping by!

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