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2014 Chicken Soup for the Soul Find Your Inner Strength Book Review

Updated on October 22, 2016

Family photos & the book Chicken Soup for the Soul


Chicken Soup for the Soul and Author Gail Sobotkin

Gail Sobotkin is a retired nurse and an author who is one of the 101 writers who have their personal stories included in the latest edition of the book titled Chicken Soup for the Soul. This particular book published in 2014 also has on the front cover: Find Your Inner Strength.

There were twelve different editions of Chicken Soup for the Soul books published in 2014 and every one of them has a different focus and theme as do the more than 250 successful books published thus far.

Gail's story of losing the young man Helmut who happened to be the love of her life to an aggressive form of cancer when she was the tender age of eighteen and Helmut only a few years older, transformed her life. Gail was with Helmut when he died as well as by his side through the excruciating days of his illness leading up to his death. But better than to summarize what she has written, you can read her poignant story for yourself right here.

Gail Sobotkin as many of you know is fellow HubPage writer who goes by the name of Happyboomernurse.

Gail dug deep into her soul and found her inner strength ultimately caring for many other patients through the years in her professional capacity as a registered nurse and nurse educator. Reading her many stories through the years on HubPages, she has also found joy and shares her exuberance of life with others as well as her beloved husband Fred of 40 years.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: About the Series - Amy Newmark

Warming Chicken Noodle Soup


Fran Drescher's "Cancer Schmancer"

Chicken Soup for the Soul

This successful series of books titled Chicken Soup for the Soul was founded in 1993 and due to the overwhelming response to that first book, it has continued being published with different stories to this very day.

When one is feeling a bit ill or under the weather so to speak, a good hearty bowl of chicken soup often does the trick. Many of our grandmothers as well as our mothers used that home remedy and numerous people still ascribe to its warming medicinal use today.

The title of Chicken Soup for the Soul undoubtedly was meant to make us feel better just like Grandma's homemade soup did when it was made with her loving hands.

Having just finished reading this particular book, I can attest to its value. This one as it states on the cover contains "101 Empowering Stories of Resilience, Positive Thinking & Overcoming Challenges."

Fran Drescher who most people would know from her role on 'The Nanny' writes the powerful forward to this book sharing her own life altering adjustment of being a cancer survivor. The Cancer Schmancer Movement originated and continues to this day with her role as an activist. She definitely turned her "pain into purpose" and is an inspiration to others as are the other authors who make up this assemblage of stories.

My bedtime reading material


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Chicken Soup for the Soul Authors

The authors of these 101 stories come from all walks of life and have each had varied life experiences.

Some have waged war with all different types of illnesses, disabilities, self destructive behavior and/or health challenges of one sort or another. Whether it is themselves personally doing battle or assisting a loved one, their stories are encouraging because they have all learned in one way or another how to cope and deal with the issues that ensue. Lessons can be learned from their shared experiences and we can become empowered by reading them.

Some like Gail have learned how to deal with devastating loss and make it a pivotal point in their lives.

Acceptance of what the new normal has become may not be easy but once accomplished is a step in the right direction. Reaching out to others can be healing because one soon realizes that while every persons journey is unique, there are similarities which can bind us together and help salve our wounds.

Like Gail, I also suffered the loss of my first true love.

My Charles was an engineer; a Navy pilot and had been accepted into a program which would have led to his becoming an astronaut. Charles was an intelligent and special young man whose smile lit up every room he entered. Unfortunately our dreams of marriage and a happy life together were summarily ended with an unexpected Navy airplane crash in Pensacola.

I was already in the last year of my nurses training and had driven up to Corpus Christi to visit him. I was staying with a fellow nurse friend of mine. I will never forget that knock on the door with two uniformed Naval personnel who had come to inform me of the death of my Charles.

Like Gail...I also struggled at first to come to terms with this immense loss in my life and felt some of the same emotions she shared. Also like her, with the help of my family and friends, I became focused on my nursing career eventually meeting the loving man who would later become my husband. We have now been happily married for the last 46 years.


Broken egg just like Humpty Dumpty!


Benefiting the Humpty Dumpty Institute

When people purchase any of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books of which there are many, a portion of the proceeds goes to help fund the Humpty Dumpty Institute.

Remember the old nursery rhyme about putting Humpty Dumpty back together again? This non-profit organization helps fund things like the digging of wells for people who need clean water. They have helped to eliminate abandoned land mines which can cause the loss of legs or worse! Teachers are certified and medical units minister to those in need.

This is just a partial listing of the good works achieved in the developing world and elsewhere. To read about what powerful entities they team up with to accomplish those goals and more, click on the highlighted link above.

It is wonderful to think that when reading an enlightening and encouraging book like Chicken Soup for the Soul Find Your Inner Strength, part of the proceeds are being spent in such a humanitarian manner!

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Telling Stories

Through the telling of stories we can learn from one another. We can grow! We can overcome difficulties. We can rise to challenges thrown in our path. We can learn to dream again!

That is the beauty of reading the stories in these Chicken Soup for the Soul books. The stories are all short but to the point. The pages can easily be bookmarked and picked up when one has a moment of time to read another uplifting story. I found it good nighttime reading prior to going to bed.

I would give this book a definite thumbs up rating!

Thank you Gail for your part in authorship; sharing of your story and also for bringing this particular book to my attention as a special gift. I intend to share it with others!

Photo of Gail Sobotkin

Photo of Gail Sobotkin used with her permission.
Photo of Gail Sobotkin used with her permission.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      My book is now on a bookshelf but will put it out in our guest bedroom if we have overnight guests. It is a perfect book for casual reading of a story or two if one has a few extra moments. Gail did such a good job writing her personal story and I agree that it is uplifting. Thanks for the vote and share.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I have this wonderful book, too. I don't keep mine by the bedside; I keep mine in the "library" and I'm always surprised when I see someone pick it up and read a couple of stories.

      We are all proud of our Gail and her story is truly uplifting.

      Voted this UP, and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi poetryman6969,

      I totally agree with what you wrote. :)

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      These books are a good way to add to your coping skills and to be encouraged.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi colorfulone,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed this book review. It certainly is uplifting to read. Thanks for the share.

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