Chicken Soup for the Soul is the brainchild of motivational speakers Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen.  What started in 1993 has taken the literary world by storm.   Since publishing their first book (a compilation of 101 stories that sold millions of copies), there have been over 200 titles dedicated to this series.

As Gramma’s chicken soup was deemed good for the body, the Chicken Soup for the Soul books are thought to be just as important to our emotional/inspirational health.  Over 100 million of these books have been printed in 54 languages worldwide.

Topics covered in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series include stories dedicated to family caregivers, to women over 50 struggling with weight and health issues, to brides, to those of us who have too much stress in our lives and want to “Say Goodbye” to it.   If you can think of a subject, chances are there’s a Chicken Soup for the Soul book dedicated to it.

The book I received for my review was Chicken Soup for the Soul Messages from Heaven.  This book includes 101 “miraculous stories of signs from beyond, amazing connections, and love that doesn’t die.”

I will warn you right out of the gate that this is not a book that most people will sit and read from cover to cover in a single sitting.   This book of full of emotional stories that will grab and clutch every ounce of your being.  I found myself almost sobbing out loud after reading two stories.  I realize this probably doesn’t sound like something everyone wants to experience when they relax and read a book but there are times when a good cry is very cleansing for the soul.

I found it best to read just a few stories during each reading session.  Not only did that make the book last longer but it allowed me time to really feel the story and what the author experienced.

Chicken Soup for the Soul is on facebook and twitter.

Three lucky winners will receive a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul Messages from Heaven. This giveaway is open to the US and Canada; it will end on 8/24/12.

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