Wednesday, June 07, 2023


Title: Chicken Soup for the Soul

Author: Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark

Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul

Pages: 387

My GoodReads Rating: ⭐⭐⭐


The book, reprinted on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the original Chicken Soup for the Soul, consists of 20 additional stories, besides the ones included in the original.

The stories are listed under seven sections, On Love, Learning to Love Yourself, On Parenting, On Learning, Live your Dream, Overcoming Obstacles and Ecletic Wisdom.

Not all the stories are really good, or even very inspiring or even very well written.

Nothing but the Truth and Service With A Smile read like some of the jokes from Readers’ Digest. If You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get – But If You Do, You Do seemed too pat and unconvincing.

The few that stood out for me included Puppies For Sale, The Rules For Being Human, The Animal School, You Are A Marvel, I Am A Teacher, Rest In Peace: The “I Can’t” Funeral, Try Something Different,

The collection also included some pieces of exceptional writing such as Children Learn What They Live and the blandly titled Are You Strong Enough To Handle Critics? Which is an extract from the writing of Theodore Roosevelt. Obstacles featured a quote by Viktor E Frankl.

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