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There are many ways to define a woman: daughter, mother, wife, professional, friend, student... We are each special and unique, yet we share a common connection.


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30 review for Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirits of Women

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    I would never have read this book if it were not chosen by my book club. That is a good thing. One of the purposes of the club is to expand our horizons. Although I did not like the book, I do believe I got something out of reading it. I understand some people a little bit better, my family especially. I am often confronted by my family with the ways that I do not act like a "woman". They are waiting for me to "grow up". To them, my life is like an extended adolescence. This is despite the fact I would never have read this book if it were not chosen by my book club. That is a good thing. One of the purposes of the club is to expand our horizons. Although I did not like the book, I do believe I got something out of reading it. I understand some people a little bit better, my family especially. I am often confronted by my family with the ways that I do not act like a "woman". They are waiting for me to "grow up". To them, my life is like an extended adolescence. This is despite the fact that I have a decent job in the career that I have chosen, I have been with the same man for 8 years, we own a house, and we are making good progress on our savings. I am still not an adult to them, and I will not be until I am married and have children. They get really sappy when they think about this future that they imagine I will have once I give in to their expectations. My father told me this weekend that my desire to not have children was just like when I was 8 and I didn't want to learn to ride a bike. He told me that I was just scared, and once I had a child I would love being a parent. My father would love this book. Being a woman does not mean being a wife and a mother, and I really have a problem with the glorification of sacrifice as it applies to the long-suffering caregivers that inhabit its pages.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I'm a woman, so this book applies to me right? Or at least that's what I thought. However, I think the authors of this book have a very narrow sight on what it means to be a woman. But more on that later. This book is one of the very many versions of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books out there. These books are known for their uplifting short stories that are meant to inspire, make you feel good, or just make you cry. Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul takes stories about women and fills a number I'm a woman, so this book applies to me right? Or at least that's what I thought. However, I think the authors of this book have a very narrow sight on what it means to be a woman. But more on that later. This book is one of the very many versions of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books out there. These books are known for their uplifting short stories that are meant to inspire, make you feel good, or just make you cry. Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul takes stories about women and fills a number of places with them. The chapters range from being about Overcoming Obstacles, Motherhood, Marriage, Attitude, and Love. There are stories about mother's doing whatever they can for their children, to becoming a mom for the first time, to finding the love of your life and marrying him. Far and few between however, are stories about women who stay single and don't have children. There are a few, but barely any. The majority of the stories focus on motherhood and marriage. One of those few that was not however, was about a woman pilot, and that actually was an inspiring story. But then there was one of the first stories in the book, about a man who was inspired by his wife to take his mom out to dinner and other activities, but kept calling it dating his mother, which was kind of creepy (the story may have been innocent but continual references to dating your mother just doesn't sit right). Since these are short stories we don't really get a sense of all the people. After all, you're seeing them through biased eyes without a lot of description. Everyone seems to be glowing. And mothers and married women are especially revered (are you sensing a theme here). But there are a lot of good people mentioned in these books. People who do good for other people. And there's even a few that are inspiring. So obviously my main complaints with this book are its representation of women. I'm not saying that it's wrong to have a section on marriage or on motherhood, but I think equal status (and a devoted chapter) should be given to the single career-oriented and the non-mothers. They do a lot of good in the world too. And there's already plenty of Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul books. It's almost like they're saying women who don't follow those choices in life aren't quite women. And that's heartbreaking. This is a Christian based publication, but this one didn't have too many stories that were preachy, which was nice. It was approachable in that way at least. Not my favorite of the Chicken Soup books. Maybe I'm a little biased, but I just wish this book had been for ALL women. Chicken Soup for the Women's Soul Copyright 1996 328 pages Review by M. Reynard 2013 More of my reviews can be found at www.ifithaswords.blogspot.com

  3. 4 out of 5

    Reem Ghabbany

    I love how inspiring these stories are. they lifted my spirit

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laleh

    I've always been a fan of the Chicken Soup books, ever since I was seven and my teacher used to read them aloud during school assemblies. I like to read them when I'm feeling down a bit. Even though I might not be able to relate to every single one, they usually hold something uplifting that cheers me up. This particular chicken soup book, lived up to all the rest. And it would have gotten a five star review from me, if it weren't for the finishing chapter. I can't help but feel slightly skeptic whe I've always been a fan of the Chicken Soup books, ever since I was seven and my teacher used to read them aloud during school assemblies. I like to read them when I'm feeling down a bit. Even though I might not be able to relate to every single one, they usually hold something uplifting that cheers me up. This particular chicken soup book, lived up to all the rest. And it would have gotten a five star review from me, if it weren't for the finishing chapter. I can't help but feel slightly skeptic when I hear of people who can mentally communicate across long distances. I'm not saying it never happens, but at least it doesn't happen regularly enough for it to earn a place in the book. There were a couple of other psychic references as well, so I couldn't help feeling as if the book was taking a somewhat superstitious turn The last stories were also slightly darker than the rest, which in my opinion goes against the grain, (and to some extent, the whole point) of the series. All in all, it's a good book, with beautiful quotes heading the start of each story (I sometimes just flit through and ignore the stories and just read the quotes), and anyone who is into self-help, or books with moral advice and all that stuff, should enjoy reading it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shannon McGee

    This book has good, inspiring stories of women who have done it all, from childhood memories to growing old and wiser. A couple of the stories had me tearing up. I have a few favorites that stick out. One called "The Wind Beneath Her Wings" is a story about Jean Harper, one of the first three female pilots for United Airlines. The woman's dream was always to be a pilot, and first everyone told her she couldn't, or she didn't have chance. She Almost believed that, until one teacher told her to liv This book has good, inspiring stories of women who have done it all, from childhood memories to growing old and wiser. A couple of the stories had me tearing up. I have a few favorites that stick out. One called "The Wind Beneath Her Wings" is a story about Jean Harper, one of the first three female pilots for United Airlines. The woman's dream was always to be a pilot, and first everyone told her she couldn't, or she didn't have chance. She Almost believed that, until one teacher told her to live the dream. Another one was "Mother's Day," about a woman who was in her 30's and thought she would never have children, but in her 40's did. It makes me feel a little hopeful about myself. All the stories definitely spark emotion in a person; I can't see how they could not.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Me

    Typical chicken soup: some are funny, some are sad, all in all, enjoyable.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Enjoyable, inspiring, touching. Good stories to warm the heart. I especially liked the chapter titled "overcoming obstacles".

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kanchan Mandanekar

    Only if I could give this book more than 5 stars! This book will make you cry, it will make you laugh, it will make you want to live life to it's extreme end. If I were to keep aside something nice for my older self decades down the years, it's this book I'll save up. :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Smith

    I was given this book as a gift, and when I realized it was a collection of heartwarming stories, I ended up reading it to elderly people in an assisted living facility for "storytime". It was PERFECT for that! In fact it was so perfect, I ended up buying more of these Chicken Soup books to read to the dear elderly people. Sometimes the stories were touching and inspirational, sometimes the people listening would ask me to read "just one more, please!" And sometimes the stories sparked memories I was given this book as a gift, and when I realized it was a collection of heartwarming stories, I ended up reading it to elderly people in an assisted living facility for "storytime". It was PERFECT for that! In fact it was so perfect, I ended up buying more of these Chicken Soup books to read to the dear elderly people. Sometimes the stories were touching and inspirational, sometimes the people listening would ask me to read "just one more, please!" And sometimes the stories sparked memories in the people and ended up being a catalyst for conversation and remembering. I would give this 3 1/2 stars if I could. Super easy reading.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Soma Al-Dossary

    A selection of many short stories and comic strips which are divided under these categories: Love, Attitude and Self-Esteem, Overcoming Obstacles, Marriage, Motherhood, Special moments, Living Your Dream, Aging, Higher Wisdom, and finally Across the Generations. The stories are so inspiring; and what's funny is that I probably wouldn't have picked this book up at the bookstore myself; I mean neither the cover nor the title is eye-catching.. so thanks for my book club for suggesting this. It was A selection of many short stories and comic strips which are divided under these categories: Love, Attitude and Self-Esteem, Overcoming Obstacles, Marriage, Motherhood, Special moments, Living Your Dream, Aging, Higher Wisdom, and finally Across the Generations. The stories are so inspiring; and what's funny is that I probably wouldn't have picked this book up at the bookstore myself; I mean neither the cover nor the title is eye-catching.. so thanks for my book club for suggesting this. It was a very nice read =)

  11. 5 out of 5

    White

    My children tend to give me books for gifts quite often. It's appreciated and it keeps me in tuned to life and the appreciation we should all have for it along the way. The Chicken Soup books are some of their faves to pass on to me because they know I'm a rather, spiritually philosophical type of person who will cry with joy at the drop of a hat. So true. This book, fulfilled its expectation of the Chicken Soup book. It definitely forms a sisterhood with other women. Loved it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vicky

    Full of wonderful true stories from other women. I read this book many years ago when feeling less happy with myself and my life. Many of the stories struck a chord and helped me move on. Well worth a read if you looking for support and inspiration. NOTE: Having a box of tissues handy would be a good idea when reading some of the stories.

  13. 4 out of 5

    DAISY DISNEY

    This book will always be very special to me because it was given to me by my mom when I was hospitalized with my first pregnancy. The stories were very heartwarming. I highly recommend this book to all women.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    This book was just what I needed during a difficult year when I didn't have time to read. The stories are brief and uplifting. Some made me ponder, others made me cry, still others make me smile.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Cole

    I love all chicken soup books

  16. 5 out of 5

    Iffah Syed Ariffin

    12/2020📚 Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul Jack Canfield (main editor) I know about the Chicken Soup for the Soul series when I was a schoolgirl looking for something to read in the school library, and I saw a copy of Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul; then I found out that I liked it so much that I copied some of the quotes in the book in my diary. I found this gem at a bookfair almost four years back. Bought it as a present for muself but somehow it gets on my to-be-read pile and I just got aroun 12/2020📚 Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul Jack Canfield (main editor) I know about the Chicken Soup for the Soul series when I was a schoolgirl looking for something to read in the school library, and I saw a copy of Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul; then I found out that I liked it so much that I copied some of the quotes in the book in my diary. I found this gem at a bookfair almost four years back. Bought it as a present for muself but somehow it gets on my to-be-read pile and I just got around to reading it. As it always is with a compilation of stories, there are stories that gets to you more than the others. Some might say this book is a bit biased because most of the stories revolve around women who are mothers or grandmothers. That might be a way to see it..since a lot of the contributors are women. A comfy and easy read for a weekend, though I finished this in a few weekdays. 😆 My personal rating: 3.5⭐️/5⭐️

  17. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    You'll find excerpts from Leo Buscaglia, Oprah Winfrey, Kathie Lee Gifford, Maya Angelou, and Dolly Parton to name a few. For example, Leo talks about his mother being the heart of the home and cooking her Italian Minestrone Soup. So very touching. Oprah encourages and exhorts us to 'be the kind of woman who in the face of adversity will continue to embrace life and walk fearlessly toward the challenge. Kathie Lee's story of Stacey Nasalroad will move you to tears, while Dolly's memory of singin You'll find excerpts from Leo Buscaglia, Oprah Winfrey, Kathie Lee Gifford, Maya Angelou, and Dolly Parton to name a few. For example, Leo talks about his mother being the heart of the home and cooking her Italian Minestrone Soup. So very touching. Oprah encourages and exhorts us to 'be the kind of woman who in the face of adversity will continue to embrace life and walk fearlessly toward the challenge. Kathie Lee's story of Stacey Nasalroad will move you to tears, while Dolly's memory of singing on the Opry will cause your own self to believe in your dreams! This is a beautiful, inspiring book so excellent for gift giving.

  18. 4 out of 5

    BooksbyCC

    Love love love! This has everything. Just page after page after page of every good ingredient that a good chicken soup must have. I have read this many times over the years and I will always re visit this book. Perfect for a motivation, perfect for inspiration, perfect for all the feels. Hello Book Buddies 🌸 I hate self help books. Don't for one moment think this is that,its not. It will surprise and uplift your spirits.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vrishti

    I can't remember why I loved it as a kid but picking it up because of that nostalgia, again, at the age of 24, turned out to be a big mistake. I totally detest this book, couldn't finish it this time. All stories about married woman and their married life, their children and husband. A lot of things are really wrong with the book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Read it sporadically over the last couple months. A nice collection of stories hitting on many significant stages of a woman's life. Nothing earth-shattering, but a pleasing read to enjoy on the beach or some other time when you just want to relax for a few minutes with a good book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Megzzz

    refreshing and motivating

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bina Artiste

    To be honest this book lacked the sex drugs and rock n roll entertainment I was craving. Fortunately it was a well adjusted boring book, fitting for helping me sleep.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    The Chicken Soup books are comfort food. Some stories may be a bit too treacly but most are fine and serve their purpose well.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tyleah Waters

    I think this was a really good book, and it did rekindle my soul!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    A lot of comforting reads here :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Zee

    I have to be in the mood for some of these stories, and while some were more touching than others, it definitely made me appreciate my mom and reach out to her after reading it!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

    Wonderful stories about women as career women, parent, friend and daughter; some of the stories made me laugh while others brought tears to my eyes, joyful tears, that is.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sandie

    This is reread from many moons ago before donating to a local charity.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Not sure how they picked some of the stories but there's one or two that resonated with me.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Lots of good stories in typical "Chicken Soup" fashion.

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