Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Chicken Soup for the Soul books have been comforting people with stories of hope and encouragement since I was a child. The books include a series of 101 short stories that focus on the particular theme of the book. The themes of the book can range from heavy and emotional (e.g., grief and recovery) to light and uplifting (e.g. stories behind country songs). Their newest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers: 101 Stories of Love, Sacrifice, and Bonding focuses on the love and trials associated with being a caretaker of a loved one.
The book is organized into the following chapters/topics:
1. Lessons Learned
2. All You Need is Love
3. Finding Joy
5. Laughter is the Best Medicine
8. Saying Goodbye
Review: I have never been disappointed with a Chicken Soup for the Soul book but this one was particularly well constructed. As a licensed therapist, I know that being a caregiver can be one of the most satisfying, yet difficult experiences of one's life. It is very easy to forget about your own needs because you may be so busy attending to the needs of your loved one. It is uplifting but touches on the difficulties many face along the caretaking journey all the way up to the death of the person who has been their primary focus for so long. Caregivers often do not have a lot of time for themselves so the Chicken Soup for the Soul format is a perfect read since it contains short stories that can be read one at a time. Plus, it can be comforting for the caretaker to read about other people who have been through similar experiences.
Buy it here: Chicken Soup for the Soul books retail for $14.95 for a soft cover book. They can be found at discuounted prices on Amazon.
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I was provided with a copy of this book in order to facilitate the review. No other compensation was received and the views expressed here are my own.
Posted by Jamie Z at 9:25 PM