Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The journey to find one's faith can be an exhausting one that, for some, can take a lifetime. People face so many trials in their lives that often test their faith in a higher power. There are also experiences that provide confirmation to many that we are not enduring life without the presence of God. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith: 101 Inspirational Stories about Life, Belief, and Spiritual Renewal is about real people finding faith in often unexpected ways.
The stories are organized into the following sections:
Finding Faith Through Family
Finding Faith Through Friendship
Finding Faith in God's House
Finding Faith Through Loss
Finding Faith Through a Stranger
Finding Faith Through Signs
Finding Faith Through Nature
Finding Faith Through Fire
Finding Faith Through His Words
Finding Faith Through Miracles
Finding Faith Through Service
Review: I usually decline to do any types of reviews that are religion based. Not only can the topic be controversial (I avoid writing about politics too), but it is a touchy subject for me. I was raised to follow an organized religion but later in life decided that it was not for me. Although I may have lost my faith in the organization, I never lost my faith in God. However, trying to find where God fits into your life when everyone around you belongs to a certain religious group can leave you feeling lonely.
I have tried to read faith-based novels in the past; however, there was always a proseletizing tone to the books which immediately turned me off. This book, however, was a real joy to read. The stories were written by people who were at various places within their own spiritual journey and I suspect the editors were cautious when choosing stories that the tales were uplifting and encouraging rather than focused on trying to convince the reader that a certain religion is the way to go. The Finding Faith Through Miracles chapter was my favorite. The stories literally had the hairs on the back of my neck standing up at times. As with the other Chicken Soup for the Soul editions, the short stories fit in well with my busy lifestyle. I could read a quick story in the morning and one before bed.
Buy it here: You can purchase Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith from bookstores for $14.95. It is also available from Amazon at a discounted price.
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I was provided with a copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received and the views expressed here are my own.
Posted by Jamie Z at 8:37 PM