Showing posts with label Chicken Soup for the Soul. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chicken Soup for the Soul. Show all posts

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Ascending Butterfly Monthly Book Club: Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times Book Giveaway! Ends 03/25

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This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks so much to our wonderful sponsor Chicken Soup for the Soul! We look forward to working with you again. Our winner is 'ashleymorrissey90', Congrats! Remember: There are great giveaways active on the upper right hand side of the page!
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Ascending Butterfly's Monthly Book Club March Title, Sponsored By:

Our monthly book club has returned this month with a very inspirational title! Because it's being posted so late in the month, this will be officially considered our March title and we will return a new title in April.

About the Book:

Life has always been filled with trials, including illness, job loss, grief, addictions, and much more. God never promised that our earthly lives would be without difficulties, but He assured us that He will always be with us to share our burdens. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times is filled with stories that show God's presence during a time of trouble. Readers will find encouragement, solace, and strength in these personal stories and prayers.

About the Authors:

Susan M. Heim is a long-time Chicken Soup for the Soul editor and Christian author, specializing in family-oriented books and women’s issues.

Karen C. Talcott is an author and educator with an expertise in women’s issues, faith, and angels.

My Take:

In the midst of quite a bit of upheaval in my life, I have spent countless hours when I was in the hospital catching up on my reading, but this book by far ended up with the most Post-it® Flags in it and remained faithfully by my bedside table. This book and my In Bloom by Jonquil Pajamas attracted quite a bit of attention from the Doctors and Nurses.

Each story/chapter ends with a Prayer, called My Prayer that relates to the story but almost every single story end prayer resonated with me and spoke to my heart directly so I'd flag it. My book looks like a rainbow of Post-it® Flags, but I still refer to the prayers almost daily to provide me with encouragement and strength through the difficult journey I have been facing. I have enjoyed the Chicken Soup series and began reading them well before my blogging days, but this is the first of all the series I've featured here.

I think in these times of economic upheaval where we are still pretty much in a recession, with people out of work and many people I know affected by major life crises including deaths in the family, health scares and more, this book is very much needed in everyone's library. There is only one other book of prayer that has touched me in the same way and if I can I will try to feature that book here as well.

I can't recommend the series and this particular book more highly. I can tell you that for me, it's a book I would rather not loan out. I'd much rather buy someone their own copy. If you yourself, or someone you care about is going through a hard time, this is the gift to bring them. If you have a loved one in the hospital, bring them this book. Many hospitals no longer allow flowers or plants in patients rooms, and teddy bears are sometimes difficult because the bedside table is so small, but this book when not being read can go safely in a drawer.

There is such a wide variety of stories of inspiration that bring such hope and a renewal of Faith to your spirit. While the Chicken Soup series has often been classified under books of Faith and sometimes Self help, I don't want perspective readers to feel you have to adhere to a certain religious or Faith Background to enjoy them, they are tales of everyday people in sometimes extraordinary situations that share that moment in a very raw, open and honest way.

I greatly enjoyed Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times and was super happy to make this our first book of 2012. I hope you enjoy it as I much as I do!

And you know the drill, with all our book club titles, one reader has a shot at taking home the book also! As you know we switched to rafflecopter for our giveaways, so please enter using rafflecopter, we will not process any comment entries. You can however use the comments to let us know what you thought about this title if you read it. Or to suggest future Monthly Book Club Titles you'd like to see us feature here.

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Happy Reading Butterflies!