Tuesday, September 3, 2013

From Lemons to Lemonade with Chicken Soup for the Soul

Disclosure: We did receive a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate a review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

During any busy day, we all need a quick aside. A little time to escape, learn something new about yourself or a way of thinking is uplifting and refreshing. The Chicken Soup for the Soul books are perfect for squeezing in a little "me" time here and there.

Each book is full of short real life stories that can help you gain a little perspective in the midst of a crazy day. With this type of a format, you can leave a book on your coffee table or throw one in your bag and read whenever and wherever.

Recently, I read Chicken Soup for the Soul's From Lemons to Lemonade. This new addition to the series contains a collection of accounts about rising above hardship and turning negative situations into positive ones. While reading, I followed the authors through their struggles with horrible spouses, health issues, job losses, family tragedies and more. Some how, each was able to turn their situation around and demonstrate strength through life. Since each account is only a few pages long at most, one can easily pick up this book and read a story here and there for a little uplifting.

Some of these accounts will really tug at your heart. One that particularly stands out is told by a single mother that eked out a living from a part time job to keep her family afloat. She did her best to afford what she could for her children but the family really had to stretch their dollars. One day, money began to appear in the mother's purse. At first she was puzzled. However, she soon discovered that her four young children worked odd jobs and then deposited the money into her purse. The story is very touching. What wonderful children!

Along with each story, there is a quote. Just like each story, each quote is meaningful. From Lemons to Lemonade is a nice addition to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. The book makes for a good a gift as well as a volume to have on hand for a little encouragement.

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. ~Robert Brault

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