Thursday, June 18, 2015

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope and Miracles {Book Review}




**Disclosure: We did receive a complimentary copy of this book in order to make an accurate review. All opinions are 100% my own.

One of the strengths of Chicken Soup for the Soul is its ability to pull together collection after collection of uplifting stories. My favorite volumes in the series are the ones that relate stories of messages from beyond. We all have had that feeling that someone that we lost is trying to speak to us. So, I always marvel when I read another account of someone who has received a message from beyond. Some of the stories are so unexpected but they always seem to charm and provide a feeling of comfort.


So many of the stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope and Miracles are heartwarming and genuinely provide inspiration and solace in times of need. One of my favorite stories is of an elderly married couple that die only a few months apart. The sweet husband is preceded in death by his wife and proclaims that he would die in time to be with her on their next anniversary. True to his word, he peacefully dies the evening before their anniversary. Amidst the tragedy of losing both parents, the children can still see the spark of their love.

Another of my favorites involves mysterious plants showing up from time to time--a reminder of a lost mother's love of gardening and bond with her daughter. A third story reveals some of those mysteries that we have hiding in the boxes in the back of our closets--you know, the dusty ones! The author finds the ring of a lost love in one said box and is able to reconnect with her. Years after their lives went on separate paths, the soul mates reunite. One daughter shares the tale of hearing her dead mother's voice prompt her to answer the phone. She awakes from a slumber outside and goes to answer the phone. While she answers the phone, a Bradford pear tree uproots and lands where she was sleeping.

As you can see, it is a nice collection of stories that will not only have you going hmmmm.... but also recalling similar unexplained instances in your life. Yet another wonderful read by Chicken Soup for the Soul!


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