Usually when you get into the third of anything, things start to wane a little bit. And that's true with this book. Although you don't have to read the Chicken Soup books in any particular order, this is considered the third book.
Chicken Soup for the Soul books are filled with
stories that are meant to inspire and bring a tear or a smile to your
day, depending on the section you are in. There are stories about
coping with death, overcoming obstacles and a myriad of other themes
that follow the same line of thinking. Some, like "Appointment with
Love" are about relationships made over long distances and to never lose
sight that it's what's on the inside that counts and not the outside.
Others, like "The Flower In Her Hair" teach you not to judge someone
without knowing the whole story.
Since these are short stories
you aren't in with characters/people for the long haul. But there is a
relatively diverse group of people that these stories are written about.
Children, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, you get the picture.
And I can't say that any of them really had a story that resonated with
me. There were none that I related to and thought, wow, their life is
like mine. Sure they were all nice people (you wouldn't make it into
one of these books if you weren't), but there was just something
lackluster about this group.
Or maybe it was just the stories
themselves that were lackluster. I'm used to them being nicey-nice.
That's part of the appeal of this book. With all the violence and
everything else out there this is one of those books where you just read
and breathe. But aside from duplicating some of the stories in other
editions of Chicken Soup (or rather they probably duplicated this one)
there were also problems with the stories themselves in that they just
weren't as interesting as the ones in the first book. There were a lot
of religion-heavy stories in this one too, and although this is a
Christian publication, they usually don't force feed it as much as they
do in this one.
Just an average collection of stories. If you're
a die-hard fan of the Chicken Soup books you may enjoy it, but at this
stage in the game, it may just be better to branch out into the theme
books of Chicken Soup.
A 3rd Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul