I am currently not considered part of a couple. But I once was, so I feel qualified to review this book. Chicken Soup for the Couple's Soul is all about relationships. Filled with short stories, it is meant to inspire and move you.
This book was filled with short stories
over a variety of topics involving couples. These topics include: Love
& Intimacy, Finding True Love, On Commitment, Understanding Each
Other, Overcoming Obstacles, On Family, The Flame That Still Burns,
& Eternal Love. Strangely enough though, the majority of these
stories seemed to involve someone dying. I get that it's a true test to
watch a loved one die. But it's depressing, and not uplifting in the
least. There were stories in here that didn't involve dying of course,
but a lot of them involved children. I never really got a sense of the
true celebration of being a "couple" from this book. Now I'm not going
to say a couple of these didn't make me cry, because a few did.
was a lot of dedication in this book. But a couple of the stories just
made me raise an eyebrow because of the people in them. I had to
wonder if they were true because human nature makes it hard to find so
many dedicated people. Now granted they weeded out some of the bad, so
it's a possibility that all the people in here were good people and
their relationships were true. Like with most short stories though,
you're just starting to feel attached to the people when the story is
I've already told you about my problems with the
types of stories included in this book. As I said, there is just too
much dying and not enough joy. I'm not inspired by death even if it
does show the dedication and heart of the other spouse. It just makes
me sad for them. And this one was also a rather religious book (it is a
Christian publication) but it made it seem as if Christian
relationships held together longer, and statistically that isn't the
case. It just wasn't as approachable in that regard as some of the
other Chicken Soup books are.
Two and a half stars for this one.
It just wasn't the warm fuzzy type of book a book about couples should
be. But if you're a die hard Chicken Soup for the Soul fan, you may
Chicken Soup for the Couple's Soul