I'm a woman, so this book applies to me right? Or at least that's what I thought. However, I think the authors of this book have a very narrow sight on what it means to be a woman. But more on that later. This book is one of the very many versions of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books out there. These books are known for their uplifting short stories that are meant to inspire, make you feel good, or just make you cry.
Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul takes stories about women
and fills a number of places with them. The chapters range from being
about Overcoming Obstacles, Motherhood, Marriage, Attitude, and Love.
There are stories about mother's doing whatever they can for their
children, to becoming a mom for the first time, to finding the love of
your life and marrying him. Far and few between however, are stories
about women who stay single and don't have children. There are a few,
but barely any. The majority of the stories focus on motherhood and
marriage. One of those few that was not however, was about a woman
pilot, and that actually was an inspiring story. But then there was one
of the first stories in the book, about a man who was inspired by his
wife to take his mom out to dinner and other activities, but kept
calling it dating his mother, which was kind of creepy (the story may
have been innocent but continual references to dating your mother just
doesn't sit right).
Since these are short stories we don't really
get a sense of all the people. After all, you're seeing them through
biased eyes without a lot of description. Everyone seems to be glowing.
And mothers and married women are especially revered (are you sensing a
theme here). But there are a lot of good people mentioned in these
books. People who do good for other people. And there's even a few
that are inspiring.
So obviously my main complaints with this
book are its representation of women. I'm not saying that it's wrong to
have a section on marriage or on motherhood, but I think equal status
(and a devoted chapter) should be given to the single career-oriented
and the non-mothers. They do a lot of good in the world too. And
there's already plenty of Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul books.
It's almost like they're saying women who don't follow those choices in
life aren't quite women. And that's heartbreaking. This is a Christian
based publication, but this one didn't have too many stories that were
preachy, which was nice. It was approachable in that way at least.
Not my favorite of the Chicken Soup books. Maybe I'm a little biased, but I just wish this book had been for ALL women.
Chicken Soup for the Women's Soul