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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength Review and Giveaway

I received this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions states are my own and may differ from yours.
Enter to win Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength. Ends 11/29.
The Chicken Soup for the Soul books continue to arrive from the publisher for me to review.
We have all their books that were reviewed here in the past: Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas in CanadaChicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada, The Wonders of WinterChicken Soup for the Soul: It's ChristmasChicken Soup for the Soul: Reader's Choice, and Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary. Here's our next. What makes this one different from the rest?

The Find Your Inner Strength title came out on October 28th. It is full of 10 sections of empowering stories of resilience, positive thinking, and overcoming challenges:
  1. Overcoming Self-Destructive Behavior
  2. Fighting Health Challenges
  3. Powering Through Loss
  4. Moving Past Disabilities
  5. Accepting the New Normal
  6. Accepting What Makes You Different
  7. Learning to Reach Out
  8. Rising to the Challenge
  9. Pursuing Your Dreams
  10. Taking Back Your Life
The forward is written by Fran Drescher. She starts with "I suppose I was asked to write the forward for this book because I've been pretty public about my personal encounters with adversity and how I've managed to not just survive, but also to blossom as a result." And, that gives a good feel for what the book is about. She's now president of the Cancer Schmancer Movement, an organization whose mission is to shift the nation's focus from just searching for a cure to prevention and early detection of cancer in order to save lives.

All of the stories here start on the dark side and show how the author overcomes something bad. There is plenty of alcoholism, drug use, cancer, death, addiction, religion, sobriety, and recovery. I've been letting my seven year old read the Chicken Soup books lately and this is definitely not one I'll be sharing. While they all end with people overcoming challenges, it is the challenges I don't want him exposed to just yet.

Like the Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas in Canada book just reviewed, this is one of the longer books in the series at 424 pages. Given the subject material, the stories are deep and sometimes require a little bit of back story or a longer lead to show how bad things got before they were turned around. This is not an upbeat title. For many of the authors, the writing of these stories was part of their recovery process. Opening themselves up publicly to just how far down they were.

The publisher's book description is as such:
We're all stronger than we think, and we often discover our inner strength and resilience when a problem arises. The 101 empowering and uplifting stories in this collection by people who have overcome challenges, solved problems, or changed their lives will help you find your own inner strength, resilience, and remind you to think positive, count your blessings, and use the power that you have within you.
And, now onto the giveaway. We're giving away three copies of the book to US and CA residents who are 18+ (void where prohibited like Quebec). The giveaway runs through 11:59 pm EST on November 29th, 2014. Enter for your chance to win. Good luck.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information. Java John Z's is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.


  1. Love to try the aromatherapy neck wrap after those hard days!!

  2. Aromatherapy Neck Wrap Animal, always need something to relax with.

  3. Vodka Pasta sauce is one of my husband's favorite items this would be interesting to try.

  4. I would like to try the neck wrap.So cute to.

  5. I really like all of these books that have been published. I appreciate you sharing this one because I can really use this. Thank you

  6. The Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food & Love Gift Basket looks like something we'd enjoy!

  7. I like the Traditional Tea Time basket.

  8. The Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food & Love Gift Basket looks like something we'd enjoy!

  9. The Friendship cup and the angel figurine, so many to chose from, really nice gifts.

  10. I would love to try the "Traditional Tea Time basket"

  11. I really like the "Comfort Candle"

  12. The Meat Loaf Meal Builders Cooking Sauce looks very tasty!