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Friday, October 18, 2013

Book Review:Chicken Soup for the Soul: From Lemons to Lemonade

Chicken Soup for the Soul: From Lemons to Lemonade
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101 Positive, Practical, and Powerful Stories about Making the Best of a Bad Situation
When life hands you lemons... make lemonade! This collection is full of inspiring true stories from others who did just that, and will help you make the best of any bad situation. You will find inspiration, encouragement, and guidance on turning what seemed like a negative into something positive in these 101 sweet stories of success!

I've had this book since September, waiting to review it for our autism community, but given the difficulties we've been dealing with, it's been challenging to decide when was the right time to share about this book. Sometimes smack dab in the middle of horror is not the best time. It's been over six weeks since so many of us were shocked and horrified by one of our own bloggers and friends attempting to kill her autistic daughter and herself, and maybe it's far enough removed that offering this book as suggested reading will feel appropriate.

The harsh reality is that there's always something sad, horrible, terrifying going on in the world, and often to people we know, if not ourselves. So what Chicken Soup for the Soul attempts to do by offering uplifting essays so that we can find ourselves a little less alone is really a good thing.

There are a variety of stories in this volume, and I think there's enough variety--enough kinds of lemons--that readers who gravitate towards inspirational volumes will find this a welcome addition to their collection.

Let's face it, sometimes it takes awhile to see how to find or make the good in a situation that feels hopeless. One thing this book does is remind us that it is possible.

And that, my friends, is always a good thing.


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