Friday, August 7, 2009

Chicken Soup for the Soul: "Tough Times, Tough People" (2 giveaways)

With the economy struggling right now, it is a great time for reading. There is something so relaxing to sitting down and reading a book. Maybe it is because you can "get lost" within the pages of the book.

I was recently sent the "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People" book to review. This book is packed with 101 stories about overcoming the economic crisis and other challenges we may be facing. These tough times we are in won't last forever, as the seasons change...and this book reminds us that. One great thing about going though the tough times is making tough people.
Tough Times, Tough People is a book with several inspirational stories. I love how the Chicken Soup for the Soul books have a page-two pages for their stories...easy to read, and quick. Being a Mom, it can be a challenge to find the time to read, but Chicken Soup for the Soul books are perfect for a quick lift with a motivational story.
From the back cover:
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough people will encourage, inspire, and support you through all types of difficult situations, whether financial, health-related, family or personal issues. Read 101 personal stories from real people about meeting their challenges: downsizing and enjoying a simpler life, finding the silver lining in layoffs and other economic troubles, living with illness and disability, surviving natural disasters, grief and healing, the value of family and friends, and 10 bonus stories of faith to pull through.
Available at Amazon: $10.17.
I love the faith inspired stories that the Chicken Soup books have! Almost every time I read the stories, I feel so great and learn something from someone else.
I think this book is so fitting for what most are facing and enduring right now.

LUCKY YOU! You have the opportunity to enter to win Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People! I have 2 extra copies to giveaway. This contest is open to bloggers and non-bloggers of the United States. Contest is open until August 13th, 2009. To enter, leave a comment about something you may be going through right now, or how you have gone through a challenge in the past.
**For extra chances you can: blog this contest, add my button to your site, subscribe to my blog, twitter and/or facebook this contest, and/or visit everyday and add another friendly comment. Lots of chances to win! Don't forget to put the extra comments for the "extra" work. Good luck!**

75 comments:

Natalie said...

My husband lost his job in February and we have been struggling to find him a job ever since! Thanks for the chance to win! I'd love to read this book!
coolnatty12@yahoo.com

Natalie said...

I have your button on my blog!
coolnatty12@yahoo.com

Teena in Toronto said...

The Chicken Soup books rock!

Happy blogoversary!

1stopmom said...

Right now it is just hard with with four kids getting readh to go back to school, broken down cars, and the rising prices of everything. Chicken soup for the soul is just what I need!

admin(at)1stopmom.com

Cindy said...

I've had alot of health problems that have been hard.
monkeyami1@msn.com

1stopmom said...

I blogged about it here
http://1stopmom.com/giveaways/2009/08/07/chicken-soup-for-the-soul-2/

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Cindy said...

I subscribe by google!
monkeyami1@msn.com

1stopmom said...

I added your button to my site

http://1stopmom.com/giveaways

admin(at)1stopmom.com

Cindy said...

I have your button on my blog!
http://cdhawaiianoasis.blogspot.com/
monkeyami1@msn.com

Luvdaylilies said...

I know all in all I'm blessed; our budget is tighter with the economy in the mess it's in & I try to make every penny count!
Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net
~I love Chicken Soup books~

mverno said...

what can i tell ya i have money problems mverno@roadrunner.com

Anonymous said...

I'm underpaid at work

jim.coyne2@verizon.net

5webs said...

We have five people in our family living on one salary, and while I don't consider us to be poor, I am aware that most people that I know would consider us to be poor. My defintion of poor is going to bed hungry, but my in-laws consider someone "poor" if he doesn't have a plasma TV, so it's all relative. I have been through some tough times in the past, but now is the best time of my life, so no complaints.
Alicia Webster
5webs@comcast.net

5webs said...

I subscribe.
Alicia Webster
5webs@comcast.net

demmi said...

I have gone through many challenges in my life, and I always try to remember that life would be boring with out its ups and downs con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

pattyalmasy said...

Without going into too many sordid details, I must admit that I have led a tumultuous life. Dealing with depression since age sixteen, in an abusive relationship for over a decade (now ended thankfully!), and currently a single mom, trying to find balance in these uncertain times. All I can say is: Thank goodness for chicken soup! My family, my friends, my fiance, and my SON, my wonderfully amazing son :)

lisagee1234 said...

Going thru all the works,
but I have faith.
Tough times yes absolutely but
God is always faithful.
Everyday is a struggle though.
I am looking for the light at the end of the tunnel.

lisagee1234 said...

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cstironkat said...

I'm getting ready to go to college at the age of 45. This will be my second year and it can be tough. Loosing my job and starting all over again has not been easy, but I know I can do it.

rocketrosie23 said...

OK, I work FT, go to school FT and have had to cut classes down from 5 a semester to 2 because the tuition is too high and books cost too much. Still paying my daughter's college bill while trying to go to school myself. Car broke down so am temporarily using my daughter's old truck. I'm 60 yrs old so I must say that I come from a "TOUGH" stock but man the challenges are TOUGH going! My motto "Keep on keeping on!" Is that in the book????? Would love to win the book!! I'll read it and pass it on to another struggling soul!!!!

SunnyView said...

Right now, my "tough time" is trying to get over a bout with Lupus. Thanks for the giveaway!

Misusedinnocence said...

I'm dealing with some serious health problems and don't have health insurance right now. Not sure what I'm going to do. Could use an inspriing read like this.

Anonymous said...

My husband is really ill, and I'm his primary caretaker. Need I say more?

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

This is probably a reoccuring theme...we live in Michigan and my husband is one of the thousands of people who have lost his job.
Diane
dianesmb@aol.com

Mary said...

Getting unemployment...yes, I'm in Michigan.
I could really use this book.
Thanks!

Cindy said...

I blogged!
http://cdhawaiianoasis.blogspot.com/2009/08/chicken-soup-for-soul-book-for-tough.html

monkeyami1@msn.com

SunnyView said...

I added your button: http://wut-givz.blogspot.com/

SunnyView said...

I subscribed via reader (sunnyview99)!

Anonymous said...

I have a rash on one of my fingers that wont go away no matter what I put on it.

brandon_ralston@hotmail.com

mom2gabnnat said...

Like many others, we've been dealing with the loss of a job and now my husbands underemployment and struggling to pay our bills (which many collectors now have to stand in line and wait.)

Natalie said...

I subscribe by google!

coolnatty12@yahoo.com

Natalie said...

I tweeted! Thanks!
http://twitter.com/natdey/status/3230499716

coolnatty12@yahoo.com

Natalie said...

I blogged!
http://theadventuresofpaulnatalie.blogspot.com/2009/08/book-giveaway-chicken-soup-for-soul.html

coolnatty12@yahoo.com

Michelle H. said...

My boyfriend lost his job last July and hasn't been able to find a new job. But he's still looking! Thanks for the contest! MHende3706@aol.com

♥♥♥ Jed -n- Marra ♥♥♥ said...

The company I'm working for is very close to going out of buisness and my wife does not yet have her green card.... this could spell trouble.

Stephanie said...

I'm sorry to read that so many people are struggling with so much. My challenges include mental health issues, family substance abuse & addiction issues, a new health concern (thyroid), and no pay for two months. I'm single so there is no one else to rely on for income.

kngmckellar said...

My husband is having some problems at his job with poor management and it is affecting his health. He is the only one working and it is affecting our family.

kngmckellar@hotmail.com

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booklover said...

I face my challenges one day at a time in the order they have to be handled.

Natalie said...

My daily comment is that I tweeted!I'd love to read this book! :)
http://twitter.com/natdey/status/3260346405

coolnatty12@yahoo.com

erma said...

My challenge was when my mom died when I was 15 and I had to grow up real fast for my sister.
erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

Leslie said...

My challenge was when I was in the hospital and had to drop out temp. out of high school and then having the stregnth to go back and complete it.

this is great!

leslie-lv at hotmail dot com

marthajane said...

My husband has been out of work since November. We are struggling to pay bills -- have had both water and electric cut off temporarily. Living on my paltry salary has been hard.

FDP 4 Life said...

We are faced with financial difficulties. My husband is unable to work right now and so we are relying on my income and it's not as much as we are used to. As long as we have each other we are fine, no matter how much money we have or don't have!

Super Blogger Girl! said...

I am going threw being laid off right now. I was laid off after only three weeks back from having a baby so I was still in post pardum depression when they snubbed me. I feel useless and tired and sad.

Jennifer.lleras@gmail.com

Melissa O. said...

We have 3 children and are living paycheck to paycheck. Some months we have to pick which bills to pay and which to hope we can pay next month. My husband and I are working opposite each other because we can not afford a sitter and so we barely see each other. It's really hard but I have faith that one day things will be easier. I trust in God and no matter how tough things get we always pull through.

bretton said...

father of four teens (at home) and a twenty year-old. had to take a job in another state taking a $20K pay cut, walked away from home (in line for foreclosure), bounced rent, brakes out on mini van (which I am 3 payments behind on, as well as the other smaller care)... oh, and the tire blew on the van, too! Sitting here now getting studs replaced from blow out... marriage problems (in therapy) and having to sell my dreams, my recording studio, before I even am able to get it really going... to pay bills.
I am at my end! I'm not lazy... though I may be stupid! I could use some positive...

Anonymous said...

i am still traumatized by the last eight years of executive Republican inefficacy.

theyyyguy@yahoo.com

dpschad said...

I have been going through some health problems that are affecting me doing my job and I can't afford to lose my job now, so I could use alot of inspiration right now. I love these books.

Anonymous said...

i keep my troubles to myself. sometimes they are all i have to call my own.
but this too shall pass.

allegro966(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Well we are living paycheck to paycheck at the moment and my husband has a slew of health problems going on at the moment to which health insurance thankfully helps us with. But his company is facing restructuring and major layoffs, and if he's laid off it would be devastating. But I know of plenty of people in the same boat these days, so I'm sure many people could benefit from this book!

luckymegs1981 AT yahoo DOT com

bunnys30133 said...

hope to win need a pick me up

Mishia said...

I'd love to read this to see how others cope.

Auriette said...

Life is like a road with a lot of hills and turns. You can't see what lies ahead. In 1999, the parent company shut down the store where I'd been working for two-and-a-half years (the same store and manager that had been my first job, too). My husband was unemployed with health issues. We had a lot of debt from when we closed our own business plus the medical bills. About three months after the store closed, I got a part-time job, ended up getting 40 hours soon after when someone took medical leave, when he came back I got a promotion, then another promotion and within six months, I was making a better salary than when the store closed. You just never can tell what's around that next bend in the road.

Jammie said...

Life in general is a big challenge. When it rains it pours. We ended up having are car break down on us took us a month to get another one. Then the water pipes broke. Seems like nothing ever goes right. Then to top it off my mother in law is a liar who likes to start crap.

lisagee1234 said...

6,000 people without a job in my county. That is bad.
But lots of folks holding signs
and begging if they don't come knocking at your door and beg...not kidding...they need gas money and ask me while I am in my own home...
YIKES$$

Molly C. said...

Just like everyone else, we are struggling financially, but we just found out I am pregnant. Yeah, after the last baby was supposed to be our last.

azrosebud said...

Right now I'm struggling with a daughter who is bipolar and is abusing drugs. It's a day to day stressful situation

Terri said...

I just lost my job because the owners rehired their friend who had already quit on them. She begged for the job back and since I was the newest employee, I was let go to make room for her. Not fair is it?

Terri said...

I subscribe via yahoo reader

susan1215 said...

My husbands company has laid off workers but so far he still has his job

wheatiesmomma said...

Hey Carebear - you know my struggles, but reading the comments of others make me realize how truly blessed I am. While I love to read, I think there are others who can use this book more than me. I just wanted to praise you for the work you do. You reach a lot of people with your blog. I love you and am so proud of the beautiful and Godly woman you are.

purango said...

My husband has been laid off from his job. We have been going through difficult financial times because last year his salary was cut in half. This has caused us to have difficulties in our marriage. We are really struggling. garrettsambo@aol.com

Jennifer Moyer said...

I lost my job and have been struggling to make ends meet.

jennifernmoyer@yahoo.com

kathy pease said...

i think everyone is going through tough times right now actually i cant complain because all our bills are paid that is my priority bills before all else

Miranda said...

we are living as a one income houasehold now

Girly Remix said...

My mother and my teen brother (my only family) just got evicted and are living with some random man. I just dropped out of school because I couldn't afford it and my car just broke down. These are harsh times but we're all trying to keep our chin up.

Gianna said...

We're just plain old broke due to my husband being let go at his job and the one he found pays way less. He had to get a second job and we're barely making ends meet still.

Amanda S. said...

We're facing a layoff in a couple of months and it's scary!

AmberRose95 said...

My biggest challenge to date has been my husband's death. He passed away when our son was 3 1/2 and now that he's 13 it feels even more difficult than ever. We just take each day as it comes and do our best to get through whatever comes our way. Thank you for the contest!

dhunt said...

nice!

Maja said...

my husband could use it

Julie said...

I always try to remember that life would be boring with out its ups and downs
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Julie

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