Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Matters: 101 Unforgettable Stories about Our Nutty but Lovable Families Paperback – Oct 19 2010
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About the Author
Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are co-founders of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Amy Newmark is publisher and editor-in-chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Susan M. Heim is a long-time editor of parenting and family-oriented books.
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Do you love your family with all your heart yet wish there were days that you could just run away from them? At least for a little while? Me too!
When I refer to "this" family...it is generally a reference to my extended family and not my children and husband. Sorry mom and sisters...just being honest....but I wouldn't trade any of them for anything.
"They" are the reason I am "me"
Reading Family Matters from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series enforced the idea of what "family" truly is. Family doesn't mean perfect and peaceful everyday of the week but does mean that there is a unity, a protection and a silliness that is only evident with those we love.
Reading Family Matters will take you on an emotional journey from silly to serious. You laugh and relate to many of the stores and you will also cry and empathize with the situations described.
You know the saying..."You can choose your friends...but you can't choose your family", right? Well with Family Matters you can also choose to laugh right along with other families and realize that you are not alone in this crazy life. There are others that are just like you!
My wife has been a frequent contributor to multiple inspirational anthologies including the Chicken Soup for the Soul "assembly line". We just finished reading this particular volume--at least what parts we could even get through and we're disappointed, to say the least. People who read these or give them as gifts are usually reaching out for something lighthearted and uplifting and while this one has a few passable essays, does not measure up to its predecessors. In fact, it's disturbing considering one's expectations when choosing it. Too many critical stories with lingering anger about exes and ex in laws are far from the Christian values my wife strives to malign her work with. Divorce may be commonplace in our culture but this no excuse for the complacency demonstrated toward its painful effects. Undoubtedly, there will be family member and former family members who recognize themselves in this unfortunate collection. The children of these families will be the most inadvertently pained and disappointed, no matter how much time passes, for the children never divorce the family. I would especially warn about the upsetting stories of the fates of some family pets. There's nothing entertaining about a child's pet being cooked for Easter dinner (and reported on with eerie glee) or a hamster smashed (purposefully) by a stepfather's fist no matter how it's spun. Very disappointed. We'll be praying before submitting to this series again. The editors seem to have sold out to a lower standard of what they deem comical or comforting and we are truly apologetic for having been a part of it.