Pam Spano reviews a new book in the Everyday Catholicism Chicken Soup for the Soul series: Seeing God's Action in Our Lives.
The Chicken Soup for the Soul books have been around for as long as I can remember. My soul, during those years, was not a priority, so I didn’t pay much attention to them.
Now that my priorities have changed, I was eager to have the opportunity to read the first in the series of four books Everyday Catholicism Chicken Soup for the Soul: Seeing God’s Action in Our Lives co-authored by LeAnn Thieman. LeAnn is the co-author of many Chicken Soup for the Soul books which started with her book, This Must Be My Brother.
Like its predecessors, the book is a compilation of stories from different people who have seen God’s action in their lives.
The book is chaptered by themes, such as “Challenges,” “A Matter of Perspective,” and “Miracles,” as well as other themes. Some stories are three to four pages long and others are much shorter. This gives the reader the opportunity to read one or as many stories as they would like in one sitting. Or perhaps, one of the themes resonates with the reader, so reading that particular chapter can help zone in on a particular aspect of one’s faith.
Most of the chapters (not all) start with a Scripture passage, which is something I loved about the book. The story illustrating scripture is something that gives me a more enhanced understanding of that Scripture.
I had a lot of favorites in this book simply because they were good storytelling! Some were poignant, some thought-provoking and a few were laugh-out-loud funny!
Listen to an interview with coauthor LeAnn Thieman, hosted by Amy Newmark:
We live in a time where there is a need for comfort. Like a bowl of chicken soup, this book nourishes the soul in revealing God’s action in our lives.
Copyright 2020 Pam Spano
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About the Author
Pam Spano converted to the Catholic faith as an adult over 30 years ago. Her conversion story started when she sarcastically said to her Catholic boyfriend at the time, "I suppose if we were to get married, you would want me to convert." He thought for a moment and said, "Well, I am worried about your soul." And so the journey began ...