Chicken Soup for Mom and Dad

by Dawn


The calendar may only say April right now, but before we know it, we shall soon be celebrating those wonderful people we call Mom and Dad. The folks at Chicken Soup for the Soul have the calendar in mind with their two latest releases, Thanks Mom: 101 Stories of Gratitude, Love, and Good Times and NASCAR: 101 Stories of Family, Fortitude, and Fast Cars.

With a foreword and personal story written by Joan Lunden, Thanks Mom is full of stories of motherly love and the appreciation expressed by their children. When I became a mother myself, I found myself looking at my own mom with new eyes, and I believe we all need to remember to say a resounding THANKS! to our moms… and not just on her special day in May. Reading these lovely and respectful stories can inspire all of us to do just that.

I imagine I’m not the only one who has a car racing fan for a dad, so Chicken Soup’s new NASCAR book will probably appeal to many a father out there. This time Darrell Waltrip provides the foreword, a piece that celebrates his religious beliefs and the strength he has seen in several of his NASCAR colleagues. Other familiar racing names appear in this collection as well, and true fans will enjoy the personal anecdotes shared by drivers, managers and other enthusiasts.

If these titles seem like your cup of tea (or perhaps, your bowl of soup?), you’ll be happy to hear that we have two copies of each book to giveaway! Please leave one comment to be entered (U.S. and Canada only, please). We’ll announce the winners in our giveaway column on 4/28.

Ever have a book title catch your eye, leaving you instantly intrigued? Well, Dr. Diana Hoppe’s new book, Healthy Sex Drive, Healthy You: What Your Libido Reveals About Your Life, most definitely fell into this category for me.

Read my full review of Healthy Sex Drive, Healthy You over at 5 Minutes for Mom, and while you are there, leave a comment as your entry to win one of three copies.

We’ll announce the winner in the May 3 5 Minutes for Books column over at 5 Minutes for Mom.

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Dawn appreciates both her emotional-stories-loving Mom and cars-driving-in-circles Dad. They probably shake their heads at the silly stories on her blog, my thoughts exactly.

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When she's not reviewing books, Dawn (and her online alter ego, morninglight mama) can be found blogging at my thoughts exactly and contributing to The DC Moms.

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1 Annette W April 19, 2010 at 7:57 am

Either book would be great for Mother’s or Father’s day in my family! Thank you!

2 Julia April 19, 2010 at 10:00 am

Please enter me for the mom book. Thanks!


3 Marj McClendon April 19, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I would like to have the Chicken Soup For Mom Book.

4 Linda Kish April 19, 2010 at 3:34 pm

I would like the Thanks Mom book

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

5 Jo April 19, 2010 at 4:08 pm

I would love to have either book please

6 Gayle April 19, 2010 at 4:08 pm

The NASCAR book sounds like just the thing for Father’s Day.
Thanks for the give away.

7 jemrah April 19, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I love Chicken soup for the Soul books!

8 katklaw777 April 19, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Luv the CSFTS books, great for the car or powder room, thanks.

9 Benita G. April 19, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Please enter me for the Mom Book.


10 Cindy Woolard April 19, 2010 at 8:12 pm

I love Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Please enter me for the Thanks Mom book and thank you for the opportunity.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


11 Michele Anne April 20, 2010 at 9:25 am

sign me uo….i would love to win…

12 Rita April 20, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Every time I visit Mother I try to take a book. Reading is one of the pleasures left to her. Thanks Mom would be a great Mother’s Day gift!

13 Dena April 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm

As a I have a whole family of Nascar fans at my house I think that a Chicken Soup book with a Nascar theme is a really great idea. I am so curious to read it.

14 Kathy Scott April 21, 2010 at 6:28 pm

I would love to escape with the mom book.

15 shannon Baas April 21, 2010 at 8:11 pm

I would like either one as I love these books.

16 Deb April 21, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Would love either one. Thanks!

17 diane Westerbeek April 22, 2010 at 8:10 am

Have read many of them. They are great!

18 Shari D April 22, 2010 at 10:53 am

I love the Chicken Soup for the Soul books,so great for reading in the tub.

19 cathiem April 22, 2010 at 11:52 am

I like the Nascar book because I am a fan of Nascar.

20 Kim C April 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm

These books would make great mothers day and fathers day presents

21 Theresa Haskins April 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Although my parents are deceased, God has provided replacements! If I had a choice, I would request the mom book. Thanks for the fun offer!

22 Blake Smith April 22, 2010 at 11:56 pm

This would be a great mother’s day present…

23 melissa n April 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Great giveaway, thanks for the chance!

24 Kirsten T. April 23, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Although the NASCAR one is supposed to be for the “Dad’, its definitely the mom’s cup of tea in this house. LOL!

25 Gerrie S April 24, 2010 at 9:32 pm

I really enjoy the Chicken Soup books…I would love to get the Thanks Mom for my mom!

26 Christine Sarkauskas April 25, 2010 at 7:03 am

I have always enjoyed the chicken soup for the soul books. They pull at my heart strings

27 Christina April 26, 2010 at 4:31 am

I subscribe! I’d love to win these books since the series is very inspirational!

28 Marc April 26, 2010 at 7:53 am

If I’m hungry I’ll have chicken soup for my tummy so perhaps some for my soul would be good too?!?

29 Melissa B. April 26, 2010 at 8:08 am

My husband would love the Nascar edition.

30 Rebecca April 26, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I would love to have this book!

31 Nancye Davis April 26, 2010 at 1:22 pm

I LOVE Chicken Soup books!! I have never read these books and they look great! Thank you for the chance!!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

32 Pam April 26, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I would like the Thanks Mom book. I absolutely love Chicken Soup books.

33 Sharon Nelson April 26, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Nascar sounds like a good book. I would enjoy any of them.

34 Charlene April 26, 2010 at 2:28 pm

All of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books are great. Lots of fun to read.

35 Jason Nickolay April 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm

The Chicken Soup For The Soul Nascar edition sounds incredible


36 Kerrie Mayans April 26, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I would love to win the mother’s book and I think my dad would like the nascar book so enter me for either one.

37 Rebecca April 26, 2010 at 6:26 pm

I enjoy the chicken soup books

38 Roger Deming April 26, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Great people and mothers rise to every occasion.

39 Molly Capel April 26, 2010 at 11:45 pm

I absolutely love these books! I would love to win a copy of the Thanks Mom.

40 theodore esteghamat April 27, 2010 at 12:30 am

My mother is a NASCAR fan so that’s the book I want to win.

41 Carla Pullum April 27, 2010 at 12:51 am

love to win Thanks Mom!

42 Melanie April 27, 2010 at 12:56 am

I love Chicken Soup books.

43 lknott April 27, 2010 at 1:05 am

Both books look good. Either would be a joy at our house. Thanks!!

44 Trina C April 27, 2010 at 2:12 am

I love the Chicken Soup books, they are always so uplifting.

45 susan smoaks April 27, 2010 at 9:14 am

the chicken soup book sounds great, but either one would be appreciated.

46 susan April 27, 2010 at 9:37 am

I would love the thanks mom for my mother.

47 Susan Smith April 27, 2010 at 9:40 am

Either book would be great

48 Summer April 27, 2010 at 10:12 am

I love Chicken Soup for the Soul. All of the books are inspiring and wonderful.

49 kathy pease April 27, 2010 at 10:23 am

Thank you for the Great giveaway please count me in :)

50 blueviolet April 27, 2010 at 11:42 am

I really enjoy the inspiring stories in this series! I’d like the one for my mom.

51 Rachael April 27, 2010 at 11:51 am

Chicken Soup for the Soul books have been a way for my mother and I to connect beyond just the everyday relationship. We often sit together and read the stories together. These books have made us laugh and cry together.

52 Terri April 27, 2010 at 12:12 pm

I would like the Thanks Mom book. It sounds like a great read.

53 Heather April 27, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I would love either book!

54 Debra P April 27, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I love the Chicken Soup bowls. The stories are just the right length to read while waiting to pick my kids up from activities.

55 Ed Nemmers April 27, 2010 at 5:30 pm

I appreciate the “Chicken Soup” books!

56 Lily Kwan April 27, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

57 Jane Hoh April 27, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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