Chicken Soup for Mom and Dad

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.


  1. Gayle says

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

  2. Cindy Woolard says

    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.


  3. says

    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!

  4. Dena says

    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.

  5. Kirsten T. says

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

  6. Christine Sarkauskas says

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

  7. Christina says

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

  8. Marc says

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

  9. Nancye Davis says

    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

  10. Jason Nickolay says

    The Chicken Soup For The Soul Nascar edition sounds incredible


  11. Kerrie Mayans says

    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.

  12. Rachael says

    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.