Book Review: Chicken Soup for the Bride’s Soul
The book is by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Maria Nickless and Gina Romanello. I have seen a couple of Chicken Soup for the Soul books series that captures almost all the phases of life, but strangely, never for the bride. And even worse, is that despite seeing them, I have never had the privilege of owning even one Chicken Soup Book. This was up until my colleagues (bunch of crazies) hosted a surprise bridal shower for me, and blessed me with this book. I can never hide that excitement I get when I receive a book as a gift. I guess it’s because even after unwrapping the gift, there’s that surprise element, not knowing the content of it until you take some time to flip through the pages and immerse yourself in it, and the lingering hope that it’s interesting.
Well, needless to say, this is book is all that and more. It’s that book that any bride- to-be, newlywed wife, or even just any girl who wants to know what transpires in the pre, during and post – wedding ceremony, would need in their book shelf, because just like they say, it’s made up of “stories of love, laughter, commitment to last a lifetime.”
The stories are in the form short-stories, with different people sharing their experiences which are so enriching and awe-inspiring. During the planning phase of the wedding, as a bride, you find yourself sweating over the trivial things such as the center pieces, decorations, accessories, gift favors, programs e.t.c – those things that people will barely remember or focus on – and it can really take a toll on you, because you just want everything to be perfect. And no, it’s just not you, it’s all brides across the globe. We secretly chase perfection for the wedding ceremony – whether on a budget or not.
I started reading it a few weeks before the wedding as a way to just unwind. And boy did it help me see the planning process from a different perspective. If anything, it helped me stress less – especially about the small stuff, and appreciate more – appreciate the people who took some time out to be there for us. After reading these stories from people from all walks of life, I came to realize that the perfection we chase becomes so irrelevant when we face the realities of life. It’s more about the people that surround you; the emotions that fill the air; fulfilling the commitments you make on the day and beyond; the memories you build as time passes; and special moments you create and will always treasure.
Now, I have every reason to pick up some other Chicken Soup Book Series for the next phases that comes along, for myself and for a friend. Because I believe, there’s no better teacher than experience, and sometimes you don’t have to go through the experience yourself, you can learn from other people’s – other teenagers, professionals, brides, wife’s, husbands, parents and so on. And what better way to receive those lessons than through stories.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. Have a splendid weekend loves!
Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*