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Chicken Soup for the Soul Power Moms

by Jennifer Donovan

What exactly is a power mom?

Chicken Soup for the Soul highlights the power of choice that SAHM and WAHM’s exercise daily in their new offering, Chicken Soup for the Soul Power Moms: 101 Stories Celebrating the Power of Choice for Stay at Home and Work from Home Moms. The essays included highlight the fact that we have a lot of choices as moms, and will often move from one choice to another.

This anthology features some writers with whom many of you are familiar:

I wouldn’t normally think about recommending this sort of book for a book club, but this one has questions for discussion, and I think that reading this book with a group of women in the same boat that you are in could open up a wonderfully honest and supportive conversation.

If you like Chicken Soup for the Soul books, keep your eye on the 5 Minutes for Books feed, because I will be featuring two other titles in a great Mother’s Day Giveaway (we’ll be giving away over $200 of books in April!).

We have three copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms to give away to a reader with a U.S. or Canadian address. Just leave a comment, and check next week’s column to see if you won (the contest is over).

The winners of last week’s book Everyone is Beautiful are #11 Shirley Rogers, #26 kris #153 Betty C.

This review was written by contributing editor Jennifer Donovan, who manages 5 Minutes for Books and blogs at Snapshot.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Kelli March 30, 2009 at 7:12 am

I would love to win this book it sounds wonderful.

2 SANDY March 30, 2009 at 7:16 am

would love to read it for inspiration…

3 Lianne March 30, 2009 at 9:03 am

I love the “Chicken Soup” books. They are always so encouraging! I sure could use that! Thanks!

4 Barbara H. March 30, 2009 at 9:03 am

Sounds good! Thanks for the giveaway!

5 Denise March 30, 2009 at 9:31 am

I’m sure this would be very inspirational.

6 Katrina March 30, 2009 at 10:26 am

I enjoy an occasional Chicken Soup… book, and this one looks interesting. Please enter me!

7 Linda White March 30, 2009 at 11:15 am

This would be a great book for Mothers Day!!!!!

8 Linda Chaput March 30, 2009 at 11:37 am

This would be great.I hope i win this book.I am a subscriber.

9 Megan March 30, 2009 at 11:45 am

I would love the CS book! I love reading inspirational stories.

10 Heather Diotte March 30, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway! :D

Canadian Contests and Freebies:

11 nancy waychoff March 30, 2009 at 12:47 pm

i started reading there books when my sister bought me one for xmas

12 C. clemens March 30, 2009 at 12:55 pm

i wanna win

13 Callista March 30, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Wow this sounds awesome! I love chicken soup books and I’d love to read one with bloggers and authors and such. Enter me please.

14 susan varney March 30, 2009 at 3:37 pm

i would like to have it for my sister. she reads all of the chicken soup books

15 Laura March 30, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Sounds like a great book, I’ve not heard of it before. Thanks Jennifer!!

16 Michael Capp March 30, 2009 at 4:26 pm

I’d love to win!

17 Kim N March 30, 2009 at 4:58 pm

I would love to win this book!

18 Thea March 30, 2009 at 5:08 pm

I would love to win this!

19 christopher h March 30, 2009 at 5:23 pm

would love this

20 Veggiemomof2 March 30, 2009 at 5:45 pm

On a day where my car has broken down causing me to not get groceries, my contractor won’t return my calls, & my kids are duking it out literally outside, I would LOVE this booK!

21 Jennifer Elliott March 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm

I’ve read so many chicken soup books, this looks neat!

22 Jean F March 30, 2009 at 6:57 pm

I love Chicken Soup books – looking forward to these

23 Catherine copeland March 30, 2009 at 8:57 pm

i have read and enjoyed many of the chicken soup for the soul books.

24 Tanna Moddison March 30, 2009 at 9:02 pm

I love the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, I’ve read many of them. This one sounds like it was written just for me!! I’d love to win this.

25 Julia March 30, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Please enter me. I’ve enjoyed the Chicken Soup series and as a SAHM this one definitely sounds like a good pick.

26 angie March 30, 2009 at 9:46 pm

I would love to win this book for both me and my mom and my daughter who is a mom

27 angie March 30, 2009 at 9:46 pm
28 angie March 30, 2009 at 9:47 pm
29 MIchelle March 30, 2009 at 10:24 pm

I’d love to win this chicken soup for the soul .Thanks for the chance.I follow on twitter.

30 shannon Baas March 30, 2009 at 10:46 pm

I would love this book.

31 TopazTook March 30, 2009 at 10:50 pm

This sounds like a great book to win!

32 Angie March 30, 2009 at 10:58 pm

This will save me from having to buy a Jodi Piccoult novel!

33 Stacy March 31, 2009 at 12:24 am

I need something that uplifts me in a few pages each day. I want to read about other Moms in the same boat I am. What can I do better as this time goes so fast??

34 Carol Lawrence March 31, 2009 at 4:14 am

The Chicken Soup books are always good for a little inspiration,enter me in the giveaway.

35 Charlotte March 31, 2009 at 7:51 am

I’d love to win this book. I love reading Chicken Soup books!

36 KarenPr March 31, 2009 at 9:06 am

Great contest, please enter me.

37 marge mckoen March 31, 2009 at 9:50 am

my daugter would love this all her husband does is nag at her for being a stay at home mom

38 Stephen Saunders March 31, 2009 at 10:07 am

Chicken Soup rocks.

39 IE Mommy March 31, 2009 at 10:51 am

I love the Chicken Soup series. They are perfect for when you crave a bit more then a newspaper and magazine but don’t have the time to sit down and read a 600 page novel. I’d be thrilled to win anything from this series. THanks for the fun

40 Shari D March 31, 2009 at 12:10 pm

I love all the Chicken Soup for the Soul books and this one looks like a good read.

41 Heather S March 31, 2009 at 12:18 pm

What an interesting sounding book!

42 Belinda McNabb March 31, 2009 at 12:49 pm

This would be great to win. Count me in pls

43 Janne March 31, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Looks like a great book.

44 Karen Gonyea March 31, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Looks great :)

45 Gina Stratos March 31, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Sounds affirming

46 Ellen C. March 31, 2009 at 5:30 pm

I’d love to read this. Thanks for the chance.

47 Toby March 31, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Great prize!

48 Petula March 31, 2009 at 9:25 pm

Great giveaway! I’m a bookaholic and I would love to get this. :)

49 Kathy D March 31, 2009 at 10:40 pm

this books sounds great….

50 Kim aka TMWW April 1, 2009 at 12:30 am

OMG I would love to have this book! I have wanted some Chicken Soup for the Soul books for sooo long and never have the money to buy any. I’ve read some from the local library and I LOVE THEM!

51 Mozi Esmes Mommy April 1, 2009 at 2:20 am

Would love to read this!

52 Nancy S. April 1, 2009 at 11:22 am

This book looks fantastic!

53 Linda Gilbert April 1, 2009 at 7:24 pm

When I am in need of a boost or feeling blah, I like to read a couple articles in the Chicken Soup books and they inspire me to be a more positive individual.

54 Jennifer M April 1, 2009 at 9:03 pm

I am a big fan of the Chicken Soup series and have read many of them (including the 1st, 2nd and 3rd helpings, Dog Lovers, the original “mom” version, both golf versions since I work in a golf course, plus a few others that I can’t remember off-hand). I am a huge fan of the inspirational stories and messages of hope and love. As a mom of 4, I definitely consider myself a “Power Mom” and would love the chance to read this book too! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

55 Susan Smith April 1, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Sounds like some good books

56 Gabriel J. April 1, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Please, enter me, great prize!!!

57 Molly Capel April 2, 2009 at 8:34 pm

I love the chickensoup books.

58 Jennelle Henderson April 3, 2009 at 7:04 am

I would love to read this book as well as have my mom read it. Chicken soup for the soul are great books.

59 Christina April 3, 2009 at 12:51 pm

I’ve read many of the other themed Chicken Soup For The Soul books and they’re wonderful, and I wonder what a book on this topic would bring!

60 joni chadwell April 3, 2009 at 7:29 pm


61 sarawins April 4, 2009 at 1:58 am


62 Laura Benjamin April 4, 2009 at 7:50 am

I love Chicken Soup books for the soul. They are so inspirational and down to earth. They really do help you put every part of your life in perspective.

63 Leslie Rathbun April 4, 2009 at 11:11 am


64 Melissa Bettis April 4, 2009 at 4:08 pm

I love Chicken soup books and would really love to have a copy of this book.

65 Sherry R April 4, 2009 at 4:50 pm

What a wonderful prize!

66 shawna f April 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm

I would love to read this!

67 Jessica April 4, 2009 at 6:50 pm

I love all the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. I would love to read this one. Thanks.

68 Lisa Taylor April 4, 2009 at 9:17 pm

This book looks awesome Thanks for the chance

69 Jammie April 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Great contest I would love to beable to read this book. Thank you for that chance

70 tammy thompson April 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm

i would love to read this and pass to my friends!

71 Steve Scott April 4, 2009 at 10:49 pm

I need to feed my wife’s reading addiction.

72 Ed Nemmers April 4, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Happy Spring!

73 Tina H. April 4, 2009 at 11:02 pm

I think every Mom needs some inspiration from time to time. Thanks for a great contest.


74 Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) April 4, 2009 at 11:08 pm

I’d love to read these :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

75 Donn M. Clark April 5, 2009 at 12:05 am

I love the Chicken Soup books, and would love to win this one. Thank you for the chance.

76 Chrysa April 5, 2009 at 12:49 am

These are great books!

77 Brenda S. April 5, 2009 at 1:10 am

I love the “Chicken Soup” books.

78 Debbie B April 5, 2009 at 1:24 am

i like Chicken soup books – sounds like a good one!

79 Robert Moseley April 5, 2009 at 7:08 am

i wanna win

80 Jeanine Price April 5, 2009 at 9:57 am

Nice prize! I would love to win! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

81 Gianna April 5, 2009 at 10:21 am

Please enter me :)

82 Veronica Garrett April 5, 2009 at 10:46 am

I would love to read these great inspirational stories.

83 Marcy Strahan April 5, 2009 at 11:05 am


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