Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People (Giveaway)

July 18, 2009 by Kailani  
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This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Joanne & Gloria!

Everyone finds themselves in difficult situation at times: layoffs, natural disasters, grief, illness, economic troubles, etc. Chicken Soup for the Soul is known for stories that inspire, educate, and basically just makes you feel better. Their newest title, Tough Times, Tough People, is no exception.


Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, June 2009, 978-1-935096-35-1, $14.95) reminds us that tough times won’t last, but tough people will. Tough People is all about overcoming adversity, pulling together, making do with less, facing challenges, and finding new joys in a simpler life. This new collection shares tales of people who have been laid off, lost their homes, and endured wrenching life changes, but discovered the underlying gifts in their new situations. More time at home with family, creative “staycations,” more satisfying job opportunities, and renewed gratitude for health and life are just a few of the silver linings these survivors have learned to cherish.


What I really loved about this book, as well as all their other titles, is that the stories are written by everyday people with everyday lives. It makes the stories that much more inspiring and makes me feel like if they can overcome their obstacles then I can, too.

I found the book easy to navigate with stories being categorized into various topics. This really helped me find just the right stories for my situation. However, the best part is that each story was only a few pages long. Perfect for when you have a few minutes to spare. My favorite section was The Power of Positive Thinking. It reminded me to always look on the bright side and hope for the best. Sometimes, positive thinking can bring upon positive results!

This book can be purchased at for $10.17.


I have 2 copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People to give away. To enter:

  • Just mention in comments before midnight, July 26th why you’d like to win this book. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email shortly thereafter.
  • The winner will then have 3 days to claim their prize.

To earn extra entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket but you must leave a separate comment for each one.

  • Subscribe to my feed.
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  • Mention this giveaway on your blog with a link back here and to Chicken Soup for the Soul.

This giveaway is open to US & Canadian addresses. Good luck!

About the author:
Kailani is the owner and founder of An Island Life. You'll find her sharing her daily life as a mother to 3 wonderful daughters, working as a flight attendant, and living a blessed life in Hawaii. She is also the founder of the group review site - Family Review Network. Follow along on her adventure of a lifetime this Winter as a member of the Vaseline Dry Skin Patrol!
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169 Responses to “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People (Giveaway)”
  1. susan varney says:

    love that it promotes the idea that tough times won’t last forever also enjoyed their other books

  2. angie says:

    would love to win this book to share with all my friends going through tough times

  3. angie says:

    subscribed to feed

  4. angie says:

    following on twitter ID is shopannies

  5. steadymom says:

    I love this series of books and I’m always looking for an uplifting read!


  6. Anne says:

    I seem to have one of those lives that just when you feel everything is going to be ok…….something else happens that you need to get through.

    I’ve had many people tell me I should write a book actually.

    This would be great to read!


    (in Canada)

  7. Anne says:

    I follow you on Twitter (greeeneyedwhwom)


    (in Canada)

  8. Anne says:

    I’m a subscriber


    (in Canada)

  9. Benita G. says:

    I love the Chicken Soup Series. The stories are real and down to earth. I have many in the series. In fact, I have a story published in Chicken Soup for the Sister’s Soul. I’d like to add this book to my collection.

  10. Benita G. says:

    I subscribe via email.

  11. JamericanSpice says:

    In these tough time this would definitely help our family inspiringly. I can read and share it with other family and friends.

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  13. JamericanSpice says:

    I have your button

  14. JamericanSpice says:

    follow on twitter

  15. DG says:

    It would definitely be inspiring! :)

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  17. DG says:

    twitter follower (dreamer08)

  18. MRS.MOMMYY says:

    love chicken soup books- they make you think..they inspire and make you laugh and let you know you will willmake it thru- its not as bad as you think

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  20. KC says:

    I have never read any of these books, and think it is a good time to read this one. I would like to absorb it, and pass on what I have learned to my friends.

  21. KC says:

    I am a subscriber

  22. Joanne Schultz says:

    I’ve been unemployed for eight months now, and there aren’t a lot of jobs available in my field.
    Times are tough, and this book sounds like something I should be reading!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Joanne Schultz says:

    I subscribe to your feed in google reader.

  24. Joanne Schultz says:

    i follow on twitter – js22222222 .

  25. Kimberly says:

    I would like to win because I have read some of the other Chicken Soup Books and liked them.

  26. Kimberly says:

    I subscribe to your feed.

  27. Kimberly says:

    I follow you on twitter (winsome6)

  28. 1stopmom says:

    I would to win this book. I really like the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

  29. Sara Thompson says:

    I would like to win this for my parents, because my dad just lost his job last week.

  30. Marie N says:

    What can I say…seriously injured and disabled in 2001 by a drunk driver I have days where I’m weary of the limitations and the pain. On most days I’m grateful I survived so that I could have more time with my children and see the birth of my granddaughter. But there are days I really could use some inspiration or a reminder that all this is part of a larger plan. Sometimes I just wish the planner would let me in on the plan!

  31. Nancye Davis says:

    I would like to win this book because I LOVE all of the Chicken Soup books. I have quite a few of them, but not this one. The title is perfect for me as I am currently going through some pretty tough times. It may help me to face the issues a little better.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

    Thanks for having this Giveaway!!

  32. Nancye Davis says:

    I subscribe to your feed

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  33. Nancye Davis says:

    I follow you on Twitter

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  34. Marie N says:

    I am subscribed to the “An Island Life” rss feed.

  35. Linda Peters says:

    some days it is hard to look on the bright side, but reading some of these books can really help, thanks

  36. Charlotte Winters says:

    I’d like to read this book. I know alot of people who are having tough times now.

  37. Elaine R says:

    I would like this book for encouragement for my daughter.

  38. Emily L says:

    I would love to read this.

  39. Emily L says:

    I would love to read this.

  40. Linda White says:

    Because we can all use some new ideas on how to get by from people who have been there! Such courage and strenghth!

  41. elaina says:

    If I won Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People I’d probably donate it to the junior high library in which I work. My students love the Chicken Soup books! smalltownbeatnik at gmail

  42. elaina says:

    I’m a long time subscriber to your feed. smalltownbeatnik at gmail

  43. elaina says:

    I follow you on Twitter. smalltownbeatnik at gmail

  44. elaina says:

    Your button is on my blog’s sidebar. smalltownbeatnik at gmail

  45. Tonya Keener says:

    Everytime I think I am getting ahead I have to endure more problems. I know what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger but I will love a short time without stress and worry. I lost custody of my daughter when she was five (to my parents) because of my alcoholism. I was in two physically abusive marriages. I had to give up my second daughter for adoption. I finally got sober and moved near my first daughter two years ago with 10 years sobriety and thought life was getting better. Then I was laid off work from the first job I got when I moved. I was laid off for over a year before I found a new job just last week. I went through seven thousand dollars (my entire savings) while laid off, my unemployment ran out, and now I am looking at being homeless in August because I don’t have the money for August rent. I really really really really need to read this book. Please pick me.

  46. Nad says:

    I love the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books. they are so inspiring

  47. Cody Endres says:

    I’d really like this book so I could give it to my grandmother. Thanks.

  48. angie says:

    This looks like such an inspirational book to read and share with others.

  49. Janine says:

    I’d like to win this for my fiancee who is going through a downpour right now. :(

  50. Janine says:

    I am a subscriber! :)

  51. Carol Lawrence says:

    I would like to win because I have read some of the other Chicken Soup Books and liked them. This one would be appropriate right now.

  52. Carol Lawrence says:

    E-Mail subscriber.

  53. Charlene says:

    It’s been bad timing for me – I’m a graduating student looking at job prospects

  54. Shari D says:

    I would love to read this book as I love the Chicken Soup books a lot.

  55. Shari D says:

    I am an email subscriber.

  56. Marla T says:

    I love the Chicken Soup for the Soul books and this one sounds like a great addition. Thank you for the entry.

  57. Marla T says:

    I am a subscriber via email. Thanks!

  58. Marla T says:

    I also follow you on Twitter. My Twitter username is: nanatide. thanks again!

  59. Shirley says:

    This would be a great book to read around the pool or at the beach this summer. That is why I’d like to win

  60. serena says:

    my friend’s daughter is going through a hard time and would benefit from this book

  61. Beth says:

    I’d like to win this because I’m going through some tough times, and I could use some encouragement.

  62. Buffie says:

    I would love to win a copy of this. There are times when my hubby gets so negative it druves me nuts and I think a book like this would be good for him.

  63. Buffie says:

    I subscribe to your feed

  64. Buffie says:

    And I follow you on Twitter @nafyboocs

  65. Aimee G says:

    Love the Chicken Soup series, would very much like to add this one to my collection.

  66. Megan B. says:

    I think we can all understand this book at times such as these – its hard not to feel job stability in this economy. I’d love to give this to my friend who has really fallen on some hard times. Thanks for the giveaway!

  67. jacque says:

    I would love to read his book because,I will pass it on to my sisters and mom. Also, I know I would learn something from this book and some tips. Thanks!

  68. jacque says:

    I subscribe.

  69. Eloise C says:

    I would love to win this book because I love reading inspirational stories written by everyday people and this sounds like a wonderful and heart-wrenching book. Thanks so much for such a wonderful giveaway!


  70. Eloise C says:

    I am subscribed via Google Reader.


  71. Eloise C says:

    Following you on Twitter (furygirl3132).


  72. Eloise C says:

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  73. Leya Schiller says:

    I”m ending a long battle with a chronic illness and have been looking for a job for two years. I just finished the chicken soup for the single’s soul and LOVED IT. Can’t put into words how much it helped me. This would be perfect. I didn’t even know they had the tough times one. Blessings to all!

  74. Erica says:

    love that it’s an inspirational book. it’s great to read for someone going through tough times because it gives you hope that things will turn out better and that other people are going through it with you.

  75. Erica says:

    following on twitter

    id: ericachung

  76. Christy says:

    I’d like to win this book because I need some encouragement right now! We’re living with my in-laws, struggling to deal with the heart surgery my infant son needed, and living on one income! Thanks for the giveaway!

  77. patsy hagen says:

    I love all the Chicken Soup For The Soul books, but I haven’t read this one.

  78. Terra Heck says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading other Chicken Soup For the Soul books and I’m sure this one is just as great.

  79. Terra Heck says:

    email subscriber

  80. Karen Gonyea says:

    We love the Chicken Soup collection :)

  81. Kimberly says:

    I’d love to win. Like everyone else, I’ve had tough times recently.

  82. Laura says:

    I lost my job Aug 11, 2008. Only a week later, my dad had a stroke. Since that time I have struggled with my situation and myself. Some days have been really bad emotionally and some days are good. I have a very supportive family and a great network of friends who are all standing behind me. Now, 11 months later I still can not find a decent paying job that will cover the bills and as I try to be positive and optimistic about the future, dark clouds loom. If I were to win this book, I believe I could find the inspiration I need to be strong and once having read it, I would lend it to others in my network who could use the same support during these tough times.

    Laura from Canada

  83. Kelly Ann T. says:

    I need the inspiration these books provide. I lost my job and started college at the age of 44. Some days just never seem to end. I would love this.

  84. Robyn L Norris says:

    I have had a rough couple of years and I think this book would cheer me up and help me move forward.

    Thank you! :)

  85. rebecca says:

    Love the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, there is always lots of encouragement to be found in the stories.

  86. Linda says:

    This book should inspire everyone.

  87. jan koontz says:

    just to cool

  88. Mary M says:

    I’d love to win this. My husband has been out of work since November and he could use a lift and some encouragement.

  89. sarah says:

    i’d like this book because the times have affected my husband and i and we need some smiles!

  90. Jackie says:

    Times are tough for all of us. I think this would be a great pick me up for myself and give me something good to talk about with my friends instead of rehashing the depressing news.

  91. Amanda says:

    I’d like to win this book for myself and my husband to read together. Sounds like just what we need. :)

  92. Angela Winesburg says:

    I would love to read this, these books are always so inspiring! Thanks for the chance!

  93. Melissa O. says:

    I love these books. They give me hope and inspiration. I often relate to the stories and it gives me strength knowing so many people made it through so many tough situations.

  94. Mary Casper says:

    I love inspirational books they are always uplifting for me especially during times of stress

  95. Gabriel J. says:

    Great read, great contest!

  96. Chris G. says:

    I’d like to win the book because I could use a little inspiration right about now! Thanks for the giveaway!

  97. Chris G. says:

    I subscribed via reader.

  98. Chris G. says:

    I followed you on twitter (sunnyview99).

  99. Chris G. says:

    I added your button:

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  101. Dierdra Byrd says:

    I would love to win this book! That would be a great motivation.

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  103. Dierdra Byrd says:

    I already follow you on twitter-dlb1980

  104. Molly Capel says:

    I love the Chicken Soup books, but haven’t read this one yet.

  105. Mishia says:

    I’d love this book because it would be great to see how others cope.

  106. Kelly F says:

    I love the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. They are always so inspirational. I would love to add this to my collection.

  107. Kelly F says:

    I subscribe to your feed!

  108. Kelly F says:

    I follow on twitter!
    username: wordsmoveme

  109. Kelly F says:

    I have your button:

  110. Sharon McCloud says:

    I tweeted and joined your blog and I love Chicken Soup the stories are feel good tear you up stories and in this world we need things like this to keep us going

  111. Jenny Gibbons says:

    I’d like to win the book because when things get bad, one of the most inspiring and uplifting things (for me) is to hear how other people overcame their difficulties.

  112. Bethany says:

    I’d love to win this book because I just lost my job and could use a pick-me-up!

  113. Bethany says:

    I subscribe to your feed :)

  114. Bethany says:

    I also follow you on twitter!

  115. Caitlin says:

    I remember reading these books as a kid and over the years they have helped me so much. with the world the way it is, its good to read something with hope in it.


  116. Erma says:

    I love to read and this sounds like a perfect read.

  117. Ed Nemmers says:

    For my neighbor!

  118. Sheila Hickmon says:

    Because I love Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and this one looks great! Thanks for the chance!

  119. Sheila Hickmon says:

    I subscribe!

  120. Sheila Hickmon says:

    I follow you on twitter, mom2anutball!

  121. Hesper F says:

    I would like to win this book to see how other people have triumphed over trials that have come their way.

  122. May Schultz says:

    I would like to win this book to send to my daughter. She has been out of work since November and things still aren’t looking any better. I thought this might ease her suffering a bit.

  123. Doreen says:

    I would love to win because everyone now and then….we need a book like this. It’s just the way it is.

  124. Kristyn Martin says:

    I would love to win this book because i, personally right now am in a “slump”. I really think it would help to read about others who are having tough times and how they conquered them!

  125. Jenn H says:

    I really would like this book, I really could use a boost of insperation. I have been pretty down, since I lost my job. Any words of encouragement to get through this tough time would be greatly appreciated.

  126. Jenn H says:

    I am now following you on twitter.

  127. Charles Opperman says:

    I love these books.

  128. kay wolter says:

    Number 30 I totally agree Love these books lately seems more valleys then mountain tops thanks for the drawings

  129. Rose Roberts says:

    I would like to win this book because after I read it I’ll share it with my friends and family – we all need some encouragement right now

  130. Tracy says:

    I write an inspirational blog (Ascending Butterfly) so inspirational reading is very important to me!

  131. electricisland says:

    Would like to win the book!

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  133. electricisland says:

    have your button!

  134. Joanne says:

    I think this would be a very inspirational book.

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  136. Tracy says:

    Going through so rough times right now in my family. These books have always been so uplifting. This title would be very fitting at this time.

  137. blueviolet says:

    I would just love to read some inspirational and uplifting stories!

  138. blueviolet says:

    I’m subscribed

  139. blueviolet says:

    I have your button

  140. blueviolet says:

    I blogged about it here

  141. blueviolet says:

    I follow on twitter (blueviolet)

  142. corrie says:

    my niece who just graduated would love this book. she has read numerous chicken soup books.

  143. Veronica Garrett says:

    I would like to read these inspirational stories. We are struggling. My husband will be laid off next week. We are going through a tough time.

  144. gloria says:

    Would like this because we are going through tough times right now because my husband has some serious health issues and work problems

  145. gloria says:

    subscribe to feed through google reader

  146. gloria says:

    follow twitter as kngmckellar

  147. kathy pease says:

    id love to win this because it sure fits perfect with our economy today :(

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  149. kathy pease says:

    following on twitter klp1965

  150. Marianna says:

    I’d love to win because the Chicken Soup books are great and I know some tough people who could use a pick me up like this!

  151. Marianna says:

    I follow on twitter @mannabsn

  152. Dara N. says:

    I have been unemployed for awhile now and could use a book like this to help to lift my spirits and to help me stay positive and focused!

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  153. Kelly Grant says:

    I have a friend who loves reading these books.

  154. Candie L says:

    I would love to read this book for inspiration. Right now we are okay, but sometimes I have to remind myself of that. Thank you

  155. Maja says:

    i want to win it for my husband

  156. Maja says:


  157. Jeff says:

    My soul could definitely use some chicken soup …

  158. Charlene Kuser says:

    I love the Chicken Soup for the Soul books,
    they are so inspirational.I would love
    to read this one as I am having tough times.Thanks

  159. Charlene Kuser says:

    Subscriber via google reader

  160. Charlene Kuser says:

    Following on Twitter (Swtlilchick)

  161. Helen says:

    I’d love to win this book.

  162. Donna K says:

    Everyone needs help during these tough times.

  163. Donna K says:


  164. Donna K says:

    follow on twitter.(donnak4)

  165. Donna K says:

    Button on my blog.

  166. Lily Kwan says:

    I would like to win this book because it sounds very interesting!

  167. Lily Kwan says:

    I subscribed to your feed.

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