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Book Review: Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirits of Women by Jack Canfield, et al

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Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirits of Women by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jennifer Read Hawthorne and Marci Shimoff is an engaging book with 101 stories aimed straight at the hearts of women. Many of these stories are heart wrenching accounts of happy times, as well as sad ones.

The authors relate the story of Wilma Rudolph who was told that she would never walk again by her physicians. She went on to earn three gold medals in the same Olympics. Sheryl Nicholson’s story about the Christmas Eve painting of walls and wrapping gifts preceded her children waking up to a great surprise in the morning.

There are heart wrenching stories, as well as happy ones. For instance, a daughter locates her mother after years of separation just in time to see her prior to passing. Another sad story is told about a mother who became a teacher, completed graduate school and suffered her last days with Alzheimer’s.

A story filled with joy concerns a young woman who passed a little boy with no shoes and rags on for clothing. The occasion marked the height of the holidays. The woman took the little boy to buy brand new shoes and warm clothes. The boy remarked “Are you God, ma’am?”

The stories contained in this book honor the strengths, as well as the beauty in the spirits of women. The stories serve as an inspiration and joy to all readers. Each chapter has a special message of love, triumph, tragedy, extreme generosity and higher wisdom from having experienced life in its many dimensions. The book ends with a poem by the Reverend Melissa M. Bowers.

Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul is written for a wide constituency of readers in virtually every walk of life. The authors present just about every kind of human tribulation and triumph imaginable. This book provides a very good dose of life itself.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.