TROY — Christina Ryan Claypool, a regular Sidney Daily News contributing columnist, has a story featured in the recently released book, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Best Mom Ever.”
The true account is of her mother’s miraculously buying a home with a down payment of $1, along with her mom’s advice that encouraged Claypool to become a first-time homeowner.
The freelance journalist was also published in a 2014 “Chicken Soup for the Soul” title.
“I enjoy reading ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ stories,” said the columnist. “The … positive and sometimes faith-filled messages have always inspired me.”
The famous “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books are published by Simon and Schuster. In 2007, USA Today named “Chicken Soup for the Soul” one of the five most memorable books in the last quarter-century. “The Best Mom Ever” collection is described as containing “101 heartwarming, and sometimes humorous, stories of gratitude and love for the woman who does it all.” The book is about all kinds of mother figures, not just biological mothers, but grandmothers, stepmothers and adoptive moms, too.
Claypool was excited to learn that her column: “Mom’s Dream House,” was among those selected for the anthology, which is being featured for Mother’s Day 2017.
“Who doesn’t want to honor their mother?” she asked.
“Being a mother is the most difficult and the most rewarding job there is,” according to a “Chicken Soup for the Soul” press release. “It’s a 24/7/365 career that starts the moment you know you’re expecting and then never ends. That’s why ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul: Best Mom Ever!’ is so inspirational for mothers and stepmothers, grandmothers and mothers-in-law, because it shows them that they are, indeed, appreciated by their children. Mothers need that reassurance. They’re always wondering if they could be doing something better, doing something more”
“My story in this book is very personal, because I wish my mom would have had the opportunity to see her lifelong dream for me to be a homeowner fulfilled,” Claypool said. “So, it’s bittersweet, because Mom passed away very suddenly in 2010. Those who have lost their moms know how painful that grief can be. Even after years, it can hit you unexpectedly at times, especially with Mother’s Day approaching.”
Claypool is a former reporter and producer for WTLW TV 44 in Lima with a Bachelor of Arts from Bluffton University and a Master of Arts from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, where she served as a past adjunct instructor in the communications department. She is also a recipient of two Amy awards and an Ohio Associated Press award.
She has authored two Christian recovery books, “Forgiven” and “Seeds of Hope for Survivors,” and her first women’s inspirational novel, “Secrets of the Pastor’s Wife,” will be released in the near future. Her website is www.christinaryanclaypool.com.