One of ten volumes in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration features contemporary instrumentals by the Michael Christopher Ensemble. Their sound combines contemporary jazz and new age elements, and does so particularly well on pieces like "Inspiration Peak." The group leans more towards jazz on "Free to Be," "Points of Light," and "Planet Hope," and more towards new age on "Earthly Harmonies," "Serenity," and "Sky Flyer," while tracks like "Sunshower" and "Circle of Love" have more of an electro-acoustic feel. The album also features a version of "Inspiration Peak" with Chicken Soup for the Soul creator Mark Victor Hansen reading an inspirational story. A thoughtfully-made album, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration is a well-done album of motivational music that works equally well as a part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, or on its own.