Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul: Stories of Love, Laughter and Commitment to Last a Lifetime

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Your wedding day is one of the most memorable of your life—especially if you're the bride. From unique proposals to hilarious and touching tales of actual ceremonies and receptions, this book will inspire anyone looking ahead to the big day.

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Your wedding day is one of the most memorable of your life—especially if you're the bride. From unique proposals to hilarious and touching tales of actual ceremonies and receptions, this book will inspire anyone looking ahead to the big day.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623610135
  • Publisher: Backlist, LLC - a unit of Chicken Soup of the Soul Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 382,296
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield is cocreator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.


While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

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Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
    2. Website:

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The Best One

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many

gentle voices call him father!

Lydia M. Child

When I was a little girl, my father had a time-honored tradition of tucking me into bed. Following my bedtime story, he would give me a nose kiss, tickle my stomach and whisper the most wonderful words into my ear. "Michelle,
of all the little girls in the whole wide world . . ." he would pause.

"Yes, Daddy?"

"How did your mommy and I get so lucky to get the best one?"

Before he had time to finish, I would say, "You got me!"
And then he would continue, "The best little girl in the whole wide world,
and we got you."

"You got me!" I would scream and clap.

"Yes, you, Michelle, and we're so lucky." He would end with a bear hug and another kiss to my forehead.

Years passed and my father never missed a night, even when I thought he should have. After my basketball team was defeated, he came into my room.

"Michelle, of all the basketball players in the whole wide world," he paused.

"Yes, Daddy?" I stared at the floor.

"How did your mom and I get so lucky to get the best one?"

"You didn't."

"Of course we did, Michelle. We have you."

"But, Dad . . ."

"Yes, you, Michelle, and we're so lucky," he cheered,
as he gave me a high five followed by a bear hug and a kiss to my forehead.
I thought becoming a teenager would end the ritual, but it didn't.

"Michelle, of all the teenagers in the whole wide world
. . ." he would pause.

"Dad, I'm too old for this," I would sigh.

"How did your mother and I get so lucky to get the best one?"

"C'mon, Dad," I grunted.

"We have you, Michelle, and we're so lucky." Then the embarrassing hug and kiss.

Following college, I became engaged. My father never missed a night to call or leave a message reminding me how special I was to him. I even wondered if he would continue calling after I got married, but he didn't. The daily calls I had taken for granted all my life ended the day he died from cancer,
only weeks before my wedding.

I deeply missed sharing the day with my father.

Standing behind the white church doors with my arm in my brother's,
I waited for the wedding march to begin. Before we began our descent down the aisle, my brother reached inside his pocket and handed me an ivory napkin embroidered with pink ribbon.

Inscribed were the words:

Of all the precious wives in the whole wide world, how did Mark get so lucky to marry the best one? He married you, Michelle, and he is so lucky! I am so proud of you, my little girl.



Without a doubt, it was the best wedding gift I received. One I would never forget. My father showered me with his gifts every day of his life. How did I get so lucky?

Michelle Marullo

¬2003. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Maria Nickless,
Gina Romanello. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street,
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Beverly Clark xv

Introduction xvii

1 The Meaning of Marriage

Twenty-Six Years-An Unfolding Romance Kris Hamm Ross 2

My Love Is Like a Red, Red Marker Carrie St. Michel 6

A Second Chance Ariana Adams 8

Roses Not Required Rachel Wallace-Oberle 11

A Change of Heart Denise Jacoby 13

Dancing in the Aisles Amanda Krug 16

The Porsche Factor Mitali Perkins 19

2 Proposals

Treasure Hunt Steve Manchester 25

The Last Quarter Ward Nickless 31

The Changing Tide Michelle Marullo 35

Until Death… Barbara Loftus Boswell 37

Storybook Proposal Matthew Cummings 40

Love Is in the Air Lynette Baker Helms 44

Hidden Treasures Michelle Isenhour 46

A Trail of Love Shad Purcell 48

Taking Care of Business Leigh P. Rogers 50

Popping the Question Elizabeth L Blair 53

A Friend, Indeed! Sylvia Suriano 56

Never Say Never Sally Kelly-Engeman 60

3 The Perfect Dress

She Did It Her Way Julie Firman 67

Priceless Nora E. Kessel 70

Given the Green Light Jeanne Hill 73

Holding It All Together Adele Noetzelman 76

Tagged for Delivery Pat Phillips 78

The Blessed Dress Sandy Williams Driver 81

Keepin' the Faith Greta Montgomery 84

4 The Big Day

A Snow Cloud's Silver Lining Annmarie B. Tait 89

Kiss and Tell Theresa Chan 93

A Bouquet to Remember Cindy L. Lassalle 96

Flower Princess Nicole Owens 99

What Could My Country Do for Me? Carlienne A Frisch 103

Dismally Late Jeanne Hill 106

My Love Is Like a Mountain Eileen Chase 108

At Ease Carol McAdoo Rehme 112

Should We or Shouldn't We? Raegan Holloway 113

He Completed Us Michelle Lawson 116

Coming Full Circle Denise N. Wheatley 119

Built on Love Miriam Hill 122

Raining Love Kelly Stevens-Hartley 127

5 Who Giveth?

A Tale of Two Fathers Kimberly Ripley 130

The Best One Michelle Marullo 133

The Unconditional Step Donald R Novakovich 136

Bedtime Fears Charlotte Lanham 139

Going Home Liza G. Maakestad 141

Angie's Wedding Day Judith Givens 144

The Music Played On Nancy B. Gibbs 149

This Is Our Dance Amanda Parise-Peterson 152

The Unlikely Best Man Jenn Dlugos 156

Given Away Renata Waldrop 159

6 For Better or for Worse

That's Entertainment! Maryellen Heller 165

Of Blue Jeans and Buttons Maria Nickless 169

House to Home Mike Zeballos 173

Princess Bride Veneta Leonard 177

Te Amo, Te Quiero, Carina Patrick Mendoza 181

In the End Barbara M. Johnson 183

A Second Chance at Remembering Becky Knutson Jeannie Kim 186

What Matters Most Shonna Milliken Humphrey 191

Old Love Turned Brand-New Vicki Frizzell Janet Matthews 194

Got Match? C. Capiz Greene 198

7 Treasured Moments

A Bridesmaid's View from the Altar Kathy Passero 202

At the Ritz Cathy L. Novakovich 206

Chain of Love Kathleen Happ 210

Through the Beholder's Eyes Keith A Wooden 214

Arm-in-Arm Michele Wallace Campanelli 218

Sisterly Love Ann Cooke 221

Heart of Friendship Michele Wallace Campanelli 223

Guest of Honor Cindy L. Lassalle 227

The Look Patty Swyden Sullivan 229

Stepping In Penny Perrone 232

Joan's Bouquet Julie Messbarger Charlotte Adelsperger 235

Pennies from Heaven Holly Jensen Hughes 238

Silverware and Sauces Carol Mell 241

Budding Hope Elaine G. Dumler 244

Grandpa's Gift Nicolle Woodward 248

Oh, What a Catch! Kaylen Pierce 252

8 Keepsakes

The Ring of Love Ginger Boda 257

Kitchen Cache Lucy Akard Seay 261

A Tradition in the Waiting Lorraine Cheeka 263

Golden Slippers Charlotte Lanham 266

The Wedding Gift Carol Sturgulewski 269

Keeping the Tradition Dr. Denise Enete 271

Showered with Love Lisa Solomon 273

9 Welcome to the Family

Our First Meeting David R Wilkins 278

Ode to My Mother-in-Law V. J. Coulman 281

Final Approval Lad Moore 284

Just Like Hazel T. Suzanne Eller 288

All in the Family Marie S. Lyle 290

My Big, Fat Pig Wedding Debra Purdy Kong 294

What's So Funny? Peggy Purser Freeman 298

10 Timeless Wisdom

His 'n' Hers Gwen Rockwood 302

The First Freeze Paige M. Kolb 306

Dot-to-Dot Pamela Doerksen 309

Advice from the Groom's Dad Gary Lautens 311

Time for a Tune-Up Caroline Pignat 314

Someday My Prince Will-Bring Coffee Deborah Thomas 318

A Husband for June Cleaver Carla Riehl 320

Small Beds, Soft Hearts Norris Burkes 325

Until Death Do Us Part Kelly Gamble 327

The Trophy Daphne Dykeman 329

Love Everlasting Annette Paxman Bowen 331

Who Is Jack Canfield? 335

Who Is Mark Victor Hansen? 336

Who Is Maria Nickless? 337

Who Is Gina Romanello? 338

Contributors 339

Permissions 351

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2004

    A must read

    This book made me laugh and cry at the same time with it's true life stories of that most special day. A must read for anyone involved in a wedding from Bride to guest, Minister to coordinator. A great shower gift!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2004

    Awesome Book!! Must Have!!!

    This book was incredible from start to finish. Pick up a box of kleenex before reading. Great wedding gift. A few of my favorite stories... The Changing Tide, The Music Played On, The Best One ... Wow! Powerful! It left me wanting more! Must Read!!!

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