Chicken Soup for the Christian Family Soul: Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit

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Like the original Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul, this second volume celebrates wholesome, traditional values and principles. Themes of forgiveness, faith, hope, charity and love will lift readers' spirits and warm their hearts. —at home, at work and in the community.

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Overview

Like the original Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul, this second volume celebrates wholesome, traditional values and principles. Themes of forgiveness, faith, hope, charity and love will lift readers' spirits and warm their hearts. —at home, at work and in the community.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Chicken Soup for the Christian Family Soul is the latest installment in the wildly popular "Chicken Soup" series. Each story in the collection is heartwarming; storytellers Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jeffrey Hedquist, Dawn McKay, and Jackie Leigh manage to convey sweetness without being saccharine. Possibly the most touching tale concerns a Jewish woman and her husband who had been separated in World War II. Each was taken to the concentration camps believing that the other had escaped and was safe; each came out of the camps believing that the other had died. Through chance, each spotted a lace tablecloth that the woman had tatted and embroidered with her initials hanging in a church. This audiotape reminds believers of all faiths that kindness matters and that miracles and synchronicities occur daily. Libraries with large Christian, self-help, and inspiration collections will want this audiobook. Pam Kingsbury, Alabama Humanities Fdn., Florence Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Gr 9 Up-These stories will deepen readers' faith and expand their awareness of how to practice Christian values in their daily lives. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558747166
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/23/2000
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 4.96 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

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

Biography

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 Shareguide.com. "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
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A Perfect Mistake

Grandpa Nybakken loved life — especially when he could play a trick on somebody. At those time, his large Norwegian frame shook with laughter while he feigned innocent surprise, exclaiming, ôOh, forevermore!ö But on a cold Saturday in downtown Chicago, Grandpa felt that God played a trick on him, and Grandpa wasnÆt laughing.

MotherÆs father worked as a carpenter. On this particular day, he was building some crates for the clothes his church was sending to an orphanage in China. On his way home, he reached into his shirt pocket to find his glasses, but they were gone. He remembered putting them there that morning, so he drove back to the church. His search proved fruitless.

When he mentally replayed his earlier actions, he realized what happened. The glasses had slipped out of his pocket unnoticed and fallen into one of the crates, which he had nailed shut. His brand new glasses were heading for China!

The Great Depression was at its height, and Grandpa had six children. He had spent twenty dollars for those glasses that very morning.

ôItÆs not fair,ö he told God as he drove home in frustration. ôIÆve been very faithful in giving of my time and money to your work, and now this.ö

Several months later, the director of the orphanage was on furlough in the United States. He wanted to visit all the churches that supported him in China, so he came to speak on Sunday night at my grandfatherÆs small church in Chicago. Grandpa and his family sat in their customary seats among the sparse congregation.

ôBut most of all,ö he said, ôI must thank you for the glasses you sent last year. You see, the Communists had just swept through the orphanage, destroying everything, including my glasses. I was desperate.ö

ôEven if I had the money, there was simply no way of replacing those glasses. Along with not being able to see well, I experienced headaches every day, so my coworkers and I were much in prayer about this. Then your crates arrived. When my staffed removed the covers, they found a pair of glasses lying on top.ö

The missionary paused long enough to let his words sink in. Then, still gripped with the wonder of it all, he continued: ôFolks, when I tried on the glasses, it was as thought they had been custom-made just for me! I want to thank you for being a part of that!ö

The people listened, happy for the miraculous glasses. But the missionary surely must have confused their church with another, they thought. There were no glasses on their list of items to be sent overseas.

But sitting quietly in the back, with tears streaming down his face, an ordinary carpenter realized the Master Carpenter had used him in an extraordinary way.

—
Cheryl Walterman Stewart

(c)2000. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Christian Family Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Aubery, and Nancy Mitchell Autio. 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2001

    What An Inspiration!

    This was one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. It made me laugh, it made me cry and it even surprised me on how good God can be. It is excellent for fellow believers as well as any one person who can use some inspiration.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2000

    Words to Live by

    Words to live by is provided in this awesome book. Give it to everyone and especially parents and bosses. It's inspiration will do you good and rekindle your life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2000

    Inspiring

    I loved reading this Christian stories of warmth. It really reinforced my faith.

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