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Overview

From the creators of the bestselling Chicken Soup books comes a new addition to the series that focuses on the universal need to love in 101 true stories about love, commitment, intimacy, family, overcoming obstacles and keeping a relationship alive.
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Editorial Reviews

Rebecca Maksel
Classic literature it is not; it is storytelling in its most abreviated form...this collection will appeal to the romantic. Including the genuinely moving and the merely maudlin, this latest bowl of Chicken Soup is sure to have something for everyone.
ForeWord Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558746459
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling authors and co-founders of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling authors and co-founders of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Barbara De Angelis, Ph.D., is the author of nine best-selling books including Real Moments, How to Make Love All The Time, Secrets About Men Every Woman Should Know and Are You the One for Me?

Mark and Chrissy Donnelly are writers, speakers, entrepreneurs and loving partners who are currently at work on several upcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

Mark and Chrissy Donnelly are writers, speakers, entrepreneurs and loving partners who are currently at work on several upcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

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
    2. Website:

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Thinking of You

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.

— Thomas Campbell

SophieÆs face faded into the gray winter light of the sitting room. She dozed in the armchair that Joe had bought for her on their fortieth anniversary. The room was warm and quiet. Outside it was snowing lightly.

At a quarter past one the mailman turned the corner onto Allen Street. He was behind on his route, not because of the snow, but because it was ValentineÆs day and there was more mail than usual. He passed SophieÆs house without looking up. Twenty minutes later he climbed back into his truck and drove off.

Sophie stirred when she hear the mail truck pull away, then took off her glasses and wiped her mouth and eyes with the handkerchief she always carried in her sleeve. She pushed herself up using the arm of the chair for support, straightened slowly and smoothed the lap of her dark green housedress.

Her slippers made a soft, shuffling sound on the bare floor as she walked to the kitchen. She stopped at the sink to wash the two dishes she had left on the counter after lunch. Then she filled a plastic cup halfway with water and took her pills. It was one forty-five.

There was a rocker in the sitting room by the front window. Sophie eased herself into it. In a half-hour the children would be passing by on their way home from school. Sophie waited, rocking and watching the snow.

The boys came first, as always, running and calling out things Sophie could not hear. Today they were making snowballs as they went, throwing them at one another, One snowball missed and smacked hard into SophieÆs window. She jerked backward, and the rocker slipped off the edge of the oval rug.

The girls dilly-dallied after the boys, in twos and threes, cupping their mitered hands over the mouths and giggling. Sophie wondered if they were telling each other about the valentines they had received at school. One pretty girl with long brown hair stopped and pointed to the window where Sophie sat watching. Sophie slipped her face behind the drapes, suddenly self-conscious.

When she looked out again, the boys and girls were gone. It was cold by the window, but she stayed there watching the snow cover the childrenÆs footprints.

A floristÆs truck turned onto Allen Street. Sophie followed it with her eyes. It was moving slowly. Twice it stopped and started again. Then the driver pulled up in from of Mrs. MasonÆs house next door and parked.

Who would be sending Mrs. Mason flowers? Sophie wondered, Her daughter in Wisconsin? Or her brother? No, her brother was very ill. It was probably her daughter. How nice of her.

Flowers made Sophie think of Joe and, for a moment, she let the aching memory fill her. Tomorrow was the fifteenth. Eight months since his death.

the flower man was knocking at Mrs. MasonÆs front door. He carried a long white and green box and a clipboard. No one seemed to be answering. Of course! It was Friday — Mrs. Mason quilted at the church on Friday afternoons. The delivery man looked around, then started toward SophieÆs house.

Sophie shoved herself out of the rocker and stood close to the drapes. The man knocked. Her hands trembled as she straightened her hair. She reached her front hall on his third knock.

öYes?ö she said, peering around a slightly opened door.

öGood afternoon, maÆam,ö the man said loudly. ôWould you take a delivery for your neighbor?ö

öYes,ö Sophie answered, pulling the door wide open.

öWhere would you like me to put them?ö the man asked politely as he strode in.

öIn the kitchen, please. On the table.ö The man looked big to Sophie. She could hardly see his face between his green cap and full beard. Sophie was glad he left quickly, and she locked the door after him.

The box was as long as the kitchen table. Sophie drew near to it and bent over to read the lettering: ôNATALIE'S Flowers for Every Occasion.ö The rich smell of roses engulfed her. She closed her eyes and took slower breaths, imagining yellow roses. Joe had always chosen yellow. ôTo my sunshine,ö he would say, presenting the extravagant bouquet. He would laugh delightedly, kiss her on the forehead, then take her hands in his and sing to her ôYou Are my Sunshine.ö

It was five oÆclock when Mrs. Mason knocked at SophieÆs front door. Sophie was still at the kitchen table. The flower box was now open though, and she held the roses on her lap, swaying slightly and stroking the delicate yellow petals. Mrs. Mason knocked again, but Sophie did not hear her, and after several minutes the neighbor left.

Sophie roes a little while later, laying the flowers on the kitchen table. Her cheeks were flushed. She cragged a stepstool across the kitchen floor and lifted a white porcelain vase from the top corner cabinet. Using a drinking glass, she filled the vase with water, then tenderly arranged the roses and greens, and carried them into the sitting room.,

She was smiling as she reached the middle of the room. She turned slightly and began to dip and twirl in small circles. She stepped lightly, gracefully, around the sitting room, into the kitchen, down the hall, back again. She danced till her knees grew weak, and then she dropped into the armchair and slept.

At a quarter past six, Sophie awoke with a start. Someone was knocking on the back door this time. It was Mrs. Mason.

öHello, Sophie,ö Mrs. Mason said. ôHow are you? I knocked at five and was a little worried when you didnÆt come. Were you napping?ö She chattered as she wiped her snowy boots on the welcome mat and stepped inside. ôI just hate snow, donÆt you? The radio says we might have six inches by midnight, but you can never trust them, you know. Do you remember last winter when they predicted four inches and we had twenty-one? Twenty-one! And they said weÆd have a mild winter this year. Ha! I donÆt think itÆs been over zero in weeks. Do you know my oil bill was &#36236 last month? For my little house!ö

Sophie was only half-listening. She had remembered the roses suddenly and was turning hot with shame. The empty flower box was behind her on the kitchen table. What would she say to Mrs. Mason?

öI donÆt know how much longer I can keep paying the bills. If only Alfred, God bless him, had been as careful with money as your Joseph. Joseph! Oh, good heavens! I almost forgot about the roses.ö

SophieÆs cheeks burned. She began to stammer an apology, stepping aside to reveal the empty box.

öOh, good,ö Mrs. Mason interrupted. ôYou put the roses in water. Then you saw the card. I hope it didnÆt startle you to see JosephÆs handwriting. Joseph had asked me to bring you the roses the first year, so I could explain for him. He didnÆt want to alarm you. His æRose Trust,Æ I think he called it. He arranged it with the florist last April. Such a good man, your Josephàö

But Sophie had stopped listening. Her heart was pounded as she picked up the small white envelope she had missed earlier. It had been lying beside the flower box all the time. With trembling hands, she removed the card.

öTo my sunshine,ö it said. ôI love you with all my heart. Try to be happy when you think of me. Love, Joe.ö

Alicia von Stamwitz

¬1998 Alicia von Stamwitz. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the CoupleÆs Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Barbara DeAngelis, mark Donnelly and Chrissy Donnelly. 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 June 13, 2010

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    Great Book For Couples

    I can't even begin to do the Chicken Soup For The Soul series justice by trying to write a simple review for any of the books in the series. I have read so many of these books that we'd be here all day for me just to give you the names of the ones that I have read. Furthermore, I have given countless others away as gifts to family and friends. All I can say is that each book is everything that I expected and more. I would definitely recommend any one of the books in this series for you and/or someone that you love.

    For anyone who feels bound by their anger, guilt, hurt or pain, I also recommend "When God Stopped Keeping Score." I thought that "When God Stopped Keeping Score" was just about overcoming forgiveness, I soon learned, it was about so much more than that. The author actually pulls back the curtain to his own life, to offer an intimate look at the true power of forgiveness and reveals the emotional price that you must be willing to pay to live without it.

    All of this, while still offering up interesting and often tear worthy stories that showed you just how you should deal with friends, family and more importantly, yourself when things do go wrong. The author more importantly reveals the key to keeping these relationships strong even in the face of adversity.

    Having read it, I feel like a better person. Maybe that's because this book spoke to me and not down to me. I have read a lot of books that was written like I didn't know anything. What the author of "When God Stopped Keeping Score" does is talk to you like a friend. I needed that. You will understand why when you read it for yourself. It is on sale here on BN.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2006

    best novel in the world

    the book chicken soup for the couples book was a wonderfuld and help ful book in my relationship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2003

    Definitely a must read for all in love, or hope to be in love

    This book is definitely filled with inspiring stores of what true love really is and keeps you fighting back the tears. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I just had to get my own personal copy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2001

    Good book for couples

    I've always liked 'Chicken Soup' books, and this one is one of my favorites. There are many stories in the book, each written by a different author sharing his or her own inspirational experience. Because each story is written by a different author, they each have their own distinct characteristics. I really enjoyed the story about an elderly lady who lost her husband and received long-stemmed roses from him for Valentine's Day after his passing. That story, along with many others in this collection, will help to ease any doubt for those who may believe true love is out of reach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2000

    I loved this book!!

    I loved this book so much. This is one that I took into the bubble bath with me, to help me relax. SOme will make you laugh and some will make you cry. Some will even remind you of your own love life!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2000

    Great Book

    This book was really good. I love all of the chicken soup for the soul books. They inspire me, cheer me up when I am down, and make me laugh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2000

    The best book

    This was the perfect book to describe love at every stage of life. I enjoyed every moment of reading it. I would recommend it to those who wants to seek the true meaning of love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2000

    These books are the best!!!!

    I love these books. They are great. I love the author, and I would like to read all of their books. I love it because it is a big series. I think it is a good thing for all kids my age to learn things that are real about everyday life!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2000

    A new outlook on love~

    The stories in this book have touched my heart in a way I could not even describe!After reading this book,it makes you want to be a better person,to your spouse and your children..Truly inspirational..Makes you see things in a different light!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2000

    Hurray for Romance

    Any good romantic idea needs a story to explain it. This volume of Chicken Soup has some wonderful stories but none more poignant than the 'SHMILY' story in this book. If you love creative romance, you will fall in love with this tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2000

    Chicken Soup..Just what this couples soul needed!!!!!

    I just wanted to let everyone know, that I received this book from my in-laws right after my husband and I were married. We would read each other a story each night in bed, and it was such an opening experience. This book has helped my husband and I understand our relationship, and grow together, and we look forward to getting old together so we can one day tell our story to our future kids, grandkids, and greatgrandkids!!!!! 2 thumbs up to the editors who compiled this book..it's wonderful, and most inspiring...

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