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Chicken Soup for the Father and Daughter Soul: Stories to Celebrate the Love Between Dads and Daughters Throughout the Years

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Celebrating every little girl's childhood hero and the special dad and daughter bond!

From the first time a daughter grasps dad's hand and says her first words, to the day she moves out on her own, the bond between a father and daughter is ever evolving: dad goes from childhood hero, feared inspector of boyfriends, to the sage friend of adulthood. Daughters mature from perfect little angels into rebellious teens to accomplished women who are ...

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Overview

Celebrating every little girl's childhood hero and the special dad and daughter bond!

From the first time a daughter grasps dad's hand and says her first words, to the day she moves out on her own, the bond between a father and daughter is ever evolving: dad goes from childhood hero, feared inspector of boyfriends, to the sage friend of adulthood. Daughters mature from perfect little angels into rebellious teens to accomplished women who are dad's pride and joy.

Chicken Soup for the Father and Daughter Soul celebrates this wonderful relationship with stories about childhood, the trying years of adolescence, the poignancy of leaving home and even the years when daughters often become caregivers.

The stories in this special volume are sure to evoke the fondest of memories and rekindle the bond between dads and their little girls.

Enter the Chicken Soup for the Father and Daughter Soul Story Contest for the chance to have your story published! Entry details and contest rules in the back of this book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757302527
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

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

Patty Aubery and Nancy Mitchell Autio are the coauthors of numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

Patty Aubery and Nancy Mitchell Autio are the coauthors of numerous Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

LeAnn Thieman, has been a nurse for thirty-two years. She is a professional speaker and the coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul and Chicken Soup for the Caregiver's 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
    2. Website:

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Amanda

"It is the very essence of love, of nobleness, of greatness, to be willing to suffer for the good of others."

-Spence

She looks like all the rest of them on the volleyball court with her gold number “5” on the purple jersey. Tall,
blonde, with incredible blue eyes and a slim athletic build,
my fifteen-year-old daughter Amanda, the kid who gets good grades and works her tail off at everything she does,
could easily be the cover girl for any teen magazine. My wife, Jackie, and I watch in amazement as she dives for another dig on the court, slides across the floor headfirst until she reaches the ball and sends it flying back over the net as the crowd claps its approval. As the coach calls time-out and the girls hurry to the sidelines, Amanda uses her jersey to wipe her face, like any other kid, but at that moment you can see the scar that runs down the right side of her abdomen and across her belly. She is not like all the rest of them. She has my kidney inside her.

As they huddle off-court my mind drifts back to September 20, 1988, and the little girl who came into our lives. “Bubs” was her nickname, short for “Bubba Girl,” a name tagged by Jackie’s sister Kim when she first saw the ten-pound, two-ounce infant. At first everything was normal with Amanda, but a few months into her life she developed searing fevers and every visit to the doctor left us more confused. Still, Amanda’s toothless grin and shining blue eyes comforted us. Even after throwing up in the doctor’s office she would raise her head and smile as if to say, “Don’t worry, be happy!” Her joy was contagious but our fear was enormous.

Shortly after her first birthday Amanda was diagnosed with kidney reflux, a common condition that often reverses itself but without treatment can be very harmful.
Her doctors decided, with our approval, to perform a simple outpatient procedure to correct the problem. Surgery was scheduled just before Amanda’s fifth birthday. Not long before we were to go to the hospital, the phone rang.

It was Dr. Kevin Ghandi, Amanda’s nephrologist, with some shocking news. “John, X-rays show that Amanda’s right kidney is toxic and making her sick. It has to be removed.” The news literally knocked us to our knees. How could this be?

The night before surgery, with Amanda between us in bed, we explained what would happen tomorrow.
Amanda listened quietly and simply, smiled, then whispered,
“Do I get ice cream when it’s all over?” Jackie and I looked at each other, wishing it could be that simple, and held her close.

We watched Amanda ride into the operating room, sitting up, with her trusted friend Teddy at her side. The gifted hands of “Dr. Kevin” removed Amanda’s ailing organ and took care of the reimplantation of her ureter into the bladder.
Everything looked good but Amanda’s optimistic prognosis came with a warning: someday, she would need a transplant. Someday seemed very far away as Amanda held her own, leaving the doctors scratching their heads about how she was able to do so well with only 20 percent of one kidney functioning. We never told them our secret.
Each night before Amanda went to bed and every morning when she woke up, I would ask her a very important question:
“Bubs, what are we going to be today?”

She would answer, “Positive, and my kidney is getting better.” This became a ritual for us, a powerful bridge between the mind and body. Soon “better” became “perfect”
and “awesome” and “incredible.” Her strength of spirit displayed itself in her physical condition.

Eight years passed. As Amanda’s body changed, the little kidney grew tired and “someday” was fast approaching.
Factors of age and relationship made me the best organ donor candidate and the doctors ordered more tests. I held my breath and a small voice inside reminded me of my grandfather’s death from polycystic kidney disease—
the same disease that would eventually lead to my father’s death. My sister did not have it and I had never been tested. I prayed and thought of Amanda’s smiling face. Jackie and I sat with the ultrasound tech in the darkness as she slid the wand over my kidneys searching for any cysts. She said, “I’m not really supposed to tell you guys, but I see two healthy kidneys in there.”

I knew then that a perfect plan was in place and that everything would be all right. It was the closest thing to a miracle I had ever known.

“Someday” turned out to be July 18, 2002. Amanda and I were wheeled into operating rooms at Children’s Hospital at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. My healthy vital organ was removed and a world-renowned surgeon, Dr. Hans Sollinger, delicately placed it in my daughter’s body. It began making urine immediately! For the first time in her young life, Amanda had a healthy kidney!

When I awoke after surgery, the nurse placed her hand on my chest and said, “Amanda is down at the other end of the room and is doing great. Is there anything you want me to tell her?”

My throat raw from the breathing tube, I croaked two words, something she would understand, “Hubba-Bubba,” my usual corny greeting to her. With tears in her eyes the nurse delivered the unusual message and Amanda, with eyes closed, did what she has always done. She smiled.

As fathers we always hope to leave a piece of ourselves with our children. For Amanda and me the bond goes far beyond the physical into a spiritual trust, a feeling for me that some agreement from long ago has been fulfilled. It is a rare thing to give life to your child not once, but twice.

Two years have passed since the procedure, and as I watch her head back out onto the court. she glances my way and

gives me a big smile and a “thumbs-up.” I push back the tears and smile back. I am her father, but she is my hero.

- John St. Augustine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2010

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    I Love These Books!

    I simply love the Chicken Soup series of books. They are worth every moment spent reading each page. I'd also recommend that you buy "When God Stopped Keeping Score," another great book, which takes an eye opening look at forgiveness. Given the chance, it will change your life. It did that for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Books For Fathers And Daughters To Read Together

    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 February 7, 2010

    Celebrate The Love

    Books about family love have never really cought my intrest in the reading specrum except this one. Chicken Soup for the Father Daughter Soul has been one of the best books I have ever read. Inspiring, motivating, and life-changing are the top three words I would say to discribe this book. After reading this book writen by multiple authors such as, Jack Canfeild, Mark Victor Hansen and Nancy Autio; I now have a deeper and fuller understanding of the father daughter relationship. My only dislike of the book was how mushy gushy some of the entries were but other than that I would say this was one of my favorite books I have ever read. I can honestly say after reading this motivating novel I now have a full understanding of the saying " there is never an explaination abouthow deep a father's love goes for his daughter".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2005

    Heartwarming and beautiful!

    Kudos to Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Nancy Autio, Patty Aubery and LeAnn Thieman for compiling the wonderful stories in Chicken Soup for the Father Daughter Soul. My story, Hidden Wings is included in the book and I am proud to be a part of the Chicken Soup series. All the stories will leave you breathless, yearning for childlike thoughts of the past embracing you with tenderness and love........ Joyce Rapier, author of Windy John's me 'n tut, Windy John's Rainbow and the Pot o' Gold and Whisper My Name.

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    Posted February 26, 2009

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