Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul: Your Personal, Portable Support Group with Stories of Healing, Hope, Love and Resilience [NOOK Book]


Chicken Soup delivers the perfect pocket-sized support group for everyone on the path to becoming whole. Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul is the perfect book for the millions of people in recovery who live their lives ?one day at a time.? These 365 daily passages will provide them with a year?s worth of wisdom and encouragement to help get through the rough spots or celebrate victories. The book covers universal themes, making it relevant to all types of recovery including chronic illness, ...
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Chicken Soup delivers the perfect pocket-sized support group for everyone on the path to becoming whole. Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul is the perfect book for the millions of people in recovery who live their lives “one day at a time.” These 365 daily passages will provide them with a year’s worth of wisdom and encouragement to help get through the rough spots or celebrate victories. The book covers universal themes, making it relevant to all types of recovery including chronic illness, behavioral disorders, destructive relationships, alcohol and drug addiction, depression, or eating disorders. Sample Daily Inspirational themes include: hope, courage, love, anger, forgiving, and more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453276631
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 440,203
  • File size: 890 KB

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. They are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others. Peter Vegso and Gary Seidler are the coauthors of Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul. Theresa Peluso is also a co-author of Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul. She lives in south Florida. 
Jack Canfield is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He is a professional speaker who has dedicated his life to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.
Mark Victor Hansen is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He is a professional speaker who has dedicated his life to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.
Theresa Peluso has co-authored numerous books from the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, including Chicken Soup for the Soul: Celebrating People Who Make a Difference, Chicken Soup for the Wine Lover’s SoulChicken Soup for the Horse Lover’s Soul (I and II), Chicken Soup for the Dieter’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul Daily InspirationsChicken Soup for the Recovering Soul: Your Personal, Portable Support Group with Stories of Healing, Hope, Love and Resilience, and Chicken Soup for the Shopper’s 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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Friends Of Bill W., Please Come…..

Once you learn to walk, crawling is out of the question.

-James D. Davis

Sometime in the early 1990's I was treating a woman in an intensive outpatient chemical dependency group. Let's call her "Grace." Grace was a flight attendant and had been suspended from her job with a major airline due to her untreated alcoholism. She had been stealing the little miniature liquor bottles and drinking in airport bars in uniform, etc. Her employer, realizing she needed treatment sent her to us.

After the eight week program, I suggested to her it might be a good idea to solidify her foundation in recovery before returning to work as she would be working in a high-risk environment (serving alcohol, being out of town alone, etc.). Grace did, however, return to work shortly after completing outpatient treatment. One day while she was departing from a plane at the end of long day a major craving for alcohol overpowered her. There she was, in the Los Angeles International Airport pulling her roller-bag behind her when this massive craving to drink came over her. She tried to just "think through it," or "just forget about it," but it was way too powerful. It was so powerful, in fact, that she had resigned to herself that she would just go drink. Grace thought, Oh, heck with it, I'll get another job….or maybe no one will find out anyway. But deep down inside Grace did not want to drink. She truly had wanted to stay sober, but she was in trouble.

On her way to the bar in the airport, Grace had a moment of sanity. She stopped, picked up the airport paging phone andsaid, "Will you please page friends of Bill W., “ she paused, quickly looking around for an empty gate, “to come to Gate 12?"

Within minutes, over the paging system in the LA International Airport came, "Will friends of Bill W. please come to Gate 12. Will friends of Bill W. please come to Gate 12." Most people in recovery know that asking if you are a friend of Bill W. is an
anonymous way to identify yourself as a member of AA.

In less than five minutes there were about fifteen people at that gate from all over the world. That brought tears of amazement, relief and joy to Grace. They had a little meeting there in that empty gate, total strangers prior to that moment. Grace discovered that two of those people had gotten out of their boarding lines and missed their flights to answer that call for help. They had remembered what they had seen on many walls of meeting rooms: "When anyone, anywhere reaches out their hand for help, I want the hand of AA to be there and for that I am responsible."

Grace did not drink that day. I would venture to guess that none of the people who came to Gate 12 drank that day either. Instead Grace had a moment of sanity, realized she could not do it on her own, took the action of asking for help and received it immediately. This help is available to all of us if we want it and sincerely ask for it. It never fails.

Jim C., Jr.

Contributing author, Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul

©2004. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul® by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Robert Ackerman, Ph.D., Peter Vegso, Theresa Peluso and Gary Seidler. 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 ix

Introduction xv

1 The Recovering Journey

An Angel Wore Fur John Crusey 2

The Empty Chair Jenni Schaefer 5

The Heap Joseph R Cruse, M.D 9

Touched by a Higher Power Godwin H. Barton 12

Silent Rage Kay Conner Pliszka 16

Summer Treasures Jane Middelton-Moz 17

The Skeleton in My Closet Elva Stoelers 21

How Dry I Am Julia Jergensen Edelman 24

A Little Band of Gold Carol J. Bonomo 28

How Long Will It Last This Time? Janell H. 32

The Codependent Diet Linda Day 34

A 4C Woman Deb Sellars Karpek 37

How Am I Going to Pay for All This? Anonymous as told to Earnie Larsen 41

The Letter Tracey W. Lee-Coen 42

2 Shoulders to Lean on

Friends of Bill W., Please Come to Gate… Jim C, Jr. 48

Around the Room Earnie Larsen 50

A Miracle in the Making Jann Mitchell 54

The 202 Club Lee R. McCormick 57

The Seat Andrea W., aka Sola Dayo Nowelile 61

Serendipity or Higher Power? John Bradshaw 64

The Enabling of the Disabled Jayne Thurber-Smith 67

A Promise of Spit and Dirt Cherie Ward 71

A Glimpse of Sanity Peter Wright 73

With a Little Help from My Friends Rev. Bob Lew 78

Dancing with the Elephant Patricia Holdsworth 82

Finding the Healing Moments Robert J. Ackerman, PhD 86

Charlie John C. Friel, Ph.D 89

3 A Sense of Spirituality

My Little Son Showed Me the Way Anonymous as told to Earnie Larsen 94

The Little Yellow Room My Higher Power Built Shannon 96

Hope Lisa J. Schlitt 100

Healing Tears Loretta McCann Bjorvik 102

Free Flight David Mead 105

Whispers of an Angel Julie Orlando 108

Looking for a Sign Jenna Cassell 113

Recovery: A Reason as Well as a Road Rev. Ed Donnally 116

The Richest Man in the World Earnie Larsen 121

A Birthday to Remember Loretta McCann Bjorvik 123

Angels Dancing Anonymous 127

4 Families of Origin, Families of Choice

Panning for Gold Ted Klontz 132

Out of the Blue Miriam Hill 138

Perfect Grief Mark Sanders 141

To Do the Work of Angels Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D 145

Memory of Two Friends David R. Wilkins 150

The Grace of God Shows Stuart Brantley 152

A Light at the End of the Tunnel Debra Jay 156

Time and Recovery Robert J. Ackerman, Ph.D 161

What Was Left Unspoken Theresa Peluso 163

Tears Arianna Johnson 167

5 The Resilient Soul

Christmas Hope Raquel M. Strand 170

Amanda Stays Safe Jerry Moe 172

We Can Still Sing Jennifer M. Reinsch 176

Could You Be the One? Benneth Lee as told to Mark Sanders 179

Choices Tom Krause 183

Discards Peter Vegso 184

I Am the Story I Tell Myself Mary Ban 187

Take Care of Yourself Ann Best 190

You Become What You Want to Be Marilyn Joan 195

Carry On Tom Krause 198

My Mom's a Party Girl Carla Riehl 199

Twenty-Four Hours to Live Ted Klontz 203

6 Our Community and Diversity

Vita Elizabeth Batt 210

My Best Friend Jack George Roth 215

As My Life Turned Betty King 219

He Sat Alone Steven Manchester 222

Stress Management 101 Abraham J. Twerski, M.D 225

Build It and They Will Come Perry D. Litchfield 227

Black Is a Primary Color Christine Learmonth 232

And the Wisdom to Know the Difference Carol Davis Gustke 235

Not a "Piece of Cake" for Me Emily Schroder 240

The Indestructible Dignity of Humankind Abraham J. Twerski, M.D 243

Gratitude Lisa Kugler 246

By the Dawn's Early Light Terry P. 249

Wise Beyond His Years Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse 253

7 Recovering Joy

Bill Saves the Bill Tracey Lee-Coen 256

My Father's Eyes Erin Hagman 259

Legacy Letitia Trimmer Meeks 263

Bare Bottoms and Dancing Toes Cynthia Borris 268

"I Love My Body!" When Do You Ever Hear Women Say That?! Rachel Caplin 273

The Dead Zone Debbie Heaton 278

Late Night Movies Sallie A. Rodman 283

Recovery's Unlikely Destination Patricia O'Gorman, Ph.D 285

The Journey to Me Linda S. Day 290

From Victim to Victory Jaye Lewis 295

Miracle at Wal-Mart Sherry Diedrich as told to Ruth Coe Chambers 298

8 Fully Recovering, Fully Alive

The Red Peanut Tian Dayton, Ph.D., T.E.P. 304

The Faces of Heroes Todd Outcalt 308

The Dying Battery and the Recovering Codependent Thom Rutledge 311

Legacies Left Behind Claudia Black 314

A Light Touch Anonymous as told to Earnie Larsen 318

Fat, Stupid, Ugly Debrah Constance as told to J.I. Kleinberg 320

I Will Not Give Up Deirdre Mom's 323

Now I Am Whole Betty King 327

Out of the Mouths of Babes Jerry Moe 328

Through the Eyes of My Heart Barbara A Croce 330

Fully Alive Elizabeth Walton 333

Who Is Jack Canfield? 339

Who Is Mark Victor Hansen? 340

Who Is Robert J. Ackerman, PhD.? 341

Who Is Theresa Peluso? 341

Who Is Gary Seidler? 342

Who Is Peter Vegso? 342

Contributors 343

Permissions 350

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2010

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    I Loved This Book...

    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

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    For The Recovering Soul

    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

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