Chicken Soup for the Soul Celebrates Grandmothers: A Collection in Words and Photographs [NOOK Book]


Grandmothers and roses are much the same. ?Each are God's masterpieces with different names.
Grandmothers, their children and grandchildren will find reflections of their own lives in each page of this precious volume.
The heartwarming stories and photographs in Chicken Soup for the Soul Celebrates Grandmothers celebrate and capture the tender moments spent ...
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Grandmothers and roses are much the same. ?Each are God's masterpieces with different names.
Grandmothers, their children and grandchildren will find reflections of their own lives in each page of this precious volume.
The heartwarming stories and photographs in Chicken Soup for the Soul Celebrates Grandmothers celebrate and capture the tender moments spent together with family: the joyful surprise of becoming a grandma; the simple, happy times baking cookies or going fishing together; the awe inspiring times when young grandchildren teach us lessons about life and living.
Through these stories grandmothers will be reminded of the invaluable contribution they make to their families and will celebrate the honored position they hold in their circle of loved ones.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453276297
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • File size: 3 MB

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.
 Lori Brystan is one of the preeminent photographers in Southern California. She has the distinctive ability to capture the feeling behind the image, the essence of the person, and the spirit of the soul through her photography. 


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."

Good To Know

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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A Giant Leap for Grandma

Watch me, watch me, Grandma!” Sam pleaded with an eight-year-old’s urgency. And despite the pulls of two other grandsons equally bent on seizing my attention, I managed to go outside and watch Sam climb onto the trampoline in his backyard.
The trampoline is now Sam’s passion. He dashes out to jump on it the minute he gets home from school, barely pausing for his usual after-school snack. And he’s on that trampoline until darkness sets in.

As requested, I watched my redheaded, little fireball of a grandson perform his leaps, lunges and new tricks. I alternately hid my eyes in terror and cheered for Sam, whose courage made my cowardice all the more striking.

I have never been brave. I used to blame it on the culture in which I came of age, one in which girls were not encouraged to be athletic. I certainly recall the hideous gym suits we wore,
complete with puffy bloomers, and how notions of girls playing hockey or lacrosse were nonexistent. Instead, we did calisthenics several times a week and were told to “Keep your figures lovely, girls.”

For all of my life, I’ve shied away from sports, partly from intimidation and partly from disinterest. It’s hard to love what you’ve never known.

But watching Sam on the trampoline on the kind of brilliantly sunny, cool day when anything seems possible made me feel a stab of envy for this grandson’s marvelous ease with his body and his pride in testing it.

And then Sam tossed out the invitation he has so often:
“Grandma, come on the trampoline with me.” My instant reaction was to shrug off the offer with a joke. “Now can you imagine Grandma on that thing? I’m way too old. . . .”
But this time, Sam persisted. And this time, my defenses crumbled.

Maybe it was the weather or Sam’s delightful earnestness or the realization that life is short—and getting shorter every day.
And maybe, just maybe, I could master a jump or two.
Step one was, literally, a step. I had to get onto the trampoline that suddenly seemed impossible to ascend. But with Sam as my trusty guide, I managed to climb aboard. And just that much seemed a remarkable leap of faith for a self-confessed wimp.
Elated, Sam became my gentle, patient teacher. Even as I insisted that I was getting off, that this thing was way too dangerous for the likes of me,my eight-year-old cheerleader spurred me on. “Just try one jump!” Sam begged. “You won’t fall. I promise.”
And those blue eyes looked at me so imploringly that I somehow screwed up my almost nonexistent spunk and literally took the leap. Into the air my body went for a split second, and oh my,
it was glorious. I think I shrieked in both delight and relief that I had crossed this physical boundary.

I landed safely and in time to see Sam absolutely beaming. The
“I told you so” went unspoken, but it was palpable nonetheless.
I’d love to say that I spent the rest of the day perfecting my trampoline form, but that would be fudging. I did execute a couple more jumps to the delightful sound of Sam’s cheers and hoots of joy. And I did try to memorize the feeling of pure exhilaration and freedom as I let my legs take me on this new journey.
But I was far too prudent to test the limits of this unlimber body,
whatever the spirit yearned to prove.

Sam was disappointed when I retreated back inside, promising to watch his antics from the kitchen window. But I honestly felt a new spring in my step as I walked away from my testing ground. And I could swear that I’d grown an inch or two.
As with so many glorious moments in life, this one was unplanned and surely unexpected. And that made it all the richer. Suddenly, I was a grandmother who had jumped on a trampoline. I had freed some ancient sense of limits, some longburied insecurities.

And with any luck, I’ll be back on that trampoline before long,
jumping higher and higher in both real and metaphoric terms.

Sally Friedman

¬2005. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Soul Celebrates Grandmothers by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, & Lori Brystan. 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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