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Overview

1. Chicken Soup for the Soul has always been a part of the Christian community. With a new contemporary cover design, a new interior layout, and up-to-date stories, this book will have fresh appeal to Christian parents.

2. Chicken Soup has been very successful in the Christian and parenting markets. Their Christian titles have sold more than 3.7 million in aggregate and their titles to read with kids have sold 2.6 million copies in aggregate.

3. Books represent a new thematic experience, even for readers of past books, as Chicken Soup has tightened the content, and books contain only relevant stories. Out-of-date stories were eliminated. 4. Each book contains 101 stories recompiled from dozens of past Chicken Soup titles.

5. “Our 101 Best Stories” collection is an efficient way for new readers to obtain books covering Chicken Soup’s most popular topics.

6. Every book has a warm and moving foreword from Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen explaining the company’s rebirth and its return to 101 stories per book.

7. Chicken Soup for the Soul earned the Guinness World Record for having the most books on the New York Times bestseller list at one time.

8. Last year, USA Today named Chicken Soup for the Soul #5 on it list of 25 books that left a legacy over the past quarter century.

With 101 great stories and poems, this book is created for Christian parents to read and enjoy themselves or to share with their children. All of the selected stories are appropriate for children and are about raising Christian kids twelve and under. Parent will enjoy reading these heartfelt, inspiring, and often humorous stories about the ups and downs of daily life in today's contemporary Christian families, written by other Christian parents.

The first Chicken Soup for the Soul book was published in 1993, and became a publishing industry sensation, ultimately selling eight million copies. Since then, more than 150 Chicken Soup titles have been published, selling more than 100 million copies.

Chicken Soup for the Soul has won dozens of awards over the past 15 years, and its founders, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen have become celebrity motivational speakers and authors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935096139
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Publication date: 10/21/2008
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (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.

Jack Canfield 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
    2. Website:

Table of Contents


A Special Foreword Jack Canfield Mark Victor Hansen xi
1 Christian Kindness
1 My Little Buddy Bethany Couts 1
2 Caroline's Compassion Frances Pace Putman 5
3 And a Little Child Shall Lead Them Audrey Conway 8
4 The Hug of a Child Victoria Harnish Benson 11
5 Altar Boys Marcy Goodfleisch 13
6 The Greatest of These Nanette Thorsen-Snipes 17
7 Lifted by Love Pat Dodson Candy Gruner 20
2 Stories and Songs
8 Hezekiah Robert Bruce Riefstahl 29
9 And the Answer Is... Janice Alonso 32
10 A Mother Sings Peggy Vincent 36
11 Jesus Loves Me Alicia Hill 39
12 Hidden Wings Joyce L. Rapier 41
3 Favorite Kid Quotes
13 Who's Going to Stop Me? Richard Lederer 49
14 Gold, Common Sense and Fur Linda Stafford 50
15 Finger Play Carol McAdoo Rehme 55
16 Be Slow to Anchor Dan DeVries 54
17 Do You Disciple? Christine Pisera Naman 56
18 You Better Watch Out! Kristine Byron 57
19 The Debut Mary Kerr Danielson 59
20 Step, Step, Roar Richard Lederer 62
21 The Moses Connection Helen Colella 63
4 This I Pray
22 The Native Lisa Wood Curry 71
23 Grandma's Prayers Sharon Ozee Siweck 75
24 The Egg Dorothy M. Hill 78
25 A Child's Prayer Lini R. Grol 80
26 A Piece of Chalk Holly Smeltzer 84
5 Family Time
27 Reptiles Reconciled Linda C. Raybern 93
28 The Commandment Richard Lederer 95
29 Three Days Old Jill Helene Fettner 96
30 Peaceful Coexistence and the Bogeyman Sylvia Boaz Leighton 99
31 You Are on Speaker Phone Angela Keane 101
32 Innovation 101 Joanne Klassen 103
33 Just One Wish Margaret E. Mack 107
34 Where's My Little Sister? Nancy B. Gibbs 110
35 Caregiver's Handbook Beverly Haley 112
36 TheGood Night Kiss Georgette Symonds 116
37 The Hymnbook Arthur Bowler 119
6 The People We Know in Heaven
38 Dial H for Heaven Helen Colella 127
39 Nellie Joan Filbin 129
40 Grace Margaret Berg 132
41 Black and White Al D. Luebbers 136
42 Don't Forget to Wait for Me Heather McPherson 137
43 The Great Fish Story Max Alexander 140
44 Tammy and the Diamond Dress Robin Lee Shope 142
45 The Swing Teresa Cleary 146
46 How Many Grapes Does It Take? Natasha Friend 149
7 Giving
47 The Drummer Boy Michele Wallace Campanelli 159
48 Buying Something for Herself Karen Brandt 163
49 Lights for Lena Karen L. Garrison 166
50 I Baptize You... Beverly Houseman 170
51 Helping Lauren Maddy Lincoln 174
52 Happy Heart Day Jewell Johnson 177
53 Presence and Accounted For Vickie Ryan Koehler 179
54 The Easter Egg Christmas Denise Peebles 181
55 Miracle on Mercer Street Carol Genengels 185
56 Ashley's Garden Candy Chand 188
57 The Easter Bunny Beth H. Arbogast 191
8 Creatures Great and Small
58 Mound of Dirt Paula Gramlich 199
59 A Lesson on Faith Keith Long 203
60 Mosquitoes Guy Lustig 206
61 Blu Parts the Veil of Sadness Margaret Hevel 207
62 Polar Wish April Riggs 211
63 Hope Karen Majoris-Garrison 214
9 Send Me a Sign
64 Grandma's Cloud Game Nadine Rogers 221
65 Kristina Ashley Kopf 224
66 Flying a Kite Vicki L. Kitchner 227
67 Mended Hearts and Angel Wings Anne S. Cook 229
68 Olivia Heather Black 232
10 God's Angels
69 Pushed by an Angel Erin Carthew 241
70 Mr. Oberley's Star Cynthia Ross Cravit 243
71 Daddy's Guardian Angel Christine M. Smith 246
72 Harry and George Margaret P. Cunningham 247
73 Little Angel in Heaven Gail Eynon 250
74 The Snow Angel Christine Fishlinger 254
75 Daddy's Angels Tammy Ross 256
76 A Matter of Believing Scot Thurman 258
77 River Baptism Garth Gilchrist 260
78 Sister Said Jean Jeffrey Gietzen 263
11 For Our Moms and Dads
79 Make a Wish, Mommy Susan Farr Fahncke 273
80 One Mother's Dream Pegge Bernecker 276
81 Mother's Day Flowers Patricia A. Rinaldi 280
82 The Birthday Karen Majoris-Garrison 282
83 Letting Them Go Gary Usery 285
84 Table of Plenty Stephani Marlow James 288
85 Mommy's Moon J. W. Schnarr 292
12 Miracles Happen
86 Covered Victoria Perry told by Tenna Perry 301
87 Our Little Pink Blanket Sandy Deters 304
88 Abigail's Dove Karen Majoris-Garrison 307
89 The Almost-Missed Miracle Claudia Porter 311
90 The Red Sled Dave Mahler 315
13 The Wisdom of Children
91 You Are Never Too Young to Take a Stand Maudie Conrad 325
92 Straight to the Heart Ellie Braun-Haley 328
93 Without You Alice Ann Knisely 331
94 Tammy's Trauma Maureen Murphy DeLucia 334
95 The Breathin' Part Sandra P. Aldrich 336
96 The Empty Hook Anne Carter 338
14 We Believe
97 Children's Eyes Tom Krause 347
98 An Act of Faith Walter W. Meade 349
99 God on Her Side Ashleigh Figler-Ehrlich 353
100 The Smell of Rain Nancy Miller 358
101 Grandma's Garden LeAnn Thieman 361 More Chicken Soup 368 Who Is Jack Canfield? 373 Who Is Mark Victor Hansen? 375 Who is Amy Newmark? 377 Acknowledgments 379
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