Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith: 101 Inspirational Stories about Life, Belief, and Spiritual Renewal

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Everyone’s "faith story" is different. In the book, people of Christian and Jewish faiths share their personal stories about this life-changing and powerful event, providing inspiration and encouragement to readers.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith is filled with inspiring stories about the number of ways people discover, or rediscover, their faith — whether it's Christian or Jewish. The inspirational and powerful stories will touch ...

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Everyone’s "faith story" is different. In the book, people of Christian and Jewish faiths share their personal stories about this life-changing and powerful event, providing inspiration and encouragement to readers.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith is filled with inspiring stories about the number of ways people discover, or rediscover, their faith — whether it's Christian or Jewish. The inspirational and powerful stories will touch the hearts and souls of readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935096955
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 616,288
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are co-founders of Chicken Soup for the Soul Susan M. Heim is a long-time Chicken Soup for the Soul editor and Christian author.


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:

Table of Contents

1 Finding Faith Through Family

1 Finding Faith at the Run for the Cure Darlene Gudrie Butts 1

2 In the Basement Kathy L. Baumgarten 5

3 Early Mornings with God and Mom Ronda Armstrong 9

4 Life with Ray: A True Adventure Sandra Knudsen 12

5 Waiting for Faith Beth M. Wood 16

6 My Cherokee Grandmother and My Faith Pamela Tambornino 19

7 The Faith of a Child Jill Pertler 22

8 From Selfish to Faithful Audrey Sellers 25

9 In His Hands Miranda Kendall 28

10 Heaven's New Star Yvonne Riozzi 32

2 Finding Faith Through Friendship

11 The Friend I Needed Nancy Hoag 39

12 Am I Jewish Yet? Harriet Cooper 43

13 Lost and Found Tammy L. Ruggles 47

14 Facebook and Faith Melanie A. Hardy 51

15 The Faith Seed Kat Crawford 54

16 The Radical Difference Pam Williams 58

17 Never Too Late Deborah Shouse 62

18 How Faith Got Me Through Karen M. Lynch 65

19 I Resisted, God Persisted Deanna Baird 69

20 A Child's Perspective Esther M. Bailey 71

3 Finding Faith in God's House

21 Just One More Time Christine Trollinger 77

22 The Morning After Yvonne deSousa 80

23 The Silence Sings Faith Paulsen 84

24 Journey's Beginning Amy E. Morgan 88

25 Heartbreak and Faith Michael John Sullivan 92

26 A Heart Full of Questions Kathleen Kohler 95

27 A Monastic Heart Dan L. Cosby 99

28 Christmas in July Judy Ceppa 103

29 Pay Attention J.C. Santos 107

30 A Journey to Faith Cynthia Briggs 110

31 White as Snow Shawnelle Eliasen 114

32 Becoming a Bat Mitzvah Rayni Lewis 118

4 Finding Faith Through Loss

33 Six-Foot-Three Angel Kate Allt 125

34 My Easter Awakening Ronda Ross Taylor 129

35 The Body Beautiful Nancy Julien Kopp 132

36 My First Ebenezer Amanda Arbia 135

37 Dying Faith Bobbi Carducci 138

38 You Are on My Road Manny Patla 142

39 Epiphany Virginia Funk 145

40 I Will Be Your Father Teresa Hanly 148

41 Giving Thanks with a Broken Heart Kim Seeley 150

42 Losing to Gain Georgia Bruton 153

43 The Faith of Jake Beth Savoie 156

5 Finding Faith Through a Stranger

44 A Stranger's Eyes Mary Eileen Oakes 163

45 An Unexpected Blessing Betsy McPhee 165

46 The Angel Wore Cowboy Boots Jeffrey A. Schmatz 169

47 Overcoming Fear Jan Brand 174

48 Upon This Rock Carmen Leal 177

49 Mr. Sunshine Pam Bostwick 180

50 The Second Mile Nik Schanzenbacher 184

51 Without a Word Jaye Lewis 187

6 Finding Faith Through Signs

52 A Sign from Above Carol Tanis 193

53 Leaves David A. Wollin 196

54 Sea Treasures Heidi Gaul 200

55 The Path Chosen William Halderson 204

56 The Ice Cream Cone Rose Lee Brady 207

57 The Lonely White Goose Sheri Bull 209

58 The Cross Margaret Nava 212

59 A Ray of Light David Michael Smith 216

60 Wait for Juliana Barbara S. Canale 220

7 Finding Faith Through Nature

61 Finding My Church Shawn Marie Mann 227

62 Love Notes in the Garden Linda E. Allen 230

63 Finding Faith in a Spider Judith Fitzsimmons 233

64 Thin Places Heather J. Kirk 235

65 Fired Up, Heather Zuber-Harshman 238

66 Discovering God's Message in the Sand Linda O'Connell 241

67 An Interweaving of Faiths Shinan Barclay 245

8 Finding Faith Through Fire

68 Being in the Arms of God Kay Conner Pliszka 253

69 God in the Thick of It Maria H. Thurman 256

70 Falling for God Peggy Molitor 260

71 Too Many Hats Lynne Leite 263

72 Fear, Faith, and Trust Marsha Mott Jordan 267

73 Backseat Driver Francesca Lang 269

74 Love Is Near Elizabeth Smayda 272

75 The Promise Sue Tornai 275

76 Lost in Life Elaine L. Bridge 278

77 When God Doesn't Heal Marijo Herndon 281

9 Finding Faith Through His Word

78 All Things Diane Stark 287

79 The Peace I Never Knew Janet Perez Eckles 291

80 The Lie Nancy Baker 295

81 Pauper to Princess Lindy Schneider 298

82 The Jewish Believer Sheryl Young 301

83 I Will Give You Rest Tracie David 305

84 Look Who's Knocking at My Door Marisa Balzafiore 309

85 Back on the Team Elaine Olelo Masters 312

10 Finding Faith Through Miracles

86 My Miracle Ginny Dubose 319

87 Found Edwin Smith 322

88 Voices Patrick P. Stafford 325

89 Planes, Strains, and Automobiles Sgt. Danger Geist 329

90 One Small Miracle L.L. Darroch 333

91 Faith on the Night Shift Anne Wilson 337

92 Knowing God Sandy McPherson Carrubba 341

11 Finding Faith Through Service

93 Blind Faith Gayle Mansfield Irwin 347

94 His Messenger Sandra Wood 350

95 A Daughter's Prayer Pamela Goldstein 354

96 A Hand on My Shoulder Alma Barkman 358

97 My God Moment Stephen Rusiniak 361

98 Finding God on a Warship Nicole Corene Stout 364

99 Contagious Christian Matt Arnold 366

100 God Is Real Theresa Anderson 368

101 Too Old, Too Stubborn, Too Proud Alice Hobbs 372

Meet Our Contributors 377

Meet Our Authors 395

Thank You 398

About Chicken Soup for the Soul 400

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