Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom: 101 Stories of Gratitude, Love, and Good Times

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom will touch the heart of any mother with its stories of gratitude, joy, love, and learning from children of all ages.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom will touch the heart of any mother with its stories of gratitude, joy, love, and learning from children of all ages.

A mother's job is never done, but in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom, she gets the praise she deserves. Children of all ages share their words of thanks in these touching, heartfelt stories. CSS Thanks Mom will bring any mother joy, inspiration, and humor and show her that the kids were paying attention after all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935096450
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Publication date: 3/23/2010
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 269,356
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Chicken Soup for the Soul is a favorite publisher of books that provide emotional and practical support for readers in times of stress and challenge.

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are co-founders of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Wendy Walker is the author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms (Mar. 2009), Four Wives Feb. 2008) and Social Lives (Sept. 2009).


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:

Table of Contents

Foreword Joan Lunden xiii

Following in Her Footsteps

1 What My Mother Gave Me Before She Died Brad Meltzer 1

2 Struggles Are Relative Desiree Diana Amadeo 5

3 A Lasting Lesson Jim Dow 8

4 My Inspiration Michelle Anglin 12

5 Adolescent Awakening Tasha Mitchell 16

6 Doing the Right Thing Steve Chapman 18

7 A Letter to My Mother Gary B. Luerding 20

8 The Simple Life Julie Bradford Brand 23

9 My Mother, The Patriot Terrilynne Walker 26

10 A Son's Admiration Aaron Felder 28

11 Someone Who Cares Janelle In't Veldt 31

12 Discount Shopping Keith Smith 34

Mom Knows Best

13 Little Trouper Penny Orloff 41

14 Lip Drama Emily Osburne 45

15 My Mother, My Teacher Jessica Gauthier 49

16 The Pantsuit Harriet Cooper 51

17 Thank You for Not Pushing Christy Barge 54

18 The Chest Judy M. Miller 56

19 Just in Case Ann O'Farrell 58

20 You'll Always Be "Mom" Rebecca Hill 60

21 Out Mother Sandra P. Bishop 62

22 I've Got the Power Aditi Ashok 65

23 Blooms of Wisdom Kathy Harris 67

24 Is Anybody Dead? Corrina Lawson 69

Making Sacrifices

25 Seven Sticks Sandy M. Smith 75

26 Believing in the Writer in Me John P. Buentello 78

27 A Mother at Last Joyce A. Anthony 81

28 My Mother, My Friend Elizabeth M. Hunt 83

29 First Anniversaries Kate E. Meadows 86

30 Role Model Kiashaye Leonard 89

31 Bright Lights, Big City Tom LaPointe 91

32 A New Mom in Town Al Serradell 94

33 My Supermom Mary Laufer 97

34 My Mom, My Hero Brandy Widner 101

35 Surprise! Carolyn Mott Ford 104

36 The Old Green Coat Kathy Smith Solarino 106

Favorite Moments

37 Cape Towns Saralee Perel 111

38 Taking Time Teresa Hoy 115

39 The Birthday Wayne Summers 118

40 Our Evenings with Alex Trebek Maryanne Curran 122

41 Dark Winter Lucas Youmans 125

42 The Gift in the Plain Brown Wrapper Jennie Ivey 127

43 A Different Kind of Experience Christina Flaaen 130

44 Duck and Cover Gemma Halliday 132

45 Secret Stash Joanne Faries 135

46 Walking with Mom Dallas Woodburn 138

Mom to the Rescue

47 Driving Me Home Wendy Walker 145

48 Pretty Baby Diane Gardner 149

49 Loving Hands Jennifer Quasha 151

50 A Mother Takes On Big Tony Michael Jordan Segal 154

51 From Mama to Mom Jane Dunn Wiatrek 158

52 Fear Stephen D. Rogers 161

53 To Keep Me from the Rain Joyce Stark 163

54 With Ears Wide Open Carol Chiodo Fleischman 165

55 The Day My Mother Took On the Principal Barbara Mayer 168

56 Lifeline Kiran Kaur 172

57 A Quest for Answers Stephanie Haefner 175

58 Carrying Me Forward Aviva Drescher 178

What Goes Around

59 Chicken Soup from the Heart Annmarie B. Tait 185

60 Mom's Jewel Ferida Wolff 189

61 Just Like Mom Shannon Scott 192

62 Finding Joy in a Time of Loss Megan Dupree 194

63 Turning Into My Mother Karen Kullgren 197

64 Tunnel Vision Norma Favor 200

65 The Magic of the Mess Ronda Armstrong 202

66 Dusting Off Memories Jenny R. George 205

67 The Letter Kathy Marotta 208

68 Lasting Impressions Janine Pickett 210

69 Happy to Be You Saralee Perel 212

One of a Kind

70 How to Be Special Jeannie Mai 217

71 My Blessing Linda Burks Lohman 220

72 My Mother's Legacy H.M. Gruendler-Schierloh 223

73 Mom's Many Hats Gail Wilkinson 227

74 Fish Lips Terri L. Lacher 229

75 Making Her Own Way Kara Townsend 232

76 Beauty Never Fades Betsy S. Franz 234

77 Mom's Heart Rachel Furey 236

78 Somebody to Turn the Rope Elizabeth Atwater 238

79 Spilt Milk Rebecca Lasley Thomas 241

Gifts of the Heart

80 Because You Were There Stephen Rusiniak 247

81 The Quilt Hope Justice 250

82 A Mother's Faith Mimi Greenwood Knight 253

83 Nobody's Child But Mom's Ellen Fink 256

84 The Blue Dress Jennifer Gilkison 260

85 The Best Coloring Book Ever Rebecca Olker 264

86 Fan Appreciation Doug Hirschhorn 267

87 Silent Reassurance Kym Gordon Moore 271

88 New Dresses Stacia Marie Erckenbrack 274

89 A Ride Down Memory Lane Christopher Hartman 276

90 The World's Best Care Packages Mark Damon Puckett 280

My Mother's Legacy

91 A Thousand and One Stories, A Million and One Words Jacquelyn Mitchard 287

92 Hand-Me-Downs Shawnelle Eliasen 291

93 A Poem in Her Pocket Michelle Dette Gannon 294

94 Ode to Old Yeller Theresa Sanders 296

95 But Wait, There's More Sheila Curran 300

96 A Simple, Lasting Legacy Pamela Underhill Altendorf 304

97 Retaining Memories Robert S. Nussbaum 306

98 China Ray M. Wong 309

99 Things My Mother Taught Me Kris Hale 313

100 The Note Tom Phillips 317

101 Why I Play Samuel Torres 319

Meet Our Contributors 325

Meet Our Authors 343

About Joan Lunden 345

Thank You! 347

About Chicken Soup for the Soul 348

Bonus Story: How I Became an Author in the Back of My Minivan Wendy Walker 354

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2010

    Great Book

    I gave this book to my mom for mother's day and she loved it! We love chicken soup books :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2010

    I love 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

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Gift For Mom Any Day Of The Year

    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. Read the story of the mother the daughter and the rock. It is a must read.

    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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