Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit

Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit

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by Jack Canfield
     
 

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Two of America's best-loved inspirational speakers share the best of their stories, tales that have touched the hearts of people everywhere. Canfield and Hansen bring you wit and wisdom, hope and empowerment to buoy you up through life's dark moments.

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Two of America's best-loved inspirational speakers share the best of their stories, tales that have touched the hearts of people everywhere. Canfield and Hansen bring you wit and wisdom, hope and empowerment to buoy you up through life's dark moments.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
One of the most familiar gambits of spiritual writing is the life story that has a lesson to impart, and this book, now the progenitor of dozens of offshoots for focused readerships, pioneered the idea of offering dozens of brief and differing stories to make a point. This original title is now out of print but easily available from third-party sellers. Selectors may want to obtain several titles in the series for local interest groups.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558743816
Publisher:
Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/1993
Series:
Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.01(d)

Read an Excerpt

Glenna's Goal Book


In 1977 I was a single mother with three young daughters, a house payment, a car payment and a need to rekindle some dreams.

One evening I attended a seminar and heard a man speak on the I x V = R Principle. (Imagination mixed with Vividness becomes Reality.) The speaker pointed out that the mind thinks in pictures, not in words. And as we vividly picture in our mind what we desire, it will become a reality.

This concept struck a chord of creativity in my heart. I knew the biblical truth that the Lord gives us "the desires of our heart" (Psalms 37:4) and that "as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7). I was determined to take my written prayer list and turn it into pictures. I began cutting up old magazines and gathering pictures that depicted the "desires of my heart." I arranged them in an expensive photo album and waited expectantly.

I was very specific with my pictures. They included:


  1. A good-looking man
  2. A woman in a wedding gown and a man in a tuxedo
  3. Bouquets of flowers (I'm a romantic)
  4. Beautiful diamond jewelry (I rationalized that God loved David and Solomon and they were two of the richest men who ever lived)
  5. An island in the sparkling blue Caribbean
  6. A lovely home
  7. New furniture
  8. A woman who had recently become vice-president of a large corporation (I was working for a company that had no female officers. I wanted to be the first woman vice-president in that company.)

About eight weeks later, I was driving down a California freeway, minding my own business at 10:30 in the morning. Suddenly a gorgeous red-and-white Cadillac passed me. I looked at the car because it was a beautiful car. And the driver looked at me and smiled, and I smiled back because I always smile. Now I was in deep trouble. Have you ever done that? I tried to pretend that I hadn't looked. "Who me? I didn't look at you!" He followed me for the next 15 miles. Scared me to death! I drove a few miles, he drove a few miles. I parked, he parked . . . and eventually I married him!

On the first day after our first date, Jim sent me a dozen roses. Then I found out that he had a hobby. His hobby was collecting diamonds. Big ones! And he was looking for somebody to decorate. I volunteered! We dated for about two years and every Monday morning I received a long-stemmed red rose and a love note from him.

About three months before we were getting married, Jim said to me, "I have found the perfect place to go on our honeymoon. We will go to St. John's Island down in the Caribbean." I laughingly said, "I never would have thought of that!"

I did not confess the truth about my picture book until Jim and I had been married for almost a year. It was then that we were moving into our gorgeous new home and furnishing it with the elegant furniture that I had pictured. (Jim turned out to be the West Coast wholesale distributor for one of the finest Eastern furniture manufacturers.)

By the way, the wedding was in Laguna Beach, California, and included the gown and tuxedo as realities. Eight months after I created my dream book, I became the Vice-President of Human Resources in the company where I worked.

In some sense this sounds like a fairy tale, but it is absolutely true. Jim and I have made many "picture books" since we have been married. God has filled our lives with the demonstration of these powerful principles of faith at work.

Decide what it is that you want in every area of your life. Imagine it vividly. Then act on your desires by actually constructing your personal goal book. Convert your ideas into concrete realities through this simple exercise. There are no impossible dreams. And, remember, God has promised to give his children the desires of their heart.

Glenna Salsbury

¬1991 Salsbury Enterprises. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Soul® by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. 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.

What People are saying about this

Richard Loughlin
"I enjoyed every page. The stories are heart-rending and extremely motivational, the poetry is beautiful and the quotes are highly profound and meaningful. Jack and Mark have truly compiled a tremendous amount of wisdom. Its contents provide great insight into all dimensions of life."

"This book would make a wonderful gift for others to share with their loved ones, and you can rest assured that I will be purchasing additional copies for my family and friends."

—Richard Loughlin, President, Century 21 Real Estate Corp.

Robin Leach
"After interviewing hundreds of rich and famous people, it is clear to me that money and fame don't automatically make people happy. It has to come from within. I'd rather have a million smiles in my heart than a million dollars in my pocket. Chicken Soup for the Soul will help you put a million smiles in your heart."

—Robin Leach, TV personality and author

Wally Amos
"Chicken Soup For The Soul is a powerful reminder that the main ingredient in life is Love. It should be required reading for all."

—Wally Amos, Famous Amos Cookies

Dawn Steel
"What a great book! Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen have written a book that has the same effect as my grandmother's chicken soup did. . . . It's warm and it's soothing. I plan on using it whenever I need a little love."

—Dawn Steel, Former President, Columbia Pictures

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, have dedicated their lives to the personal and professional growth of others.

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, have dedicated their lives to the personal and professional growth of others.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Santa Barbara, California
Date of Birth:
August 19, 1944
Place of Birth:
Fort Worth, Texas
Education:
B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
Website:
http://www.jackcanfield.com

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Josie1955 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that started me on my collection of Chicken soup, this is my #1 book of all times.Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Blessings to you all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Even though I only read the sample, I highly recommend this book. :)
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Sandra Smith-Benoit More than 1 year ago
this book discusses the true kind heartedness of the people around you it also teaches life lessons
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