Chicken Soup for the Soul A Tribute to Moms [NOOK Book]


“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” —William Arthur Ward Sometimes it’s hard to find just the right words to tell your mother “thanks.” It's like the quote above; if you feel grateful, then you must share your gratitude with the ones you love—especially your mother. Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Tribute to Moms will help you show your thankfulness to the many moms in your life, be it your mother, stepmom, mother-in-law, or even your best girlfriend who ...
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“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” —William Arthur Ward Sometimes it’s hard to find just the right words to tell your mother “thanks.” It's like the quote above; if you feel grateful, then you must share your gratitude with the ones you love—especially your mother. Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Tribute to Moms will help you show your thankfulness to the many moms in your life, be it your mother, stepmom, mother-in-law, or even your best girlfriend who is a mother. It’s your chance to tell them how much they mean to you and how much you care. And that’s what the contributors to this very special book have done. Through their inspiring, moving, and often funny stories, poems, and cartoons, they all pay tribute to their mothers, and their contributions to this very special tribute book speak volumes about their love and admiration for the special person each calls “Mom.” Share in their memories and rekindle the memories in your own life. And if you’re still finding it hard to come up with the right words to tell your mom how much you love and appreciate her, there’s an easy solution: hand her this book, give her a hug and a kiss, and simply say, “Thanks, Mom.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453275368
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 860,711
  • File size: 2 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. Patty Aubery is the vice president of the Canfield Training Group and Self-Esteem Seminars, Inc. She is the coauthor of several Chicken Soup books, including Chicken Soup for the New Mom’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Beach Lover’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Christian Soul, Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother’s Soul,and Chicken Soup for the Working Woman’s Soul. 
Jack Canfield is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He is a professional speaker who has dedicated his life to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.
Mark Victor Hansen is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He is a professional speaker who has dedicated his life to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.


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:

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Special Moments

We do not know the true value of our moments until they have undergone the test of memory.
George Duhamel

Cappuccino Tacos and Bubble Pie

Give love and unconditional acceptance to those you encounter, and notice what happens.
Wayne Dyer

When the lavender-scented bubbles reached the crest of the tub, I turned off the faucet.
'I'm going to take a bath,' I hollered to my husband. 'Can you watch Peyton for a few minutes?'
'Sure. I'll try,' answered a distant voice.

I sank into the tub, took a deep breath, and started to let the bombardments of life melt away. And then the bathroom door creaked open.
The blue eyes of my three-year-old daughter peeked into my private haven.

'Mommy, can I come in?' Peyton whispered, her voice tentative and polite. She stood like a soldier, awaiting orders.
'Oh, okay, just for a minute,' I grumbled, and she scurried into the room, beaming.
'Is it hot?' she inquired, casually dipping her finger into the water to gauge the temperature.
'Yes. It's hot, very hot,' I said, hoping to discourage her invasion of my bath. 'Mommy likes it that way.'
'Oh,' she sighed, disappointed. She was crestfallen the water was not in her temperature range, but knew that there was a remedy. 'Can I get in with you?'

I growled and furrowed my brow, teasing her. 'Okay, okay,' I said, adding cold water from the tap. She shimmied out of her pajamas and practically dove in.
'I'm going to make you cappuccino tacos and bubble pie,' Peyton announced as she spread a handful of bubbles onto a washcloth.
'Sounds delicious. Those are my favorites,' I answered with only myhead above the tepid water.
'Do you want milk or juice?' she asked.
'Will you make me a milkshake?'
'Oh, yes,' my little chef replied. 'Do want vanilla or chocolate?'
'Do you want whipped cream and sprinkles?'
'Of course. That's the only way to have a milkshake, right?'
'Yep,' she agreed as she added a dollop of whipped-cream bubbles and pretend sprinkles, sprinkles of love.
Peyton's encroachment on my bath time has become a ritual in our home over the years. And to be honest, at first I really missed my solo dip—when I could read a magazine and let the stress of the day dissolve into the scalding water sans distraction. But life has taught me not to fritter these precious moments of motherhood.

When she was five, Peyton was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She spent a month in the hospital and I routinely would climb into her metal-frame bed, sharing cafeteria-issue milkshakes with her—longing for a lukewarm bath, a frothy bubble pie, and the sweet taste of more time.

These days, Peyton's foamy milkshakes top my list of favorites. When she serves up her creative bubble-concoctions, she always reminds me to give thanks. So we bow our heads together and pray.

I am thankful for so much more than these frothy bath-time concoctions.

Celeste T. Palermo

Best Friends
Golden sunlight streams through the little window.
Our heads are bowed so close together
that the same ray of sunshine highlights our hair.
We whisper, then giggle.
The two of us act so much like young schoolgirls
that no one would ever guess
we are mother and daughter
simply painting each other's toenails.
Jennifer Lynn Clay

©2008. Celeste T. Palermo. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Soul A Tribute to Moms by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Aubery. 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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