Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms: 101 Stories Celebrating the Power of Choice for Stay-at-Home and Work-from-Home Moms

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1. Issue of moms leaving the workforce, opt-out moms hot topic these days in the media

2. Stories positively discuss the choices made by mothers to give up their full time work to be stay at home or work from home moms

3. Includes stories from grateful husbands and children

4. Must have book for Mother?s Day

5. Every mom views herself as a ...

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms: 101 Stories Celebrating the Power of Choice for Stay-at-Home and Work-from-Home Moms

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Overview

1. Issue of moms leaving the workforce, opt-out moms hot topic these days in the media

2. Stories positively discuss the choices made by mothers to give up their full time work to be stay at home or work from home moms

3. Includes stories from grateful husbands and children

4. Must have book for Mother’s Day

5. Every mom views herself as a “Power Mom.”

Wendy Walker,author of Four Wives and The Queen of Suburbia, has become the go-to media expert on women leaving the workforce to raise their families and run their homes. This book contains 101 great stories from mothers who have made the choice to stay home, or work from home,while raising their families These multi-tasking, high-performing women have become today's Power Moms. Every stay-at-home and work-from-home mom will view this book as having been written just for her. Perfect for book groups, it will contain a reader guide.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935096313
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Publication date: 3/24/2009
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Chicken Soup for the Soul is revitalized,with up-to-date content and fresh new look on its fifteenth anniversary. Jack Canfiekd and Mark Victor Hansen are co-founders of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Wendy Walker is a nationally recognized expert on mothers, and is the author of Four Wives(Feb 2008) and The Queen of Suburbia (summer 2009).

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:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2009

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    I am a mother of two small ones and always on the go. At the end of the day, I'm exhausted and barely have time to read before I fall asleep. The stories in this book are short and speak to this time in my life when I'm juggling so much and trying to maintain sanity. I look forward to those 2-3 pages each night. It's very comforting and I go to sleep feeling like I have made a connection with someone who understands what I'm going through. This is a great book for moms to give themselves and to share with other moms.

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

    Power Moms have my respect

    Anyone who considers being a stay-at-home or work-from-home mom (or dad) should read this book. I already admire this dedicated group, like novelist Jane Green, actress Melora Hardin and Maternity Clothes business woman, Liz Lange. Yet, the stories give more insight than just being around the home. There is the on-going discipline of separating work from children, of keeping physically fit, of persistence and enduring the looks from people when you might explain that your "job" is an at-home mom, stay-at-home-dad or unpublished author. I especially enjoyed Mama Esta Trabajando. (Work at home is not being at home.) A nice collection of heart, hope and humor. --Doug Setter, BSc.

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