Chicken Soup for the Soul: Moms and Sons: Stories by Mothers and Sons, in Appreciation of Each Other

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This book contains the 101 best stories from Chicken Soup's library honoring the lifelong relationship between mothers and their male offspring.

There is a special bond between mothers and their sons and it never goes away. This new book contains the 101 best stories and poems from Chicken Soup's library honoring that lifelong relationship between mothers and their male offspring.

These heartfelt and loving stories written by mothers, ...

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This book contains the 101 best stories from Chicken Soup's library honoring the lifelong relationship between mothers and their male offspring.

There is a special bond between mothers and their sons and it never goes away. This new book contains the 101 best stories and poems from Chicken Soup's library honoring that lifelong relationship between mothers and their male offspring.

These heartfelt and loving stories written by mothers, grandmothers, and sons, about each other, span generations and show how the mother-son bond transcends time. Some of theses stories will make readers laugh and some will make them cry, but they all will warm their hearts and remind them of the things they love about each other.

The first Chicken Soup for the Soul book was published in 1993, and became a publishing industry sensation, ultimately selling eight million copies. Since then, more than 150 Chicken Soup titles have been published, selling more than 100 million copies.

Chicken Soup for the Soul had won dozens of awards over the past 15 years, and its founders, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen have become celebrity motivational speakers and authors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935096160
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Pages: 380
  • Sales rank: 230,902
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield is cocreator of the Chicken Soup for the SoulĀ® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.


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

A Special Foreword Jack Canfield Mark Victor Hansen xi
1 Raising Boys
1 Don't Blink Pamela Hackett Hobson 1
2 Back from the Heights Dierdre W. Honnold 3
3 A Cup for the Coach Joanne P. Brady 7
4 Brian Jay O'Callahan 8
5 A Little League Mom Harry Del Grande 9
6 Rites of Passage Kathryn Kvols 10
7 The Mother's Day Note Jeri Chrysong 13
2 Being a Sport
8 One of the Boys Marnie O. Mamminga 17
9 Simple Pleasures Carol Einarsson 20
10 Youthful Promises Denise Fleming 23
11 First Day Fishing Tanya Breed 27
12 Mom Has a Wicked Curveball Tanya J. Tyler 30
13 Mom Hits the Links Adam Bruns 33
3 Thanks Mom
14 About the Doubt Wanda Simpson 39
15 The "No Hug" Rule Cheryl Costello-Forshey 43
16 P.K.'s Mission Roberta Anna Heydenberk, Ed.D. Warren Robert Heydenberk, Ed.D. 48
17 A Worthy Investment Allison Yates Gaskins 51
18 A Mother's Love Johnny N. Ortez, Jr 54
19 Against the Odds Elgin Staples 57
20 Mason's Sacrifice Veneta Leonard 60
21 Angel Nathen Cantwell 62
4 Grieving and Peace
22 Remembering Eric Tracy Clausell-Alexander 67
23 The Joy of Easter Marion Blanchard 70
24 Music-Loving Tabby Beverly F. Walker 73
25 I Still Choose "Mom" Connie Sturm Cameron 76
26 Reaching for Peace Thomas Ann Hines 81
27 I'll Make You a Rainbow Linda Bremner 85
28 The Angels on the Cruise Shari Dowdall 89
29 Joseph's Living Legacy Kathie Kroot told to Heather Black 92
5 Single-Minded Devotion
30 Kitchen Comfort Lynn Fredericks 99
31 Watching Over You Linda Ferris 102
32 The Fisherman Cynthia Borris 104
33 From Prison to Ph.D. Kathleen Halloran 108
34 Love and Cheeseburgers Kathy Bohannon 111
6 IChoose You as My Son
35 Outpouring of Love Jean Brody 117
36 Startled by a Dream Sharon Gibson 120
37 My Son LeAnn Thieman 124
38 A Cure for Restlessness Linda Jin Zou 128
39 I Am a Mother Joan Sedita 131
40 To Have and to Hold Elizabeth Thring 134
7 Raising Wonderful Men
41 Baked with Loving Hands Phyllis Ring 141
42 Summer Son Jennifer Olsson 144
43 Miss You, Love You Penny Fedorczenko 148
44 Tea Party Gloria Plaisted 151
45 Mother-and-Son Moment Tinisha Nicole Johnson 154
46 Song-and-Dance Man Maryjo Faith Morgan 157
47 Happy Anniversary Evelyn Marder Levin 160
48 A Lesson from My Son Kathleen Beaulieu 163
8 Special Moments
49 Mama Can't Read Charles A. Mariano 169
50 Dissed Mary J. Davis 172
51 Together, We Can Do Anything Jarod Larson 173
52 It's Baseball Season Denise Turner 177
53 The Best Days of Our Lives Colleen Hartry 179
54 I Flushed It Pier Novelli 183
55 So How Do You Boost an Ego? Kirk Hill 186
56 A Scarf, Earrings, Necklace, Bottle of Perfume Andy Strasberg 188
57 The Last First Day Barbara LoMonaco 191
58 Jimmy's New Shoes Marie A. Kennedy 193
9 Love through the Generations
59 The Gravy Boat Rescue W.W. Meade 199
60 The Blessing Aurelio Deane Font 203
61 The Light Patricia S. Laye 205
62 The Power of Our Family History Cynthia Leal Massey 208
63 The Longest Week Teresa Pitman 211
64 It Just Isn't Fair Nancy L. Rusk 215
10 Through the Eyes of a Child
65 Two Little Boys Named Chris Delores Lacy 223
66 The Sandbox Revelation Christine E. Penny 224
67 The Two Eyes Leah Golomb 225
68 The Pencil Box Doris Sanford 227
69 Dusting in Heaven Denise Peebles 229
70 The Plum Pretty Sister Cynthia Brian 231
71 Grandma and the Chicken Pox Susan Amerikaner 235
72 I Want It in Ink Dorothy M. Neddermeyer 236
11 Courage and Persistence
73 Hand-Me-Down Love Greg Franklin 241
74 Music That Might Never Be Heard Doris Hays Northstrom 245
75 A Mother's Test Ervin DeCastro 249
76 The Price of a Dream Ricky C. Hunley 252
77 Bound by Love Victoria Patterson 254
78 The Day Mother Cried Gerald Moore 257
79 Doubting Thomas Leah Tucker 262
12 Making a Difference
80 A Child's Playground Tony Gilbert 269
81 The Flight of the Red-Tail Penny Porter 274
82 My Son the Rabbi Rabbi Michael Gold 282
83 Mother of Three Thousand Sons Falaka Fattah 285
84 Terrorist Brownies Amie Clark 290
85 Sweet Petunia Leon J. Rawitz 292
13 Gratitude
86 Motherhood 101 Karen L. Waldman Alyson Powers 299
87 She Has Always Been There Robert Allen 303
88 Mom's Special Day Connie Hill 307
89 Speaking Cynthia Laughlin 309
90 The Beach Trip Dawn Holt 312
91 Mother's Day Marcia Zina Mager 314
92 Gains and Losses Xiao Xi Zhang 319
93 Mom Taught Me to Play Baseball Mike Robbins 322
14 Learning from Each Other
94 My Son, the Street Person Eva Nagel 329
95 Good News on the Paper Route Barbara Curtis 334
96 Kiss Katherine Pepin 336
97 Recipe for Life Arthur Bowler 337
98 Wasting Water Susan H. Hubbs 339
99 The Purse Tal Vigderson 342
100 Seven Days to Live Mary Anne Fox 347
101 Tears and Laughter Kimberly Thompson 350 More Chicken Soup 354 Who is Jack Canfield? 361 Who is Mark Victor Hansen? 363 Who is Amy Newmark? 365 Acknowledgments 367
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  • Posted June 15, 2009

    Moms and Sons

    I purchased this book for my son on the birth of his upcoming first baby. I thught the book was very informative and would be a great tool for him.

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