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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Moms Know Best: Stories of Appreciation for Mothers and Their Wisdom

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1. Books represent a new thematic experience, even for readers of past books, as Chicken Soup has tightened the content, and books contain only relevant stories. Out-of-date stories were eliminated.

2. Each book contains 101 stories recompiled from dozens of past Chicken Soup titles.

3. "Our 101 Best Stories" collection is an efficient way for new readers to obtain books covering Chicken Soup's most popular ...

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Overview

1. Books represent a new thematic experience, even for readers of past books, as Chicken Soup has tightened the content, and books contain only relevant stories. Out-of-date stories were eliminated.

2. Each book contains 101 stories recompiled from dozens of past Chicken Soup titles.

3. "Our 101 Best Stories" collection is an efficient way for new readers to obtain books covering Chicken Soup's most popular topics.

4. Every book has a warm and moving foreward from Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen explaining the company's rebirth and its return to 101 stories per book.

"Mom will know where it is...what to say...how to fix it." This is the first Chicken Soup book to focus on the pervasive wisdom of mothers everywhere. It includes the best 101 stories from Chicken Soup's library on our perceptive, understanding, and insightful mothers.

These heartfelt stories written by mothers and their children will inspire and amuse readers, and will remind them of all that is right about being a mother. These stories celebrate the special bond between mothers and children, our mothers' unerring wisdom about everything from the mundane to the life-changing, and the hard work that goes into being a mother every day.

The first Chicken Soup for the Soul book was published in 1993, and became a publishing industry sensation, ultimately selling eight million copies. The company went on to publish more than 150 Chicken Soup titles, selling more then 100 million copies, and becoming a household name.

Chicken Soup for the Soul has 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: 9781935096023
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Publication date: 7/29/2008
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 643,902
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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

Amy Newmark is the Publisher of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

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:

Table of Contents


A Special Foreword   Jack   Mark     xi
The Power of a Mother's Love
Mom's Favorite Child   Sue Thomas Hegyvary     1
I Love You, Daddy   Donn Marshall     4
A Mother's Intuition   Glynis M. Belec     7
Birthday Girl   Barbara Bloom     10
Love Can Last Forever   Deb Plouse Fulton     12
The Sandals That Saved My Life   Mallorie Cuevas     14
The Mailbox   Patty Duncan     17
A Loving Mother   Holly Howard     20
Mother's Goblets   Debra Ann Pawlak     23
A Mother Sings   Peggy Vincent     27
Great Times with Mom
Salsa Lessons   Maria Luisa Salcines     33
A Bus Trip for Mom on Mother's Day   Anne Schraff     35
Too Late   Esther Copeland     38
Picture-Perfect Bologna   Diane M. Vanover     39
The Nightgown   Alicia Nordan     41
Trouble Brewing   Cynthia Briche     46
Making Memories   Tonna Canfield     47
A Time for Memories   Sharon Wright     50
PickingMarshmallows   Nancy Sweetland     53
Oh, to Be Rich!   Sande Smith     56
Whittle-ed Away   Carol McAdoo Rehme     60
A Second Chance   Cynthia Blatchford     63
Buried Treasure   Margarita Engle     65
The Gypsy Angel   Lucinda Shouse     68
Maternal Insights and Lessons Learned
A New Home   Elisabeth A. Freeman     75
Only Love Lasts Forever   Denise   Rett Ackart     80
Lessons My Mother Taught Me   Marta A. Oppenheimer     82
A Forgiving Heart   W. W. Meade     85
Pink and Blue Makes... Green?   Debbie Farmer     89
In Her Golden Eyes   Diane Nichols     92
Always a Nurse   Shelly Burke     96
Don't Close the Door   Christie Kelley Montone     98
Wishing Away   Lana Brookman     101
Pictures of the Heart   Joanna Emery     105
On A Mother's Support
Two Pairs of Eyes   Barbara E. Stephens-Rich     111
The Call at Midnight   Christie Craig     114
Keywords to Survival   Peg Sherry      118
The Pink High-Tops   Dorothy Raymond Gilchrest     122
Rhythms of Grace   Marilynn Griffith     125
A Canine Nanny   Christine Henderson     128
Mountains of Laundry   Veronica Wintermote     131
Locked In   M. L. Charendoff     134
Knowing When   Helen Colella     138
Come Back Home   Linda H. Puckett     141
Close Your Mouth, Open Your Arms   Diane C. Perrone     144
Moms Overcoming Obstacles and Solving Problems
Chasing a Rainbow   Terri Cheney     151
Jet   Lynn Pulliam     154
Bad Day, Good Life   Barbara Stanley     158
Tough Love   Nanette Thorsen-Snipes     161
Little Dolly   Jennifer M. Paquette     164
The Potato Puppy   Linda Stafford     167
Mother's Magic   Mimi Greenwood Knight     170
Bosom Buddies   Alice Collins     172
Small Soldiers   Rachel Berry     175
When All Hope is Lost   Janet Lynn Mitchell     178
Time for Me
Ceiling Fans   Marie Jones      183
Freedom   Bonnie West     186
The Hammock   Patricia Lorenz     189
Paper Suits Me   Mary Clare Lockman     192
The Amazing Technicolor Dream Table   Patricia Lorenz     196
Gotta Watch the Fish Eat   Cheryl Kirking     199
Getting Away   Kimberly A. Porrazzo     203
A Mother's Wisdom
May Basket   Sue Dunigan     207
I Love My Body... Now   Regina Phillips     209
Pearls of Time   Karen Majoris-Garrison     212
"One Day, You'll Look Back on This..."   Laurie Lonsdale     216
Calling Mr. Clean   Karen C. Driscoll     219
Second Skin   Caroline Castle Hicks     221
Three Words   Jo-Ann Hartford Jaques     223
The Story of Mary the Maid   Naomi Bluestone     225
A Fib and the Matinee   Mary Alice Dress Baumgardner     228
Adam's Apples   Kim Aaron     230
Mirror, Mirror   Joy Margrave     232
Famous Last Words   Barbara LoMonaco     236
Always Believe in Miracles   Gerrie Edwards      238
The Bond between Mother and Child
A Mother Is Born   Regina Phillips     245
Love and Water   Emily Sue Harvey     247
My Original Role   Deborah Shouse     251
Happy Father's Day!   Hazel Holmes     254
Saying I Love You   LindaCarol Cherken     257
A Gift of Faith   Kelly E. Kyburz     260
The Mother's Day Gift   Joan Sutula     264
In Mom We Trust   Rebecca Woolf     267
My Name Is Mommy   Stacey A. Granger     270
This Is the Best Day of My Life   Dian Tune Lopez     275
Letting Go
The Gift   Anne Lambert     281
A Mother's Love   Pat Laye     284
Who'll Water My Teardrops?   Win Herberg     287
Can I Come with You?   Beverly Beckham     291
Warm Rocks and Hard Lessons   Joan Shaddox Isom     294
Crossing Over   Angela Martin     298
Peace for Pickles   B. J. Taylor     300
Gratitude
Graduation Message   Robert A. Concolino     307
My Mother   Staci Warren     311
Mother's Hands   Louisa Godissart McQuillen     313
One Rose   Jolie "Jes" Shafer-Kenney     315
Mothers Deserve More than One Day   Roy Lang III     317
Mini Massage Therapists   Marian Gormley     319
Patches   Cathy Novakovich     322
I Am My Mother   Anne Tews Schwab     325
Mother to Mother   Annette Seaver     328
More Chicken Soup     333
Who Is Jack Canfield?     341
Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?     343
Who Is Amy Newmark?     345
Acknowledgments     349
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