Chicken Soup for the Soul The Book of Christmas Virtues: Inspirational Stories to Warm the Heart [NOOK Book]

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Designed as a gift book or family keepsake to be used as a holiday tradition, this beautiful hardcover features seven virtues that are traditionally associated with Christmas. Each one is discussed in a short inspirational essay then illustrated by four to five all-new heart-touching stories from Chicken Soup for the Soul, bringing the magic of the season to light. Each section ends with a one-page suggestion on how to start your own holiday tradition, from baking cookies to charity ideas that reflect the spirit ...
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Chicken Soup for the Soul The Book of Christmas Virtues: Inspirational Stories to Warm the Heart

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Overview

Designed as a gift book or family keepsake to be used as a holiday tradition, this beautiful hardcover features seven virtues that are traditionally associated with Christmas. Each one is discussed in a short inspirational essay then illustrated by four to five all-new heart-touching stories from Chicken Soup for the Soul, bringing the magic of the season to light. Each section ends with a one-page suggestion on how to start your own holiday tradition, from baking cookies to charity ideas that reflect the spirit of the virtue. Perfect for adults and children, this uplifting book is a wonderful celebration of the season.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453274934
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 520,280
  • File size: 605 KB

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. Carol Rehme is a freelance writer who has worked extensively with Chicken Soup. 
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.

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."

Good To Know

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:

Read an Excerpt

With Gladness and Glue


While Christmas shopping in a jewelry store, I discovered
a clearance table of gilded ornaments. Detailed and
delicate in design, each had a personality all its own. I
sorted among the hundreds of filigreed masterpieces,
picked out a few and took them home.


Deciding they were much too pretty to disappear
among the clutter of a Christmas tree, I used them instead
to decorate small eight-inch wreaths. When I stood back to
admire my handiwork, a thought crossed my mind:
Wouldn’t some of our family and friends like these, too?
I raced back to the jewelry store to discover that the
stack of ornaments had been reduced even further. This
time I bought dozens as I thought of the many people
who might enjoy one for the holidays.


Armed with a glue gun and bright ribbons of every
color, I eagerly began my creative project. The wreaths
multiplied like measles and dotted every flat surface in our
house. For days, my family tiptoed around, elbowed their
way through and slept among the miniature masterpieces.


While I tied dainty bows and glued golden ornaments,
my mind wandered to Christmases past, and I pondered
how special each had been. I thought about others perhaps
not so fortunate. Some people in our community
didn’t have a family to share the joy of Christmas. Some
didn’t bother with holiday decorations. Some never left
their homes to celebrate the season.
I nodded my head in determined satisfaction. They
would be at the top of my list to receive a little wreath. My
husband joined me in the plan, andwe set out together to
put it into action.


We visited the aged. We visited the widowed. We visited
the lonely. Each one was thrilled with our cheery stops
and immediately hung our small gifts—often the only
signs of celebration in their homes.


After several days, I realized we had made and given
almost two hundred wreaths. Decorated with love and
delivered with delight, they filled many homes and hearts
with the joy of Christmas.


And I came to the simple realization that we were actually
the ones who received the greatest blessing that year.
We had found our Christmas spirit in the doing.


-Nancy B. Gibbs


©2005. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Soul Book of Christmas Virtues by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen with Carole Rehme. 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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  • Posted January 17, 2012

    i would highly recommeded u check this book.

    i love the stories in here. some even made me cry. i love heart warming stories and stories that touch my heart. it got me in the mood for chirstmas and hope.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2005

    Served Best at Thanksgiving

    These are terrific stories that can best be used between Thanksgiving and Christmas. 'The Right Touch' is excerpted from another bestselling collection, A Christmas Dozen: Christmas Stories to Warm the Heart, a wonderfully heart-touching book for all ages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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