Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul IV: Stories of Life, Love and Learning


We all have a story to tell. We often judge our own stories as being good or bad, right or wrong. The truth is, each and every one of them not only holds meaning for us but for those around us as well. Chicken Soup for The Teenage Soul IV is filled with such stories: what it really means to be a teenager in today's world.

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We all have a story to tell. We often judge our own stories as being good or bad, right or wrong. The truth is, each and every one of them not only holds meaning for us but for those around us as well. Chicken Soup for The Teenage Soul IV is filled with such stories: what it really means to be a teenager in today's world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623610234
  • Publisher: Backlist, LLC - a unit of Chicken Soup of the Soul Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 349,374
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

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

Introduction ix

1 Friendship

The Friend That You've Outgrown C. S. Dweck 2

My Friend, Forever Melissa Malloy 4

There Is No End in Friend Rebecca Woolf 6

Sketches Kristina Wong 10

Love Poem Cortney Martin 13

Unfaithful Chiara Tomaselli 16

Bacon and Eggs Beth Dieselberg 19

Andy Scott T. Barsotti 23

For Claire Rebecca Wicks 26

Jonathon Dan Levine 30

Going Away Bethany Trombley 34

SPF 1,000 Lauren Henderson 38

More Than Just Sisters Julie Hoover 42

2 Making a Difference

Just Being There Patrick Seitz 46

I Hope You Dance Dallas Nicole Woodburn 50

The Greatest Audience Greg Faherty 53

Understanding Jenny Cynthia M. Hamond 57

Sometimes We Dream Olivia Heaney 61

My Amazing Brother Carrie O'Maley 64

Super Roy Jeff Heisler 67

Safe at Home Mary Berglund 70

Sight and Insight Eric J. Moore 73

3 Relationships

Reality Check Arielle Jacobs 78

Only a Matter of Time Tal Vigderson 81

Drowning in Somebody I'm Not Mark Whistler 85

Eternity Deiah Haddock 87

Tom(my) Boy Zoe Graye 89

First Love, First Loss Melody Mallory 94

Once Upon a Time I Lost Myself Rebecca Woolf 96

My First Date Sarah Van Tine 99

Junior High Crush Rachel Louise Moore 103

Not Forgotten Sarah Strickler 107

Never Too Late Linnea Gits-Dunham 110

4 Lessons and Learning

My Moment of Truth as told to C. S. Dweck 118

Perfection Brittany Steward 123

Dear John Cynthia M. Hamond 125

What One Boy Can Show a Girl Sarah Erdmann 129

When the World Stopped Turning Michael Punsalan 132

Let Me Live Jennifer Danley 137

Happiness Sarah Provencal 139

Watch Out for That Tree! Cody Carrington 142

Self-Esteem Jim Lauer 144

5 Family

The Doctor's Son Harold Eppley Rochelle Melander 148

My Favorite Professor Brian Eule 152

Uncle Jerry Mary Shannon 156

New Beginnings Sara Ronis 159

When It Counts Heather Woodruff 161

No Longer an Only Child Jessica Wilson 166

My Other Family Phyllis Anne Guilmette 169

She's My Sister Christina Dotson 172

Everything Is Possible Al Batt 176

Grandpa's Gift Cazzey Louis Cereghino 178

A New Coat Peter Lim 181

Dreams Inspired by Dad Emily Peck 184

My Brother, Ben Donata Allison 186

Some Service Eli Shoshani 188

My Father's Truth Rianna Ouellette 192

6 Tough Stuff

Don't Stop the Dance Simone Would 196

When Daddy Died Irene Budzynski 198

Life Is a Gift Lindsay Ann Parker 202

My Mother: Her Depression, Her Strength Laura Pavlasek 206

Take Back the Night Lauren Nevins 210

The Unexpected Julie Lucas 214

A Struggle to Be Me Lizzy Mason 217

The Bully Cheryl Costello-Forshey 220

My Own Thing Neil Katcher 225

Staying Strong Deiah Haddock 229

A Step Toward Healing Yaa Yamoah 234

Unbreakable Bond Lauren Fritsky 237

False Hope Molly Karlin 239

7 Overcoming Obstacles

My Worst Enemy Emily Starr 246

The Sound of My Father's Voice Dinaw Mengestu 249

Watching My Brother Ride Don Keyes 253

So Afraid to Change Chris Sullivan 258

Tear-Stained Eyes Donya Brown 263

Bike Ride Esther Young 266

Silence Is Tiring Brittney Shepherd 269

Bat Mitzvah Blues Rachel Moore 271

8 Growing Up

Moonlight Drives Don Keyes 276

365 Days Kelly Garnett 281

Uniform Amy Nicholson 284

A Perfect Score Lalanthica V. Yogendran 288

Two Ways We Can Remember It Evan Wynns 292

Losing Sight of the Shore Marianne Melcher 296

Live Your Dream Katie Hays 299

Right Kick, Wrong Direction Joseph Losardo 301

Label This! Emily Adams 304

Star of My Own Movie Cecile Wood 306

Oh, the Things That We Feel Danielle Rosenblatt 310

Teenage Clich├ęs Alanna Schubach 312

Who Is Jack Canfield? 317

Who Is Mark Victor Hansen? 318

Who Is Kimberly Kirberger? 319

Who Is Mitch Claspy? 320

Contributors 321

Permissions 331

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