Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul

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Stories about succeeding and surviving teenage years.

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Stories about succeeding and surviving teenage years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613834923
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Pages: 317
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield
Motivational speaker Jack Canfield is the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. With over 65 books to his credit, Canfield has taken the inspirational advice he delivered in his speeches and forged one of the most popular book series in print.

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
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  • Posted March 18, 2009

    Chicken Soup For The Tennage Soul

    Are you a teenager? Ever had some hardships in life that you just can't get over? Such as: love, death, and other situations.


    In Chicken Soup For The Teenage Soul, there are many short biographies of teenagers. They tell about hard times that they have experienced and how they healed their pain and grief.


    This book is a wonderful book for any teenager who is or has experienced a hardship. Some times reading about other people's troubles just like yours can help you heal or give you an answer on how you can help yourself heal.


    I recommend this book to any teenager who has gone through hardships and needs to recover. This book can and will help most teenagers with their troubles.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2008

    Review for Chicken Soup Book

    This book was great. It made me cry at one time and make me crack up laughing at anther. The writing was okay but since they have teenagers send in there personal stories it¿s only okay writing. There are no set characters but the writing is so deep its kind of makes up for it. This book could not get more real. Teenagers send in their story about something and it goes straight into the book. So it¿s like your best friend telling you something that happened to her. This book was the first book I have ever cried well I was reading it. This book was unforgettable because it¿s a like a life long lesson from your parents you'll never forget. This book is great for discussion novel because it¿s something your parents or siblings can relate to.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Wow

    Very awesome

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Chicken soup

    Chicken soup for the teenage soul is beast

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2009

    great book

    great book. I hate reading, but this is just so emotional. and may even help people. although, some of the stories of the same, it's still great

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2000

    the best poem ever!!!

    The poem called 'Moonlight ride' is such a good influence on younger children for not drinking and driving. I thought it was a really good poem. If you have a friend who drinks tell them to read this story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    @$$

    Piss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Cats

    Yo mom

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Maggs

    No i didnt you idiot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Zachary

    Do you get in trouble for saying that your mom is driving the bus

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    Caleb glass

    I see you caleb

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    heylo

    How are you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    chicken soup for the teenage soul

    I think this book is inspireing and it has a lot of themes and a lot of drama like egg lesaons the mom fussed the other one out so if you like books that has a lot of dram then this the book for you?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    Chicken soup for the teenage soul demarco

    It is a great book with some hurtful stories

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    Chicken soup for the teenage d Chicken soup ffor the teenage soul

    I yhink you should read this book because it will help you teenagers through your problems

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Fgf

    I like it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    Chiken soup for th teenage soul

    I have just fininsed reading the book and i am so glad my teacher reccomed this book to me at frist i did not want to read it but then my mom aid that she had read it and said it was a good book so i gave it a try and i now i am goning to let u know about it i have been telling every one o read this book my friend has read i so i think u should to i have reccomed this to my whole class and we read it together in class so if u are not shy ask ur teacher has sh heard of it and ask her to read it to ur class thanks and good bye

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    I love this

    It is such a good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Zachary

    Your dad is a fagget

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Chiken soup for the teenage soul

    I am done with this book this may be the last update for me and i have enjoyed posting things for u to read see ya

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