Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: 101 Stories of Life, Love and Learning

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: 101 Stories of Life, Love and Learning

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by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger, Mitch Claspy
     
 

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Beyond the natural "growing pains" of adolescence, teens in today's world face a dizzying array of choices and perils. To survive and succeed through the teenage years, young men and women need a generous helping of encouragement, guidance, love and support.

This batch of Chicken Soup contains important lessons on the nature of friendship and love, the importance of

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Beyond the natural "growing pains" of adolescence, teens in today's world face a dizzying array of choices and perils. To survive and succeed through the teenage years, young men and women need a generous helping of encouragement, guidance, love and support.

This batch of Chicken Soup contains important lessons on the nature of friendship and love, the importance of belief in the future, the value of respect for oneself and others, and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558744639
Publisher:
Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/1997
Series:
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.96(d)
Lexile:
930L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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I Love You, Dad

If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.

—St. Francis of Assisi

I met a man who came to Tampa for his father's funeral. Father and son hadn't seen each other in years. In fact, according to the son, his father had left when he was a boy, and they had had little contact until about a year ago, when his father had sent him a birthday card with a note saying he'd like to see his son again.

After discussing a trip to Florida with his wife and children and consulting his busy schedule at his office, the son tentatively set a date to visit his father two months later. He would drive his family down when school was out for vacation. He scribbled a note and with mixed emotions, dropped it in the mail.

He heard back immediately. Written on lined paper torn from a spiral notebook, such as a schoolboy would use, were words of excitement penned in a barely legible scrawl. Misspelled words, poor grammar and incorrect punctuation bounced off the page. The man was embarrassed for his father. He thought twice about the upcoming visit.

It just so happened that the man's daughter made the cheerleading squad at her school and had to go to a camp conducted for cheering techniques. Coincidentally, it started the week after school was out. The trip to Florida would have to be postponed.

His father said he understood, but the son didn't hear from him again for some time. A note here or there, an occasional call. They didn't say much—muttered sentences, comments about "your mother," a couple of clouded stories about the man's childhood—but it was enough to put together a few of the missing pieces.

In November the son received a call from his father's neighbor. His father had been taken to the hospital with heart problems. The son spoke with the charge nurse, who assured him his father was doing well following a heart attack. The doctor could provide details.

His father said, "I'm fine. You don't have to make a trip out here. The doctor says there was minor damage, and I can go home day after tomorrow."

He called his father every few days after that. They chatted and laughed and talked about getting together "soon." He sent money for Christmas. His father sent small gifts for his children and a pen and pencil set for his son. It was a cheap set, probably purchased at a discount pharmacy or variety-type store, and the kids tossed their tokens from Grandpa aside without much notice. But his wife received a precious music box made of crystal. Overwhelmed, she expressed her gratitude to the old man when they called him on Christmas Day. "It was my mother's," the old man explained. "I wanted you to have it."

The man's wife told her husband that they should have invited the old man for the holidays. As an excuse for not having done so, she added, "But it probably would be too cold for him here, anyway.ö

In February, the man decided to visit his father. As luck would have it, however, his boss's wife had to have an operation, and the man had to fill in and work a few extra hours. He called his father to tell him he'd probably get to Florida in March or April.

I met the man on Friday. He had finally come to Tampa. He was here to bury his father.

He was waiting when I arrived to open the door that morning. He sat in the chapel next to his father's body, which had been dressed in a handsome, new, navy blue pinstriped suit and laid out in a dark blue metal casket. "Going Home" was scripted inside the lid.

I offered the man a glass of water. He cried. I put my arm around his shoulder and he collapsed in my arms, sobbing. "I should have come sooner. He shouldn't have had to die alone." We sat together until late afternoon. He asked if I had something else to do that day. I told him no.

I didn't choose the act, but I knew it was kind. No one else came to honor the life of the man's father, not even the neighbor he spoke of. It cost nothing but a few hours of my time. I told him I was a student, that I wanted to be a professional golfer, and that my parents owned the funeral home. He was an attorney and lived in Denver. He plays golf whenever he can. He told me about his father.

That night, I asked my dad to play golf with me the next day. And before I went to bed, I told him, "I love you, Dad."

— Nick Curry III, age 19


(c)1996 by Nick Curry III. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger. 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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Meet the Author

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

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Santa Barbara, California
Date of Birth:
August 19, 1944
Place of Birth:
Fort Worth, Texas
Education:
B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
Website:
http://www.jackcanfield.com

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Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 157 reviews.
Mercedes14 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chicken soup for the teenage soul is beast
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Bay springs
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Awsom
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Piss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you get in trouble for saying that your mom is driving the bus
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I see you caleb
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg.stop say me and demarco are a thing that means you zachary!and anyonelse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How are you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a great book with some hurtful stories
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I yhink you should read this book because it will help you teenagers through your problems
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is such a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not like the egg lesson cause it is to much drama cause her mom yelling at that lady that girl lieing to her and then after all that shetelles the truth and why did'nt tell the truth the frist time her mom asked nicely anyway bye
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a teenage girl and this is the best book i have ever read. It kept me reading because i could relate to it so much. These stories are so personal that these stories well most of them have happened to me. I only gave it 4 stars though because its in little stories and i had read it because i had to for a language arts thing and it was hard to do a book talk on. So for just entertainment, yes its good but for school its not good.
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When ur a teen you feel like if no one goes thru the same things as u but this opened my eyes
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I read the reviews-all 110of them- and I really want this book! I am not going to buy anything with my allowance until I have enough to buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I understand i will probably get this bok thankz to ur revoew but another sad book is ida b.its a crazy and very Very sad book at least to me and its well worth the money the author is katherine hannigam