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

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This first batch of Chicken Soup for Teens consists of 101 stories every teenager can relate to and learn from — without feeling criticized or judged. This edition contains important lessons on the nature of friendship and love, the importance of belief in the future, and the value of respect for oneself and others, and much more.

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Overview

This first batch of Chicken Soup for Teens consists of 101 stories every teenager can relate to and learn from — without feeling criticized or judged. This edition contains important lessons on the nature of friendship and love, the importance of belief in the future, and the value of respect for oneself and others, and much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623610463
  • Publisher: Backlist, LLC - a unit of Chicken Soup of the Soul Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 49,350
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (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.

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:

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I Love You, Dad

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

&#151St. 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&#151muttered sentences, comments about "your mother," a couple of clouded stories about the man's childhood&#151but 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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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 On Relationships

Losing the "Us" Lia Gay 3

After a While Veronica A. Shoffstall 7

Soul Mates Fran Leb 8

The Miss of a Great "Miss" Jack Schlatter 11

My First Kiss, and then Some Mary Jane West-Delgado 14

First Kiss-First Lesson Jennifer Braunschweiger 17

Changes in Life Sheila K. Reyman 25

First Love Mary Ellen Klee 28

A High School Love not Forgotten Diana L. Chapman 31

2 On Friendship

The Gossiper Author Unknown 36

A Simple Christmas Card Theresa Peterson 38

Please Listen Stacia Gilmer 41

She Told me it was Okay to Cry Daphan Renan 43

Lessons in Friendship A. J. Langer 45

Always Return your Phone Calls Anonymous 50

My New Best Friend Retold Kimberly Kirberger 52

The Days of Cardboard Boxes Eva Burke 54

3 On Family

She Didn't give up on me Sharon Whitley 63

Mama's Hands Tommi Jo Casteel 68

Unconditional Mom Sarah J. Vogt 70

The Bible Beckah Fink 74

The Birthday Melissa Esposito 76

The Home Run Terri Vandermark 79

My Big Brother Lisa Gumenick 80

A Brother's Voice James Malinchak 83

A Famous Father Author Unknown 87

Lessons in Baseball Chick Moorman 89

The Champ As told Nailah Malik "Vela Storyteller" 92

I Love you, Dad Nick Curry III 94

I Am Home Jennie Garth 97

4 On Love and Kindness

Tigress Judith S. Johnessee 102

Bright Heart Jennifer Love Hewitt 106

The Secret of Happiness The Speaker's Sourcebook 109

Reaching out to a Stranger Barbara A. Lewis 111

Smile Barbara Hauck 115

Mrs. Link Susan Daniels Adams 117

A Mason-Dixon Memory Clifton Davis 119

A Gift for Two Andrea Hensley 126

Life Just Isn't Katie Leicht 128

Tell the World for me John Powell 131

Like People First Kent Nerburn 135

Lilacs Bloom Every Spring Blue jean magazine 139

Paint Brush Bettie B. Youngs 143

5 On Learning

Egg Lessons Kimberly Kirberger 146

The Cost of Gratefulness Randal Jones 150

I Try to Remember Author Unknown 153

Mrs. Virginia DeView, where are you? Diana L. Chapman 157

What's Wrong? The Speaker's Sourcebook 162

The Eternal Gifts Jack Schlatter 164

Socrates Retold Eric Saperston 168

Challenge Days As told to Andrew Tertes 170

Please Hear What I'm not Saying Charles C. Finn 174

I Am... Amy Yerkes 176

Sparky Earl Nightingale 179

If I Knew Kimberly Kirberger 182

6 Tough Stuff

I'll Always be with you Dale Dar Emme 186

My Story Lia Gay 191

Somebody Should have Taught him Jane Watkins 194

Just One Drink Chris Laddish 196

The Dance Tony Arata 198

The Premonition Bruce Burch 200

Dead at 17 John Berrio 206

"Gabby, you're Sooo Skinny" Gabriella Tortes 208

Gold-Medal Winner Rick Metzger 212

Desiderata Max Ehrmann 214

7 Making a Difference

What is Success? Ralph Waldo Emerson 218

Be Cool... Stay in School! Jason Summey 219

The Leader Tony Overman 223

Courage in Action Bill Sanders 224

Turning up your Light Eric Allenbaugh 226

The Oyster Author Unkown 229

Courage in a Fire Barbara A. Lewis 231

The Most Mature Thing I've Ever Seen Chris Blake 236

Broken Wing Jim Hullihan 240

Passing the Dream Penny Caldwell 243

8 Going for it!

The Girl Next Door Amanda Dykstra 246

I'll be Back Jack Cavanaugh 249

Just me Tom Krause 257

True Height David Naster 259

Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Helen Keller 264

The Gravediggers of Parkview Junior High Kif Anderson 268

Teenager's Bill of Rights Lia Gay et al. 272

The Boy Who Talked with Dolphins Paula McDonald 274

Wild Thing Jennifer Philbin 282

To Track Down My Dream Ashley Hodgeson 285

From Crutches to a World-Class Runner The Speaker's Sourcebook 287

If Rudyard Kipling 289

No-Hair Day Jennifer Rosenfeld Alison Lambert 291

I Did it! Mark E. Smith 294

Growing Brooke Mueller 297

New Beginnings Paula (Bachleda) Koskey 298

Who is Jack Canfield? 301

Who is Mark Victor Hansen? 302

Who is Kimberly Kirberger? 303

Contributors 304

Permissions (continued) 313

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    The book is very inspreing

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