Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Letters: Letters of Life, Love and Learning [NOOK Book]


A collection of the most important letters received from teens responding to the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul series, this book is a powerful reflection of the feelings of generation of readers. Some letters will make readers laugh and others will make them cry; but all the letters reveal that teens share similar outlooks, experiences, and feelings. Teens have been writing letters in response to the teenage Chicken Soup books since the birth of the series in 1997. These letters represent reactions to a ...
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A collection of the most important letters received from teens responding to the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul series, this book is a powerful reflection of the feelings of generation of readers. Some letters will make readers laugh and others will make them cry; but all the letters reveal that teens share similar outlooks, experiences, and feelings. Teens have been writing letters in response to the teenage Chicken Soup books since the birth of the series in 1997. These letters represent reactions to a wide array of issues and events, all of interest to teens, whose consistently enthusiastic response to the series indicates an ongoing interest. Letters from contributors to previous volumes, along with letters from the organizations that support teens, provide a nice complement to this collection. Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Letters, with its candor and compassion, is sure to be the next great success in this blockbuster series.
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From the team that launched the highly popular and inspirational Chicken Soup series comes Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Letters, a collection of reactions from teens and others around the world who have read the various volumes of Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul. These heartfelt letters, stories, and poems invoke a wide range of feelings and reactions as the contributors speak out on topics that range from the tragic and melancholy to the celebratory and joyous. There is humor, pathos, wisdom, hindsight, pain, and passion -- all of it designed to inspire, inform, and instruct.

Here are amazing stories from teens who have overcome tremendous obstacles, including physical deformities, sexual abuse, drug addiction, incarceration, debilitating depression, and overwhelming grief. Some of the letters are pleas to others who are troubled or lost; some are words of gratitude expressed to those who have reached out, supported, or simply been there; and still others are expressions of grief from teens mourning the loss of friends and loved ones. The subject matter is sometimes lighthearted but more often gritty, and the issues raised range from things as complex as racism to the simple need to be loved.

The entries are loosely organized into sections that bear such titles as "Lessons Learned," "Sharing and Confiding," "On Giving Back," "Tough Stuff," and "Making a Difference." Many of the letters describe the incredible impact the Chicken Soup series has had on the contributor and/or someone they know. There are also letters from several organizations who work with and support teens. You only have to read a handful of these letters to realize the awesome power of this inspirational series, and while the Chicken Soup books may be, as one topic heading says, "Changing Lives One Story at a Time," this collection of letters is proof positive of its incredible snowball effect. (Beth Amos)

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Parents and teachers join with teen voices in Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Letters: Letters of Life, Love and Learning edited by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Kimberly Kirberger. The authors of Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, after receiving so many thank-you letters in response to the book, decided to compile many of them here. The letters begin with gratitude, but often wind up as a tool for sharing experiences, whether those of a teacher in a juvenile detention center, a 15-year-old struggling with cystic fibrosis or a vice principal of a high school who discusses a theft and the power of forgiveness. ( Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
The Chicken Soup books have been overwhelmingly popular and the ones directed toward teens have drawn in many teenagers who wouldn't ordinarily pick up a book. This one is a compilation of a few of the thousands of letters that were sent to the editors to thank them and tell how they were affected by the books. The letters are divided up into categories: Dear Chicken Soup; Overcoming Obstacles; Thank You; Insights and Lessons; Tough Stuff; and Helping Others. The letters come from the heart and will bring tears to the reader's eyes. At the end of the book the contributors are profiled. This is another winner that all school and public libraries who deal with teenagers should have on the shelf. It won't remain there for long! KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2001, HCI, 325p. 22cm. 00-053614., $12.95. Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Barbara Jo McKee; Libn/Media Dir., Streetsboro H.S., Stow, OH , July 2001 (Vol. 35, No. 4)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-The contributors range from young teens to college students to professional writers, which is only clear from scanning the "Contributors" list at the end of the book. About two-thirds of the book is what readers might expect from the title: letters that mainly say thank you and others that include personal narratives prompted by "Chicken Soup" stories. Without showing any disrespect to the teens who had the courage to share their experiences, a few of these letters go a long way. The best writing makes up about a third of the book-stories and poems that are interesting, inspirational, and well written, and appear to be submissions in their own right. Buy where "Chicken Soup" products are extremely popular.-Amy A. Healey, Loyola Academy Resource Center, Wilmette, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453279311
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,201,976
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 656 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. Kimberly Kirberger is coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul books, Chicken Soup for the College Soul, and Chicken Soup for the Parent’s Soul. She is also the author of the Teen Love series and president of Inspiration And Motivation for Teens, Inc. (I.A.M. for Teens). 
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.


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:

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Bonding with Notebooks

"Today could be the day that my mom realizes I'm growing up and gives me some more responsibility."

Jenny Gleason

Dear Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul,

I have always been a real fan of your books and the important lessons of love and understanding that are shared in each of the stories. They have helped me to see things that were not so clear to me. I have received a great deal of comfort from reading many of the stories.

I had been going through some difficult times not so long ago dealing with the pressures of growing up and trying to communicate with my parents, particularly my mother. Our relationship had suffered because of this. When I would get frustrated or angry it seemed like we would end up in some sort of confrontation with each other and not talk about what we were really feeling. I feel like I have overcome those obstacles now, but not without a certain turn of events.

A while back I ran away from home so that I could be far enough away to vent my anger and release some of the pain bottled up inside of me. I stayed away for many hours, well into the night, before I finally decided to return home. When I walked through the front door of my house, I immediately saw all the pain, anger and disappointment on my parents' faces, especially my mother's. For days after the incident, my mom and I were on unfirm ground, to say the least. Everything we did or said was filled with tension until we both eventually snapped. We knew we desperately had to have a talk. We agreed to have breakfast together the next morning. That morning will remain etched in my memory forever. It was a turning point in both of our lives and our relationship.

We decided to go to a local café. On our way to the table I noticed that my mother had two notebooks and some pens. I asked her what they were for. She explained to me that sometimes it is easier to write down our feelings rather than try to talk about them. She then proceeded to hand me a notebook of my own and she kept one for herself. The "rules" for that talk were that she would pick a topic,
and we would write down our feelings about the topic in the form of a letter. It could be as long or as short as we wanted. Our first topic was: "Why I am so angry." I had written a half page worth of stuff, and my mom filled up nearly three pages. I watched tears stream down her face as she wrote. I never realized anyone could hide so much anger and frustration. It could have been that I never paid much attention, either. Sometimes we think we are the only ones with problems, but I was reminded that morning that other people can be hurting just as much.

After she was finished writing we exchanged our notebooks and read what the other had written. As soon as I started reading my mother's words, I began to cry and so did she. When we were finished reading we discussed our feelings. Amazingly enough, it felt like all the anger I had welled up inside of me drained from my body. Our talk helped me realize so many things I had never thought of before,
not only about my mother but about other people as well.

My mother and I continue to use our notebooks as a means of communicating our anger and frustrations, and our happiness also. We know that no matter how we feel about each other, our notebooks are a safe place to express it. We have made a pact that at the end of each letter we write, "I love you." Here are two of our more recent entries:

Dear Mom,

I just wanted you to know that some things I do are not meant to hurt or spite you. When I yell at you it's not because I hate you. And when I tell you I hate you, you should know that I really don't, although at times I feel like you hate me. Sometimes you just make me really mad and frustrated, and I don't know what to do with it. Like when you tell me you don't believe me even though I'm not lying, or when you do things that invade my privacy without my permission that you know I won't like. For instance, the other day you searched my room without

me knowing or being there. I just wanted to hate you so much then. Then today you yelled at me, and it made me so mad. I really don't think there is much more to say right now. I love you.


And my mother's response to my letter:

Dear Katie,

I realize that you get mad and frustrated, but I do, too. I don't want you to think that since I am an adult I don't have feelings. As much as you think that I might like it, I don't like yelling at you. I just wish you would help out a little more with the family and around the house. It would make things easier on me. Some things I do, like searching your room or not believing you, are not done to be mean. I only do those things if I have good cause. Sometimes you worry me, but it's just because I care. Although you might not think so, you yell at me as much as I yell at you. It hurts my feelings as well. Sometimes I just want to cry. I'm glad you told me how you felt about all those things. I'll try to work on my temper with you, and I'll try to be more patient if you will return the same courtesy to me and help me out a little around the house. If this is not okay, tell me and we can try to work something out. I love you.


We gained a special gift that day at the restaurant and we continue to be blessed with each other's everlasting love and patience. I am now a firm believer that we all need to express our feelings in order to live healthy lives. Thank you so much for letting me share this with you.


Katie Benson

All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Letters
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

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xvii
Healing Words Corey Dweck xx
Share with Us xxiii
1. Dear Chicken Soup...
Thanks, Mom! 2
My Sister's First Love 5
Unconditional Love 20
Guy Repellent 24
Always a Tomorrow 28
April 15, the Worst and Best Day of My Life 31
Hope 35
Am I Helping ...? 40
Sharing an Intimate Moment 44
Treasuring a Friend 49
My Dad, My Source for Healing 53
A Simple Smile, a Scream Inside 56
Whatever I Want to Be 59
A Loving Change 62
2. Overcoming Obstacles
Never Count Me Out 66
Kind Words 70
A Healed Heart 77
You'll Never Walk Again 81
Winning Life's Battles 85
Yes I Can 89
Getting the Most Out of Life 93
Regaining My Pride 97
The Shadow 101
Discovering Me 106
Not Alone 110
Lucky After All 114
Inspired by Tragedy 118
3. Thank You!
Chicken Soup? How Lame! 124
Respecting Others 127
A Plea for All of Us 131
Defining Courage 135
Coming Together 138
Declaration of Humanhood 143
Misinterpreted 146
People Change but Friendships Remain 149
Giving from the Heart 152
Moving On 155
Our Journey Together 158
If They Can Make It, So Can I 161
A Closer Family 164
Dealing with My Mother's Death 167
A Buoy in the Ocean of Life 170
Feeling Better About Myself 173
Me 175
4. Insights and Lessons
Bonding with Notebooks 180
Life Is a Bumpy Road 186
Learning the Hard Way 189
My Magic Mirror 191
It's Not What's on the Outside, but What's on the Inside 195
A Simple Story 198
Lessons 202
Wiping Off the Fog 205
The Soft Voice of Forgiveness 208
5. Tough Stuff
Honoring My Sister 214
Cotton Candy 222
There for My Father 226
Coping with the Loss of a Friend 230
Letting Go of Guilt 234
The Crash 236
When I Get Out 238
6. Helping Others
Helping Others: Introduction 242
Mike's Gift: A Continuation of the Story "Hero of the 'Hood" 244
There Is Hope 258
Yellow Ribbon Project 262
We Did It! 268
A Most Precious Possession 271
Challenge Day 274
A Day That Changed Us All 279
The Violence Needs to Stop 284
A Teacher's Dream 291
Dusty Sentiments 303
More Chicken Soup? 309
Who Is Jack Canfield? 310
Who Is Mark Victor Hansen? 311
Who Is Kimberly Kirberger? 312
Contributors 313
Permissions 322
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    First review for 2015?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Not the best sample ever.... but...

    It sounds like a great book because Chicken Soup For the Teenage Soul is basically my life so.... Should I buy it? Thanks and please reply by writing @chickensoupluver and writing your answer in the box. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012


    Ok i might be emo but im having trouble with my family... my aunt and uncle are trying to take my sister away who is only twelve years old and i need help and support while bim going throgh this is this book going to help me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    I am twelve should i read this book? ?

    I have issues with my family,death my parents got divoriced when i was three and it depresses me and they did drugs so now i live with my aunt and uncle

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  • Posted March 4, 2010

    Perfect for all teenagers!!!

    the writings and stories made me cry so many times. It is very emotional and true. Teenagers spill out their hearts to this book and it has helped soo many emotionally disturbed teens. It especially helped me. I could relate to soo many of the stories inside of this book. I have bought almost all of them also. The teens in here explain how much they love reading the stories and how they can relate to them, then they share their life's story with other readers. If it wasn't for this book I think that a lot of teens could have commited suicide or other terrible things. If you know someone who is emotionally disturbed and depressed than you should definately let them read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2004

    Teaching teens to deal with daily life.

    ¿Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul letters.¿ This book is about things that teens face in the world. Some of the things this book talks about are helping others, dealing with death and friendship. I think that some of the stories in this book are really good and helpful, but some of the stories are depressing. It¿s easy to read because this book is a bunch of short stories. I think teens should read this book even if it has some depressing parts. The goal of this book is to teach teenagers how to deal with daily life. It is not a book with one author but a book made up of letters and stories that people send in to the editor. I think that the authors and editors met their goal to teach teens. Because they met their goal, it is a good reason to read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2003

    thes is a good book

    this is a realy good book i hat readin but when my mom got me thes i count put it dowen.It realy helps you with troubles in your life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2001

    Loved it

    It was great to hear how the other books had touched people. I would definatly recommend that anyone going through a tought time read this. It is a great book that could change your life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2001

    The best book ever!

    I loved this book! It's so inspiring! All of the teenagechickensoup books have helped me a lot in my life and I can assure you that this book is worth every cent. It's so wonderfull to hear how other lives have been changed by the books it eminds you that you too can change for the better. This book and the others ahve changed my life! I highly recommend them!

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