Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul: 101 Inspirational Stories of Overcoming Life's Challenges

Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul: 101 Inspirational Stories of Overcoming Life's Challenges

4.3 13
by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Heather McNamara
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

A book that emphasizes triumph in the face of overwhelming odds. A timeless testament to the indomitable human spirit, this collection is sure to encourage, support, comfort and, most of all, inspire you for years to come. Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul tells about people who have persevered despite the toughest obstacles, including a man who conquered

…  See more details below

Overview

A book that emphasizes triumph in the face of overwhelming odds. A timeless testament to the indomitable human spirit, this collection is sure to encourage, support, comfort and, most of all, inspire you for years to come. Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul tells about people who have persevered despite the toughest obstacles, including a man who conquered multiple sclerosis through diet and will, the blind mountain climber whose lack of eyesight couldn't stop him from scaling the highest peaks, or the single mother who refused to let the amputation of all four limbs stand in the way of being both a loving mother and a successful career woman. Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul will show even those of us with the seemingly heaviest burdens that no matter what obstacles lay before us, determination and perseverence can guide us toward a happy and fulfilling life.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-Stories of overcoming life's obstacles, challenges, heartbreaks and pain. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558746985
Publisher:
Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/02/1999
Series:
Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
8.44(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.92(d)

Read an Excerpt


Sharing Beauty

Circumstances are like a mattress: When we are on top, we rest in comfort; when we are underneath, we are smothered.

Anonymous

I think it was 1982. I know it was October. A friend had business dealings in the city of Reno, Nevada, and I was asked to accompany her on an overnight trip. While she conducted her business, I was aimlessly wandering down Virginia Street, headed into a most gloriously beautiful sunset. I had an urge to speak to someone on the street to share that beauty, but I couldn't make eye contact with anyone. It seemed everyone was shuffling along looking at their feet.

I took the next-best action. Quickly I ducked into a department store and asked the lady behind the counter if she could come outside for just a minute. She looked at me as though I were from some other planet and said, ôWellàö

I said, "It will only take a moment." Seemingly against her better judgment, she moved toward the door.

When she got outside I said to her, just look at that sunset! Nobody out here was looking at it and I just had to share it with someone."

For a few seconds we just looked. Then I said, "God's in his heaven and all's right with the world." I thanked her for coming out to see it; she went back inside and I left. It felt good to share the beauty.

I forgot about the episode.

Four years later my situation had altered considerably. I had come to the end of a twenty-year marriage. I was alone and on my own for the first time in my life and in drastically reduced circumstances. I lived in a trailer park which, at the time, I considered a real come-down, and I had to do my wash in the communal laundry room.

One day, while my clothes were going around, I picked up a Unity Magazine and read an article about a woman who had been in similar circumstances. She had come to the end of a marriage, moved to a strange community, and the only job she could find was one she disliked: cosmetic sales in a department store. We had a lot in common. She was as bummed out as I was.

Then something happened to her that changed everything. She said a woman came into her department store and asked her to step outside to look at a sunset. The stranger had said, "God's in his heaven and all's right with the world," and she had realized the truth in that statement and that she simply had not been seeing it. From that moment on, she turned her life around.

—Sherry Maddox

[EDITORS' NOTE: Sherry returned to the laundry room but the magazine was gone. She wrote Unity Magazine, but they were moving when they received her letter and couldn't help. She wants the woman in Reno to know that she has done the same thing for her. The gift has come full circle.]

(c)1999 Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Heather McNamara. 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.

Read More

Meet the Author

JACK CANFIELD and MARK VICTOR HANSEN, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling coauthors, are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others. Canfield and Hansen are based out of Santa Barbara, California and Newport Beach, California, respectively.

JACK CANFIELD and MARK VICTOR HANSEN, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling coauthors, are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others. Canfield and Hansen are based out of Santa Barbara, California and Newport Beach, California, respectively.

HEATHER MCNAMARA is the senior editor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, based out of Santa Barbara, California.

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

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul: 101 Inspirational Stories of Overcoming Life's Challenges 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't even begin to do the Chicken Soup For The Soul series justice by trying to write a simple review for any of the books in the series. I have read so many of these books that we'd be here all day for me just to give you the names of the ones that I have read. Furthermore, I have given countless others away as gifts to family and friends. All I can say is that each book is everything that I expected and more. I would definitely recommend any one of the books in this series for you and/or someone that you love. For anyone who feels bound by their anger, guilt, hurt or pain, I also recommend "When God Stopped Keeping Score." I thought that "When God Stopped Keeping Score" was just about overcoming forgiveness, I soon learned, it was about so much more than that. The author actually pulls back the curtain to his own life, to offer an intimate look at the true power of forgiveness and reveals the emotional price that you must be willing to pay to live without it. All of this, while still offering up interesting and often tear worthy stories that showed you just how you should deal with friends, family and more importantly, yourself when things do go wrong. The author more importantly reveals the key to keeping these relationships strong even in the face of adversity. Having read it, I feel like a better person. Maybe that's because this book spoke to me and not down to me. I have read a lot of books that was written like I didn't know anything. What the author of "When God Stopped Keeping Score" does is talk to you like a friend. I needed that. You will understand why when you read it for yourself. It is on sale here on BN.com.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I simply love the Chicken Soup series of books. They are worth every moment spent reading each page. I'd also recommend that you buy "When God Stopped Keeping Score," another great book, which takes an eye opening look at forgiveness. Given the chance, it will change your life. It did that for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Chicken Soup For the Soul book has been the best I've read so far! This book was a constant reminder for me to be the best person I could be. There are so many wonderful stories in here you are sure to enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Chicken Soup for the Soul. I love to endulge myself in the stories! They are so great! I also love the way Chicken Soup has expanded itself to online, T.V. and so much more! I enjoy the chicken soup online almost as much as the books themselves!!! The writers are excellent, the books teach you so much about life! Thanks to all the people involved with these books!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read other Chicken Soup books, and fallen in love with them. After I read Unsinkable Soul, I wanted everyone I knew to read it. It teaches you a little about life, and maybe even a little about yourself. I especially loved the poems. They spoke volumes. If you beleive in faith and hope, read this book! Once you've read this one, you'll want to read them all!!