Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirits of Women

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In this special edition in the Chicken Soup series, the authors have compiled heartwarming stories that speak especially to the experiences of women.

"...women such as Oprah Winfrey and Kathy Lee Gifford provide stories that cover issues such as living personal dreams, overcoming obstacles, marriage, motherhood, aging, and self-esteem that affect women of all ages."

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Overview

In this special edition in the Chicken Soup series, the authors have compiled heartwarming stories that speak especially to the experiences of women.

"...women such as Oprah Winfrey and Kathy Lee Gifford provide stories that cover issues such as living personal dreams, overcoming obstacles, marriage, motherhood, aging, and self-esteem that affect women of all ages."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558744158
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 368,135

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, , the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling co-authors join Jennifer Read Hawthorne and Marci Shi

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, , the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling co-authors join Jennifer Read Hawthorne and Marci Shi

Jennifer Read Hawthorne and Marci Shimoff, co-authors of the #1 New York Times best-sellers Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul and Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul. Professional speakers, Hawthorne and Shimoff talk to thousands of women worldwide about personal growth, self-development and professional success.

Jennifer Read Hawthorne and Marci Shimoff, co-authors of the #1 New York Times best-sellers Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul and Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul. Professional speakers, Hawthorne and Shimoff talk to thousands of women worldwide about personal growth, self-development and professional success.

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."

Good To Know

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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Just In Time
Submitted by Dan Clark

One night at 11:30, an older African-American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her -- generally unheard of in the deep South during those conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxi cab. She seemed to be a big hurry! She wrote down his address, thanked him and rode away.

Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. to his surprise, a giant combination console color TV and stereo record player were delivered to his home.

A special note was attached. The note read:

Dear Mr. James:

Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes but my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Nat King Cole


¬1996 Dan Clark. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul® by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    What Else Can I Say?

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2010

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    Great Book For Any Woman

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2004

    Women helping women

    ¿Chicken Soup for the Woman¿s Soul¿ is a self ¿ help. This book talks about love, attitude and self ¿ esteem, overcoming obstacles and much more. It¿s a collection of short stories for women. All the stories in ¿Chicken Soup for the Woman¿s Soul,¿ are true stories based on real life. The editors achieved their goals by reaching out to women. They achieved this by putting together short stories written by women for women on life. If readers don¿t like one story, they can go to the next story. They can also choose the type of story they want to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2004

    soothing

    I received this book in May of 1997 as my mother was fighting leukemia. At that point it made me realize that life isn't as hard as I had made it out to be. I love this book and have read it many times since. This is a book that I will cherish forever and everytime that I read I always feel better

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2002

    A Must Read Book

    I purchased this book on the 19th of March 2000 and I still reading it now and then and this book indirectly give me the courage to wake up every morning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2001

    For all women

    This was a #1 New York Times bestseller and it has definite feminine appeal. This delightful book will light up the spirits of women everywhere - from the career woman to the stay-at-home mom; mothers and grandmothers; the woman of the world and the girl next door.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 1999

    This is a must!!

    Gives you a better understanding and awareness of all the things many of us take advantage of. Extremely inspirational!! And also has giving me a different aspect of life(positive aspect of course).

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