Chocolate for a Teen's Spirit: Inspiring Stories for Young Women About Hope, Strength, and Wisdom

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Heartwarming, haunting, and often hilarious, the delicious stories in Chocolate for a Teen's Spirit touch on the things all young women face as they move into adulthood and search for spiritual grounding during times both tame and turbulent. Written by teens themselves as well as by women with good memories for those years gone by, these true-life tales range from lighthearted vignettes to poignant confessions. The Chocolate storytellers share their own moving...

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Overview

Sweet and Spirited

Heartwarming, haunting, and often hilarious, the delicious stories in Chocolate for a Teen's Spirit touch on the things all young women face as they move into adulthood and search for spiritual grounding during times both tame and turbulent. Written by teens themselves as well as by women with good memories for those years gone by, these true-life tales range from lighthearted vignettes to poignant confessions. The Chocolate storytellers share their own moving experiences -- about setting a goal and reaching it, about being the victim of a cruel trick and rising above it, about finding love in unexpected places, and about finding the Divine in all things.

Chocolate for a Teen's Spirit will help you discover all the facets of a spirit-filled life -- ways to nurture your faith in yourself, to use your creative gifts, to find love through friends, parents, partners, and teachers, and to experience pure joy.

A collection of real-life stories written by teenage girls and women about their experiences as they moved into adulthood and searched for spiritual grounding.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
A good dose of sugar for the soul is something we all need occasionally, and who better to supply it than fellow life-learners who've garnered their smarts through experience. In a collection of 55 enriching stories, Chocolate for a Teen's Spirit provides "hope, strength and wisdom" to young women looking for a bit of inspirational "chocolate."

Divided into eight sections, this affirmative volume sheds insight into themes on life, such as "Discovering Life's Treasures," "Teen Mischief," and "Proud Mamas," with stories ranging from the surprising to triumphant. Included among the gems are Laurie Nuck's story about a car salesman who gets his comeuppance, "How Slick Stan Learned Probability"; Judith Bader Jones's "Plastic Curtains," relating a girl's struggle with her mom's new boyfriend; and Sheila Stephens's poem "Spirit Petals."

Young women looking for a spirit-stirring pick-me-up will find it here. From these truthful and poignant stories, they'll be motivated to look at themselves more closely and share their own wisdom with friends and family. Teachers and parents will also find this book a useful springboard for discussions on life choices and emotional well-being. An enlightening choice for birthdays, book clubs, or someone who's down, Allenbaugh's collection is one sweet read. (Matt Warner)

VOYA
Brief pieces on a wide range of subjects make this latest installment of the Chocolate series a good choice for classroom read-alouds or for reluctant readers. Allenbaugh includes a variety of essays with authors ranging from adult women looking back on life-changing experiences to teens reflecting on more immediate situations. The stories clearly are aimed at young women, indicated by both the subtitle and the subject matter. In the various thematic sections are stories of first love, first loss of a grandparent, experiences with beauty pageants, starting college, finding mentors, and other topics of interest to teen girls as they navigate their way into adult life. Several essays feature overcoming difficult circumstances, such as handicaps, and a few recall growing up in Nazi Germany. The book is a fair mix of light and serious pieces. Teens looking for quick inspiration should find it here. Chocolate for a Teen's Soul is part of a five-book series; more are planned for the future. Teens who enjoy the Chicken Soup books should also like this volume. This book is recommended primarily for young women age twelve through eighteen and would be a worthwhile addition to a school or public library as well as classroom collections. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, Simon & Schuster, 243pp, Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Dana Vance SOURCE: VOYA, April 2001 (Vol. 24, No.1)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-A collection of very short stories by a wide range of female contributors. All of the selections are light; they do not deal with any controversial or gritty subjects. The entries in the "Teen Mischief" section, for example, include a tale about a girl's first experience showing her stubborn pig, another about a young woman's introduction to shaving her legs, and one about a teen convincing her mother to join her on an amusement-park ride. The authors come from diverse backgrounds, from a Broadway producer to a 13-year-old first-time writer; they are professional women, mothers, daughters, teachers, and students. The variety of voices adds an interesting texture to this confection. Will these stories warm a teen's heart and bring her hope, strength, and wisdom? Perhaps, but they offer frothy, sugary fillings instead of something rich and nourishing to sink one's teeth into. After a main course of M. Jerry Weiss and Helen Weiss's Lost & Found: Award-Winning Authors Sharing Real-Life Experiences through Fiction (Forge, 2000) or Lorrie Moore's I Know Some Things: Stories about Childhood by Contemporary Writers (Faber & Faber, 2000) or even a serving of "Chicken Soup" (Health Communications), if there is still a craving for more inspiration, a little chocolate won't hurt.-Laura Reed, Pickering Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743222891
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 5/21/2002
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,234,562
  • Product dimensions: 0.51 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kay Allenbaugh, creator of the Chocolate series, is a writer and speaker who is known as "The Caretaker of Stories for Women of the World." She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Contributors to the Chocolate series include bestselling authors, motivational speakers, newspaper columnists, radio hosts, spiritual leaders, psychotherapists, businesswomen, and teenagers from all over the world.

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Introduction

Heartwarming, haunting, and often hilarious, the delicious true-life stories in Chocolate for a Teen's Spirit will remind you how much you have in common with young women everywhere. The Chocolate storytellers have shared their own moving experiences — about setting a goal and reaching it, about being the victim of a cruel trick and rising above it, about finding love in unexpected places, and about finding the divine in all things. These stories will comfort you and show you that joy often lies just on the other side of pain. You'll also discover why a bit of mischief can sometimes open the path to spiritual fulfillment.

Alive with humor, honesty, and the intimacy of close friends, Chocolate for a Teen's Spirit will help you discover all the facets of a spirit-filled life — ways to nurture your faith in yourself, to use your creative gifts, to find love through friends, parents, partners, and teachers, and to experience pure joy.

The stories in Chocolate for a Teen's Spirit are written by teens themselves as well as by women with good memories for those years gone by. From lighthearted vignettes to poignant confessions, these stories touch on the things all young women face as they move into adulthood and search for spiritual grounding during times both tame and turbulent. These stories also celebrate the mentors that I believe God supplies each of us — the role models, teachers, and friends we encounter along the way to help guide us when we're lost, believe in us when we're afraid to believe in ourselves, and cheer for us when we succeed.

So find a comfy, sacred place, nibble on some chocolate, and let the heartwarming stories in Chocolate for a Teen's Spirit fill your heart. As you turn the pages, listen for the messages that were meant just for you and look for the stories that would bring your friends the comfort they need as well. I hope that these stories will provide inspiration and show you how far you've come as you decide what you value, what qualities you hold dear in yourself and others, and where to find spiritual comfort when you need it most.

May Chocolate for a Teen's Spirit warm your heart and bring you the hope, strength, and wisdom you so richly deserve.

Copyright © 2002 by Kay Allenbaugh

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

I GOTTA GET OUT OF HERE

The Love Letter Kathleen Pimentel

Life's No Day at the Beach Beverly C. Lucey

Parking Problems Stephanie Ray Brown

Haunting of Hatchet Hollow Emily Moorehead

I Don't Know These People Betty Auchard

How Slick Stan Learned Probability Laurie Nuck

II DISCOVERING LIFE'S TREASURES

You Can't Go Back Judith Morton Fraser

Not My Type Lisa Sanders

Kay's Tips for Teens Kay Allenbaugh

A Good Lesson Betty Auchard

Getting Over Him Anne Pennebaker

Worth Waiting For Jacquelyn B. Fletcher

III GROWING FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Breaking the Rules Brianna Mahin-Ayers

The Christmas Ball Susan B. Townsend

In One Fell Swoop Wendy (Reid Crisp) Lestina

My Own True Name Diane Gonzales Bertrand

The Real Winner Nancy B. Gibbs

Barnyard Tae Kwon Do Alana Jenkins

Little Miss Goodbar Robin Michelle Mendoza

IV BRINGING SPIRIT TO LIFE

Oliver Bascom Kathleen Pimentel

Gettin' My Mojo Workin' Beth Boswell Jacks

New Girl in School Susan B. Townsend

Seek and You Shall Find Kim Keenan

Remembering Jess Beth Ziemnik

Spirit Petals Sheila Stephens

Friends Forever Alaina Smith

V TEEN MISCHIEF

Sometimes You Just Can't Win Sherry Bennett

Confessions of a Weekend Hippie Felice R. Prager

Big Buns Cheryl Jenkins

Sharp Edges Shelley Sigman

A Fair to Remember Tamra B. Orr

VI FROM SHIFTING SAND TO SOLID GROUND

Practice Makes Perfect Carol Sjostrom Miller

Scaling New Heights Mary H. Wu

Plastic Curtains Judith Bader Jones

My Unkissed Self Marilyn D. Davis

One Lick at a Time Margaret C. Price

The Grass Is Always Greener April Burk

VII YOU ARE NEVER ALONE

The Witch and Her Magic Potion Renie Szilak Burghardt

Growing Pains Kelly Scheufler

Driving Miss Lisa Lisa Kaufman

That's What Friends Are For Stephanie Bernier

Looking for Familiar Clues Alice T. Cheek

Sticks and Stones Sande Boritz Berger

From Not to Hot Gayle Trent

VIII PROUD MAMAS

Kelly's Choice Anne Goodrich

The One-Year Rule Carole Gaunt

When Yes Means No Carol F. Fantelli

A Class Act Nancy Smith Harris

Say What? Cindi Pearce

Saving the Best for Last Barbara Ann Dush

More Chocolate Stories?

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First Chapter

Introduction Rich stories, like chocolate, not only make you feel good, they can also serve as comfort through confusing times. Many of the stories in Chocolate for a Teen's Soul are written by young women themselves. You will be amazed at the ability of these writers to tell it like it is about everything from personal triumphs, conflicts, and challenges to most embarrassing moments. Some have had to "draw a line in the sand" as they discovered their own boundaries, while others tell of first loves that were never meant to last. These true stories will help you not only survive, but flourish, as you discover what these young women from the teen years to early twenties have learned -- often the hard way -- about what it means to be growing wise and growing strong.

As I began this latest volume of Chocolate stories, I must admit that at first I felt intimidated, because while I'm young in spirit, my chronological years are showing up in many ways! My desire was to find your collective heartbeat and gather stories that talk about the things that matter most to you. I'm pleased to say that the assortment of stories offered in Chocolate for a Teen's Soul are as varied -- ranging from poignant to playful -- yet connected as each of you are to one another, no matter how old you may be.

Every young woman needs a mentor -- someone older whom they can think of as having it all together. Many powerful stories in this book are written for young women by young women themselves, and they are also written by women who will serve as mentors as they look back on their own unforgettable moments with an "if I'd known then what I know now"kind of spirit.

Today, more than ever before, you have the opportunity to be high-tech and wildly creative, and to reinvent your world as you go -- but now and then you may find yourself longing for things to be more simple. With so many forces at play, it's no surprise that you may feel grateful for all the opportunities available to you and overwhelmed at the same time. In no other time in your life will you have the youthfulness to climb mountains, the fresh eyes to see the world anew, the passion for first loves, or more desire to be fiercely independent and unique. And with all these opportunities come challenge.

So grab some chocolate and sit with a friend, your older sister, your mom, your mentor, or by yourself and read the stories that are calling to you. May these stories make you laugh and cry, may they provide humor to something you might be taking too seriously, or may they be your companion as you seek answers to your own hurdles. In Chocolate for a Teen's Soul, triumph always reigns -- and that's the best kind of inspiration of all!

Copyright © 2000 by Kay Allenbaugh

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Introduction

Introduction

Rich stories, like chocolate, not only make you feel good, they can also serve as comfort through confusing times. Many of the stories in Chocolate for a Teen's Soul are written by young women themselves. You will be amazed at the ability of these writers to tell it like it is about everything from personal triumphs, conflicts, and challenges to most embarrassing moments. Some have had to "draw a line in the sand" as they discovered their own boundaries, while others tell of first loves that were never meant to last. These true stories will help you not only survive, but flourish, as you discover what these young women from the teen years to early twenties have learned—often the hard way—about what it means to be growing wise and growing strong. As I began this latest volume of Chocolate stories, I must admit that at first I felt intimidated, because while I'm young in spirit, my chronological years are showing up in many ways! My desire was to find your collective heartbeat and gather stories that talk about the things that matter most to you. I'm pleased to say that the assortment of stories offered in Chocolate for a Teen's Soul are as varied—ranging from poignant to playful—yet connected as each of you are to one another, no matter how old you may be.

Every young woman needs a mentor—someone older whom they can think of as having it all together. Many powerful stories in this book are written for young women by young women themselves, and they are also written by women who will serve as mentors as they look back on their own unforgettable moments with an "if I'd known then what I know now" kind of spirit.

Today, more than ever before, you have the opportunity to be high-tech and wildly creative, and to reinvent your world as you go—but now and then you may find yourself longing for things to be more simple. With so many forces at play, it's no surprise that you may feel grateful for all the opportunities available to you and overwhelmed at the same time. In no other time in your life will you have the youthfulness to climb mountains, the fresh eyes to see the world anew, the passion for first loves, or more desire to be fiercely independent and unique. And with all these opportunities come challenge.

So grab some chocolate and sit with a friend, your older sister, your mom, your mentor, or by yourself and read the stories that are calling to you. May these stories make you laugh and cry, may they provide humor to something you might be taking too seriously, or may they be your companion as you seek answers to your own hurdles. In Chocolate for a Teen's Soul, triumph always reigns—and that's the best kind of inspiration of all! Copyright © 2000 by Kay Allenbaugh

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