Chocolate for a Woman's Spirit: 77 Stories of Inspiration to Lift Your Heart and Soothe Your Soul [NOOK Book]

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Take A Chocolate Break!
Chocolate -- sweet, delectable, and rich -- is a feast for our senses and a treat for our souls. Now, indulge yourself in 77 brand-new "chocolate stories," from the creator of the national bestsellers Chocolate for a Woman's Soul and Chocolate for a Woman's Heart. Kay Allenbaugh has gathered together a luscious mix of real-life stories by and for women that will inspire, delight, and empower you. Savor the everyday experiences and momentous adventures of...
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Overview

Take A Chocolate Break!
Chocolate -- sweet, delectable, and rich -- is a feast for our senses and a treat for our souls. Now, indulge yourself in 77 brand-new "chocolate stories," from the creator of the national bestsellers Chocolate for a Woman's Soul and Chocolate for a Woman's Heart. Kay Allenbaugh has gathered together a luscious mix of real-life stories by and for women that will inspire, delight, and empower you. Savor the everyday experiences and momentous adventures of women who tap into their intuition, listen to life's wake-up calls, overcome old fears, and discover the courage to start over. Like you, they juggle the roles of worker, wife, sister, mother, and friend. And like you, they face life's challenges and rejoice in its blessings as only women can -- with a sense of wonder, a sense of humor, and a sense of spirit!
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Editorial Reviews

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Richard Carlson bestselling author of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff Good stuff — great inspiration for men and women.

Michael Schneider Editor-in-Chief, Chocolatier magazine I savored these stories like I do perfectly made chocolate truffles...enjoy!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743200455
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 11/19/1999
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,343,949
  • File size: 534 KB

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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From: The Force is With You Love at First Sight

Many years ago, my uncle owned a restaurant at a small airport in Illinois. My mother was the assistant manager, and I was the hostess. One afternoon, my mother and I went to a diner for lunch. Our waitress, Debbie, was so sweet that we took an immediate liking to her, and my mother offered her a job at my uncle's restaurant on the spot. Debbie accepted.

We invited her to our home for dinner that evening and during our conversations with her, we learned that she had never married and that she had no boyfriend. She told us that five years before while on a flight back east, she met "her pilot" and that it was love at first sight.

She had been very nervous as she was boarding the plane and the pilot was standing in the doorway greeting passengers. He must have noticed how afraid of flying she seemed, and he struck up a conversation with her. They spoke less than ten minutes, and he assured her he would fly her safely to her destination. She told us it was love at first sight, and we told her there was no such thing. Although she never saw her pilot again, she never forgot the feeling she had in her heart when their eyes met.

Mother and I had a plan. Since she was so in love with her pilot, we decided to fix her up with one of the many single pilots that came into the restaurant to eat in between flights. We approached John, one of the pilots, and told him about Debbie. He agreed to meet her for a dinner date on one of his nights off.

We sat him at a nice table with candlelight and fresh flowers. When Debbie arrived, we walked her to the table to introduce her to her date. As we approached, Debbie stopped dead in her tracks, tears welled up in her eyes, her hand went to her heart, and though I couldn't believe what I was hearing, she said, "My pilot, it's my pilot!" He stood dumbstruck and embraced her.

We later learned that he, too, had fallen in love with "his passenger" five years ago on that flight back east.

The last we heard from Debbie was in a letter from Guam. When people tell me there is no such thing as love at first sight, I tell them this story and show them the photo Debbie enclosed with her letter, a photo of her family -- her husband, John, in his pilot's uniform and their two beautiful daughters.

Kim Champion


In Safekeeping

Having lived and traveled through Central America for two years, I considered myself bus savvy.

I knew all the schedules and times. I also knew better than to travel at night or take an unfamiliar route. So one night, when the bus I was riding broke down three times before we boarded another, which deposited everyone in the capital well after dark, I figured the gods were against me. I cried and pleaded with the driver not to leave me there alone, in a location totally unfamiliar to me, but he laughed like someone sick of American tourists and swiftly drove off into the pitch-blackness.

The few streetlights sported empty sockets from which the bulbs had been pilfered, and the only human presence seemed to be a couple reeking of liquor, asleep -- or maybe dead! My imagination spiraled. Where could the other passengers have gone to so quickly? I wondered. Every headline, every story of women found raped, beaten, or dead in an empty alley seemed to reverberate from the hollows of broken windows and stripped cars, and propelled me to the signposts on the street corners. I had to figure out where I was.

Eight blocks later, I located two cross-street signs and plotted a path in my mind. A right turn at the next corner would lead me down a long street, through a tunnel, and into a park that I'd walked in often and knew would be populated even late at night. So began my long march toward safety.

One block before the tunnel, a man staggered out of a deserted building behind the only functioning streetlight and came right at me. He put one hand on my left arm and another in my hair, caressing it, pulling it. "You are beautiful," he slurred with his face pressed against mine, and I could smell the booze and the weeks of not bathing. "Tell me where you're going and I'll walk you there," he insisted, mocking me, still holding tightly to my arm. Not wanting to challenge or engage him by speaking or looking directly at him, I sized up his shadow on the wall. Not a big man, but nonetheless larger than I, and I knew at that moment, with absolute certainty, that he would attack me the minute I entered the confines of the tunnel that loomed before us.

Just then I heard another set of footsteps fall in behind me. Knowing attacks such as the one planned for me usually involve more than one person, I should have been terrified. And yet the minute I heard those footsteps, a sense of calm as palpable as the drunk man's groping hands descended upon me. As sure as I was two seconds ago that this drunkard would attack me in the tunnel, I was now equally certain that I would be safe. I glanced again at the wall to see the shadow of my savior, the owner of the second set of footsteps falling so close behind me, the one who would keep me safe.

No one was there. And yet the footsteps rang out, loud and piercing in the quiet night, reassuring me with each echo that I would not be harmed.

As I had predicted, when we reached the tunnel the drunk man lunged toward me, wrapping his hands around my neck and propelling me forward. But just as quickly he released me, and I stumbled backward as the force with which he was ripped from my body reversed my direction. I turned just long enough to see him fly through the air and land near the gutter on the other side of the street. No one else was there.

I made it safely through the tunnel that night. Now, whenever I'm afraid, I remember that night in Central America when I started out thinking the gods were against me. In the end, I knew they had been behind me the whole time. One night I heard their footsteps; I felt their force. And I have never been alone again.

Ellen Urbani Hiltebrand

Copyright © 1999 by Allenbaugh Associates, Inc.

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Table of Contents


Contents

Introduction

THE FORCE IS WITH YOU

Love at First Sight Kim Champion

In Safekeeping Ellen Urbani Hiltebrand

A (Heavenly) Conversation Jessica Quilty

Grandfather's Angel Dust Helen Taupe

Are You There, God? Melanie Allen

Say a Prayer Terri McLean

My Leap of Faith Ann McCoy

The Great Perrier Wash Jill Lynne

MATTERS OF THE HEART

Milestones Margaret J. (Mimi) Popp

Getting to No Susie Troccolo

Marriage Is a Contract, Not a Guarantee Phyllis Miletich

Romance and Reality Lillian Quaschnick

What's a Body to Do? Carol Newman

Skimming the Sea of Cortez Georgia C. Harker

Signs of Love Alaina Smith

Seeking the Fountain of Youth Kay Allenbaugh

SPIRITKEEPERS

Just Remember...You're Only Ten! Tannis Benedict

I Am Woman Marci Madsen Fuller

Steppin' Out on Faith Jennifer Brown Banks

Real Beauty Comes from Within Lauren Maser

His Plan for Me Carolina Fernandez

Roots and Wings Margaret C. Price

Cheryl's Legacy Lolly Champion

Journey of a Brave Heart Elizabeth Krenik

THE POWER WITHIN

Home at Last Sheila Stephens

Zoë Carol Anne Ruel

Laughter Heals Marianna Nunes

A Full-Circle Gift Clara Olson

Soul Fishing Debb Janes

Love Is for Always Judith McClure

School of Hard Knocks Courtney S.

THINKING YOUNG AGAIN

Nicky's Heaven Diane Gonzales Bertrand

Finding Your Way Jennifer Esperante Gunter

Magical Moments Jayne Garrett

The Dance Christi Kromminga

The Paper-Clip Necklace Jennifer Howard

A Dad Named Johnny Joan Roelke

POSITIVELY INTUITIVE

Body Wise C. Yvonne Brown

Never Take "No" for an Answer Karen Sheridan

Intuitive House Hunting Doreen Virtue

Gold Medal Jeanne Evans Lodwick

Sparky Sheila O'Connor

Discovering the Big Picture Ann Albers

The Ice Storm Martha Nicholson

WAKE-UP CALLS

And the Winner Is... Claudia McCormick

The G-Word Martha Powers

David's Surprise Emily Sue Harvey

Real Class Sarah Heekin Redfield

It's Up to Me Karen A. Wilson

Junking -- a Lesson in Economics Becky Lee Weyrich

Beyond First Impressions Judi Chapman

BOUNCING BACK

Act as If Sue Dyer

Perfect Timing Mindy Sue Cohen

My Special Bridge Judith Morton Fraser

Outside My Comfort Zone Candis Fancher

The Cliff Janice A. Sperry

A Blessing in Disguise Lynn Price

CREATING ABUNDANCE

Ask for What You Want Francine M. Storey

No Ordinary Stockings Linda Nash

All I Ever Wanted Jean Quinn

Creating a Miracle Barbara Dalbey

The Bookstore Messenger Ursula Bacon

Father Knows Best Hildie Sittig

From Rollers to Riches Donna Hartley

AGING WISELY

Embracing December Lynne Zielinski

Roads Not Taken Mary Sass

How Does My Garden Grow? Ruth Rocker

"It" Happened to Me Kay P. Giordano

Tommy Tracks Ruth Lee

Goddess Extraordinaire Jill Davis

Chocolate Love Marilyn McFarlane

BETTER THAN LAUGHING GAS

A Note from Home Joanna Slan

Feast or Famine Lillian Quaschnick

I'll Show 'Em Shirley Elkin

Tough as Nails Patsy Dooley

While the Master Is Away Carole Bellacera

Shorn Thing Karin Esterhammer

More Chocolate Stories?

Contributors

Acknowledgments

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Introduction

Introduction Stories help us to learn about ourselves and make discoveries that add meaning and depth to our life journey. As the creator of the Chocolate series, I've found that stories play an especially profound role in the lives of women.

The unforgettable true stories in Chocolate for a Woman's Spirit honor and celebrate a woman's special ability to get quiet inside and seek the universal truths in her spirit-filled life. Best-selling authors, columnists, motivational speakers, and spiritual seekers share stories that include being in the presence of angels, experiencing grace when it's least expected, and learning to trust our intuition -- God's gift to women. We find Spirit filling these pages in an expansive way, as women think young again, become spiritkeepers, create an abundant life, find love's riches, and choose to age wisely. I'm quite convinced that Spirit has a sense of humor, too. Just as you'll laugh when you learn how one storyteller discovered how to really say No, you'll also be exhilarated as you read about a woman symbolically soaring through her fears as she puts her trust in God, grabs hold of a rope, and swings joyfully out over a large body of water.

The Chocolate for Women series of books has been, and continues to be, a divinely inspired project. I call it a "God job." In my own life, every time I forget who's in charge, I fear my next step. But when I remember Chocolate was created with His intention, my faith increases and I relax into the joy and honor of being allowed to share these true-life spirit-filled tales with you. With each success comes new challenges. My own spiritual journey has become one of awe as I discover that the quieter I get, the easier it is to listen. And the more I can hear that small, still voice speaking to me, the easier it is to get my ego out of the way -- to let go and let God. The journey has been joyful, sometimes frightening, yet always rich.

As you read these stories and seek to apply their messages in your own life, I hope you'll be divinely inspired to take your own next step, especially if you're at a crossroads or are facing new challenges and opportunities. May the power of these heavenly stories heal your spirit and move you forward on your unique path -- with a sense of humor and a sense of wonder. And may these stories inspire you to make the choices in your life that bring you the most peace of mind. By so doing, you'll know you're walking hand in hand with spirit.

Copyright © 1999 by Allenbaugh Associates, Inc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 1999

    Best Chocolate Book Yet

    I am a great fan of Kay Allenbaugh and have read all her books! This has been my favorite Chocolate Book so far. The stories come from the heart and many have touched my heart. I have bought several copies for Christmas presents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 1999

    The Best Yet

    This is one of the best books I have read. I gave many copys of this books for Christmas.

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