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Funny and delightfully heart-nourishing stories that help the reader to feel better and live longer from Dr. Dennis Swanberg, the host of the nationally broadcast television show, Swan's Place and author of Is Your Love Tank Full?, and Swan's Soup and Salad.

Dennis Swanberg, "The Minister of Encouragement," delivers deliciously funny and delightfully heart-nourishing stories that will help you feel better and live longer. Well, at least feel ...
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Overview

Funny and delightfully heart-nourishing stories that help the reader to feel better and live longer from Dr. Dennis Swanberg, the host of the nationally broadcast television show, Swan's Place and author of Is Your Love Tank Full?, and Swan's Soup and Salad.

Dennis Swanberg, "The Minister of Encouragement," delivers deliciously funny and delightfully heart-nourishing stories that will help you feel better and live longer. Well, at least feel better. With every page you will find yourself snickering at the antics of people from Swanberg's past or laughing at stories that reveal a side of life you recognize as your own. From "Funeral-Home Fans and Tongue Depressors" to "Zipper Revenge," you will find Swanberg's humor contagious and his heartwarming view of life a great source of encouragement. Have a taste of life from Dennis Swanberg's Soup & Salad, and you will definitely come back for seconds.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451604764
  • Publisher: Howard Books
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 186
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Dennis Swanberg, well-qualified to teach on marriage and family relationships, is happily married to his wife, Lauree, and is the proud father of two boys, Chad and Dustin. He hosts a nationally broadcast television show, Swan's Place, which is viewed by over 1,000,000 households, as well as writing Is Your Love Tank Full?, and Swan's Soup and Salad.

A deeply loved pastor and popular guest on Dr. James Dobson's national broadcasts, Swanberg has been called "America's Minister of Encouragement" because of his constant work at lifting hearts and leading people to a richer life through his one-of-a-kind humor.
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Swan's Soup and Salad


By Dennis Swanberg

Howard Books

Copyright © 1999 Dennis Swanberg
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781582290133

Growing Up on Free Fun

I have a great mom, Pauline Bernadeen, and dad, Floyd Leon, and I'm thankful for

my mama and daddy. Now, those really are their names: Floyd Leon (he's

six-feet-two-inches tall) and Pauline Bernadeen (she's only five feet tall). I thank

God every day that I'm named Dennis. Let me tell you why.

My grandpa's name was Elof. He came from Sweden to Texas when he was only fourteen.

My grandma's name was Agda. I also had an Uncle Ungvi, an Uncle Turi, and an Aunt

Signi in my family. Now can you see why every day of my life I thank God that my name is

Dennis?

We Swanbergs are just regular folks. When I was growing up, we didn't always have a

whole bunch of money, but that was all right. We learned to do things that were fun but

didn't cost us anything.

For example, we'd load up the family in our '49 Ford and drive from our country

town down to Congress Avenue, the main street of Austin, Texas. Then we'd park in

front of the Paramount Theater. We never went to the movie; we just watched the people

lined up to go. It didn't cost us a thing. People would line up to buy their tickets,

go in, and come out—and we'd just watch.

I remember how closely my mama and daddy wouldwatch—especially my mama, Pauline

Bernadeen. She would sit there on the front seat and lean up next to Floyd—they were

still in that stage of life where they liked to be close together. My older sister, Sherry

Darlene, and I would sit in the back seat. (My little sister, Teri Linn, wasn't born

yet.) Pauline would snuggle close to Floyd, and he'd put his arm around her. They

would just look at people and have the time of their lives.

Once Mama said, "Look, Floyd, look. Would you just look at that woman? That woman in

red, behind the man in the blue. Look what she has on. Can you believe she's wearing

that? Could you imagine if I wore something like that? Oh my!"

I remember my daddy watching that woman walk all the way down the sidewalk. Then he looked

at us kids, shaking his head sadly, and said, "Isn't that pitiful? Now that is

pitiful." Of course, Daddy was a deacon, so he was especially picky about what people

wore.

Sometimes we'd drive over to Robert Mueller Airport and do the same thing. We'd

watch people get on and off the planes. We never flew in a plane, but we enjoyed just

watching people get on and off and watching the planes take off and land.

I remember one time a whole family of five came off a plane. Old Floyd Leon, watching

them, smacked his forehead in disbelief. "Good night, looky there! A family of five.

That is ridiculous. Lord have mercy. One of them could have gone and come back and told

the rest of them all about it."

We kids spent a lot of time at the automatic doors. The airport had just put in some

pressure-sensitive rubber mats. When you stepped on the rubber mats, the glass door

automatically opened. My sister and I could play on that thing for hours. Now I was raised

a Methodist, so I knew how to shake a leg. I would just get a goin', and I'd get

that door a goin' until old Floyd Leon would come over and say, "All right, get

on off there now. Let some other kids play on it for a while." That was the closest

we ever came to Six Flags over Texas.

I learned an important lesson from Daddy and Mama when I was young; I learned how to be

happy, even when we didn't have everything we ever wanted.

Food for Thought

I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.

—Philippians 4:11

The apostle Paul wrote to his beloved church at Philippi, "I have learned in whatever

state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere

and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to

suffer need" (Philippians 4:11–12). What is remarkable is that Paul was a

prisoner in Rome when he wrote these words. He was on trial for his life. Paul understood

that he could have plenty or little and that he could be content with either.

Bill Gates, who is worth thirty-seven billion dollars and rising, has a

sixty-million-dollar home that took seven years to build. It is a "smart house"

with every conceivable electronic device. Yet I am certain that Bill Gates is not more

content in his multimillion-dollar "smart house" than I was in our happy home in

Austin. There is absolutely no evidence that complexity and materialism lead to happiness.

On the contrary, there is plenty of evidence that simplicity and spirituality lead to joy,

a blessedness that is better than happiness.

Sometimes the people who appear the happiest are the least content. In the earliest days

of Freudian psychiatry, a very depressed man sat in the office of a London psychiatrist.

The doctor could do nothing to cheer the man up. Finally he gave up and suggested to his

patient, "Why don't you go see Grimaldi the clown?" Grimaldi was the

greatest clown in nineteenth-century Europe; surely he could lift this man's spirits.

The patient sighed and remained silent for a long time. Finally he answered, "I am

Grimaldi the clown."

True happiness and contentment cannot come from the things of this world. The blessedness

of true joy is a free gift that comes only from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.



Continues...


Excerpted from Swan's Soup and Salad by Dennis Swanberg Copyright © 1999 by Dennis Swanberg. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Part One: GROWING UP ON FUN

1. Growing Up on Free Fun

2. Funeral-Home Fans and Tongue Depressors

3. Escalator Excitement

4. Nip It in the Bud

5. Softball Nights

6. Thumpin' and Pinchin'

7. The Toni

8. Jell-O Cubes

9. Swanberg Vacations

10. Hug Your Mother

Part Two: LIVING OUT THE CALL

11. Till They Bubble 67

12. Struck by "The Call"

13. Easter Sunday Surprise

14. A Charmin' Sunday

15. Baptismal Drain

16. Rotel and Relaxation

17. "You're on the Wrong Side!"

18. "How about Those Cowboys?"

Part Three: LAUGHING WITH OUR FRIENDS

19. Biscuit Dough

20. Zipper Revenge

21. Rat Raid

22. Cindy's Praline

23. Hairnets and Halos

24. A Graveside Jingle

25. Weeping, Wailing, and Gnashing of Teeth

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