Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit

Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit

by Jack Canfield

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Overview

Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit by Jack Canfield

Two of America's best-loved inspirational speakers share the very best of their collected stories and favorite tales that have touched the hearts of people everywhere. Canfield and Hansen bring you wit and wisdom, hope and empowerment to buoy you through life's dark moments.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558749207
Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/01/2001
Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 4.13(w) x 6.88(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, have dedicated their lives to the personal and professional growth of others.

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, have dedicated their lives to the personal and professional growth of others.

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

Read an Excerpt



Glenna's Goal Book

In 1977 I was a single mother with three young daughters, a house payment, a car payment and a need to rekindle some dreams.

One evening I attended a seminar and heard a man speak on the I x V = R Principle. (Imagination mixed with Vividness becomes Reality.) The speaker pointed out that the mind thinks in pictures, not in words. And as we vividly picture in our mind what we desire, it will become a reality.

This concept struck a chord of creativity in my heart. I knew the biblical truth that the Lord gives us "the desires of our heart" (Psalms 37:4) and that "as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7). I was determined to take my written prayer list and turn it into pictures. I began cutting up old magazines and gathering pictures that depicted the "desires of my heart." I arranged them in an expensive photo album and waited expectantly.

I was very specific with my pictures. They included:

  1. A good-looking man
  2. A woman in a wedding gown and a man in a tuxedo
  3. Bouquets of flowers (I'm a romantic)
  4. Beautiful diamond jewelry (I rationalized that God loved David and Solomon and they were two of the richest men who ever lived)
  5. An island in the sparkling blue Caribbean
  6. A lovely home
  7. New furniture
  8. A woman who had recently become vice-president of a large corporation (I was working for a company that had no female officers. I wanted to be the first woman vice-president in that company.)

About eight weeks later, I was driving down a California freeway, minding my own business at 10:30 in the morning. Suddenly a gorgeous red-and-white Cadillac passed me. I looked at the car because it was a beautiful car. And the driver looked at me and smiled, and I smiled back because I always smile. Now I was in deep trouble. Have you ever done that? I tried to pretend that I hadn't looked. "Who me? I didn't look at you!" He followed me for the next 15 miles. Scared me to death! I drove a few miles, he drove a few miles. I parked, he parked . . . and eventually I married him!

On the first day after our first date, Jim sent me a dozen roses. Then I found out that he had a hobby. His hobby was collecting diamonds. Big ones! And he was looking for somebody to decorate. I volunteered! We dated for about two years and every Monday morning I received a long-stemmed red rose and a love note from him.

About three months before we were getting married, Jim said to me, "I have found the perfect place to go on our honeymoon. We will go to St. John's Island down in the Caribbean." I laughingly said, "I never would have thought of that!"

I did not confess the truth about my picture book until Jim and I had been married for almost a year. It was then that we were moving into our gorgeous new home and furnishing it with the elegant furniture that I had pictured. (Jim turned out to be the West Coast wholesale distributor for one of the finest Eastern furniture manufacturers.)

By the way, the wedding was in Laguna Beach, California, and included the gown and tuxedo as realities. Eight months after I created my dream book, I became the Vice-President of Human Resources in the company where I worked.

In some sense this sounds like a fairy tale, but it is absolutely true. Jim and I have made many "picture books" since we have been married. God has filled our lives with the demonstration of these powerful principles of faith at work.

Decide what it is that you want in every area of your life. Imagine it vividly. Then act on your desires by actually constructing your personal goal book. Convert your ideas into concrete realities through this simple exercise. There are no impossible dreams. And, remember, God has promised to give his children the desires of their heart.

Glenna Salsbury

¬1991 Salsbury Enterprises. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the 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.

Table of Contents

1 ON LOVE
Love: The One Creative Force Eric Butterworth3
All I Remember Bobbie Probstein5
Heart Song Patty Hansen8
True Love Barry and Joyce Vissell10
The Hugging Judge Jack Canfield and Mark V. Hansen12
It Can't Happen Here? Jack Canfield16
Who You Are Makes A Difference Helice Bridges19
One At A Time Jack Canfield and Mark V. Hansen22
The Gift Bennet Cerf24
A Brother Like That Dan Clark25
On Courage Dan Millman27
Big Ed Joe Batten29
Love And The Cabbie Art Buchwald32
A Simple Gesture John W. Schlatter35
The Smile Hanoch McCarty37
Amy Graham Mark V. Hansen40
A Story For Valentine's Day Jo Ann Larsen43
Carpe Diem! Alan Cohen46
I Know You, You're Just Like Me! Stan Dale51
Another Way Terry Dobson55
The Gentlest Need Fred T. Wilhelms59
Bopsy Jack Canfield and Mark V.Hansen61
Puppies For Sale Dan Clark65
2 LEARNING TO LOVE YOURSELF
The Golden Buddha Jack Canfield69
Start With Yourself Anonymous72
Nothing But The Truth! Dallas Morning News73
Covering All The Bases Source Unknown74
My Declaration Of Self-Esteem Virginia Satir75
The Bag Lady Bobbie Probstein77
Response/Ability Bernard Gunther79
The Rules For Being Human Cherie Carter-Scott81
3 ON PARENTING
Children Learn What They Live Dorothy L. Nolte85
Why I Chose My Father To Be My Dad Bettie B. Youngs87
The Animal School George H. Reavis95
Touched Victor Nelson97
I Love You, Son Victor B. Miller100
What You Are Is As Important As What You Do Patricia
Fripp103
A Mom's Life Delia Ephron105
The Perfect American Family Michael Murphy108
Just Say It! Gene Bedley113
A Legacy Of Love Bobbie Gee117
On Parenting Kahlil Gibran119
4 ON LEARNING
Bilding Me A Fewchr Frank Trujillo123
I Like Myself Now Everett Shostrum124
All The Good Things Helen P. Mrosla125
You Are A Marvel Pablo Casals129
All I Ever Really Needed To Know I Learned In
Kindergarten Robert Fulghum130
We Learn By Doing John Holt132
The Hand Source Unknown133
The Royal Knights Of Harlem Gloria Steinem134
The Little Boy Helen E. Buckley140
I Am A Teacher John W. Schlatter145
5 LIVE YOUR DREAM
Make It Come True Dan Clark151
I Think I Can! Michele Borba153
Rest In Peace: The "I Can't" Funeral Chick Moorman156
The 333 Story Bob Proctor161
There Are No Vans Anthony Robbins164
Ask, Ask, Ask Jack Canfield and Mark V. Hansen168
Did The Earth Move For You? Hanoch McCarty171
Tommy's Bumper Sticker Mark V. Hansen173
If You Don't Ask, You Don't Get — But If You Do, You Do
Rick Gelinas178
Rick Little's Quest Adapted from Peggy Mann182
The Magic Of Believing Edward J. McGrath, Jr187
Glenna's Goal Book Glenna Salsbury188
Another Check Mark On The List John Goddard191
Look Out, Baby, I'm Your Love Man! Jack Canfield196
Willing To Pay The Price John McCormack200
Everybody Has A Dream Virginia Satir204
Follow Your Dream Jack Canfield207
The Box Florence Littauer209
Encouragement Nido Qubein213
Walt Jones Bob Moawad214
Are You Strong Enough To Handle Critics? Theodore
Roosevelt219
Risking Patty Hansen220
Try Something Different Price Pritchett222
Service With A Smile Karl Albrecht and Ron Zenke224
6 OVERCOMING OBSTACLES
Obstacles Viktor E. Frankl227
Consider This Jack Canfield and Mark V. Hansen228
John Corcoran — The Man Who Couldn't Read Gary Smith231
Don't Be Afraid To Fail Wall Street Journal235
Abraham Lincoln Didn't Quit Source Unknown236
Lesson From A Son Danielle Kennedy238
Failure? No! Just Temporary Setbacks Dottie Walters242
For Me To Be More Creative, I Am Waiting For David B
Campbell247
Everybody Can Do Something Jack Canfield250
Yes, You Can Jack Canfield and Mark V. Hansen253
Run, Patti, Run Mark V. Hansen256
The Power Of Determination Burt Dubin259
The Power Of Optimism Alan Loy McGinnis261
Faith Roy Campanella267
She Saved 219 Lives Jack Canfield and Mark V. Hansen269
Are You Going To Help Me? Mark V. Hansen273
Just One More Time Hanoch McCarty275
There Is Greatness All Around You — Use It Bob Richards277
7 ECLECTIC WISDOM
You've Got Yourself A Deal Florence Littauer281
Take A Moment To Really See Jeffrey Thomas283
If I Had My Life To Live Over Nadine Stair287
Two Monks Irmgard Schloegl289
Sachi Dan Millman290
The Dolphin's Gift Elizabeth Gawain291
The Touch Of The Master's Hand Myra B. Welch293
More Chicken Soup?295
Contributors296
Acknowledgments (continued)304

What People are Saying About This

Richard Loughlin

"I enjoyed every page. The stories are heart-rending and extremely motivational, the poetry is beautiful and the quotes are highly profound and meaningful. Jack and Mark have truly compiled a tremendous amount of wisdom. Its contents provide great insight into all dimensions of life."

"This book would make a wonderful gift for others to share with their loved ones, and you can rest assured that I will be purchasing additional copies for my family and friends."

—Richard Loughlin, President, Century 21 Real Estate Corp.

Robin Leach

"After interviewing hundreds of rich and famous people, it is clear to me that money and fame don't automatically make people happy. It has to come from within. I'd rather have a million smiles in my heart than a million dollars in my pocket. Chicken Soup for the Soul will help you put a million smiles in your heart."

—Robin Leach, TV personality and author

Wally Amos

"Chicken Soup For The Soul is a powerful reminder that the main ingredient in life is Love. It should be required reading for all."

—Wally Amos, Famous Amos Cookies

Dawn Steel

"What a great book! Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen have written a book that has the same effect as my grandmother's chicken soup did. . . . It's warm and it's soothing. I plan on using it whenever I need a little love."

—Dawn Steel, Former President, Columbia Pictures

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Josie1955 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that started me on my collection of Chicken soup, this is my #1 book of all times.Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Blessings to you all.
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.
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Even though I only read the sample, I highly recommend this book. :)
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this book discusses the true kind heartedness of the people around you it also teaches life lessons
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