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.
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.
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
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:
- A good-looking man
- A woman in a wedding gown and a man in a tuxedo
- Bouquets of flowers (I'm a romantic)
- Beautiful diamond jewelry (I rationalized that God loved David and Solomon and they were two of the richest men who ever lived)
- An island in the sparkling blue Caribbean
- A lovely home
- New furniture
- 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.
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Table of Contents
|Love: The One Creative Force Eric Butterworth||3|
|All I Remember Bobbie Probstein||5|
|Heart Song Patty Hansen||8|
|True Love Barry and Joyce Vissell||10|
|The Hugging Judge Jack Canfield and Mark V. Hansen||12|
|It Can't Happen Here? Jack Canfield||16|
|Who You Are Makes A Difference Helice Bridges||19|
|One At A Time Jack Canfield and Mark V. Hansen||22|
|The Gift Bennet Cerf||24|
|A Brother Like That Dan Clark||25|
|On Courage Dan Millman||27|
|Big Ed Joe Batten||29|
|Love And The Cabbie Art Buchwald||32|
|A Simple Gesture John W. Schlatter||35|
|The Smile Hanoch McCarty||37|
|Amy Graham Mark V. Hansen||40|
|A Story For Valentine's Day Jo Ann Larsen||43|
|Carpe Diem! Alan Cohen||46|
|I Know You, You're Just Like Me! Stan Dale||51|
|Another Way Terry Dobson||55|
|The Gentlest Need Fred T. Wilhelms||59|
|Bopsy Jack Canfield and Mark V.Hansen||61|
|Puppies For Sale Dan Clark||65|
|2||LEARNING TO LOVE YOURSELF|
|The Golden Buddha Jack Canfield||69|
|Start With Yourself Anonymous||72|
|Nothing But The Truth! Dallas Morning News||73|
|Covering All The Bases Source Unknown||74|
|My Declaration Of Self-Esteem Virginia Satir||75|
|The Bag Lady Bobbie Probstein||77|
|Response/Ability Bernard Gunther||79|
|The Rules For Being Human Cherie Carter-Scott||81|
|Children Learn What They Live Dorothy L. Nolte||85|
|Why I Chose My Father To Be My Dad Bettie B. Youngs||87|
|The Animal School George H. Reavis||95|
|Touched Victor Nelson||97|
|I Love You, Son Victor B. Miller||100|
|What You Are Is As Important As What You Do Patricia|
|A Mom's Life Delia Ephron||105|
|The Perfect American Family Michael Murphy||108|
|Just Say It! Gene Bedley||113|
|A Legacy Of Love Bobbie Gee||117|
|On Parenting Kahlil Gibran||119|
|Bilding Me A Fewchr Frank Trujillo||123|
|I Like Myself Now Everett Shostrum||124|
|All The Good Things Helen P. Mrosla||125|
|You Are A Marvel Pablo Casals||129|
|All I Ever Really Needed To Know I Learned In|
|Kindergarten Robert Fulghum||130|
|We Learn By Doing John Holt||132|
|The Hand Source Unknown||133|
|The Royal Knights Of Harlem Gloria Steinem||134|
|The Little Boy Helen E. Buckley||140|
|I Am A Teacher John W. Schlatter||145|
|5||LIVE YOUR DREAM|
|Make It Come True Dan Clark||151|
|I Think I Can! Michele Borba||153|
|Rest In Peace: The "I Can't" Funeral Chick Moorman||156|
|The 333 Story Bob Proctor||161|
|There Are No Vans Anthony Robbins||164|
|Ask, Ask, Ask Jack Canfield and Mark V. Hansen||168|
|Did The Earth Move For You? Hanoch McCarty||171|
|Tommy's Bumper Sticker Mark V. Hansen||173|
|If You Don't Ask, You Don't Get But If You Do, You Do|
|Rick Little's Quest Adapted from Peggy Mann||182|
|The Magic Of Believing Edward J. McGrath, Jr||187|
|Glenna's Goal Book Glenna Salsbury||188|
|Another Check Mark On The List John Goddard||191|
|Look Out, Baby, I'm Your Love Man! Jack Canfield||196|
|Willing To Pay The Price John McCormack||200|
|Everybody Has A Dream Virginia Satir||204|
|Follow Your Dream Jack Canfield||207|
|The Box Florence Littauer||209|
|Encouragement Nido Qubein||213|
|Walt Jones Bob Moawad||214|
|Are You Strong Enough To Handle Critics? Theodore|
|Risking Patty Hansen||220|
|Try Something Different Price Pritchett||222|
|Service With A Smile Karl Albrecht and Ron Zenke||224|
|Obstacles Viktor E. Frankl||227|
|Consider This Jack Canfield and Mark V. Hansen||228|
|John Corcoran The Man Who Couldn't Read Gary Smith||231|
|Don't Be Afraid To Fail Wall Street Journal||235|
|Abraham Lincoln Didn't Quit Source Unknown||236|
|Lesson From A Son Danielle Kennedy||238|
|Failure? No! Just Temporary Setbacks Dottie Walters||242|
|For Me To Be More Creative, I Am Waiting For David B|
|Everybody Can Do Something Jack Canfield||250|
|Yes, You Can Jack Canfield and Mark V. Hansen||253|
|Run, Patti, Run Mark V. Hansen||256|
|The Power Of Determination Burt Dubin||259|
|The Power Of Optimism Alan Loy McGinnis||261|
|Faith Roy Campanella||267|
|She Saved 219 Lives Jack Canfield and Mark V. Hansen||269|
|Are You Going To Help Me? Mark V. Hansen||273|
|Just One More Time Hanoch McCarty||275|
|There Is Greatness All Around You Use It Bob Richards||277|
|You've Got Yourself A Deal Florence Littauer||281|
|Take A Moment To Really See Jeffrey Thomas||283|
|If I Had My Life To Live Over Nadine Stair||287|
|Two Monks Irmgard Schloegl||289|
|Sachi Dan Millman||290|
|The Dolphin's Gift Elizabeth Gawain||291|
|The Touch Of The Master's Hand Myra B. Welch||293|
|More Chicken Soup?||295|
What People are Saying About This
"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.
"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
"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
"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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Even though I only read the sample, I highly recommend this book. :)
this book discusses the true kind heartedness of the people around you it also teaches life lessons