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

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

by Kay Allenbaugh
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Chocolate for a Teen's Spirit: Inspiring Stories for Young Women about Hope, Strength, and Wisdom by Kay Allenbaugh

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743233859
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 11/01/2007
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 479 KB

About 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

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

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

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Contributors


What People are Saying About This

Sean Covey

Inspiring, real-life stories that will cheer the soul and lighten the mind and breathe hope into the life of every teen.
—( Sean Covey bestselling author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens)

Iyanla Vanzant

Here is the truth about learning to live and love from women who have been there. Read it!
—(Iyanla Vanzant author of Don't Give It Away

Marianne Williamson

These warm and wonderful stories show young women how precious they are and how fabulous they can become!
—( Marianne Williamson author of A Return to Love and Enchanted Love)

Carmen Renee Berry

Chocolate for a Teen's Soul provides wisdom that women of any age need to live life with grace and stamina. Wish I had had something like this when I was young!
—( Carmen Renee Berry coauthor of Girlfriends and Daddies and Daughters)

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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Chocolate for a Teen's Spirit: Inspiring Stories for Young Women about Hope, Strength, and Wisdom 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good to mhii as my opinion
Guest More than 1 year ago
HI, this book was a good piece of literature to keep on your bookcase and read a selection from it every once in a while. I enjoyed reading these stories and you probably will too.