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Chicken Soup For The Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit [Paperback]

Jack Canfield , Mark Victor Hansen
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Book Description

17 Dec 1998 Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup for the Soul is a heartwarming collection of tales that will inspire you to live your dreams. The stories demonstrate the best qualities we share as human beings: compassion, grace, forgiveness, generosity and faith and they share a collected wisdom on love, parenting, teaching, death and the overcoming of obstacles.

The Chicken Soup series has touched the lives of millions of people worldwide. Discover how your life could be turned around too.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; New Ed edition (17 Dec 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091819563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091819569
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's like home-made chicken soup that warms the chill and heals the ill. This collection of 101 stories is based on the belief that true testimonies of goodness and loving transformations can nourish us to the bone and heal the cynicism in our hearts. Indeed, nearly every story seeps in deeply. It's hard not to shed a tear of gratitude, feeling thrilled to have been touched and soothed so easily. Some of the authors are famous, such as Dan Millman, who writes an exquisite vignette on "Courage," and Gloria Steinem, who writes of "The Royal Knights of Harlem." Many, however, have a short, simple story to tell about an event, a person, an everyday miracle that exemplifies the best of the human spirit.

Two of America's best-loved inspirational speakers team up to share recipes for Spiritual healing--stories that represent the prime ingredients of what is possible, that warm the heart, delight the spirit, and confirm our right to be more fully human.


"sure to restore you faith in the human race and inspire you to improve your life. Easy to dip in and out of, it is full o bite-sized wisdom on everything from relationships and parenting to learning to love yourself and overcoming obstacles. It will make you laugh, cry and marvel at the power of the human spirit" (Spirit and Destiny)

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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Sentimental (And That's Being Nice) 19 Feb 1997
By A Customer
Perhaps, I am too cynical. Perhaps, I have lost my innocence. But once again, I picked up a book, I thought might reach deeper, might have meaning . . . but alas, I found a book that made happiness and meaningfulness seem easy, too easy. I didn't buy it. This book tries so hard to please that it smacks of a cheesy attempt to make money on a public truly searching for meaning. Don't get me wrong, there are some wonderful stories in here but too often they are surrounded by those quick anecdotes about someone who would have comitted suicide if a stranger hadn't said I love you to them on the bus and now their life is wonderful. Or Big Ed who after one seminar finally learned to love his wife and ended-up executive vice-president. To me, this book makes me wonder why I have such a difficult time changing my life and finding true happiness. It seems so easy to these people. If you lower your expectations, feel free to read this book, you'll find a few gems. If you want short stories filled with more depth try Anthony de Mello's One Minute Nonsense or Song of the Bird. And if you are truly looking for books that will get you thinking about the meaning of it all go try John Irving's Prayer for Owen Meany or David James Duncan's River Why or Daniel Quinn's Ishmael. I found this book to be less like Chicken Soup and more like lifesavers. They sound good and taste good, but if you are really hungry they do not come close to filling you up.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of the most inspiring books and I read in some time. The author does a wonderful job of compiling the stories from other authors. After reading these stories you are left with a genuine feeling of inspiration to either become a better individual or look at life from a different perpective. My nine year old daughter was especially moved by this book when I read several stories to her. She was immediately hooked and this became a nightly ritual at bedtime, until the book was finished. She she stiIl enjoys reading the stories over and to other people. I recommend this book highly because it makes you take a closer look at yourself and evaluate what's really important. This should definitely be in everyone's personal library.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 3 Mar 2011
By Skyla
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having seen Jack Canfield in 'The secret', I thought I would have a look at this book, which was shown in the background of the movie.

I was expecting a whole lot more - this seems to be a collection of very sentimental anecdotes, put together rather randomly and in a very indifferent style of writing. I actually couldn't finish it, it was so banal. There is no overall message, and the book's purpose is not clear. Gave it to a charity shop within days. I'll stick with Abraham-Hicks in the future.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Christians Beware 19 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Overall, I'm pleased to see this sort of book gain popular acceptance in a world that seems to be getting more cynical and weary every day. There is a lot of merit and encouragement to be found in this book, and most of it is well worth reading.
However, the authors also shoehorned some pretty "out there" New Age material into the book (magical healing powers of the hands, humanism, etc.) I was really taken by surprise to find some of this stuff in the midst of such otherwise positive and morally strong material.
But the rest of the book is still very much worth reading.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humanity restored! 15 Oct 1999
By A Customer
When I first was introduced to the legacy of 'Chicken Soup' books I was some what unconvinced. You know the old story of just another mind, spirit and make yourself feel happy book. But, I purchased this book and took it back to England with me and wow. The stories restore the act of humanity in me. If it could change my views then why not yours. This is a 'must read' for everyone from about 16 to 100.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have the tissues handy: 8 Jun 2000
By A Customer
A real heart-wrenching, joy bringing, humbling, up-lifting book that you will read over and over again.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
These books have been an inspiration,they've helped me though the hard times.They made me see that I'm not the only one to have problems.The youth group that I'm invoeved in at my church do stories from the books for prayer,talks and alot of other things.I have nine or ten of the chicken soup books.I love every single one of them.They've been truly an inspiration to me and lots of others.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enriching 1 Aug 1998
By A Customer
Light-hearted, sad, funny, enjoyable, wonderful, likeable, tasty, rich, depressing, uplifting and all together wonderful. You name it, they've got it. If one wants to see life open up into beauty and enjoyment - it's just the turn of a page!
I enjoyed this book because it had some very special stories that hit the bottom of my heart, my stomach, my toes and gave me goose pimples all over!
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These books are a source of material for church talks ~ stories get repeated throughout the series but always worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars chicken soup review
Fantastic book. One of the best I've read. Beautifully written with domes wonderful inspiring stories. Prompted me to get chicken soup for teenage soul/pre teen soul. Great series
Published 4 months ago by Caroline roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars dare you to read this without crying
uplifting stories about the good human nature lovely enjoy it so much will getting the other books in this series GREAT
Published 8 months ago by helena
4.0 out of 5 stars Feel good factor
Great read, you can dip in and out of it. Makes you think about the good things, people of the world. Motivational and inspirational!!!!
Published 9 months ago by Lynsy Ann Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for your everyday life
Gave it to my daughter to read, haven't seen it since. A very good read, another book that is an 'everyday book', not one you read and out down.
Published 10 months ago by Dr Scott
1.0 out of 5 stars Just awful
Cliched, fool of see through homespun stories, many of which I doubt the truth. Possibly the worst the worst book it has been my misfortune to deal with.
Published 11 months ago by Moore Mcilhatton
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