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Chicken Soup For The Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit: Stories That Restore Your Faith in Human Nature Paperback – 7 Sep 2000


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; New edition edition (7 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091854288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091854287
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jack Canfield, America's Success Coach, is the cocreator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes 40 New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor with Gay Hendricks of You've GOT to Read This Book! An internationally renowned corporate trainer, keynote speaker, and popular radio and TV talk show guest, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By "strawberry03" on 12 Oct. 2004
Format: Paperback
I read this book after reading Chicken soup for the teenage soul, and i found this book so emotional. The stories in here really do make you value life and think so carefully about your life and where its going. If you are in a position where your unhappy or cant find the meaning, this book will almost certainly enlighten you. This was really one of the best books i have read. The stories really do make you want to cry, all the people in them are inspirational. They really do restore your faith in human nature.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
I don't think any book has had such an influence on me as this one. In its introduction, it says that the book will stir up every emotion in you and there is no doubt that this true. One story will make you smile and warm your heart, another will make tears come to your eyes, others will make you laugh and others you will just feel you have to tell someone else about. It's a book I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone - it can be read a little bit at a time or read the whole book in a few days. I don't think anyone could read this and not be touched by it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Unwin on 14 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
In keeping with the series this volume contains 101 short stories demonstrating compassion, generosity, kindness and belief. The stories are grouped under the seven headings of On Love, Learning to Love Yourself, On Parenting, On Learning, Live your Dream, Overcoming Obstacles and Eclectic Wisdom.

The stories provide a mix of insight and inspiration and are able to make you feel humbled and empowered. Many of the stories create an emotional reaction and connect with our humanity. Many also provide solid guidance and support and ready access to experience that we can benefit from with relevance to our improvement efforts.

By way of example if you find the temptation to use failure as an excuse to give up trying, the story of Abraham Lincoln may prove very instructive. Before becoming US president in 1860, he overcame a long list of failure and setback including bankruptcy, mental breakdown, failure to get in to Law School, repeated failure when running for the state legislature, the senate and congress and received only 100 votes when running for vice presidency .

Most of the stories are not of the well known or famous but are guaranteed to be thought provoking. What I like is that you can carry the book with you and read it when you have little more than a spare minute. The stories are really good at giving a kick start to your emotions and your thinking, often in unexpected ways.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Louise Selman (JP134@hotmail.com) on 13 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
I was given Chicken Soup for the Soul as a birthday present when I was at a particularly down time in my life.
It said to read the stories carefully and slowly which I did. Every single night whilst reading this book I went to sleep with a smile on my face as the stories restored my faith. The whole content of the book is an inspiration, from beginning to end and is well worth every penny spent.
The stories capture the very essence of human kindness and how to make your life better. If we could all be like the people described in these stories, the world would be a much better place. Can't wait to get the next one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. K. Egan on 8 April 2009
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This book has something for everyone, it is divided into 7 sections entitled: 'On Love', 'Learning To Love Yourself', 'On Parenting', 'On Learning', 'Live Your Dream', 'Overcoming Obstacles', and 'Eclectic Wisdom'. It's basically a collection of short stories, usually a couple of pages long, which are heart-warming and inspiring.

I couldn't put this book down and read it in one sitting, it was that fascinating and touching. I've highlighted stories which were particularly poignant to me and will no doubt return to them again and again, when in need of inspiration. In the current economic climate and with all the negativity in the media, we could all do with reading something positive, to redress the balance, and this book provides that opportunity.

Having only finished the book today, it's too early to say what lasting impact it will have on me but I'm sure that it will become a significant influence, and I look forward to investing in more 'Chicken Soup For The Soul' books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LA on 8 May 2009
Format: Paperback
After watching 'The Secret' and listening to Jack Canfield speak I decided to look for the PDF of his book online and put it on my phone to read in my spare time. I did this and loved it so much that I had to buy it!

This book is full of beautiful short stories that should be shared with everyone. It's the kind of book that you can randomly pull off the shelf and read something that will remind you about what's important in life! Buy it... there will be AT LEAST one story in there that will make it worth it for you.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By avrilsmart@aol.com on 14 July 2001
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Last year I was in Canada and everywhere I went I saw the Chicken Soup For The Soul books, and thought to myself how many types of chicken soup can you get? The evening before I left to come back home to England my sister had one on her kitchen table and I asked her about it. She gave me the book to take home and I had read it cover to cover before the plane touched down at Heathrow. Now, I am not an avid reader, can't concentrate for long enough to read a book, but I have since bought more of the books and once I start to read I can't stop until I have finished, and am always waiting for the next edition to be published. These books are the best thing since Chicken Soup and Sliced Bread
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