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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories That Restore Your Faith in Human Nature

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Genre: Religion / Spirituality / Edition: New Ed / Paperback / 304 Pages / Book is published 2000-09-07 by Vermilion

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      10.06.2011 16:04
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      A heart warming collection of short stories to feed your soul with love and hope.

      I came across the wonderful Jack Canfield when reading (and later watching) The Secret by Rhonda Byrnes. I'm pretty sure that a lot of people who read this review will of heard of The Secret but if not, essentially it is a book/movie that explains how you can get anything you want from life if you only believe that you already have it. Its well worth a read and in my humble opinion even those who dismiss it as mumbo jumbo will come away enriched for having read it. Jack Canfield is one of the people featured in The Secret as he explains how he used the method to make a specified sum of money in a given time. He achieved this magical sum through the publication of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

      Chicken Soup for the Soul is essentially a collection of short stories of heart-warming events that have taken place in people's lives. It's one of those books that you can sit down and read it one sitting as the stories are so enthralling or conversely you can take your time and dip in and out of the book when you feel that your spirit needs lifting. Each story is very different to the others yet you can take something from every one and make it your own by relating it to your life and that of your family and friends. There are wonderful stories of bravery, courage and determination and others which will simply touch your soul and perhaps even make you cry as you read. I'll be the first to admit that this book left me with tears streaming down my face on more than one occasion.

      It is with great respect to Jack Canfield and his co-author Mark Hansen that I relate to you one story which particularly touched me. It is a story of a little girl named Sachi who persistently pestered her parents to be left alone with her new baby brother. The parents eventually relented and let Sachi go into her brother's nursery alone. Yet Sachi left the door open a crack and her parents were able to watch and listen as she put her face close to her little brother and said very quietly,

      "Baby, tell me what God feels like. I'm starting to forget."

      Not all the stories are of a religious nature, in fact the majority are not, but due to my beliefs, this one resonated with me as did many others. There really is something for everyone in what I like to call, this little book of hope. If you get the chance to read it, do so, you won't regret it.

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      16.10.2010 22:53
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      Chicken Soup really does make you feel better

      I remember my Aunt buying me my first ever Chicken Story book, and I have never looked back. Through my childhood I turned to these books to help me through life.

      They are full of individual Life Love and learning stories and I found they really did tough my soul.

      I lost my mum a few years ago now and I found myself turning to this particular series of the books. I cried but I enjoyed I related to a few of them and the others I felt so much for the writers.

      This book inspired me to write a journal and to write poetry and to express myself. I recommend them heavily for any teenager, woman or human who is interested in helping themselves and knowing that your not alone in how we can feel sorrow joy and loss.

      The books are around £8.99 depending if you buy them from bookstores but supermarkets seem to be the cheapest if you can lay your hands on them!

      I have lent these to friends and have a shelf full that will be kept for my own children.

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        02.01.2010 19:48
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        Worth a read

        I recently bought this book for the absolute bargain price of £3 in Asda (Asda have such brilliant cheap books!). Now I had heard people talking about this book and recommend it when they had lost somebody close to them, were going through a hard time or just generally depressed and I can now see why it is so highly recommended.

        I started to read this book and it's full of short tales that are all uplifting and inspiring. Some are sad but they have a morally good story. Most arn't more than a few pages long each, that's what makes this book so easy to read, it's like reading magazine articles not a book. Each story has it's own little warmth and some make you a bit sad, some are really funny and some give you that warm tingly feeling all over that you only get when you hear something so courageous or someone that does something so kind heartedly.

        There are a number of books in this series available including a pet / animal stories book which I'd like to read being animal mad!

        Overall this is a brilliant book to restore your faith in human nature. If everyone that read it took it to heart and a bit of that selflessness rubbed off in their daily lives then the world would be a much nicer place. Worth the purchase.

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          22.11.2009 23:57
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          Buy this book, it is lovely

          Chicken soup for the soul is a book I've often heard of throughout the years, I decided to purchase it from amazon when looking for new reading material.

          It is basically a collection of heartwarming stories, designed to provoke an emotional response from the reader and I have to say it works, all of the stories are really inspiring (as they were obviously chosen to put in the book for this reason) even the stories that have an unhappy ending teach some sort of moral lesson, or just basically inspire you to do better.

          There are seven chapters in this book

          1- On love
          2- Learning to love yourself
          3- On parenting
          4- On learning
          5- Live your dream
          6- Overcoming obstacles
          7- Eclectic wisdom

          Each of the stories are catagorised under one of these chapters and fit in really well, they teach the kind of lessons that the main characters learned the hard way and gives you an insight into how to be more loving, wise and just generally a better person.

          I'd recommend anyone read this, no matter what the age, the author also has a number of other books example: Chicken soup for the teenage soul, chicken soup for the woman's soul etc.
          The do a book for pretty much any audience, and this one being the original is one that anyone can read and relate to.

          Read it, it is lovely.

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          28.10.2008 23:48
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          A great little book full of great little stories

          When I got this book for Christmas, my heart sank, as I don't like chicken soup... and soul is something that Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye may have, but not me!

          So, the book sat on the shelf unread for several months, until one night I really had the urge to read something new, and this book was the only one left, my last resort. Grudgingly, I picked it up and took it into bed. I won't lie to you - some of the stories are corny. But, and this is a big but, they're corny in the way that Judy Garland is in the Wizard of Oz. Corny but touching.

          Chicken Soup for the Soul is a collection of 101 short stories and poems with a range of themes from courage to random acts of kindness. It's divided into 7 sections, for example 'Learning to Love Yourself' and 'Overcoming Obstacles'.

          Each story within a given section seems to have a moral or message for you to meditate on, that is always made clear and easy to understand. As an example, in one of the stories, a little boy (who you find out at the end has a disability himself) challenges a pet shop owner's view that a limping puppy is worth less than the other 'healthy' puppies. In doing so, you also see that the boy realises his own worth. Other stories deal with other themes such as loss, parenthood and finding peace through tough times.

          I read the odd story each night for a few weeks. I didn't read them in order, which was a quite nice feature of the book, that you can pick and choose which title picks your fancy depending on your mood on a given day. The stories don't take long to read, they're only a few pages but I found I settled into them quite easily despite the lack of continuity.

          The stories are uplifting and comforting and quite often a little bit sad. Whilst reading a couple of them I got a bit misty eyed and nostalgic. A lot of the stories focus on closeness between people and as a side effect of this I noticed over a few weeks I had started phoning and seeing friends and family more often than usual.



          I've recommended this book to equally cynical friends and quite a few of them have noticed little changes to their normal behaviour from sleeping better to re-evaluating what they do for a living and what gets given priority in their lives.

          Overall I found this book to be an enjoyable read and feel as though it has had a subtle but profound effect on how I choose to live my life. I don't know whether it would be suited for everyone , like I said it is corny and the truly hardened may not be able to get past that. Likewise I wouldn't recommend it as a self help book for people who are going through grief or very traumatic situations as it isn't specific to any one issue. It certainly wouldn't do any harm though, and as a general feel good book, it's great!

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            29.11.2002 23:54
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            A good Soup By Too Many Cooks Introduction ========= Story telling is an art required special skill but writing story may be more difficult. This book has done enough justice to spread love and peace when it is required most in this time of the millennium. In one or two cases, it is rather difficult to understand the actual intention of the storyteller. Anyway, it is a good book. My elder son, who is away from the family staying in hostel in Pune, sent this book to me. He liked the book and wanted us to read. He is missing all of us, so may be suffering from homesickness, and as a result liked some of the very touching stories. About the Book ========== This book of 101 stories is complied by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. They are professional motivational speaker and consultants of many companies and organizations. These two gentlemen have their own style to express their views, most of the people liked it, and so they are famous. The book is divided in 7 chapters and these are: ------------------------------------------------------ 1. On Love, 2. Learning to love Yourself, 3. On Parenting, 4. On Learning, 5. Live from Dream 6. Overcoming Obstacles, 7. Eclectic Wisdom A quote from the book – “by Mother Teresa” Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to next door neighbor …Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting. First story of the first chapter “On Love” start with this quote. All 23 stories tell us about the value of Love and Affection. Smallest of all the stories, may be of 100 words only, “The Gift” is the most emotional one. The story “A Brot
            her Like That” is very well written. “Bopsy”, a story of a boy suffering from terminal leukemia, kept me silent for some time, I could see tears on my wife’s eye. Second Chapter, “Learning to Love Yourself” ----------------------------------------------------- This section is having eight stories to motivate many to live a better life. It is important to realize the true essence within us. Stories like “Start With Yourself”, “My Declaration of Self-Esteem” and “The Rules for Being Human” are interesting. Next chapter is “On Parenting” ------------------------------------- A quote from the book – by “George Bernard Show” “Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to the mankind is to bring up the family.” This is self-explanatory and tells us our responsibility as a parent or a member of the family. There are eleven very well written stories. Do not miss the last one by Kahlil Dibran – I think I have to think seriously about my own way to look at it. Fourth chapter is “On Learning” ------------------------------------- Once again a quote from the book, this one is by ‘Pablo Casals’. “You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel?” That is the moral of this section. There will be no terrorism and wars in this world if we understand the value of what he said. Next section is “Live Your Dream” ----------------------------------------- “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” Many of us forget this very simple and easy to understand moral. Henry Ford
            said, “ Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” I should have known this twenty years ago but anyway not to late. The story “I Think I Can” is ‘a must read’ to most of us. The sixth chapter is “Overcoming Obstacles” ----------------------------------------------------- Friends, this may be the need of the hour for many of us. Henry said, “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” All knows success story of Henry Ford and he is the right person to comment on Obstacle. Writers of this book have chosen some very no-nonsense quotes. Some facts complied by the authors of this book in “Consider This”, worth a read. ‘Don’t Be Afraid To Fall’, tells me “Don’t worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” Summary of the career of Abraham Lincoln mentioned in ‘Abraham Lincoln Didn’t quit’, is a valuable information. ‘Run, Patti, Run’ by Mark Hansen is very inspirational one. Last chapter is Eclectic Wisdom ------------------------------------- From the story of “Two Monks” – A monk helped a well-dressed girl to cross a river and after that the conversation of the two monks is as follows “Surely it is not right to touch a women; it is against the commandments to have close contact with women. How could you go against the rules of monks?” The monk who had carried the girl walked along silently but finally he remarked, “I set her down by the river an hour ago, why are you still carrying her?” We all carry things in our mind without any reason and get depressed. Let us have positive attitude and understand the true meaning of the rules. Last line of the story ’
            Sachi’ – A four-year-old girl asking her just born brother “Baby tell me what God feels like. I’m starting to forget” Conclusion ======== Jan Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen have done justice by including very good stories and quotes in this book. As suggested by them take your time and read the book when you are not in a hurry. Enjoy reading such short stories that tell us how to live better and meaningful life.

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              15.05.2002 16:52
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              I have never been a fan of corniness. You know in the film Romeo and Juliet when Juliet dies? Practically the whole cinema was in tears. Oh no, not me. I caught my friends eye and cracked up laughing. I couldn't count the number of disgusted looks I got. Oh, and remember when Tifanny was run over in Eastenders? Hilarious. I am not a heartless cow, I just have a strange sense of humour. Honest. So I should not really be the type of person to appreciate the Chicken Soup books. The first collection came out in 1993 and was a huge success, selling over 8 million copies and spawning many more books. Chicken Soup For The Soul is a "heartwarming collection of inspirational stories". I picked my copy up for £5.99 a few weeks ago. It is available widely in all book shops. I am not sure why I bought it, I just wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I only just finished reading the book, although really it is a book you can dip in and out of at random. The book is split up into sections, these are: * On Love * Learning to Love Yourself * On parenting * On learning * Live your dream * Overcoming Obstacles * Eclectic Wisdom In each of these sections there is a mixture of true stories, poems and words of wisdom relating to the theme of the section. My favourite was the overcoming obstacles section. I enjoyed reading about people who had managed to make a success of themselves coming up from nothing. It gives me a bit of hope for myself- if they can do it, then maybe I can... That is the beauty of the Chicken Soup books. The messages in the stories stay with you long after you put the book down. They force you to think about how you live your own life and give inspirational ideas on how you could change it for the better. You have to be in the right mood to read one of these books. If I was in a sarcastic, ratty mood then I would more than likely sneer at the crappy American
              "love yourself" ethic. But I have read this when feeling low and it really helped me. A few weeks ago I had a big argument with my boyfriend and walked out of the flat in the middle of the night. In my bag I hastily grabbed a few things to wear, and on the spur of the moment grabbed my copy of this book, which I had not yet read. The next day I was so happy to have that book with me, it uplifted and inspired me to think that maybe things weren't *that* bad. Chicken Soup for the soul does exactly what it says on the back. The stories are submitted by a range of people, from Theodore Roosevelt to ordinary people with a special story to tell. The writers of this series of books are hugely successul motivational speakers. In the introduction they say that while you read the stories you should "slow down. Listen to the words in your heart as well as your mind". The stories all provoked different reactions within me. I am not afraid to say that some brought a tear to my eye, some made me laugh and some made me think a lot. I am glad I bought this book and I am definitely going to buy another one soon. I am sure this is a book I will go back to and back to again. Hmm, now which one shall I go for... Chicken soup for the: womans/teens/mothers/couples/teachers/nurses/kids soul/prostitutes soul (ok so I made the last one up) The Chicken Soup for the Soul book is a more general collection. I have no doubt that a new book will celebrate the bravery of New Yorkers in the terrorist attacks and when there is I will buy it. There really is one of these collections for everyone. Part of me says "cashing in or what" but part of me says that money is irrelavent. These books are published by Vermilion, whose motto is "books that change lives". I have no doubt that this book has helped certain people to make decisions or to go for something they would not have otherwise. This is almost like a
              bible for the atheist as there is no religion in these books. The people in the stories are examples of bravery and determination, qualities which anyone can relate and aspire to. To finish up. This book was for me. If you are a soppy, self help kind of person (or at least soppy in private) then you will like it too. If you are a sarcy mare you will laugh at it. But why is it called chicken soup? Chicken Soup is horrible! If you are wondering why the bones stuck in my throat, there are two reasons. Sometimes they stick there through me laughing. Sometimes they stuck because there was a lump in my throat which wouldn't go away. Just thought I would include a few inspirational quotes to give you some food for thought. ************************ Don't Be Afraid To Fail You've failed many times, although you may not remember. You fell down the first time you tried to walk. You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim, didn't you? R.H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York caught on. English Novelist John Creasey got 753 rejection slips before he published 564 books. Don't worry about failure. Worry about the chances you missed when you don't even try.

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                The Chicken Soup for the Soul series is phenomenally successful in the USA. The series has sold over 33 million copies and it is still churning out more titles that are being devoured by fans of the series that just can’t get enough. The Chicken Soup Series is basically paperback books of true short stories and thoughts compiled by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. The stories are mostly two or three pages long but each one has a message, a moral, a theory or something that will make you think about your life in a different way. Some are very sad. I have to read these books when I’m on my own because I’m regularly sniffling with my tissues through a mist of tears, but please don’t let that put you off as each story is uplifting and thought provoking and definitely inspirational. I took a copy into work and asked one of my colleagues who reckons she hasn’t the patience to finish a book to give it a try. She is now on her third book in the series and has ordered Chicken Soup for the Mothers Soul as a Christmas present for her mum. Authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are internationally know speakers who deliver hundreds of keynote speeches every year and as part of their style they use inspirational, motivational and uplifting stories. They invited other professional speakers to submit their favourite stories for publication and so the Chicken Soup series was born. I’m not sure exactly how many titles are in the series now but some that I have read are: Chicken Soup for the Soul A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul Chicken Soup for the Mothers Soul ……You get the picture. I would recommend these books as Christmas, birthday or Mothers day gifts that will delight anyone lucky enough to
                receive one. They cost £8.99 each but they are good thick books approximately 340 pages and they will be read again and again at times when inspiration is needed. Each book has 101 stories. You can buy them at all good book shops and for more information and to read a few sample stories and see if it’s your thing check out www.chickensoup.com These are fantastic books to give as a gift to someone you love.

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                The stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul include examples of the best qualities we share as human beings: compassion, grace, forgiveness, generosity and faith.

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