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Chicken soup for the unsinkable soul : 101 inspirational stories of overcoming life's challenges
Canfield, Jack, 1944-
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Deerfield Beach, Fla. : Health Communications, [1999]

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xviii, 371 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are joined by Heather McNamara, senior editor of the series, in this unforgettable collection of inspiring and uplifting stories. Sure to become a favorite of readers who love Chicken Soup for its stories of overcoming life's obstacles, challenges, heartbreaks and pain, this book emphasizes triumph in the face of overwhelming odds. A timeless testament to the indomitable human spirit, this collection is sure to encourage, support, comfort and, most of all, inspire all readers for years to come.

Author Notes

Jack Canfield earned his Bachelor's of Arts from Harvard and a Master's degree from the University of Massachusetts. he also has an honorary doctorate from the University of Santa Monica. Canfield has been a high school and university teacher, a workshop facilitator, a psychotherapist and a leading authority in the area of self esteem and personal development for approximately 30 years.

Canfield is the founder and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, which has over 36 titles, 53 million copies in print and is translated into over 32 languages. He is the founder of Self Esteem Seminars in Santa Barbara, California, which trains entrepreneurs, educators, corporate leaders and employees in how to accelerate achievement. Canfield is also the founder of the Foundation for Self Esteem which provides self esteem resources and training for social workers, welfare recipients and Human Resource professionals. Some of his clients include Virgin Records, Sony Pictures, Merrill Lynch, Caldwell Banker, Federal Express, Bergen Brunswig Pharmaceuticals and the American Alzheimers Association.

In 1987, Canfield was appointed by the California Legislature to the California Task Force to Promote Self Esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility. He is the co-founder of the National Association for Self Esteem, and a member of the association for Holistic Education, as well as the National Association for for Self Esteem, where he was also a past member of the Board of Trustees and the recipient of the 1993 National Leadership Award. He is also a member of the National Staff Development Council and the National Speakers Association. In 1989, Canfield was awarded the Certified Speaking Professional designation, an honor that is held by less than 5% of NSA's membership. In 1997, he was nominated by three of NSA's past presidents for the coveted CPAE designation.

Canfield has appeared on such television shows as Oprah, The Today Show, 20/20, Eye to Eye, the NBC Nightly News and the BBC.

(Bowker Author Biography)



Sharing Beauty Circumstances are like a mattress: When weare on top, we rest in comfort; when we areunderneath, we are smothered.AnonymousI think it was 1982. I know it was October. A friend had business dealings in the city of Reno, Nevada, and I was asked to accompany her on an overnight trip. While she conducted her business, I was aimlessly wandering down Virginia Street, headed into a most gloriously beautiful sunset. I had an urge to speak to someone on the street to share that beauty, but I couldn't make eye contact with anyone. It seemed everyone was shuffling along looking at their feet. I took the next-best action. Quickly I ducked into a department store and asked the lady behind the counter if she could come outside for just a minute. She looked at me as though I were from some other planet and said, ôWellàö I said, "It will only take a moment." Seemingly against her better judgment, she moved toward the door. When she got outside I said to her, just look at that sunset! Nobody out here was looking at it and I just had to share it with someone." For a few seconds we just looked. Then I said, "God's in his heaven and all's right with the world." I thanked her for coming out to see it; she went back inside and I left. It felt good to share the beauty. I forgot about the episode. Four years later my situation had altered considerably. I had come to the end of a twenty-year marriage. I was alone and on my own for the first time in my life and in drastically reduced circumstances. I lived in a trailer park which, at the time, I considered a real come-down, and I had to do my wash in the communal laundry room. One day, while my clothes were going around, I picked up a Unity Magazine and read an article about a woman who had been in similar circumstances. She had come to the end of a marriage, moved to a strange community, and the only job she could find was one she disliked: cosmetic sales in a department store. We had a lot in common. She was as bummed out as I was. Then something happened to her that changed everything. She said a woman came into her department store and asked her to step outside to look at a sunset. The stranger had said, "God's in his heaven and all's right with the world," and she had realized the truth in that statement and that she simply had not been seeing it. From that moment on, she turned her life around. Sherry Maddox[EDITORS' NOTE: Sherry returned to the laundry room but the magazine was gone. She wrote Unity Magazine, but they were moving when they received her letter and couldn't help. She wants the woman in Reno to know that she has done the same thing for her. The gift has come full circle.](c)1999 Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Heather McNamara. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any mea Excerpted from Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul: 101 Inspirational Stories of Overcoming Life's Challenges by Jack L. Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Heather McNamara, Jack Canfield All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Philip GulleyFrances E. LeslieMarie RagghiantiPenny PorterRachel BerryWilliam L. RushPenny PorterMagi HartLori Bledsoe and Rhonda ReeseTom KrauseClinton HowellCarol BarreJulane DeBoer and Bill HoltonD'ette CoronaMaya AngelouMarilyn King and Carol KlineAlan D. ShultzAnne StortzJason MorinPatricia LorenzErma BombeckCarol BurnettCol. John W. MansurDeborah Tyler BlaisPaula Bachleda KoskeyDiane PayneIna J. HughsJean BoleCynthia M. HamondSusan McElroyTerry BoisotJohn Massimilla and Edna MassimillaCharles A. HartPenny PorterMeg HillTim HanselPhilip GulleyWilly McNamaraRuchoma ShainSherry MaddoxVictoria RobinsonSara Cone BryantWill Allen DromgooleNikki WillettRobin L. SilvermanArthur GordonJoyce A. HarveyAnne WellsDeborah E. HillMavis Burton FergusonWilliam L. RushLinda LaRocqueKaryl Chastain BealAbraham LincolnMike Cottrill and Bill HoltonEmily Perl KingsleyMaurice ChevalierRichard JeromeIrvine JohnstonVictioria RobinsonJeffrey WeinsteinAbigail Van BurenRobert Tate MillerChristopher de VinckErik WeihenmayerTom KrauseThe Best of Bits and PiecesBob HoppenstedtLila Jones CatheyErma BombeckBettie B. YoungsDarrell J. BurnettMindy Pollack-FusiMelva Haggar DyeChris CarrierWillanne AckermanPaul KarrerEileen GoltzAdele FrancesKaren KlostermanNancy BouchardAnita WadleyWilly McNamaraFred Lloyd CochranRobin L. SilvermanBetty J. ReidDennis J. AlexanderPhil ColburnHeidi MarotzDarlene UggenDavid L. WeatherfordCarol DarnellPenny PorterWalter W. MeadeMichael CodyHenry Cuyler BunnerJanie EmausChrista Holder OckerMilly VanDerpoolWillianne AckermanErma Bombeck
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xv
Share with Usp. xvii
1. Taking the Challenge
Growing Rootsp. 2
A New Day for Dorothyp. 5
My Mother's Greatest Giftp. 10
The Ugliest Cat in the Worldp. 16
Small Soldiersp. 22
Journey Out of Silencep. 27
The Flight of the Red-Tailp. 31
Albertp. 40
The Racking Horsep. 42
Tina's Ten Pointsp. 47
Don't Quitp. 49
Beat the Drump. 50
The Letterp. 54
Just Do What You Canp. 58
2. Living Your Dream
New Directionsp. 60
Dare to Imaginep. 63
The Little Girl Who Dared to Wishp. 66
Perseverancep. 69
Never Give Upp. 70
How to Be New and Differentp. 73
I Was Thirty-Seven Years Old at the Timep. 78
The Secret Behind My Successp. 80
3. The Power of Love
No Greater Lovep. 86
Dharmap. 89
Dear Jessep. 94
The Other Motherp. 97
A Prayer for Childrenp. 100
Washing Teddy Bearsp. 102
To Love Enoughp. 105
The Angel Who Fetchedp. 108
Benp. 112
Heaven's Very Special Childp. 115
Lavender Rosesp. 117
4. The Power of Support
The Ludenschide Connectionp. 124
The Day I Finally Criedp. 130
The Sound of One Hand Clappingp. 133
The Joy of Usefulnessp. 134
The Writerp. 137
Tzippiep. 139
Sharing Beautyp. 142
Mama's Visitp. 144
Margaret of New Orleansp. 149
Bridge Builderp. 152
The Yellow Ribbonp. 154
And, And, Andp. 157
5. Insights and Lessons
The Day at the Beachp. 162
A Lesson in Cloud Recognitionp. 168
A Story to Live Byp. 171
Sensory Deprivationp. 174
The Birthday Presentp. 176
Mrs. Georgep. 178
A Bowl of Humilityp. 182
Wind Beneath My Wingsp. 185
Sorrowp. 190
How I Came to Termsp. 191
Like Mep. 195
6. On Courage and Determination
The Best Advice I Ever Hadp. 200
The Victim's Voicep. 206
Barriers or Hurdles?p. 211
A Tribute to Couragep. 213
Rileyp. 217
You Can Beat the Odds and Be a Winner, Toop. 220
Superman Learns How to Ridep. 222
A Father's Advicep. 225
Highsightsp. 228
Ode to the Championsp. 234
Ask Creativelyp. 236
Never Say Quitp. 238
Struggle and Victoryp. 244
Mothers of Disabled Childrenp. 250
7. On Attitude
Third-Place Winnerp. 254
Challenger Baseballp. 257
Don't Worry, Be Happyp. 260
The Wakep. 266
The Power of Forgivenessp. 270
Happy Birthdayp. 273
Mannersp. 277
Born to Live, Born to Lovep. 279
Table Mannersp. 282
Mirror, Mirror on the Wallp. 286
8. A Matter of Perspective
Big Willyp. 290
Just Playingp. 292
The Cracked Potp. 294
A Flight of Geesep. 297
Sleddingp. 299
The Hillp. 302
The Halfway Pointp. 304
I Talk to Mep. 308
Obstacle Illusionsp. 310
My New Set of Wheelsp. 313
What Should I Fear?p. 315
9. Eclectic Wisdom
What's Wrong with Your Dad?p. 318
Cyclops Stole Our Heartsp. 321
An Act of Faithp. 326
Benny's Balloonp. 331
One, Two, Threep. 333
Mother's Handsp. 335
The Gamep. 339
Hussy Sunsetsp. 343
Two Brothersp. 347
At Wit's Endp. 349
More Chicken Soup?p. 351
Supporting Othersp. 352
Who Is Jack Canfield?p. 354
Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?p. 355
Who Is Heather McNamara?p. 356
Contributorsp. 357
Permissions (continued)p. 368