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Chicken soup for the Christian family soul : stories to open the heart and rekindle the spirit
Canfield, Jack, 1944-
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Deerfield Beach, Fla. : Health Communications, 2000.
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xvii, 406 pages ; 22 cm
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Like the original Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul , this second volume celebrates wholesome, traditional values and principles. Themes of forgiveness, faith, hope, charity and love will lift readers' spirits and warm their hearts. The stories in this collection will deepen readers' faith and expand their awareness of how to practice Christian values in their daily lives--at home, at work and in the community.

This book will remind readers of the miracles they can discover when they welcome Christ into their everyday lives. Powerful stories will deepen readers' compassion for others, inspire them to greater acts of charity, lead them to forgive others and themselves, encourage them to stand up for what they believe in, and, most of all, remind them that they are never alone or without hope--no matter how challenging and painful their circumstances may seem.

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)

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Library Journal Review

Chicken Soup for the Christian Family Soul is the latest installment in the wildly popular "Chicken Soup" series. Each story in the collection is heartwarming; storytellers Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jeffrey Hedquist, Dawn McKay, and Jackie Leigh manage to convey sweetness without being saccharine. Possibly the most touching tale concerns a Jewish woman and her husband who had been separated in World War II. Each was taken to the concentration camps believing that the other had escaped and was safe; each came out of the camps believing that the other had died. Through chance, each spotted a lace tablecloth that the woman had tatted and embroidered with her initials hanging in a church. This audiotape reminds believers of all faiths that kindness matters and that miracles and synchronicities occur daily. Libraries with large Christian, self-help, and inspiration collections will want this audiobook. Pam Kingsbury, Alabama Humanities Fdn., Florence (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



A Perfect MistakeGrandpa Nybakken loved life -- especially when he could play a trick on somebody. At those time, his large Norwegian frame shook with laughter while he feigned innocent surprise, exclaiming, ôOh, forevermore!ö But on a cold Saturday in downtown Chicago, Grandpa felt that God played a trick on him, and Grandpa wasnÆt laughing. MotherÆs father worked as a carpenter. On this particular day, he was building some crates for the clothes his church was sending to an orphanage in China. On his way home, he reached into his shirt pocket to find his glasses, but they were gone. He remembered putting them there that morning, so he drove back to the church. His search proved fruitless. When he mentally replayed his earlier actions, he realized what happened. The glasses had slipped out of his pocket unnoticed and fallen into one of the crates, which he had nailed shut. His brand new glasses were heading for China! The Great Depression was at its height, and Grandpa had six children. He had spent twenty dollars for those glasses that very morning. ôItÆs not fair,ö he told God as he drove home in frustration. ôIÆve been very faithful in giving of my time and money to your work, and now this.ö Several months later, the director of the orphanage was on furlough in the United States. He wanted to visit all the churches that supported him in China, so he came to speak on Sunday night at my grandfatherÆs small church in Chicago. Grandpa and his family sat in their customary seats among the sparse congregation. ôBut most of all,ö he said, ôI must thank you for the glasses you sent last year. You see, the Communists had just swept through the orphanage, destroying everything, including my glasses. I was desperate.ö ôEven if I had the money, there was simply no way of replacing those glasses. Along with not being able to see well, I experienced headaches every day, so my coworkers and I were much in prayer about this. Then your crates arrived. When my staffed removed the covers, they found a pair of glasses lying on top.ö The missionary paused long enough to let his words sink in. Then, still gripped with the wonder of it all, he continued: ôFolks, when I tried on the glasses, it was as thought they had been custom-made just for me! I want to thank you for being a part of that!ö The people listened, happy for the miraculous glasses. But the missionary surely must have confused their church with another, they thought. There were no glasses on their list of items to be sent overseas. But sitting quietly in the back, with tears streaming down his face, an ordinary carpenter realized the Master Carpenter had used him in an extraordinary way.-- Cheryl Walterman Stewart(c)2000. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Christian Family Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Aubery, and Nancy Mitchell Autio. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any fo Excerpted from Chicken Soup for the Christian Family Soul: Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit by Jack L. Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Aubery, Nancy Mitchell Autio 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

Robin Lee ShopeRichard BaumanSharon M. PalmerRichard LedererMichael Jordan SegalNancy MillerKathleen DixonDawn L. BillingsHarold Melowski and Alan Struthers Jr.Rebecca Manley PippertMargo PfeiffCheryl Walterman StewartPatricia S. LayeCathy L. SeehuetteBill HoltonEva UngaBen Carson and Gregg LewisSteve BaalEllen Ingersoll PlumArthur-GordonL. Maggie BaxterJ. Douglas BurfordJim ComstockArthur BowlerCheryl KirkingMayo MatherRichard LedererNanette Thorsen-SnipesCharlotte "Charlie" VolnekRichard LedererNancy Sullivan GengDawn PhilipsRoberta L. MessnerVicki L. Kitchner"Dear Abby"Meg LundstromShelly D. DunfordVicki HuffmanNanette Thorsen-SnipesMarion Bond WestPatricia LorenzKathryn FanningJohn NielsenKimberly White KerlBeth H. ArbogistBill HoltonPhilip GulleyGraciela BeecherRobert J. McMullen Jr.Robert F. BaldwinSean PatrickJohn Edmund HaggaiPatricia LorenzSusan MorinJeanne HillMia Watkins and Aubrey BeauchampCarol WimmerRichard WhetstoneLini R. GrolJoyce A. CoffinMarie Clowdi-CoonLanis E. KinemanMaxine KarpenRobert H. SchullerTim MadiganEdward J. BerkwellJill RobertsMichele T. HueyTodd W. Van BeckJeanne ConverseCandy ChandSharon Lopez and Cynthia Culp AllenLorie McCroneVictor ParachinRick PhillipsGerald MooreJohn SuPherland BonnellLeAnn ThietnanRenie BurghardtGloria Matthews and Elaine MinamideEva UngaSonia JonesJohn W. DollTom C. LongKaren TaylorJo Ann C. NahirnyMarilyn K. StrubeGigi Graham TchividjianJoseph J. GurneakTammy Laws LawsonMargaret WiedykeRichard LedereSean PatrickWilliam WebberRichard W. O. DonnellPenny PorterMary Treacy O'KeeleCarol Holladoy Treiber
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xv
Share with Usp. xvii
1. On Love
Mom's Last Laughp. 2
The Tableclothp. 5
With These Ringsp. 9
Step, Step, Roarp. 12
My Miraculous Familyp. 14
The Smell of Rainp. 20
The Birthday Checkp. 24
The Brownie Storyp. 26
A Special Breakfastp. 33
A Guy Named Billp. 36
2. Divine Intervention
A Miracle of Mermaidsp. 40
A Perfect Mistakep. 47
The Dimep. 49
The Miracle Picturep. 52
Led by Godp. 56
Angel in a Different Pewp. 60
Alleluia in the Operating Roomp. 64
Ethel's Irish Angelp. 68
A Miracle of Lovep. 72
The Miraculous Staircasep. 77
3. On Parents and Parenting
Help Mom, I Need You!p. 84
A Father's Wisdomp. 89
A Farewell Giftp. 95
The Hymnbookp. 98
Dear Godp. 100
The Wonder Yearsp. 103
The Commandmentp. 108
The Greatest of Thesep. 109
Just Another Dayp. 112
Who's Going to Stop Me?p. 114
Special Children: Mine and God'sp. 115
4. Going Home
A Chaplain's Giftp. 120
Luke's Truckp. 128
There's No Place Like Homep. 134
Grammy and Godp. 137
Kisses from Heavenp. 138
Saying Good-Bye to Bubbap. 142
Missing My Motherp. 145
When Fireflies Winkp. 149
The Bridge Builderp. 153
5. Acts of Kindness
The Vote Was Unanimousp. 160
The Cookie Ladyp. 166
God's Love in a Baseball Card?p. 171
Giving Lifep. 175
The Easter Bunnyp. 177
John's Heartp. 179
Warts and Allp. 185
A Brand-New Pair of Shoesp. 188
Sharing with the Preacherp. 191
Mother Teresa, the Wino and Mep. 193
Mrs. Tree and Her Gentleman Callerp. 196
Winter Morning Guestp. 200
Ali and the Angelp. 203
6. The Power of Believing
Letters to a Strangerp. 208
A Beacon of Lightp. 213
Beach Encounterp. 216
When I Say I Am a Christianp. 221
How Prayer Made Me a Father Againp. 223
A Child's Prayerp. 227
Zacharyp. 231
Christ's Healing Powerp. 236
Communion Blooperp. 240
A Miracle of Faithp. 241
The Faith of Stanley Reimerp. 245
7. The Meaning of Christmas
Heart Soundsp. 248
Our Christmas Tree Boyp. 254
My Best Christmasp. 262
I'm Not Poor at Allp. 266
The Little Black Bookp. 268
Santa in Disguisep. 271
Christmas Lovep. 274
My Appointment with Santap. 277
Seeing Love in the Eyes of Santa Clavsp. 281
What Goes Around Comes Aroundp. 284
8. Overcoming Obstacles
Just Two Tickets to Indyp. 288
The Day Mother Criedp. 291
Somebody in the Cornerp. 297
A Rainbow's Promisep. 306
A Refugee Camp Birthdayp. 311
It Is Well with My Soulp. 314
The Girl with the Golden Hairp. 319
We Almost Lost Herp. 323
Prayer of Thoughtsp. 331
9. Insights and Lessons
Andyp. 334
Susan's Magic Carpetp. 340
Son for a Seasonp. 344
The Day Healing Beganp. 347
No Fishing Allowedp. 352
Brief Encounterp. 354
Blessedp. 357
The Supperp. 359
A Child's Blessingp. 360
Change Comes to Maxwell Streetp. 361
Sleeping Through the Sermonp. 366
Waiting for the Busp. 368
The Card Playerp. 373
It's Only Stuffp. 377
Annie Mae's Honorp. 380
More Chicken Soup?p. 385
Passing It On!p. 386
Who Is Jack Canfield?p. 388
Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?p. 389
Who Is Patty Aubery?p. 390
Who Is Nancy Mitchell Autio?p. 391
Contributorsp. 392
Permissions (continued)p. 402