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A 3rd Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 More Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit Paperback – April 1, 1996

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About the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, have dedicated their lives to the personal and professional growth of others.

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What It Means to Be Adopted

Teacher Debbie Moon's first-graders were discussing a picture of a family. One little boy in the picture had different color hair than the other family members.

One child suggested that he was adopted, and a little girl named Jocelynn Jay said, "I know all about adoptions because I'm adopted."

"What does it mean to be adopted?" asked another child.

"It means," said Jocelynn, "that you grew in your mother's heart instead of her tummy."

George Dolan

No Charge

Our little boy came up to his mother in the kitchen one evening while she was fixing supper, and he handed her a piece of paper that he had been writing on. After his mom dried her hands on an apron, she read it, and this is what it said:

  • For cutting the grass, $5.00
  • For cleaning up my room this week, $1.00
  • For going to the store for you, $ .50
  • Baby-sitting my kid brother while you went shopping, $ .25
  • Taking out the garbage, $1.00
  • For getting a good report card, $5.00
  • For cleaning up and raking the yard, $2.00
  • Total owed: $14.75

Well, I'll tell you, his mother looked at him standing there expectantly, and boy, could I see the memories flashing through her mind. So she picked up the pen, turned over the paper he'd written on, and this is what she wrote:

  • For the nine months I carried you while you were growing inside me, No Charge.
  • For all the nights that I've sat up with you, doctored and prayed for you, No Charge.
  • For all the trying times, and all the tears that you've caused through the years, there's No Charge.
  • When you add it all up, the cost of my love is No Charge.
  • For all the nights that were filled with dread, and for the worries I knew were ahead, No Charge.
  • For the toys, food, clothes, and even wiping your nose, there's No Charge, Son.
  • And when you add it all up, the full cost of real love is No Charge.

Well, friends, when our son finished reading what his mother had written, there were great big old tears in his eyes, and he looked straight up at his mother and said, "Mom, I sure do love you." And then he took the pen and in great big letters he wrote: "PAID IN FULL."

M. Adams

¬1996. All rights reserved. Reprinted from A 3rd Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul® by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Health Communications; 1 edition (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558743790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558743793
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #922,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 1997
Format: Hardcover
When they tout this series of Chicken Soup books as "Stories To Open The Heart And Rekindle The Spirit" they are not kidding! I have the first three Servings, and have the fourth on order. I read them cover to cover, laughing, crying, sighing. I can't bookmark any one page because almost every single page is great, and can be related to my life or referred to others to help in their lives. It is a book on life's perspectives... These two men hit the nail on the head everytime with the book's entries. I can read the book cover to cover, and find myself going back a day or two later, and re-reading one or more of the stories, as it relates to my life. I would recommend this book to everyone, young and old alike. It is truly a book, and a series, for everyone!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 1998
Format: Paperback
As I read a third serving of chicken soup for the soul, my heart changed. Each story is touching. some are sad, some are happy, but they are all unforgetable. I believe that reading this book has made me a better person, and I reccomend any of the books in this series to everyone. It will touch your life forever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gilmore girl on January 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
A 3rd Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul is a collection of heart-warming stories, which is written by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor. All the stories in this book are true stories. Some of the many different subjects in this collection include, love, parenting, teaching and learning, death, and a matter of perspective. There is a subject for everyone to enjoy and come to understand. These books can help you cope with many things because you realize how many people have gone through this also. There is no boring part to it because all the stories are short and to the point. Kenny Loggins said, "I always take Chicken Soup on the road with me. It can turn a blue night alone in a distant hotel into a mini retreat-quick and easy to fix." This statement is true because when you read it in your house or anywhere else it transports you to another place, and puts you in the scene of the action. Anyone who is looking for something enjoyable to read should read this book because there is something for everyone.
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Format: Paperback
Usually when you get into the third of anything, things start to wane a little bit. And that's true with this book. Although you don't have to read the Chicken Soup books in any particular order, this is considered the third book.

Chicken Soup for the Soul books are filled with stories that are meant to inspire and bring a tear or a smile to your day, depending on the section you are in. There are stories about coping with death, overcoming obstacles and a myriad of other themes that follow the same line of thinking. Some, like "Appointment with Love" are about relationships made over long distances and to never lose sight that it's what's on the inside that counts and not the outside. Others, like "The Flower In Her Hair" teach you not to judge someone without knowing the whole story.

Since these are short stories you aren't in with characters/people for the long haul. But there is a relatively diverse group of people that these stories are written about. Children, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, you get the picture. And I can't say that any of them really had a story that resonated with me. There were none that I related to and thought, wow, their life is like mine. Sure they were all nice people (you wouldn't make it into one of these books if you weren't), but there was just something lackluster about this group.

Or maybe it was just the stories themselves that were lackluster. I'm used to them being nicey-nice. That's part of the appeal of this book. With all the violence and everything else out there this is one of those books where you just read and breathe.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
After receiving Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, I read it cover to cover and thoroughly enjoyed it. Since then, I became a big Chicken Soup fan and bought a few other books. Among them I recommend (other than the above) Chicken Soup for the Couple's Soul and the original Chicken Soup book. I feel bad not highly recommending this book either, but I felt utterly disappointed after purchasing this book and really wanted a refund, unfortunately I had spilled a drink on it. It seems as though the publishers were simply trying to push another Chicken Soup book and just slapped a book together using remnant, semi-motivating stories from the editing floor rejects and stories from celebrities that weren't necessarily as inspiring as I would expect. Perhaps if this was my first Chicken soup book, I would have loved it, but it wasn't and I was sorely displeased.
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By A Customer on December 22, 1996
Format: Paperback
Each year I look for the perfect gift to give my mother,and
each year she tells me my love is enough.My most special
gifts are the stories of the lives we live along with our
family and friends. Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen have
captured feelings and pieces of my own life.What more
could a mother want than sharing lifes moments with her
child,knowing they will live forever in a book.
I am sure whoever reads this book, or other books written by
Canfield and Hansen will have to agree. There are stories
in each book that hit very close to home or you feel someone
has been looking inside your heart. Truly a book that can
be read again and again and bring a smile to your face and
a tear to your eye. I feel sure A 3rd Serving of Chicken
Soup for the Soul will be a welcomed gift, that is if I ever
get it wrapped!
Paulette Burk
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