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Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul: Stories of Love Laughter and Commitment to Last a Lifetime, Special Gift Edition (Chicken Soup for the Soul) Hardcover – January 27, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; Gift edition (January 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757301975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757301971
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,694,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jack Canfield, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, is a professional speaker who has dedicated his life to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.

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The Best One

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many
gentle voices call him father!
Lydia M. Child

When I was a little girl, my father had a time-honored tradition of tucking me into bed. Following my bedtime story, he would give me a nose kiss, tickle my stomach and whisper the most wonderful words into my ear. "Michelle, of all the little girls in the whole wide world . . ." he would pause.

"Yes, Daddy?"

"How did your mommy and I get so lucky to get the best one?"

Before he had time to finish, I would say, "You got me!" And then he would continue, "The best little girl in the whole wide world, and we got you."

"You got me!" I would scream and clap.

"Yes, you, Michelle, and we're so lucky." He would end with a bear hug and another kiss to my forehead.

Years passed and my father never missed a night, even when I thought he should have. After my basketball team was defeated, he came into my room.

"Michelle, of all the basketball players in the whole wide world," he paused.

"Yes, Daddy?" I stared at the floor.

"How did your mom and I get so lucky to get the best one?"

"You didn't."

"Of course we did, Michelle. We have you."

"But, Dad . . ."

"Yes, you, Michelle, and we're so lucky," he cheered, as he gave me a high five followed by a bear hug and a kiss to my forehead. I thought becoming a teenager would end the ritual, but it didn't.

"Michelle, of all the teenagers in the whole wide world . . ." he would pause.

"Dad, I'm too old for this," I would sigh.

"How did your mother and I get so lucky to get the best one?"

"C'mon, Dad," I grunted.

"We have you, Michelle, and we're so lucky." Then the embarrassing hug and kiss.

Following college, I became engaged. My father never missed a night to call or leave a message reminding me how special I was to him. I even wondered if he would continue calling after I got married, but he didn't. The daily calls I had taken for granted all my life ended the day he died from cancer, only weeks before my wedding.

I deeply missed sharing the day with my father.

Standing behind the white church doors with my arm in my brother's, I waited for the wedding march to begin. Before we began our descent down the aisle, my brother reached inside his pocket and handed me an ivory napkin embroidered with pink ribbon.

Inscribed were the words:

Of all the precious wives in the whole wide world, how did Mark get so lucky to marry the best one? He married you, Michelle, and he is so lucky! I am so proud of you, my little girl.
Love,
Dad

Without a doubt, it was the best wedding gift I received. One I would never forget. My father showered me with his gifts every day of his life. How did I get so lucky?

Michelle Marullo


¬2003. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Maria Nickless, Gina Romanello. 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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I got this book for my niece, soon to be married.
Ms Dee
I saw this book advertised online and I bought it at our local book store when I became engaged.
C. Christopher
This book puts the important things in life into crystal clear perspective.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Christopher on November 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
I saw this book advertised online and I bought it at our local book store when I became engaged. If you are a bride to be or in love or just love romance? This is the book for you the stories will tug at your heart strings, make you laugh,cry and even think about your new love. I am getting married this Nov 04 and the stories are AWESOME!

When you get busy with life's details reach for this book and find a comfortable chair and get cozy. You will not be sorry that you bought this book.I'm glad I bought this book it's fantastic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Millan on August 31, 2004
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Upon reading this book, I am immediately reminded of how strong the bond between couples in love must be, and how they can be. The stories in "Bride's Soul" consistently serve to regenereate and reinforce the fact that a lifelong love becomes a relationship in which the importance of the individual's existence gladly takes a back seat to the value of the couple's happiness together.

Love is a matter of respect, understanding, admiration, loyalty, strength, honor and commitment; and this book exemplifies all of these grand qualities in a language anyone could understand. I recommend this heartwarming book to any person who wonders about love, and all the power that it holds.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Collins on May 1, 2004
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This book is great for Bride's to be and Veteran Bride's alike. I bought this book prior to my March 2004 wedding. It offered me insight and motivation to keep planning my wedding. It is hysterical and touching. The cartoons are amusing and they can almost guarantee you will find at least one you can relate to. Highly recommended for anyone who has or is about to embark on the path of marriage.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Wollmer on August 16, 2004
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This great book had me laughing and crying with touching stories on every page. It is not only a great gift for any new bride, but for anyone who has ever been a bride. An excellent anniversary gift idea. This book puts the important things in life into crystal clear perspective. If you like a good love story you will LOVE 101 of them in one book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. amador on December 29, 2008
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I love the Chicken Soup books, but I wasn't too much into this one. One of the sections was all about women writing about how they were proposed to. And they weren't out of the ordinary proposals either. If you like sappy, romantic stuff, then this book is for you. I like these books because a lot of the stories are either totally amazing, or they teach you a lesson. This one didn't really teach me any lessons and I didn't learn anything.
But then again...I'm not married,so maybe I just couldn't relate. If you're not into romance, then obviously, skip this one. I still have to give it 4 stars because it's not a bad book, it's just not to my personal taste.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms Dee on July 16, 2007
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I got this book for my niece, soon to be married. She LOVES the Chicken Soup series, and, who can't use some soup for the soul, to sooth the nerves on such an important day!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ingrid Malchak on March 10, 2004
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I brought the book with the intent of giving it to my older sister who is getting married. I decide to tumb through it and see what kinds of stories it had. After reading one story that took place in the same location as my wedding, I was moved. My husband is currently deployed and the story made him feel a little closer to home.
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I love the chicken soup books and this was definitely a good one. For some reason I think I've read some of the stories before, so I'm not sure if Chicken Soup repeats stories in multiple books. Maybe I just read the stories before, who knows. Good stories, some funny, some sad. This was a great way to calm my nerves while I had some free time the week before my wedding!
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