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Chicken Soup for the Father's Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirits of Fathers (Chicken Soup for the Soul) Paperback – May 3, 2001


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  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HCI (May 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558748946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558748941
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling coauthors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Jeff Aubery is the coauthor of Golfer's Soul, and a father of two.

Mark and Chrissy Donnelly are the coauthors of the #1 New York Times bestselling Couple's Soul, Golfer's Soul and Sports Fan's Soul.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Holding Hands

The best thing to hold on to is each other.

Anonymous

I was sleeping late. I had just published the first issue of my local newspaper, Atlanta 30306, and was recovering from three all-nighters earlier in the month. The phone rang.

The call was from either a brother or a sister. I don't remember which now. My dad had been walking down the hallway at the Northside YMCA on Roswell Road, going to his daily swimming aerobics class, when he had a massive stroke.

I drove quickly to Piedmont Hospital and ran into the emergency room. I thought about how Dad had cared for me there through broken bones, an appendectomy and so on. Now, I was going to see him.

I found him in a room, unconscious. It was so quiet. I just stood by his side, helplessly. A nurse I hadn't seen standing in the corner told me I could touch him.

Touch him? I thought. How? I looked at his hands. I remembered grasping them in handshakes for years. I remembered how later, after our family discovered affection, hugging him, and even in recent years, kissing him. But I had no memory of ever just holding his hand, as a child might grab a parent's hand to cross the street.

I placed his hand in mine and just held it. It felt so large; bony, yet soft. Why have I never done this before? I thought. Was it my insecurities or his? Perhaps both. It was the last time I touched my father. He never regained consciousness and died later that evening.

I revisit that image often and have drawn much comfort from remembering that simple act of holding hands with my dad during the last hours of his life. A seemingly small gesture, but one that allows two people to connect so quickly, so closely.

My own eleven-year-old son knows this and is, thankfully, not bound by the inhibitions of earlier generations. One time, after my dad's death, I was walking in a mall with him and his cousin of the same age. His cousin asked him why he was holding my hand. He said nothing, but quickly released my grasp. That was it, I thought. The defining moment. Even though I had felt a little self-conscious holding his hand there in the mall, I knew I would miss his touch more than he would ever know. Yet, a few weeks later during another weekend together, he quietly slipped his hand in mine. I felt connected again.

This summer in Paris, we walked along the Seine as I led him and his thirteen-year-old sister to cathedrals and museums. He grabbed my hand, and we walked together for several blocks. My daughter, who had stopped holding my hand at age nine or ten, sped up and looked over at the clasp. I knew she was going to say something as only a sister, much too cool for such a display, would. Then she caught my eye and my smile. Uncharacteristically, she retreated and said nothing.

And so we continued along the riverbank, a family of three, she comfortable in her detachment, my son content with his innate instinct to connect with others, and me, somewhere in between.

Sometimes, we have a choice of when to let go. Sometimes, we don't.

Chris Schroder


¬1996, 1998 Chris Schroder. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Father's Soul, by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jeff Aubery, Mark Donnelly, Chrissy Donnelly; ¬ 2001.


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I ended up reading the whole book in two days.
Kelly Garman
Father's Day is just around the corner, and what a wonderful time of year to show him your love and appreciation.
Sandra D. Peters
I have read many Chicken Soup books and purchased this one for my brother who became a father recently.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Free Polazzo on June 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am a father of 2 sons and 3 stepsons, ages 24 to 37 years.
The stories about the men in this book made me very sad. I needed chicken soup to recover from it!
Like the man who moans over losing his sporty car because he had become a family man. He bemoans having to buy a station wagon type car and watching the kids mess it up.
Like the man who stayed home from work one day and couldn't stand it and wouldn't do it again.
and so on and so on.
I left a good job to start my own company so that I could spend more time with my sons. I wish the book had honored "men" instead of portraying "boys" who still hadn't learned to love their children more than themselves or their stuff!
The books should be called "Chicken Soup for Dads who are too childish to be appreciate the gift of having a child"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Todd McFarland on July 10, 2002
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I picked up "Chicken Soup for the Father's Soul" in an airport bookshop as I departed for a four-day business trip. At the time I traveled very frequently, and I had planned to read a story only occasionally, saving them for those times when my thoughts wandered upon my two sons at home and refused to be redirected elsewhere. However, I found myself reading story after story, and by the time I had returned home, I had finished the book and was giving some of the stories a second read.
In the enclosed quarters of an airplane cabin, I found myself unsuccessfully struggling to contain my laughter, nonchalantly wiping tears from my eyes, and silently reflecting upon my own relationships as father and son.
Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy sometime. These stories will move you.
tpm
July 10, 2002
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2001
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This book is filled with stories that have inspired me to be a better father and a better son.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 2002
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I enjoyed the stories in Chicken Soup for the Father's Soul. Some make you laugh and some come pretty close to making you cry. I bought the book because I enjoy reading out loud to my husband and though it's not a book he would buy for himself, I thought it was one he would like. He did. If you are looking for a "feel good" book for the dad in your life, you can't go wrong with this book. Another great book for dads is 15 Reasons I Love My Dad. It's a fill-in-the-blank book that you fill with loving words and pictures. With Father's Day just around the corner, both of these books are guaranteed to please.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2001
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As a father to be (for the first time!) I am a little apprehensive and curious and scared and elated and ... at the thought of being a FATHER! This book was the best gift anybody could have ever given me! It made me laugh at my silly inhibitions and help me to realize that I am about to receive to greatest gift ever, our baby daughter, and the best gift I could ever give her was to be a great Dad!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2001
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As a father to be (for the first time!) I am a little apprehensive and curious and scared and elated and ... at the thought of being a FATHER! This book was the best gift anybody could have ever given me! It made me laugh at my silly inhibitions and help me to realize that I am about to receive the greatest gift ever, our baby daughter, and the best gift I could ever give her was to be a great Dad!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 2001
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This book captured many amazing and uplifting stories, exploring various father relationships! A must read that should be shared with your father, family and friends. It really helped me understand this important relationship in my life (not only with my father, but with other father figures)
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By Cathy Rose on August 16, 2013
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I gave all copies of this book to fathers for Father's Day.
I don't know if any of them have read it yet and whether
they will like it or not.
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