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Product Details

  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HCI (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757302653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757302657
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,741 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 best-selling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Charles Preston is a U.S. Navy veteran who did two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was awarded the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Star, Combat Action Ribbon and Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, among others. Since 1983, he has been employed in the advertising and marketing business.

Cindy Pedersen's grandfather served in World War I, her father in World War II, her husband in the Bay of Pigs and she is currently a military mom.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

The Commissary Roadblock

Time is a dressmaker specialized in alterations.
-Faith Baldwin

It was just another harried Wednesday afternoon trip to the commissary. My husband was off teaching young men to fly. My daughters went about their daily activities knowing I would return to them at the appointed time, bearing among other things, their favorite fruit snacks,frozen pizza, and all the little extras that never had to be written down on a grocery list. My grocery list, by the way, was in my 16-month-old daughter's mouth, and I was lamenting the fact that the next four aisles of needed items would have to come from memory.

I was turning onto the hygiene/baby aisle while extracting the last of my list out of my daughter's mouth when I nearly ran over an old man. He clearly had no appreciation for the fact that I had forty-five minutes left to finish the grocery shopping, pick up my four-year-old from tumbling class, and get to school, where my twelve-year- old and her carpool mates would be waiting.

The man was standing in front of the soap selection, staring blankly as if he'd never had to choose a bar of soap in his life. I was ready to bark an order at him when I realized there was a tear on his face. Instantly, this grocery aisle roadblock transformed into a human.

“Can I help you find something?” I asked. He hesitated, and then told me he was looking for soap.
“Any one in particular?” I continued.
“Well, I'm trying to find my wife's brand of soap.”I was about to loan him my cell phone so he could call her when
he said, “She died a year ago, and I just want to smell her again.”

Chills ran down my spine. I don't think the 22,000-pound mother of all bombs could have had the same impact. As tears welled up in my eyes, my half-eaten grocery list didn't seem so important. Neither did fruit snacks or frozen pizza. I spent the remainder of my time in the commissary that day listening to a man tell the story of how important his wife was to him—and how she took care of their children while he fought for our country.

My life was forever changed that day. Sometimes the monotony of laundry, housecleaning, grocery shopping and taxi driving leave military wives feeling empty—the kind of emptiness that is rarely fulfilled when our husbands don't want to or can't talk about work. We need to be reminded, at times, of the important role we fill for our family and for our country. Every time
my husband comes home too late or leaves before the crack of dawn, I try to remember the sense of importance I felt in the commissary.

Even a retired, decorated World War II pilot who served in missions to protect Americans needed the protection of the woman who served him at home.
Paige Swiney

¬2005. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Military Wife's Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Charles Preston and Cindy Pedersen. 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.


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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I purchased this book when my husband deployed for Afghanistan.
Lah
I love the collection of chicken soup books and when I found out they had one for a military wifes soul.
Armywife21
I got the book and in one sitting read half of the book straight through.
love my soldier

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Dess on May 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
Americans salute our military and are so very proud of those serving at home and abroad. But we often forget the wives who make homes for these heroes and tend to their children. The Chicken Soup Series has provided tributes to the women who serve too. These stories take the reader from the sad times for these families to the hilarious....a great cross-section of military life as it is lived by every service branch. It is a peek into personal stories written by women who have lived with and loved the heroes we all honor. You'll laugh and you'll cry with these women, but most of all, you'll find inspiration for your own life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten Davis on August 4, 2005
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I have read many of the Chicken Soup books, but being a military spouse this is the one that really touched my heart the most! Because it allows you to know their are other spouses out there who feel the same pain of deployment, and problems that being a military family will bring.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Roberts on November 26, 2005
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This book is a must for any military wife struggling with deployment. My husband was recently deployed with the National Guard, leaving me at home hours away from family to take care of our 9 month old son. When I came upon this book, I HAD to buy it and I'm glad I did. All of the stories are encouraging to a military wife, no matter what branch of service their husband is in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Army Wife on April 7, 2007
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After reading a couple of bad reviews about this book being cheesy or not very good I was sceptical about buying it, but I am very happy that I did. Being an ARMY wife along with a member of the military myself, I thought this was a very good book. My husband is currently 3 months into a year long deployment, while I am home with our 1 year old son, so I couldn't put this book down. Its very inspirational to read other families and other wives stories about going through the situation I am in now. I also think its very nice to be reminded of the pride and support that fellow Americans feel for the military, military spouses, and for their county. Its nice to see that the authors of this book along with others recognize the hardships and sacrifices that we as military wives make while our husbands are deployed. I think this is an outstanding book and a must have for any military wife!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristina Stewart on March 13, 2007
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As with all of the other Chicken Soup books, the stories are moving, inspirational and heartfelt. It is a must have for any military families library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Crowley on February 20, 2007
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This has to be one of the most inspirational military spouse books that I have ever read. Dosen't matter what branch, just the stories in and of themselves are incredible. I still read it over and over again...I did especially when my husband was deployed. And even now, these stories really touch my heart deeply. I have even emailed some of the ladies that contributed stories to the book, and they responded. I thought that was pretty cool as well! I highly recommend this book!!! To anyone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Panko on January 9, 2007
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This book is a must have for families with a deployed spouse. The title "Stories to touch the heart and rekindle the spirit" is an accurate way to describe this book. Just have a box of kleenex handy!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K_Bri on April 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I was given this book when my husband went into basic training for the Army... as we were entering into a new phase in our life, full of unknowns, I found this book to be a source of comfort and inspiration. Now three and a half years later it has been a fall back book during the long separations from deployments and military schools. Every time I open the book, it comforts me to read stories of other women who have walked in my shoes.
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