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Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit Paperback – Unabridged, May 1, 1993

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It's like homemade chicken soup that warms the chill and heals the ill. This collection of 101 stories is based on the belief that true testimonies of goodness and loving transformations can nourish us to the bone and heal the cynicism in our hearts. Indeed, most every story seeps in deeply. It's hard not to shed a tear of gratitude, feeling thrilled to have been touched and soothed so easily. Some of the authors are famous, such as Dan Millman, who writes an exquisite vignette on "Courage," and Gloria Steinem, who writes of "The Royal Knights of Harlem." Many, however, have a short, simple story to tell about an event, a person, an everyday miracle that exemplifies the best of the human spirit. --Gail Hudson

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"sure to restore you faith in the human race and inspire you to improve your life. Easy to dip in and out of, it is full o bite-sized wisdom on everything from relationships and parenting to learning to love yourself and overcoming obstacles. It will make you laugh, cry and marvel at the power of the human spirit" Spirit and Destiny --Spirit and Destiny
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Product Details

  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.; Revised edition (May 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155874262X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558742628
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,005,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Perhaps, I am too cynical. Perhaps, I have lost my innocence. But once again, I picked up a book, I thought might reach deeper, might have meaning . . . but alas, I found a book that made happiness and meaningfulness seem easy, too easy. I didn't buy it. This book tries so hard to please that it smacks of a cheesy attempt to make money on a public truly searching for meaning. Don't get me wrong, there are some wonderful stories in here but too often they are surrounded by those quick anecdotes about someone who would have comitted suicide if a stranger hadn't said I love you to them on the bus and now their life is wonderful. Or Big Ed who after one seminar finally learned to love his wife and ended-up executive vice-president. To me, this book makes me wonder why I have such a difficult time changing my life and finding true happiness. It seems so easy to these people. If you lower your expectations, feel free to read this book, you'll find a few gems. If you want short stories filled with more depth try Anthony de Mello's One Minute Nonsense or Song of the Bird. And if you are truly looking for books that will get you thinking about the meaning of it all go try John Irving's Prayer for Owen Meany or David James Duncan's River Why or Daniel Quinn's Ishmael. I found this book to be less like Chicken Soup and more like lifesavers. They sound good and taste good, but if you are really hungry they do not come close to filling you up
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Format: Hardcover
The book "Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open
the Heart & Rekindle the Spirit" is an excellent book.
The book was originally given to me by a friend who thought
that I "would enjoy it". Me, the person who genuinely
dislikes reading any kind of book for pleasure, "enjoy"
this book. Definately not me, I thought to myself.

I had to travel on a business trip alone, therefore I
took the book along (just in case I got extremely bored).
Thoughtout my trip, the book didn't get cracked open. I
found other things to do with my time, than read a book.

Yet, on my return flight, my reservations were mixed up
for some reason or another. Therefore, I ended up having a
4 1/2 hour layover in the Dallas Airport. Being upset, I
didn't even want to shop. I also didn't want to look out of
place, so, I opened the book and started glancing at first,
pretending to read.

Then all of a sudden, as if a magnet were pulling me
closer, I began to read the first short story in the book.
It was so real and inspiring that I continued to read. I
couldn't wait to flip a page. As a matter of fact, I was
really thirsty. Not wanting to put the book down, I
continued reading. Every story hit close to home and I
could relate to most everything being read.

At one point, I heard a young man say "I think you
could use this tissue more than I can", as he handed me a
tissue. Looking up at him, I noticed that my eyes were
filled with tears. The story I had been reading was so real
that I found myself crying and feeling the characters
emotions.
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Format: Paperback
In my deepest, darkest hour I borrowed this book from the library. It has restored my faith in human nature and shone a light for me to follow. The stories can bring such a huge emotional release. Truly wonderful and I look forward to reading many more.
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This is indeed a great book. I have used it for many years for myself and in my high school classes. There are stories, poems and thoughts that do really touch the heart and uplift the spirit. I have reordered this many times as mine wears out. Sometimes I would start my class with something from the collection. However, the stories and poems are not just for teens, they are for adults and even younger children too.
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Format: Paperback
This book is not only an easy read, it holds the intrest of the reader. The stories are so enlightening. Each one leaves me wondering if I am going to cry on the next. This is one of the best books I have ever read. I HIGHLY recommend this book. I plan on bying all of them I can. Please buy one at your first oppertunity. Don't wait. Do it today. The stories in this book make you think and really do warm your heart. I can't say enough wonderful things. :) :) :) A BIG thank you to the writers.
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Format: Paperback
This compilation of heart warming stories led me to evaluate my life and re-prioritize those things that are truly important. I have purchased this book for my friends, colleagues, family and indeed business competitors. I just want to share this with as many people possible.
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This book has rekindled my spirit through some of my most troubling times. The stories are so heart touching, each one bring a new smile and hope for better times. It reminds you that no matter how bad you think things are, others have already been there. It brightens your day with each page.
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Format: Hardcover
This book was excelent. It warmed my heart and tickled my soul. Please read this book. It is well worth it. I learned so much from the book. First, I learned that there are people who really care about others. Secondly, I can be the same way and know that I will be a happier person.
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