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Chicken Soup for the Adopted Soul: Stories Celebrating Forever Families (Chicken Soup for the Soul) Paperback – January 22, 2008

3.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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From the Author

Of all the Chicken Soup stories I have written, Love is Enough was the hardest to write.

The story touches on an old wound, one that took a long time to heal because it involved my son Jaime, the one I gave up for adoption.

So much is written about the parents of adopted children. Few people know or understand how a mother could love her child and be willing to give him/her up. Society has a double standard when it comes to mothers who give away their children.

There are mothers who say they would die for their children or do anything they had to do in order for their children to have the best possible life. These same women then swear they would never give up their child and women who do must not have loved them enough. That double standard is what puts so much pressure on women who do give up their children or have their children taken away when there is not enough for the child no matter what or how much they give up. In the end, it is all about love and sometimes love is enough.

About the Author

Jack Canfield is a sought-after national speaker and author and the cocreator of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series.




Mark Victor Hansen is a sought-after national speaker and author and the cocreator of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series.




LeAnn Thieman, L.P.N., has been a nurse for thirty-one years. Her story of helping to rescue three hundred babies as Vietnam fell was featured in Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul, and she has written stories for seven other Chicken Soup books.


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Product Details

  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HCI (January 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075730673X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757306730
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,238,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I contributed two pieces to this project and I am proud of them. I've contributed to another Chicken Soup book as well, but I did not review that one. Why am I reviewing this one? The contributions are wonderful. I read the book through on the day I received it and love it. I marked many stories to share with my children, who, like me, are adopted. Yes, it contains my eldest son's adoption story, but it also is helping me deal with issues I still have and did not think were there. Reading the common threads that run through these stories, the pain, the joy, the healing has really struck a chord in my heart I did not know I had. It's a wonderful read.
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As a expecting parent waiting to adopt through the foster care system, I was really looking forward to reading this book, but I was very disappointed with it. The stories are certainly nice to read, but many of them were written by folks who had a religious calling to adopt, and who went on to adopt infants or very young children. A lot of the stories can be summarized as follows: 1) Mom and Dad feel that God is telling them to adopt; 2) God leads them to the "ideal" child (usually a baby); 3) God eliminates obstacles; and 4) the family lives happily ever after. I am truly happy for the families in this book for whom everything seemed predetermined, but many people do not approach adoption as a religious calling. Also, many of the stories in this book seem to perpetuate the myth that most parents adopt infants and young children. Right now, there are about 120,000 children in the foster care system in this country who are available for adoption, and most are between the ages of 8 and 12, with a large number of teens who may never have a family because of their age. I am saddened and angered that these children, many of whom live in our own neighborhoods, are given so little of a voice in this book. Adopting an older child who has been the victim of abuse, neglect, and multiple losses may not fit the peaches-and-cream tone of this book, however many of these kids and their new families face the demons, climb the mountains, and thrive. Perhaps their stories aren't included because they aren't the somewhat sanitized, Disneyland image of adoption that this book portrays. This is truly a shame, because the the stories of families who create love, hope and a future from years of fear, rejection, hurt, distrust, and anger are TRULY "chicken soup for the soul."
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Touching in so many ways... it brings tears of sorrow and joy. I really got a better understanding of the whole issue and how those who offer their children what they consider a better existence and those who get adopted feel. Truly outstanding writing makes this book a good purchase.
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The authors of this collection of short stories, reminisces, memoirs, and shared experiences deserve a standing ovation. Adoption is a quintessential American institution and the authors of these pages are the torchbearers and world leaders of that institution. They represent the best of what this country has to offer--peace, hope, optimism, and the love of family. Like a warm cup of soup that sooths the soul this book reads like a collection of favorite poems. Sit by the fireplace with a blanket over the knees and allow each personal story, and the collective expressions of faith, hope, humor, optimism, and love of children to warm your heart. Bravo!

Judith Land, Author of Adoption Detective: Memoir of an Adopted Child
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I was less than satisfied with the books I received. I have ordered the same books on 3 other occasions, they were all listed as used in very good condition. The books I received in 4 sep. shipments were less than OK. I am a guardian ad litem in the state of MN and gift these to the family when they have adopted a child/children that I have worked with, many of them for several years. I book out of 7 is so bad I will never give it to anyone. The other 6 are marginal.
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I read through this book and it was painful to read through. As an adopted child and an aspiring adoption psychologist, I was disgusted mostly by the fact that only one story (maybe) came from an adoptees point of view. I'm glad if all their dreams came true for the parents who adopted, but I am appalled by how few considerations the parents had for their child's thoughts and feelings. I'm not saying that the parents were all liars or anything along that line, but how can you share such an huge experience with only half of the experience and facts about adoption? If this book was supposed to guide, enlighten, and soothe the souls of the parents and children involved in adoption, it has failed. It has only painted a skewed picture of the process and experience of adoption. For a more realistic and helpful take, find another book-I've read some and this is not it.
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I bought the book for our younger daughter. She & her husband are in the process of adopting the most adorable little girl. What few stories I did read I liked. I have never had a Chicken Soup book that I didn't like.

Polly Davis (Edna)
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Great. Would have liked to see more stories of adoptions of children here. Most of these were overseas. Not saying I disappove just saying we have Us born children that are adopted too.
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