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Chicken Soup for the Military Wife's Soul: Stories to Touch the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit (Chicken Soup for the Soul) Paperback – April 1, 2005

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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.

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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: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #762,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not having read a book from the Chicken Soup series before, I was not quite sure what to expect from Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul. However, knowing the great work of Susan Sánchez-Casal, I did not hesitate to purchase this literary treasure. I felt really involved in each story; the characters, their relationships with loved ones, and their emotional, spiritual and intellectual journeys. A few of my favorites were: "Things I Learned from my Mother," by Sylvia Rosa-Casanova, "Every First Friday," by Alejandro Díaz, and "Lavender Roses," by Caroline C. Sánchez. I also really enjoyed "Child of The Americas," by Aurora Levins Morales; she does a great job of deconstructing her identity as a Latina. This book is a treasure on my bookshelf, and I find myself going back to re-read certain stories, as their lessons prove to be invaluable in my own life's journey. I give many thanks to the contributing authors for sharing their experiences in such a powerful and moving way.
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It was a gift from all the talented writers that gave of themselves so that we, the reader could indulge in some nostalgia, emotion, gentle and sweet, while we were taken to some places in our minds, where memories lie dorment. And just as quick, our memories were awakened by the written word, twisting, to create simple pictures of days gone by. These were times of joy, tradgedies, accomplishments, strengths and hope. The latin soul was celebrated and I thank the wonderful writers from all the corners of the country who were published for us. A special thank you to my sister Angela V. R. for her story that reminded us that bilingual education is one means to reduce unecessary mental anguish upon those who enter the school system to learn the English languague, where one can develope and grow with their self esteem and confidence intact. Her story was a celebration of survival by those of us who endured the "only" English policy, which was taught to us in the schools and took us to life's paths that had to have built character in us as we learned to see the brighter side of humiliation.
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As a contributor I am very reluctant to post this review and risk being viewed as immodest, but since others far braver than I have traverse gingerly and with much style I have been inspired to do the same. I think the book is wonderful and I'm really enjoying reading the stories on the commute to work everyday. The stories are so heartwarming and reflective of so much talent in our community. My wife was reading one of the stories, "Mama Can't read" the other night as I was watching TV next to her and all of the sudden she burst into tears. She was so moved and I think that is indicative of the power of the book. So to my fellow contributors and the great folks at Chicken Soup un aplauso, and for those of you who are thinking of buying the book, my bias notwithstanding, do it! You won't be disappointed.
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The Chicken Soup for the Soul Series has left footprints in the hearts of many. It has given us the privilege of closing our eyes and reliving the special moments that have remained captured like photographs in the photo albums of the authors' souls. Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul gives re-awakens the connection between us Latino/as through the intricate understanding and appreciation of the struggles, tears, and laughter that are unique to the Latino experience. It warmed my heart just as much, if not more, than an old-fashined Sopa de Pollo.
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I want to give the book a standing ovation. I would give more than five stars if I could. Soup books are always great, but it's rare to find a book where every single story grabs your imagination and tweaks your heart. My favorite story is Hunger. I think I had that same kind of hunger when I was a kid, and reading that story finally satisfied it. Man, how I cried with tears of joy when I read it. And that was just one of the great stories in Latino Soul. I didn't read one that I didn't love. I have read this book cover to cover, TWICE. I have bought books and given them to everyone in my family, because I want people to read this book. Every story in this book has a special message that speaks straight to your heart and straight to your life. Not only that, the stories are all so beautiful, whether they make you laugh till you cry or just cry. There's definitely a special ingredient here: the latino soul. And it is beautiful.
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I am so glad this installment of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series came out. It's about time!!! It was great reading stories about Latinos across the U.S. who, although different, have so much in common like our love of our heritage, learning experiences in a foreign country, striving for a better life, meddling relatives etc... The stories evoke a range of emotions from pride to embarrassment, sorrow to joy, laughter and tears. You'll definitely be able to identify to the people and their stories even if you're not Latino. Check it out. You'll be glad you did.
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The book is a wonderful sampling of the types of Latino life that exist in the US today. The stories range from first generation Latinos talking about their struggles integrating to third generation Latinos talking about rediscovering thier roots. The stories are touching and funny. What I like most is how these people used hardship and struggle to open their hearts and be more compassionate or forgiving or loving. That messages comes across whether you are Latino/a or not.

A great book. Highly recommended.
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