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Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit of Hope, Healing and Forgiveness (Chicken Soup for the Soul) Paperback – September 4, 2012

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  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Backlist, LLC - a unit of Chicken Soup of the Soul Publishing LLC (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1623610966
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623610968
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just received my copy of Chicken Soup for the Prisoners Soul. What a beautiful book! I am the leader of Prison Fellowship Ministries at my church, and I am often questioned on this ministry I choose to serve. People don't question other ministries. If you help the elderly or people of poverty everyone pats you on the back. Our ministry is not as easily accepted. Many are baffled as to why anyone would bother.
I'm going to order a box of books for my volunteer group. It is a must for prison ministry volunteers! Plus I will keep a copy on hand at work. For now on when I am asked, "Why," I will loan out your book. Thank you so much for caring about the forgotten ones. It is actually a loved one in prison who told me about your book. He said it's helping him cope with doing his time."
Antonette Flamenco
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We highly recommend this book for anyone who is incarcerated, has a family member or friend in jail or for anyone who has compassion for their fellow man. We conduct a support group at the local county jail based on this incredible book, "Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul". In our group, inmates take turns reading the stories out loud and many times we have to pass the tissues around. These true life stories open all of our hearts as they help us to realize our connection with one another. One man read a story about a Dad and his son and when he was finished he began to cry openly. He shared that he knew he needed to talk to his Dad and that he was so ashamed. Another woman cried as she read the words of a poem, "I'm scared, alone and stuck in this place." These are stories that touch the Souls of those incarcerated since they are so very real and personal. The inmates cherish these books and treat their copies like a treasure. Our second recommendation for everyone is to not only read this book but to buy another copy and ask that it be sent to your local prison library! Thank you Tom Lagana, for authoring this much needed book!
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I picked this book thinking it would be uplifting and give hope to my son serving time. I'm sooo glad I got myself a copy as well and received it before him. I told him not to read it and send it on to the library or chapel because I found many of the stories full of anger or hopelessness and down right scary. I do think the book would be good for anyone thinking about doing prison ministry work because it gives a good glimpse into the life and feelings of some inmates. But if you are looking to give someone incarcerated hope and inspiration, keep looking.

Oh, and as another reviewer mentioned, my son did get kidded about the book because the title is written in a purple/pink color. Luckily he didn't get into any fights over it, but I could see in the wrong circumstances it would be possible.
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i am so thrilled to see this book finally be available to the general public. The stories in this book are enlightening. As a mental health professional in a maximum security prison, i have used the book in prisons as a tool of healing and expression.
As the founder of a peace organization we have been providing this book free to prisoners around the world for the past two years as well as doing workshops in prisons utilizing the book.
Not only is it good for prisoners but it is a powerful tool of education for those NOT connected with "the system." It brings a voice of humanity to people many in society would like to throw away. This book reminds us of how closely connected we all are.
(i also have two stories in it and am honored to be part of such a positive book!)
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I FOUND THIS BOOK ON AMAZON AFTER JUST BROWSING AROUND. MY SON IS IN PRISON IN UPSTATE NEW YORK AND I SENT HIM A COPY. HE TOLD ME HE GOT THE BOOK BUT NEVER MENTIONED ANYTHING ELSE. WELL THE OTHER DAY HE CALLED AND SAID "OH BY THE WAY YOU KNOW THAT BOOK THAT YOU SENT ME A FEW MONTHS AGO CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE PRISONERS SOUL WELL ITS THE BEST BOOK I EVER EVER READ". IT IS SO INSPIRATIONAL AND HE SAID IT HELPS HIM THROUGH SOME DEPRESSING TIMES. HE HAS PASSED IT AROUND HIS PRISION DORM AND EVERY ONE TELLS HIM HOW THEY LOVED THE BOOK. HE EVEN GOT INSPIRED TO WRITE POEMS AND SEND IT IN TO THE AUTHOR WHO TAKES POEMS AND STORIES FROM PRISIONERS AROUND THE COUNTRY. HE AS WELL AS I HAVE READ THE SAME STORIES OVER AND OVER AND NEVER GET TIRED OF READING THEM.
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Reading this particuler book has opened and enlighten my heart and soul. I've been made aware of that people placed behind prison bars are not to be forgotten. One needs to separate that it's the behavior which placed them here. They are as human as anyone else and shed tears, feel pain, love and have regrets. Who ever reads this book or has a loved one incarcerated will reach another level of understanding in one's life. Open yourself truly when reading this book and you will feel what I'm trying to say.
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"Chicken soup for the Macedonian prisoner's soul"
Reviewer: Zoran
My name is Zoran Stojanovski. I'm 41 years old psychologist employed as an educator in a Youth's center for correction in Tetovo, which is a small town in Republic of Macedonia.
Recently I read the book " Chicken soup for the prisoner's soul" and I was delighted of her contents.
I immediately recognized many situations with which I used to meet in my 12 years working experience.
Also I could feel a hug educational power of the stories.
I translated some stories at Macedonian language and they challenged a big interest at our juveniles.
There was appeared a need of a certain number of the books in our institution, but there also was born an idea for distribution of the book to all Macedonian prisons. So I find my fulfillment mission.
Thank You Tom Lagana for gave me opportunity for making a difference in my country.
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