Tuesday 6 August 2013

Book ~ "Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition" (2013) Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark

From Goodreads ~ The twentieth anniversary edition of the original Chicken Soup for the Soul is brimming with even more hope and inspiration - the stories you’ve always loved, plus bonus stories! 

Twenty years later, Chicken Soup for the Soul continues to open the heart and rekindle the spirit. Celebrate the twentieth anniversary with the classic book that inspired millions - reinvigorated with bonus stories of inspiration! 

You will find hope and inspiration in these 101 heartwarming stories about counting your blessings, thinking positive and overcoming challenges.

Can you believe the Chicken Soup for the Soul books have been around for twenty years?!

This is the first book in the series (I read it when it first came out) ... it has been rereleased with "20 Bonus Stories for the Next 20 Years".  I recently reread it and enjoyed it.  I could remember some of the stories ... like this one:
Mark was walking home from school one day when he noticed the boy ahead of him had tripped and dropped all of the books he was carrying, along with two sweaters, a baseball hat, a glove and a small tape recorder. Mark knelt down and helped the boy pick up the scattered articles. Since they were going the same way, he helped to carry part of the burden. As they walked Mark discovered the boy's name was Bill, that he loved video games, baseball and history, that he was having lots of trouble with his other subjects and that he had just broken up with his girlfriend.
They arrived at Bill's home first and Mark was invited in for a Coke and to watch some television. The afternoon passed pleasantly with a few laughs and some shared small talk, then Mark went home. They continued to see each other around shool, had lunch together once or twice, then both graduated from junior high school. They ended up in the same high school where they had brief contacts over the years. Finally the long awaited senior year came, and three weeks before graduation, Bill asked Mark if they could talk.
Bill reminded him of the day years ago when they had first met. "Do you ever wonder why I was carrying so many things home that day?" asked Bill. "You see, I cleaned out my locker because I didn't want to leave a mess for anyone elase. I had stored away some of my mother's sleeping pills and I was going home to commit suicide. But after we spent some time together talking and laughing, I realized that if I had killed myself, I would have missed that time and so many others thay might follow. So you see, Mark, when you picked up by books that day, you did a lot more. You saved my life."
John W. Schlatter

I have 18 Chicken Soup for the Soul paperback books including ones about pets, sisters, etc.

Have you read any of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books?


Kat said...

I loved Chicken Soup for the Soul as a kid! I think reading them helped me become a better person. Wow, 20th Anniversary Edition, good for them!

Masshole Mommy said...

My MIL loves Chicken Soup books.