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Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul: Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit (Chicken Soup for the Soul)

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Since the original publication of Chicken Soup for the Soul in 1993, the authors have been collecting and editing stories for this volume. These stories will deepen readers' Christian faith and exp ...more
Paperback, 402 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Health Communications, Inc. (first published 1997)
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Maria's Book Blog
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is not my typical kind of book. I usually go for the supernatural stuff, but these books were part of Amazon's "Daily Deal" at a great price do I decided to go for it. I loved these stories, they were heartwarming and taught me some valuable lessons. I bought another Chicken Soup book that I'm looking forward to reading next. ...more
Apr 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked this book.
It was interesting to see through the eyes of people with different religious backgrounds than I, and realize they're not really different at all. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, it is comforting and strengthening to know that God helps all of His children who love and remember Him. The evidence that God is real is alive in all of these people and their stories!! :)
Annie Grace
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a set of short stories best for a bed time read. This book is nothing about religion but more about application of Christian values to an everyday life. The stories belong to different topics such as hope, miracles and death. And a few stories are even life changing. They will surely change your perspective towards the things in life. Sure a must read for every Christian.
Kathy Beck
Jun 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
When I need to get closer to my faith this book really helped.
Denise Boulet
Wonderful book! Still read it from time to time!
Lora Swafford
May 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Loved the stories, however most of them rarely had anything to do with Christianity in itself. But all together, great stories.
Kathleen Garber
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult_nonfiction
My copy of this is actually from 1997 although the photo above is of the updated 2012 edition. A lot of the stories took place many years before the book was published so you can tell the stories are a little outdated but hey were still inspiring.

For some reason, the second half of the book was better than the first. I just resonated with the stories, or enjoyed them more I guess.

As with all CSS (Chicken Soup for the Soul) books the stories are broken up into categories. In this case they are: O
Jennifer Robb
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who like very short, uplifting entries
Recommended to Jennifer by: M. Hall and A. Cramer
3.5 stars (rating seen may vary depending on whether the site allows half star ratings)

I've read other Chicken Soup books in the past, though not recently. I thought I'd read this before, and yes, a few of the stories did seem familiar, but many did not, so I must have read a different book from the series.

There are so many stories (101 according to the cover of my copy) that almost everyone should find at least one story that they like or one story that touches them. I found many of the stories
Taryn Spearey
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! All of the short stories were so moving and touching. It was really great to see so many stories about other people who have a belief in God.

My favorite section of the book was the 4th section on faith. That was good.

May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed the Chicken Soup for the Soul books and have a collection of them. The Christian ones impressed me and I am glad my husband added them to my collection.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the stories in this. They made me laugh and cry. It warms the soul!
Alex Vasai
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A special book which will be your companion during tough times, the title says it all, this is a book for your soul!
The Book Man
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love chicken soup!
Maybe that’s one of the reasons I choose to read this book. :D

“Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul” is a collection of stories from different authors. These [101] stories will deepen your faith, open your heart and re-kindle your spirit.

“I will Honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.” ~Charles Dickens (That’s my prayer,)
“Live in such a way that those who know you but don’t know God will come to know God because they know you”
~ Anonymous
“Do what you ca
Tasha enderby
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, christmas
I can't imagine the time it takes to put one of these chicken soup for the soul books. There are many theme's, something for everyone and I have never really put a thought to actually reading one. This book was a gift from a friend and so I felt like it would honor our friendship to read the gift before passing it on to someone else. This was a wonderful book on faith, hardships, love and pure miracles of God. My own faith grows stronger with these tales and I found the pages quickly turning. ...more
Oct 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian, 2011
I felt a lot of stories would have touched me more, if the writer hadn't made them so ridiculously over-sentimental. This wasn't true for all of them, but some of them, while the intention was clearly to have me in tears, instead just made me roll my eyes. A lot of them weren't particularly Christian - someone just happened to mention God at some point. They were largely very nice, and quite uplifting, but I don't feel they've really inspired me on my Christian walk, or anything. ...more
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book was amazing... It had several heart-warming stories that everyone can connect to at a personal level. I also loved how the book explores several themes such as faith, love, overcoming obstacles, etc instead of just focusing on a single topic... The book is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who reads it, with its optimistic take on life.

Kudos to all those who worked hard to present such a beautiful book to the whole world!!
Not exactly my kind of book, mostly since I'm not the religious type. Still I found this book interesting! I got to see the live story of people with different religion and cultural backgrounds, how they solved their problems, be thankful for their graces, et cetera. These stories are comforting and heartwarming. To put simply, reading this book will 'keep your faith in humanity in check.' Thanks to my ex-girlfriend back then in high school for this gift. I still keep the copy until today. ...more
Eddie Rose
Jan 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: no-indonesia
This book always strengthen me when I feel lost in life. I learned some life stuffs through the contributors' experience. Some stories make me laugh, some stories start me to cry, some stories build regret in my heart, and some stories encourage me to re-think about my life.

Joy Gerbode
Apr 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Some of these stories are priceless ... many very inspirational, lots of tear jerkers. Really good reading for evening devotions, or for light quick stories ... just make sure you've got time for a few tears (and also lots of smiles!) ...more
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was great. Makes a great "bathroom" book. No matter your faith the stories will touch you one way or another. Some were very inspiring. Great work can't wait to pick up my next Chicken Soup book. ...more
Apr 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is by far my favorite Chicken Soup for the Soul book! It is fantastic!! I like the others as well, but this one just lifts your spirits.
Aug 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Inspirational stories... with smile, tears, joy,...
Mar 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great book or a pick-me-up in your faith.
Apr 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
loved the million stories-short and very touching for some.
Oct 05, 2008 marked it as to-read
cant wait to read it. :)
Rainrocks^o^(aka Breanna)
Jan 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
WOW! I only read part of this, but i read this with my parents and it is pure and wonderful. This will inspire you greatly!!
Feb 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
my second this every morning while drying my hair...really motivational!
Sep 11, 2009 added it
Meadow Frisbie
Nov 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
I Loved it. The "on the lighter side" section was probably my favorite. There are stories with humor, cheer, faith, love, grief...and more ...more
Jan 08, 2010 added it
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Jack Canfield is an American motivational speaker and author. He is best known as the co-creator of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" book series, which currently has over 124 titles and 100 million copies in print in over 47 languages. According to USA Today, Canfield and his writing partner, Mark Victor Hansen, were the top-selling authors in the United States in 1997.

Canfield received a BA in Chi

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