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Chicken Soup for the Soul

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  31,535 Ratings  ·  694 Reviews
Collected over twenty years of motivational speaking, these stories introduce metaphors for the author's truths about life. The collection includes tales by Dan Millman, Robert Fulghum, Gloria Steinem and Art Buchwald among others. It should be useful for teachers, therapists, seminar givers and workshop leaders.
Paperback, 308 pages
Published May 1st 1993 by Chicken Soup for the Soul (first published 1993)
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mark monday
¡REVIEW #500!

one fine summer day, young mark monday - aged 4 or 5 - was tooling around the neighborhood on his Big Wheel. he was a happy lad and liked to make others around him feel happy too. this outlook soon saw its first challenge when he wheeled up to his friend Tommy - who looked miserable and had clearly been crying.

"What's the matter, Tommy?"

"Dad's going away!"

young mark monday was a military brat and so was Tommy, so mark knew exactly how he felt. he had felt the same way, many times. b
مصطفي سليمان
احسن طريقة للتنمية البشرية
بدل الكلام المريب بتاع النور ف اخر النفق
وان جواك طاقة وانت بس مش واخد بالك منها
والدينا الخ الخ
تحكي قصة او تقراء قصص لناس
علشان تعرف انك علي الاقل مش لوحدك
و ان فيه ناس مرت باللي انت مريت بيه
وانك مش ملبوس ولا شئ
احبه احبه هذا الكتاب
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
نحن نرسم لأنفسنا صورة خارجية تمتزج فيها مكانتنا الاجتماعية والشهادات الدراسية التى حصلنا عليها وقد نكتسب ملامح واجمة مثقلة بمشاق الحياة لتبدو صورة مشوهة تخفي الشيء الكامن في دواخلنا ..إنه فطرتنا السليمة التي تود لو تطفو على السطح لتمحو تلك الصورة الضبابية وتبدي حقيقة ذواتنا
ماذا لو ارتسمت ابتسامة ودودة على وجوهنا لوثبت قافزة على كل وجه نلتقيه ..اليست تلك الفجوة التى تفصلنا عن الآخرين سرعان ما ستختفي ؟...
لربما ظننا عندئذ ان انسانيتنا قد حققت انتصاراً هزيلاً امام مادية العالم الطاغية ولكن قد نشكل
Jan 03, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
The best part about trashing this stupid book is that there is no such thing as a soul and if you disagree with me I suggest that you take flying lessons (don't bother with the bit about landings) and fly a plane into your computer right into my review of this book. That'll learn me!

The Goodreads blurb for this book describes the authors as, “Two of America's best-loved inspirational speakers.” Other famous inspirational speakers: Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Dale Carnegie, Jim Jones, Tony Robbins
This book was given out at work. Very readable and unoriginal. I'm far too cynical to enjoy and find deep meaning in stories like these.
Beata R
Aug 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
About as spiritually enriching as the inspirational quotes you find on packets of instant oatmeal. If Nicholas Sparks were a motivational speaker, he would have churned out these tepid pieces of crap while bingewatching "Touched by an Angel."
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: انگلیسی
كتابى پر از شعارهايى مثل "مثبت فكر كن تا كيهان آرزويت را برآورده كند" و رازهاى موفقيت و...
من فقط به عنوان يه متن انگليسى خوندمش، وگرنه از اين جور كتاب ها چندان خوشم نمياد. قبلاً توی ریویوی مردان مریخی زنان ونوسی راجع به راجع به کتاب های روانشناسی عامّه پسند نوشته بودم.

هر چند بی انصافی نباید کرد. بعضی از داستاناش خوبن. ولی بیشترشون مبتنی بر عنصر اتفاق و تصادفن، یعنی نویسنده نمی تونه ادعا کنه که "حتماً برای شما اتفاق می افتد"، بلکه صرفاً می تونه بگه "شاید برای شما اتّفاق بیفتد"؛ در نتیجه خواننده
Lisa Ryan
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this collection of short-stories. They are inspirational, motivational, and beautifully written. Many made me cry, which is also very cathartic.

The real magic behind the Chicken Soup Series is knowing the effort that Jack Canfield put into the promotion of this book before it became popular. After being turned down 144 times, he persisted. He is a model of passionately pursuing your dreams until they are realized.

I also had the chance to meet Jack Canfield at the premiere of the Keeper o
Mar 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am done with self-help mumbo-jumbo... Don't tell me another story about this person who achieve this without giving me names, dates and factual evidence that is referenced!
Sara Kamjou
یک زمانی شاید این داستانها الهامبخشتر و پرکاربردتر بود، اما امروزه در عصر تکنولوژی که روزانه از طریق شبکههای اجتماعی و ارتباطی این داستانها به وفور جلوی چشم هستند، تأثیر کمتری دارد. ضمن اینکه شاید قبلترها اینگونه داستانها میتوانست تکاندهنده باشد اما برای من در حال حاضر کتابهایی که حالت نصیحت و پیام مستقیم دارند کمتر جذاباند. با این حال، باز هم بعضی داستانها جالب بود و در زمان خودش کتاب تأثیرگذاری بوده است.
بخشهای ماندگار کتاب:
مادر ترزا: به همدیگر لبخند بزنید،
Garden of Eden
I remember reading this when I was still a young girl. I was a school librarian back then so I often read any Chicken Soup books. Sounds like I was slacking off huh. xD anyways I remember liking it as a young girl. It's a food for thoughts.
Patrick Gibson
Nov 29, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: snorgasm
“Two seeds lay side by side in the fertile spring soil.

The first seed said, “I want to grow! I want to send my roots deep into the soil beneath me, and thrust my sprouts through the earths crust above me…”

And she grew.

The second seed said, “I am afraid. If I send my roots into the ground below, I don’t know what I will encounter in the dark. If I push my way through the hard soil above me I may damage my delicate sprouts.”

And so she waited.”

MORAL OF THE STORY: Seeds can’t talk, jerkoff. And havi
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once started, couldnt put it down! A real heart warmer, lifted my spirits no end, even when I didnt realise it needed lifting. TBH, it restored my faith in mankind, esp after watching the news all the time. This would also make a great gift for a reader or any genre, if they dont like it, then there must be something wrong with them! Many a time i found myself laughing out loud, crying to myself or just stopping to think to myself at the though-provoking story I had just read. Will definately re ...more
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone finds his own interpretation of the information read here. If you seek for answers or opinions you will find them rather different. I liked the book a lot and will turn back to it many times more in the future.
I once spent the night at an acquaintance’s house and forgot to bring any books. Anyone who knows me knows that I cannot survive without books and hence, I asked my friend if she could lend me a book. Sadly, she and her husband did not own many books, and Chicken Soup for the Soul was one of the few they did own. I had never heard of this book before and innocently started to read. Oh. My. God. This is one of the worst books I have ever read. The short stories and poems inside are supposed to be ...more
Fatoomii Alrose
يتحدث هذا الكتاب عن تنمية النفس و تكون بصورة قصص قصيرة و قد ركز في تعلم التعايش و حب الذات و مسامحة الاخرين و اجتاز الفشل ,حيث
ساعدني على فهم نفسي بشكل اكبر و اعمق و تقبل ما انا عليه و تطوير ذاتي الى الافضل
Jan 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
I think the best thing in this book is the section about John Goddard, a kid who sits down and makes a "life's list" or a "bucket list" as it was popularized by the movie. And that kid did some absolutely amazing things! I was blown away, and still make copies of that story to share with teens when I teach them. It strongly influenced my habit of setting goals and trying to keep track of the adventures that I do have. But to be honest, I can't remember many (any?) of the other stories.
Oct 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أملك نسخة من هذا الكتاب منذ كنتُ في الإعدادية ولسببٍ ما قررتُ قراءته هذا الصيف، هو جميل فعلاً، يجعلك تعيد النظر إلى الحياة والإمكانيات المتوافرة، يدعوا هذا الكتاب إلى العديد من القيم الأخلاقية الجميلة التي يجب أن يلتفت لها المرء، خلّاق مفيد جداً.. ولا بد للبعض أنّ يعرّج عليه ولو مرة في العمر. علاجٌ جيد للمكتئبين والسوداويين هههه.
Rebecca McNutt
I honestly didn't find this book inspirational - just incredibly hokey. In fact, it could be compared to The Teletubbies (both are incredibly lame). The only thing it's good for is passing the time and I think I'll be avoiding this series from now on.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
يك عالمه داستان كوتاه تاثير گذار اما نه اونقدر كه تا سه چهار روز ديگه يادتون مونده باشه ، مگه اينكه آخراى اون داستانا يه نمه اشك تو چشتون جمع شده باشه ..
كتاب انسانى من الدرجة الاولى
و يستاهل 5 بسسسسسس
5 بس
بدون ادنى مبالغة
الكتاب ملىء ب القصص الانسانية التى تمس النفس و الروح
لخصت "فقط" القصص التى مستنى انا شخصيا و اثرت فيا
لاحظوا ان هناك الكثير من القصص الاخرى التى اعتبرتها مش مؤثرة انسانيا للدرجة التى تستحق ان اذكرها
و ان كانت قد تكون مؤثرة ل غيرى

page 56 القناديل كثيرة على امتداد الشواطىء لن تصنع لها فارقا ...رمى القنديل الذى بيده و قال و لكنى صنعت فارقا لهذا القنديل
page 60 وجع الوجع ..كم اتمنى ان اكون مثل هذا الاخ
page 89 افعل ما تريد ان تفعله حتى ل
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've heard a lot about this book over the years and always imagined it would be soppy clap trap, but I actually really enjoyed it! I think I have to admit to myself that I love a feel good story- I suppose I've always thought it "un-cool" to like this kind of feel good, happy hopeful book, but as I get older (yes, I know, I'm only 25) I realise that what's cool doesn't matter, and if it makes you feel good- why not read it! I admit I cried whilst reading this book. If you're a cynic like I was g ...more
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though I prefer reading novels than short stories, some of the stories in this book were simply touching. While some change the way I look at things, some actually made me wonder if miracles are for real.. Must say, this book was well compiled!
Lubos Panda
May 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Po 70 kapitolách / příbězích vzdávám. Všechny na jedno brdo. Člověk měl problémy a byl nešťastný, pak se modlil k bohu nebo se něco přihodilo a on se rozhodl, že život jde dál a nemá smysl se trápit. Nápad dobrý, ale zpracování příšerné. Většina z autorů vůbec neumí psát. Ostatně na rozsahu 1-4 stránky se moc ukázat ani nemohli. Za mě totální odpad a nechápu, jak mohlo vyjít 11 dílů. Zbytečné plýtvání papírem.
Elizabeth Grieve
Not sure how I feel about this book, and was not inclined to read all the way through. It's the first (and only) one of this series I have looked at, and it doesn't really appeal. Perhaps it's more for American tastes, and I am just a cynical Brit. I can see that it's a good thing to have a book of inspirational stories, but I can't help thinking that they may be no more than fiction, and a clever marketing idea has made these books the best-sellers they are.

However, cynicism aside, if some read
Hiba Arrame
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't get myself to sleep before finishing up all of the stories included in this book, it was an amazing experience, and I'm really thankful to the professor who had recommended it to me, it's a book that holds in it that hope that we all need to reassure us that there's still beauty and goodness out there waiting to be discovered, that within ourselves are hold much more capacities than we think we have.
I think that this book should be read by every soul longing to peace and divine beauty
Unfortunately, I had to throw this book away after reading it. I'd worn it out. Whole sections could no longer be held together with tape.

Even though this was a re-reading, and many of the stories have become wayyyyyyy too familiar over the years (the starfish story), the stories still had the power to make me cry... even in front of my students (who were silently reading their own versions of Chicken Soup).

I'm buying a new copy for next year.
Ghanem Abdullah
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cassandra Kay Silva
I read this. I admit it. It was awhile ago and someone gave it to me for free. It's absolutely not my style and pretty stupid.
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A few good messages, but most of the stories sound contrived to me.
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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.

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