“They can be like a sun, words. They can do for the heart what light can for a field.”
—St. John of the Cross
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A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul Life Lessons for Loving the Way You Live Millions of women the world over turn to Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul whenever they need inspiration, a cleansing cry or a heartfelt laugh. This second collection includes 101 new stories that celebrate the shared experiences of being a woman. With contributions from Mother Teresa, Princess Diana, Candice Bergen, Mary Kay Ash, Sally Jesse Raphael, and Whoopi Goldberg, A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul will put the difficult times into perspective, renew your faith in yourself and make you aware of the miracles in your own life.

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“I am always amazed at how much women share, in spite of the differences in our lives. There are times when I read a story in A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and feel as if the voice telling the tale is somehow my own.”

Peggy Fleming Jenkins
1968 Olympic champion, ABC
sports commentator
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“This new pot of Chicken Soup for the Soul is simmering full of nourishing ideas to fortify a woman’s spirit and resolve. A most helpful and encouraging recipe for self-improvement and spiritual harmony.”

Evelyn H. Lauder
senior corporate vice president
The Estee Lauder Companies, and founder
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
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“I love being able to pick up A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and in a few minutes read a story that opens my heart and shows me the world in its best light.”

Ruth Brown,
singer, Tony and Grammy
Award winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee
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“Thank you for A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul—it’s a beautiful collection of inspiring stories that celebrate the love, power and beauty of women’s hearts.”

Picabo Street
Olympic and World Champion ski racer
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A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul is a gorgeous tapestry of womanhood! Every story speaks to me of the rich variety of women and the beauty of their souls.”

Suze Orman, author
New York Times best-seller The 9 Steps to
Financial Freedom
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Read an Excerpt…
Beauty Contest

A successful beauty company asked the people in a large city to send brief letters about the most beautiful women they knew, along with the women’s pictures. Within a few weeks, thousands of letters were delivered to the company.

One letter in particular caught the attention of the employees, and soon it was handed to the company president. The letter was written by a young boy, who wrote he was from a broken home, living in a run-down neighborhood. With spelling corrections, an excerpt from his letter read:

A beautiful woman lives down the street from me. I visit her every day. She makes me feel like the most important kid in the world. We play checkers and she listens to my problems. she understand me and when I leave, she always yells out the door that she’s proud of me.

The boy ended his letter by saying, “This picture shows you that she is the most beautiful woman. I hoe I have a wife as pretty as her.”

Intrigued by the letter, the president asked to see this woman’s picture. His secretary handed him a photograph of a smiling, toothless woman, well-advance in years, sitting in a wheelchair. Sparse gray hair was pulled back in a bun and wrinkles that formed deep furrows on her face were somehow diminished by the twinkle in her eyes.

“We can’t use this woman,” explained the president, smiling. “She would show the world that our products aren’t necessary to be beautiful.”

—Carla Muir

© 1998 Carla Muir. All rights reserved. Reprinted from A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul® by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jennifer Read Hawthorne and Marci Shimoff. 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: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.




Feedback from readers…

“When depression gets a hold on me, I find myself fighting a war to keep from sliding back into the nightmare world of sirens, IV’s, weeping friends, and seclusion rooms. I look for anything, any branch to catch to keep me from sinking deeper in the quicksand. That’s where your book comes in.

“Maybe it sounds ridiculous, but your book has changed my life. In the pit of depression, I shy away from light, yet I know it’s the only thing that will save me. Angrily, rebelliously, I snatch your book off the shelf and force myself to make meaning of the words swimming in my tear-filled eyes. More often than not, I soon find that I’ve read ten stories, it’s two hours later, and I’ve chipped off that much time and ferocity off this bout of depression.

“It isn’t immediate, it’s a process. But do you see what I’m saying? For the first time in my life, I’m proving to myself that I can get the focus off my misery for a chunk of time, lighting my soul, and eventually make it through the depression without ever picking up a knife or dialing a crisis worker. I’m making it.

“Thank you, Chicken Soup people, for the part you are playing in my recovery…”