began work on these books five years ago, we had no idea what we
had just said "Yes" to. At first we thought we were just
collecting stories for another Chicken Soup for the Soul
book, but as we began to talk to people, listen to the amazing
stories and watch hundreds of volunteers come forth who just
wanted to be a part of this project, we knew we were into
something much, much more.
honoring our unique journey, our history and stating our
intentions for the future, and we were sharing our character, our
faith, and our multifaceted culture through our stories.
worked on the first book, Chicken Soup for the African American
Soul (released in Aug. 2004), we knew that these stories would
uplift and inspire the readers, but what we were not prepared for
was how having a story in the book and being part of the team
working on the project would affect the writers and volunteers.
honestly say a "Chicken Soup family" has been formed. The book was
the stone thrown into a pond-the ripples have been layers and
layers of inspiration for those involved at every level-from ,
who had to pull over while driving because a story shared in a
radio interview touched him so deeply
a man who decided to stay in his career as a teacher because of a
story in the book that reminded him of why he showed up at work
the story contributor whose manager congratulated her and
apologetically acknowledged that she had never taken the time to
meet her in person prior to her story being in the book,
the children who felt self-love and self-acceptance through the
recognition that they are not alone after hearing the stories of
with great pleasure that we are now able to introduce the second
book, Chicken Soup for the African American Woman's Soul,
(released Aug. 2006). While the "first helping" was wonderful, the
"second helping" is even more filling, as we capture a glimpse
into the experience of being an African American Woman.
invite you to get a cup of coffee or tea while you sit back and
enjoy this site. Here you will find ways you can join our "Chicken
Soup Family", you will find sample stories, learn about the story
selection process, and discover how to submit your stories for
future Chicken Soup for the African American Soul books.
Remember, the joy of these stories is in the sharing-get the
books, read the stories to your kids, your elderly parents and
grandparents, give the books as gifts to your friends.share our
stories far and wide so that the "ripple" has the opportunity to
uplift and inspire the world round.
truth is that WE ALL HAVE A STORY. It is my hope that these books
remind you of your own powerful journey and the story that brought
you to where you are today. Even more importantly, that you
remember your story is still in the making, and you are the
these stories inspire you to greatness.
Co-author of the
"Chicken Soup for
the African American Soul" series
#1 Chicken Soup
Black Book Award
Chicken Soup for the African American Woman's Soul is a rich
collection of stories that truly celebrate the mountaintops and
share the valleys of the African American woman's experience;
highlighting her moments of strength, as well as her struggles.
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