LISA, founder of Rest Ministries
am currently working on a proposal to pitch
a book to Chicken Soup for those with chronic
illness. I am looking for the best of
the best stories to include with my
proposal You may submitt a story (or 2 or
3.. however many you want, just be selective)
for possibly inclusion with the proposal.
Even if it doesnt end up with the proposal
it could end up in the book if it comes to
you know of anyone who is an excellent writer
who has a chronic illness or experience in
that area, such as a caregiver, please forward
this to them too!
I am pitching soon!
I dont believe Chicken soup books are
the answer to peoples hole in their
lives that only God can fill. Reading nice
stories can cheer a person up or make them
take a second look at their own lives and
decisions, but ultimately they still need
the truth is, the chicken soup series has
reached millions of people (108,000,000 the
last I heard) and there are over 100 million
people who live with illness in the USA. As
part of Rest Ministries goal to REACH those
who do not know Jesus, if I can write/edit
a Chicken Soup book for these people and it
has the potential to lead them to Rest Ministries
and ULITMATELY GOD
than its a
wonderful tool for evangelism.
said, if youve read the Chicken Soup
books you know that the term God
is used somewhat loosely except in the specific
Christian books. I dont endorse
this, but I do believe that God can use anything.
for the 3 stories I submit I need 2 to not
be spiritual. I dont like that fact,
but I need to convince those in charge that
I understand its not specifically a
Christian book. Since my background is specifically
in Christians with chronic illness area, they
are going to be looking closely to see if
I will try to slant the book in this way.
the proposal is accepted, then I can find
out what a suitable amount of stories can
flat out mention God in the book. So keep
that in mind when you are writing.
your story is really spiritually related,
try to tell the STORY and all the specifics
and emotions involved and then sum it up as
your answer to prayer or how
God brought the pieces together. Does
that make sense?
for A Winning Chicken Soup for the Soul Story
adapted this from the Chicken soup web site
for the kind of stories I am looking for.
Chicken Soup for the Soul(R) story is an
inspirational, true story about ordinary people
doing extraordinary things. It is a story
that opens the heart and rekindles the spirit.
It is a simple, inter-denominational, living
art piece that touches the soul of the readers
and helps them discover basic principles they
can use in their own lives. They are personal
and often filled with emotion and drama. They
are filled with vivid images created by using
the five senses. In some stories, the readers
feel that they are actually in the scene with
My very loose chapter ideas are as follows
(if you have ideas, let me know its
hard to form themes when the stories dont
choices about living despite facing a diagnosis
(attitude choices and adjustments, events
that led you to make them)
comfort or joy in unexpected places (surprises
you found through this less than desireable
a family affair (how illness impacts your
family, questions kids ask, struggles about
feeling like a parent who is not fulfilling
the job requirement, etc.)
the daily-ness of illness (what gets you
up in the morning, etc. Little things that
keep you going)
that pops up and creative ways to respond
rooms that change lives (things that happen
in the medial world/hospital/waiting room/interactions
with nurses, etc.)
that provides hope in the darkness (BIG
time GOD stories here
no other explanation!)
the little things that make the difference
(things people did that helped or encouraged
the journey (ways youve reached out
to others, made a difference, found your
Soup stories have a beginning, middle and
an ending that often closes with a punch,
creating emotion rather than simply talking
about it. Chicken Soup for the Soul(R) stories
have heart, but also something extra
element that makes us all feel more hopeful,
more connected, more thankful, more passionate
and better about life in general.
story that causes tears, laughter, goosebumps
or any combination of these. A good story
covers the range of human emotions. >>>>
this is the most important part of the submission.
Give me those WILD moments you saw God-coincidences
most powerful stories are about people extending
themselves, or performing an act of love,
service or courage for another person.
for a Chicken Soup for the Soul(R) Story
Tell an exciting, sad or funny story about
something that has happened to you or someone
you know. Make sure that you introduce the
Tell your story in a way that will make the
reader cry, laugh or get goose bumps (the
good kind!) Dont leave anything out
how did you feel?
The story should start with action; it should
include a problem, issue or situation. It
should include dialogue and the character
should express their feelings though the conflict
or situation. It should end in a result, such
as a lesson learned, a positive change or
Above all, let it come from your HEART! Your
story is important!
a Chicken Soup for the Soul(R) story IS
A sermon, an essay or eulogy.
A term paper, thesis, letter or journal entry.
About politics or controversial issues.
A My Grandma Just Died, and Let Me Tell
You What A Wonderful Person She Was
or Let Me Tell You About My Disease
or Operation or I Gave a Bum Some
Money, Arent I Incredible? or
Why My Mother Is the Best Mother
or a personal testimony that may mean nothing
to the reader.
them back to me via email or as a Word
document (not Word Perfect please) to REST@RESTMINISTRIES.ORG
Please be sure to type the authors name
and contact information, including a postal
address, phone and email
should be non-fiction, ranging in length between