Meet the Contributors of the New Stories

From Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition

Meet the Contributors of the New Bonus Stories

MK Asante is a bestselling author and award-winning filmmaker who CNN calls “a master storyteller and major creative force.” The author of four celebrated books, Asante is a recipient of the Langston Hughes Award. His latest book, Buck, is a critically acclaimed memoir about his youth in Philadelphia. He is a distinguished professor of creative writing and film at Morgan State University. He can be reached at

Michael Bernard Beckwith is the founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center headquartered in Los Angeles. He is the author of Spiritual Liberation, Life Visioning, and originator of the Life Visioning Process. He has appeared on The Oprah Show, Larry King Live, Tavis Smiley and his own PBS special, The Answer Is You.

Gabrielle Bernstein is the New York Times bestselling author of the book, May Cause Miracles. Her earlier titles include, Spirit Junkie and Add More ~ing to Your Life. Gabrielle was recently featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as a next generation thought leader. She is the founder of the social networking site for women to inspire, empower and connect.

Kris Carr is a New York Times bestselling author and health advocate. Her books and film include the groundbreaking Crazy Sexy Cancer series, Crazy Sexy Diet, and Crazy Sexy Kitchen. Kris regularly lectures at medical schools, hospitals, wellness centers, and corporations. Her TV appearances include: the Today show, Good Morning America, CBS Evening News and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Find out more at

Deepak Chopra, MD is the author of more than 70 books with 21 New York Times bestsellers. He is the founder of the Chopra Foundation, co-founder and Chairman of the Board of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, founder of The Chopra Well on YouTube, Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization.

Lori Deschene is the founder of, a community blog about wisdom that draws a million monthly readers. She runs the site as a group effort because she believes we’re all students and teachers. She is the author of Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions and the upcoming Tiny Buddha’s Guide to Self-Love.

Eric Handler is the co-founder and publisher of positivelypositive. com — an online multimedia platform known for its creative content designed to inspire readers to live fully, connected and ignite the fire inside of them. Positively Positive has millions of monthly readers.

Darren Hardy is a celebrated speaker, mentor to business luminaries and Publisher and Founding Editor of SUCCESS, the award-winning magazine serving to empower small business owners and entrepreneurial-minded achievers. Read his monthly letter, marketing and sales advice from thought leaders, inspiring feature stories and step-by-step guides for maximizing your potential at and

Robert Holden’s work on psychology and spirituality has been featured on Oprah, Good Morning America, a PBS special Shift Happens!, and in two major BBC-TV documentaries, The Happiness Formula and How to Be Happy. He is author of Happiness NOW!, Shift Happens!, Authentic Success, Be Happy and Loveability. Robert also hosts a weekly show on Hay House Radio called Shift Happens!

Tory Johnson has built two multi-million-dollar businesses — Women For Hire and Spark & Hustle — while serving as a Good Morning America contributor, New York Times bestselling author, contributing editor to SUCCESS magazine and a popular speaker. Her seventh book, The Shift, will be published in September 2013.

Mastin Kipp is the founder of, a website, daily e-mail and Twitter account that serves soulful inspiration to a new generation. Hosting Mastin on her weekly show Super Soul Sunday, Oprah dubbed him an “up and coming thought leader of the next generation of spiritual thinkers.” Mastin’s book, Float: An Achiever’s Journey from Crisis to Grace, is due out from Hay House in early 2014.

Nick Ortner is the New York Times bestselling author of The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System for Stress-Free Living and the bestselling documentary by the same name. He teaches and writes about “EFT” or “Tapping” a technique that has shown to be effective for pain relief, limiting beliefs, weight loss, fears and phobias and more.

Mehmet Oz, MD two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning host of the two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning The Dr. Oz Show, is Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books, has received several patents, and performs more than 100 heart surgeries per year.

For more than 35 years, Anthony Robbins has devoted his life to helping people from around the world discover and develop their own unique qualities of greatness. Considered the nation’s leader in peak performance and a recognized authority on the psychology of leadership, personal transformation and organizational turnaround, he has been honored consistently for his strategic intellect and humanitarian endeavors.

don Miguel Ruiz is the international bestselling author of The Four Agreements (a New York Times bestseller for seven years), The Mastery of Love, The Voice of Knowledge, and The Fifth Agreement. Today, he continues to share ancient Toltec wisdom through lectures and journeys to sacred sites around the world.

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