From Chicken Soup for the Soul Presents Teens Talkin' Faith


While writing this book, I tried to put myself in your shoes. I realized that you may be incredibly strong in your faith and committed to God. On the other hand, you may be struggling with your spiritual beliefs and looking for answers. Perhaps you are not a Christian, but open to learning about God. Regardless, I pray that wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you will keep an open mind and allow the words written on these pages to touch your heart. My personal contributions are written from a Christian perspective. However, teens throughout the nation from all ethnic, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds also contributed. Although I honor each contribution, it is important for you to know that the thoughts and beliefs of these teens do not directly reflect my thoughts and beliefs as the author. They also may not coincide with your personal ideas or opinions. So, please, take them for the individual life experiences and spiritual perspectives they are. In addition, please know that we have changed all of the names of the teen contributors, as well as a few of their ages, to protect their privacy and that of their friends and family. When needed, context and, less frequently, content were modified for the protection of those involved and to contribute to the continuity of each chapter.

The format of this book was designed with the input of teens like you. Each chapter of this book begins with an introduction or brief excerpt from me, Mrs. T, as I am known to most teens. This is followed by a collection of writings from teen contributors. Every chapter concludes with a “T” Talk, again written by me. I use the “T” Talks to summarize each chapter with personal stories, spiritual insight, and inspirational guidance.

Finally, know that Jack, Mark, and I wrote Chicken Soup for the Soul Presents Teens Talkin’ Faith to honor God and bring His hope to you as a teenager. I pray that this book will lead you on a spiritual journey that will enrich your faith and draw you closer to God.

Mrs. T

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