Inspirational Stories

We are constantly immersed in stories—from
television news to films, novels and
TV programs. The inspiring real-life
stories we tell here are stories of faith,
hope and love, stories of challenges 
overcome as well as small unexpected
moments of grace.

More importantly, our inspiring true stories
are about and by people like you.
People who have discovered how to
live their lives with more hope and joy
and, through their stories and experiences,
have helped others to do the same.


Recent Inspirational Stories

John Wooden's success inspired his players

Basketball coaching legend John Wooden led UCLA to 10 national championships, a success that earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

by Andre McCarter
, Tarzana, California

My son inspired me with his passion for fostering shelter dogs. But his love for Lady the mutt was selfless.

by Cheryl Christensen
, Atlanta, Georgia

Ron Santo's inspiring story of baseball and diabetes

The inspiring story behind his struggle with diabetes—and letting his teammates know the truth.

by Ron Santo
, Scottsdale, Arizona

Inspiring story of young cancer patient's lemonade stand

Our four-year-old daughter was battling cancer. The inspiring story behind her illness wasn't about a cure. It was the lemonade that turned into a miracle.

by Liz Scott
, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

Inspirational stories: Nurse comforts family

She didn't expect someone like Tami to care for her niece suffering from cancer—but in this inspiring story, she was the answer to her prayers all along.

by Aline Newman
, Turin, New York

Wangari Maathai

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dr. Wangari Maathai started a green movement in Africa by planting a single tree. Recently, at 71, she lost her battle with cancer. Read our 2004 story about her environmental work.

by Christopher Davis

George Bailey and Clarence in a scene from It's a Wonderful Life

The late, great Jimmy Stewart takes you behind the scenes of a classic holiday movie.

by Jimmy Stewart
, Beverly Hills, California

Barbara and Shredder

I knew I had to call for help if I was going to live, but I was all alone. Except for the neighbors' dog.

by Barbara Aqua
, Tacoma, Washington

Christmas stories: Baking cookies brings people together

Cookies are a delicious way to share the holidays!

by Sandra Oliver
, Little Rock, Arkansas

Prone to panic attacks, Jane Stern conquers fear by facing it for others as an EMT.

by Kathryn Slattery
, New Canaan, Connecticut

Inspiring story of military wife

After a serious injury in Iraq, this soldier needed his wife. Her inspiring story shows the strength it took to help him heal.

by Tonia Sargent
, Oceanside, California

All Mitch could do was wait…and pray.

Firefighters fighting the California wildfires find themselves trapped with only hope and faith to sustain them.

by Mitch Kahn
, San Clemente, California

Pasta recipes: Wife learns to make husband authentic Italian dish

When she found out that her Italian husband's favorite pasta recipe was lasagna made from scratch, she panicked, but then his aunt gave her a quicker option. 

by Joyce Nutta
, Celebration, Florida

You'll be moved by the Inspiring story of blind soldier Scotty Smiley.

He was permanently blinded by a car bomb in Iraq. Now this Army Captain and his wife would face—and conquer—their biggest foe.

by Scotty Smiley
, Durham, North Carolina

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