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

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

Torii Hunter's inspiring story of making his dream come true

The Angels center fielder knows what it's like to take on a challenge. But his inspiring story proves your dreams are possible.

by Louis Berney

Claire Guthrie, her son Michael and dog Rosie

In this excerpt from His Mysterious Ways, a rescue dog is the answer to a young mother’s prayers.

by Claire Guthrie
, Manassas Park, Virginia

Ms. Baseball is a success!

Play softball, was the advice she always got. Baseball's for boys. But Shawna had other plans.

by Alina Larson

An artist's rendering of an angel ministering to a group of animals

Ptolemy Tompkins explores the bond between humans and animals that allows them to communicate without language.

by Ptolemy Tompkins
, New York, New York

Kathryn Slattery and her father

The flag meant so much to my war veteran father. His patriotism was inspiring to me.

by Kathryn Slattery
, New Canaan, Connecticut

Woman finds weight-loss solution

I was hooked on quick-fix diets and embarrassed every time I gained back all the weight. Until I found a long-term solution...and the self-improvement I was looking for.

by Jane Shukitis
, Spencerport, New York

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