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

Self-improvement: Mother accepts osteoporosis

Finally recognizing the problem was a step forward in her self-improvement.

by Karen Barber
, Alpharetta, Georgia

Inspiring story of grieving mother healing

After her son died in Baghdad, she couldn't move on. This inspiring story tells how she finally found peace—through a photo she never expected to see.

by Suzy Shealy
, Columbia, South Carolina

two women, one with arm around the other, heads bowed

We know happiness  increases when we forgive, but did you know forgiveness is good for your health?

by Alina Larson
, New York, New York

Natalie Cole's inspiring story of singing again after loss

After suffering a devastating loss, singer Natalie Cole shares her inspiring story of recovery as she finds her way back to music.

by Natalie Cole
, Los Angeles, California

Jeff Gordon's inspiring story of helping children in need

The inspiring story of NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon's biggest impact off the track

by Jeff Gordon

Ruby Bridges Hall

She was one of the first black students to be integrated in 1960. Her inspiring story is one of strength during a difficult and scary time.

by Ruby Bridges Hall
, New Orleans, Louisiana

picture of baying wolf

Guideposts staffer Sharon Azar learns all about a very special wolf pack at the New York Wolf Sanctuary and Conservation Center.

Angel's Gate animal sanctuary stained glass window

Guideposts staffer Sharon Azar visits an animal sanctuary in Long Island, NY.

Work the blues out with success!

Exercise is a great mood-booster. Read some tips for maximizing that happiness factor by working out!

by Alina Larson

Teri Anthony-Ashcroft's son Matthew

An inspiring story about one Korean boy and his grandfather who fought in the Korean War

by Teri Anthony-Ashcroft
, Little Rock, Arkansas

An artist's rendering of Pauline in the cemetary

At a time when past and present come together, one woman discovered a kinship with a town she never thought she'd have.

by Janet Holm McHenry
, Loyalton, California

Inspirational stories: Soccer coach helps students play

There are many inspirational stories about coaches, but this Staten Island teacher didn't know anything about soccer—and still found a way to help the students play.

by Joyce Simonson
, Staten Island, New York

Polish family recipe brings sisters together

Family home cooking never tasted so good.

by Anne Simpkinson

Coach Ed Thomas with several of his football players

In Parkersburg, Iowa, football and faith brought the community together. Then last summer a tornado wiped out the town.

by Ed Thomas
, Parkersburg, Iowa

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