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

Ben Pierce experiences his first Van Gogh painting in the company of his mother.

Watch as a nine-year-old with rapidly deteriorating vision tries to see as many memorable sights as possible–while he can.


Fred Rogers

In this story from September 1980, television's "Mr. Rogers" shares the story of a grandfather who helped him believe in himself.

by Fred Rogers
, with Kathryn Brinckerhoff

Inspirational Stories blogger Michelle Medlock Adams with husband at the beach

You can't hide any imperfections from God. He sees it all. That truth used to horrify me, but not anymore...

by Michelle Medlock Adams

Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey

In this clip from Super Soul Sunday, poet Maya Angelou reveals to Oprah Winfrey her thoughts on prayer and shares what she's learned about the power of love.


A member of the crew that inadvertently sent the boulder toward the church.

Watch as a Saugus, Massachusetts, church that is home to a food pantry that feeds thousands of people a year is saved from being crushed by a huge boulder.


Cheryle McConnaughey with an equine friend

A woman who couldn’t trust meets a wild mustang who learned to, and sees her marriage restored.

by Cheryle McConnaughey
, Bellingham, Washington

Members of the Liberian National Amputee Soccer Team

Aubrey Lethbridge's inspiring documentary chronicles the daily struggles and triumphs of the Liberian national amputee soccer team. Read Aubrey's story.


Elizabeth Sherrill

What does it mean to put your hand into the hand of God?  Elizabeth Sherrill explores the meaning of a religious quote that puzzled her for years.

by Elizabeth Sherrill
, Hingham, Massachusetts

Barbara Aqua and Shredder

In this excerpt from Their Mysterious Ways Too, an amazing pooch rescues a woman in need.

by Barbara Aqua
, Tacoma, Washington

Two young men in uniform hugging their mother

One by one, men and women dressed in uniform filed into the gate area, so grateful to be home.

by Michelle Medlock Adams

 Rahat Hossain and his friend Eric hug after Eric learns he has a new home.

Thousands were so touched by the story of Eric, a homeless man who offered to share what he thought were his lottery winnings, that they chipped in to fund a new home for him.


Dolly Parton's lovely portrait

The beloved singer and actress has certainly achieved more than her share of dreams, and now she shares with her fans how they can achieve theirs. Read Dolly's story!


Carol Burnett

In this story from October 1977, the beloved comedienne shares the story of a mysterious stranger who helped kickstart her career.

by Carol Burnett


Dolly Parton

Big prayers, big goals and a big heart have all played a role in her rise to superstardom, and the wisdom of Norman Vincent Peale helped, too!

by Dolly Parton
, Nashville, Tennessee

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