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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

Michelle Mahnke poses with a platter of her Christmas Cut-Out Cookies.

She was 22 and far from home. How would the holiday spirit ever find her there?

by Michelle Mahnke
, Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota

An artist's rendering of a child's wooden truck, festooned with a red ribbon

A man who loved making wooden toys for kids' charities at Christmas sees his life's work carried on after his passing.

by Christine Goebel
, Salisbury, Maryland

An artist's rendering of a computer with a recycling logo on its monitor screen

A group of techies in New Jersey work together to donate refurbished older computers to families who can use them.

by Glenn Paul
, Trenton, New Jersey

Whatever you're facing, His arms are wrapped around you. Here's one story.

by Michelle Cox

An artist's whimsical rendering of a postcard traveling around the world

A Guideposts staffer discovers the joys of communicating with pen pals via postcard.

by Allison Churchill
, New York, New York

Danny Thomas

In this story from May 1981, the actor and comedian recalls how an answered prayer led him to found Saint Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

by Danny Thomas

Why praying with your pet can be a good thing!

by Peggy Frezon

Two of the young children served by Cactus Nazarene Ministry Center

Inspired by their Christian faith, the people of Cactus Ministry Center minister to the diverse immigrant communities in Cactus, Texas. Read Susan Downs' story!

John Sherrill

A World War II veteran gives hope to today’s returning troops.

by John Sherrill

Marlo and Danny Thomas in the 1960s, with a young St. Jude's patient

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital started with her father's prayer—and a promise kept.

by Marlo Thomas
, New York, New York

A mother and daughter find themselves away from family and in LA–what to do?

by Michelle Medlock Adams

John and Carol on their wedding day

An amateur Santa guides a hospitalized boy to the source of all hope and healing.

by John Forrest
, Orillia, Ontario, Canada

The Sainte-Chapelle was built in the thirteenth century by King Louis IX.

There are some places where heaven meets earth...

by Carol Wallace
, New York, New York

George Barnes and his heaven-sent pooch, Cubby

He never wanted this dog. Now he didn’t know what he would do without him.

by George Barnes
, Verona, New Jersey

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