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True Inspirational Stories

Recent True Inspirational Stories

Mrs. Laird (center) and some of her former fourth-grade students reunite.

“Imagine how you would feel, alone in a country where you don’t have family or friends,” she said to her class.

by Johnna Laird
, Fremont, California

Bill Courtney sits in the empty stands at his football team's practice field.

This football coach turned a team of disadvantaged teens into winners. But inside he was still the boy who yearned to see his father cheering in the stands.

by Bill Courtney
, Memphis, Tennessee

Carolyn, Gordon and daughters MacKenzie and Sydney at the Grand Canyon

It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. Only now, with advanced breast cancer, she wasn’t sure how long that lifetime would be.

by Carolyn Choate-Turnbull
, Nashua, New Hampshire

Kregg Grippo with some of his crew of volunteers

Sneak Peek: An inspiring story of good will excerpted from The Joys of Christmas 2014.

by Kregg Grippo
, Scotia, New York

Art returning from Desert Storm in 1991. His service began in Vietnam in 1966.

An Army chaplain nearing the end of his career hopes and prays for just a bit of pomp and pageantry to see him off into retirement.

by Chaplain (Colonel) Arthur R. Mack, U.S. Army (Ret .)
, Hendersonville, North Carolina

Jeff Parness and New York Says Thank You

After September 11, a father and son take action and create an organization that gives back to communities ravaged by disaster.

by Jeff Parness
, New York, New York

A beach at sunset

Walking down the beach that day, he was so wrapped up in his own problems he almost didn’t hear the girls screaming.

by Edson Bourn
, Jacksonville, Florida

Diana's Uncle Jack

Click your way through the images to read a story of a man's courage and honesty repaid many times over.


Actual photo of author's friend, Kevin.

Even with my doubts, I knew my best friend would always be with me…

by John DeFiora
, Asbury Park, New Jersey

photo of the actual letter from the mysterious ways story

My husband was in the hospital, our bills were piling up… how would I ever make it?

by Bobbie Bostick
, Lawrence, Kansas

Scott Stephens poses with the board that is missing a shark-shaped chunk.

He thought it was a harbor seal. He was wrong. It was a shark. And it attacked. Now he had just minutes to live

by Scott Stephens
, Manila, California

Close-up of the want ads with a job circled.

I finally landed the job I’d been waiting for. But would it last?

by Sheri Fletcher
, Enid, Oklahoma

Della Reese

In this story from June 1981, the Touched by an Angel star shares how her faith guided her through a serious health crisis.

by Della Reese


Heavy traffic on a busy highway.

How could she abandon her car in the middle lane of a busy highway?

by Heidi Daniels
, Las Vegas, Nevada

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