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True Inspirational Stories

Recent True Inspirational Stories

Donna Engeman's now an administrator with the Army’s Survivor Outreach Services.

It’s the moment every military family dreads. But as Donna Engeman discovered, it can also be the moment when hope begins.

by Donna Engeman
, San Antonio, Texas

Laura at the Johnny Rockets where she manned the grill the night of the storm.

Down South, they’re not used to snowstorms, let alone driving in them. But getting stranded worked out for the best for one young woman.

by Laura Willoughby
, Vestavia Hills, Alabama

Pearl Huber

One Christmas her children wanted to know how they could help the homeless. Twenty years later they’re still helping.

by Pearl Huber
, Encino, California

During her son’s battle with drugs, Sharron read Jeremiah 30 and 31 every day.

It wasn’t until she gave up something herself that she began to understand her son’s long struggle with addiction.

by Sharron K. Cosby
, Riverview, Florida

An artist's rendering of a Christmas tree decorated with angel ornaments

A young woman, gone far astray, wonders if her family would ever take her back.

by Larry Fitzgerald
, Abilene, Texas

Rick Jackson

A boy alone at Christmas receives a gift that would change his life.

by Rick Jackson
, Atlanta, Georgia

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

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

Super hero figurines bow before the Christ child.

Did her grandsons really understand the meaning of the Nativity?

by Mary Lou Schulz Kaelberer
, Denver, Colorado

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

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