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True Inspirational Stories

Recent True Inspirational Stories

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

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

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