Original Books | Chicken Soup Contributions

Patricia Lorenz is now the author of fourteen books and a top contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul, being published in sixty of the books so far.

Stuff That Matters for Single Parents Stuff That Matters for Single Parents dispenses a liberal dose of hope and humor for “solo” parents. From money matters to time crunches, from loneliness to navigating the dating scene, Lorenz addresses a myriad of issues that can baffle even the most even-keeled. Having singlehandedly raised four kids, Patricia knows all about life’s little ups and downs. But she assures us, for those who keep a sense of humor, the experience is never boring. This book will encourage you to enjoy life and get the support you need from other adults, from your kids and from God.

“I’m no different than anybody else trying to raise kids in today’s world. But we single parents get to take all the blame for all the mistakes that were made along the way. Then again, we also get to puff out with pride and joy when our kids turn out OK and we see them raising their children the same way we raised them. Motherhood has been my greatest joy, my most challenging role, and my most cherished accomplishment.” - Patricia Lorenz

“This book is a veritable ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul for Parents.’ I was touched, moved, inspired, and educated by all of these stories.” - Jack Canfield, co-author of New York Times bestselling “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books.

Price: $13.00 - Book Size: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.0 inches, 238 pages - ISBN: 0-8928-3955-4

A Hug A Day For Single Parents A Hug A Day For Single Parents offers 365 inspirational readings that will encourage you — no matter how old your children are, or how long you’ve been single. Each meditation includes a related Bible reading and prayer. This book tackles the real challenges solo parents face with wisdom and warmth.

“Patricia Lorenz champions single parents everywhere with warmth and sincerity, adding a thread of silvery hope to each challenge ahead. All 365 readings are a ’spoon full of sugar’ that will put a smile on the sourest expression.” - Jack Canfield, co-author of New York Times bestselling “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books.

“Day by day, these devotions are like a life-affirming hug from a close friend. Patricia Lorenz’s warmth, humor and generosity shine through on every page; a visit with her enriches as it entertains.” - Mary Ann O’Roark, former executive editor of Guideposts Magazine, now writer and roving reporter for Guideposts.

Price: $13.00 - Book Size: 1.0 x 5.2 x 8.0 inches, 400 pages - ISBN: 0-8928-3993-7

Life’s Too Short to Fold Your Underwear

Patricia Lorenz, a longtime contributor to Guideposts magazine and the devotional book Daily Guideposts, is one of the most prolific writers for “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” and in Life’s Too Short to Fold Your Underwear she entertains you with her own and other people’s tales about how to prioritize the truly important things in life.

Patricia doesn’t fold her underwear. One woman doesn’t sort her silverware, but tosses all of the knives, forks and spoons together. Another friend doesn’t match her socks, set her hair or play around with make-up. A forty-something-year-old man says life’s too short to dedicate himself to corporate America, so he started his own business.

A gifted storyteller, Patricia Lorenz shares funny anecdotes about her own family: wayward pets, early-morning paper routes, mail-order gifts and more. She shares her secret for turning negatives into positives and provides real-life examples about becoming happier and more fulfilled. Her new book is sure to grab each reader’s funny bone and shake her out of the rut of wrong priorities, self-pity and perfectionism! Combining common sense with good humor and a generous heart, Patricia Lorenz will inspire readers to a life that bubbles with creative solutions and contagious joy.

Price: $13.00 - Book Size: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches, 288 pages - ISBN: 978-0824947194

Grab the Extinguisher, My Birthday Cake’s On Fire In Grab the Extinguisher, My Birthday Cake’s on Fire!, Patricia delights us with smaller slices of life. When her children are grousing and pouting around the dinner table, Patricia pulls out a handful of kazoos, plays one and marches around. Soon the rest of the family adds to the cacophony and laughter follows.

Let this witty and wise treasure trove of stories calm you, inspire you to make some changes in your life and give you a sense of what living joyfully is all about. Patricia will make you laugh, cry and give you wings to become a person who truly knows what’s important in life.

This exclusive two-book collection of original true short stories will tickle your funny bone and tug your heartstrings.

Price: $13.00 - Book Size: 8.8 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches, 272 pages - ISBN: 978-0786274260

Chicken Soup for the Chocolate Lovers Soul

If you can't live without a daily bite of chocolate, have visions of chocolate truffles dancing in your head, you will savor the decadence of this collection of stories. Chicken Soup for the Chocolate Lover's Soul celebrates the chocoholic's undeniable passion for indulgence in all things chocolate--whether white, milk, or dark; frozen, powdered, pudding, or pie; melted or whipped. Meet fellow fanatics who have gone the extra mile all in the name of chocolate, revel in stories of romance and friendship that have been sweetened by chocolate and read how the sweet smell of anything cocoa has impacted and enhanced the lives of so many.

Throughout this entertaining collection of stories, you will also find delicious morsels of interesting trivia, informative history, and humorous anecdotes. So sit back with this book (and your favorite chocolate treat, of course!) and let the decadence of Chicken Soup for the Chocolate Lover's Soul add even more richness and sweetness into your life.

Price: $13.00

Chicken Soup for the Tea Lovers Soul

Is enjoying a cup of tea the favorite part of your day? Is the brewing of a 'cuppa' a ritual that centers and calms you? Then let Chicken Soup for the Tea Lover's Soul help you reconnect with yourself in the silent intimacy and introspection experienced while sipping tea.

Chicken Soup for the Tea Lover's Soul is the perfect accompaniment to that English Breakfast, delightful Darjeeling , French Vanilla, spicy Chai, or comforting Chamomile. Learn about tea's ancient history and discover the many choices of tea available from the most exclusive to the tried-and-true favorites. Included are tips on buying, storing, and preparing tea, and even a few ideas on how to host a tea party.

Nothing soothes the soul like a cup of tea and a good book, so curl up and wash away the tensions and troubles of the day.

Price: $13.00

Chicken Soup for the Dieters Soul

Chicken Soup for the Dieter’s Soul Daily Inspirations is a source of inspiration, motivation, support, humor and success. Each day of the year features a message for the reader that focuses their effort and helps them succeed. An area for personal journaling is presented on each page, an important tool for weight loss and healthy weight maintenance. This book was written entirely by Patricia Lorenz!

Price: $13.00

Great American Outhouse Stories: The Hole Truth and Nothing Butt

Great American Outhouse Stories: The Hole Truth and Nothing Butt is a collection of stories from people ages 13-94 from seventeen states across America from New York to California, Texas to Wisconsin. This book combines the rich history that the American outhouse has woven among generations of families with the wit, wisdom and inspiration of those who used the outdoor privies in days gone by. This is an easy-going, easy-to-read, pick-it-up-anytime kind of book that produces chuckles, ignites memories, delights oldsters and educates youngsters.

Price: $13.00 - Book Size: 5.5 x 8.5, 262 pages - ISBN: 0-7414-1882-7

True Pilot Stories

True Pilot Stories is a collection of stories by veteran writer Patricia Lorenz and over 50 commercial, cargo, military, private, experimental helicopter, hot-air balloon and blimp pilots from all over the country. Male, female, young, old, these true stories will give you a whole new feel and understanding of the world of aviation. From hilarious stories and pranks they pull on each other and their crews to white-knuckle, hair-raising adventure stories, air travel will suddenly take on a whole new meaning. Fasten your seat belt. You’re in for the ride of your life.

Price: $13.00 - Book Size: 5.5 x 8.5, 262 pages - ISBN: 0-7414-2795-8


Looking for happiness? Try counting to five and then look again! The Five Things We Need to Be Happy can help.

What do you think will make you happy? A higher-paying job? A longer vacation? A Caribbean cruise? Better health? A slimmer, trimmer you?

“Think again,” says Patricia Lorenz. As a single mother of four children, struggling to make ends meet, Lorenz discovered that happiness was all around her, just waiting to be enjoyed: sharing laughs and potato chips, or turning a stay-at-home-subzero day into a surprise formal tea party or a bike ride into a prayer service on the go. Lorenz knows the things that make her happy, and she’ll share how they can make you happy, too. This how-to of happiness will show you how love, laughter, a passion for what you do, a can-do spirit and a heart full of faith can put you on the road to living your dreams. And money has nothing to do with it!

Price: $13.00 - Book Size: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches, 240 pages - ISBN: 978-0824947668

Daily Devotions for Writers

Daily Devotions for Writers is the friend every writer needs: warm, real-life stories, prayers, and inspirational quotes to keep you writing every day of the year!

Daily Devotions for Writers provides 366 true stories about the highs, lows, struggles, and joys of writing. This daily pick-me-up is a must-have for those who write professionally, for themselves, or for their families. The page-a-day readings include a short prayer and an inspirational quote. Daily Devotions for Writers takes you by the hand every day and shares real-life experiences to keep you writing. This friendly guide makes a perfect gift for yourself—or any writer in your life!

Price: $13.00 - Book Size: 5.5 x 8.5, 397 pages - ISBN: 0-7414-4594-8

Positive Quotes For Every Day

Positive Quotes for Every Day is a 384-page inspirational collection of memorable quotations from some of the world's most thoughtful, creative people. The book contains an inspirational quote for each day of the year, followed by a reflection and a suggestion or action step, written by Patricia Lorenz, to help readers apply the quote to their daily lives. Positive Quotes for Every Day addresses many circumstances and emotions, from dealing with grief to handling disappointment to finding joy in little things.

Price: $13.00 - Book Size: 8.1 x 5.3 x 2 inches, 384 pages - ISBN: 978-1450802925

Serial Killers Soul

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be the confidante of a serial killer? Herman Martin had the odd fate of living next to Jeffrey Dahmer in prison. Dahmer killed 17 people but, when he moved in next to Martin, he became a neighbor, not a killer.

Step inside the mind and the soul of a man the world called a monster; a killer so famous he received more mail than any other inmate in history. Those letter writers were seeking what Herman became privy to. They wanted to know anything they could about how the killer machine was built. They wanted to know if he was remorseful and whether he had tried to stop. They wanted to know his worries as a human being. Herman Martin became confidante to all these answers as he crawled to the edge of an open vent that connected their cells. Patricia Lorenz is the spiritual writer who helped him make sense of it all and, 15 years later, reveal the answers in Serial Killer's Soul.

Price: $13.00 - Book Size: 6.4 x 9.1 x 0.2, 248 pages - ISBN: 978-0982720615

57 Steps

Looking for love in your 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's and yes, even your 80's or 90's? 57 STEPS TO PARADISE will help you navigate dating in midlife and beyond. Lorenz unzips her soul and exposes her foibles during 50 years of men weaving their way in and out of her life, providing a heap of wit and wisdom to help you make life-changing decisions about love and perhaps, a life partner.

Price: $13.00 - Book Size: 5 x 8 x 0.4, 183 pages - ISBN: 978-1942891185