5 Minutes for Books: Extraordinary Teens

In addition to the great giveaway event going on here at 5 Minutes for Mom, check out all the great contests in the 5 Minutes for Books Back to School Giveaway going on through August 31.

When you need a little inspiration in the form of a “I did it, and you can, too!” message, the Chicken Soup for Soul book series never disappoints. For people who crave emotional, faithful and gracious personal stories of perseverance, there is a wide variety of titles to choose from, but I have to say that the latest helping, Extraordinary Teens, is unique in its focus on people who went above and beyond the experiences of the typical teenager.

A lot can be said about the complexities of the teenage years (and with my oldest child just turning nine, I cannot speak from personal parental experience… yet), but it’s probably safe to say that it’s a life stage often filled with self-doubt and emotional ‘growing pains.’ The stories within this collection highlight individuals who overcame vast challenges, made daring choices, and took risks all in the name of seeking their full potential.

With a fair share of celebrity names on the roster of stories, this book is geared toward teenagers looking for inspiration and advice on forging their own unique paths.

Is there a teenager in your life who might enjoy sampling some of these amazing and motivating accounts? A copy of Extraordinary Teens is waiting for three lucky winners! Please leave a comment to enter. We’ll announce the winner in next week’s column.

The winner of How Sweet it Is is #1 Hailey (yes, #1 does win sometimes!).

With the birthday celebrations already a week past, Dawn is still in shock that her baby is four years away from teenager-status. She can be found working through her emotions at her blog, my thoughts exactly.


  1. Shawntele says

    I enjoy the Chicken Soup books, I am sure my almost 15 year old son would as well if given the chance. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. says

    We used to read these books every night for story time. Our 3 little ones would take a turn picking the story to read. They loved them and so did I.
    Fast forward to now, 3 teenagers 19 / 16 / 14.
    Story time could be revived with this cool gift.
    Please pick us…………….

  3. says

    As a high school teacher, I would love a copy of this for my classroom. I’m trying to build a library of books for students to read when they finish work early or during our advisary period. This would be perfect!

  4. Julie H says

    Never thought I’d actually have two teens, but it seems time has marched along and I do! I think this looks like a great book to share with them.

  5. Val Pearson says

    I have three teenage girls who all love the Chicken soup books. I would love to win this one! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  6. Benita G . says

    I teach in a bilingual middle/high school. I’d love to read to the class and include a copy in the classroom library. Please enter me in the draw, and my fingers are crossed.



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