LAS VEGASChicken Soup for the Soul, the world’s favorite and most recognized storyteller, has added several Las Vegans to its cherished history. Publisher, editor-in-chief and author Amy Newmark has collaborated with Las Vegas resident, Loren Slocum Lahav, to co-author the newest book in the publisher’s collection, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive,” now available for pre-order on Amazon and in stores May 5.

Slocum Lahav – an international personal development speaker, seminar leader, coach and author – worked closely with Newmark to curate 101 empowering stories that will motivate readers to create balance and give more meaning to their lives. The book also features touching pieces from other Las Vegas locals including Jaki Baskow, Founder of Baskow & Associates; and Sam Georges, the former CEO/President of Tony Robbins’ organization.

“I am thrilled to represent Las Vegas in such a motivating and transformational book,” said Slocum Lahav. “We have collaborated with some amazing individuals who have conquered their fears, embraced adventure and found the path to a more fulfilling lifestyle.”

Bringing the heart of the city into the pages of the book, the following Las Vegas locals shared their souls in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive:”

·         Loren Slocum Lahav; Personal Development Speaker

Along with penning the book, Slocum Lahav also contributed a story to “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive.” In her piece “The Strength of No,” Slocum Lahav dives into a difficult time in her life when she learned that saying no to extra responsibilities can be just as powerful as agreeing to everything life presents.

·         Jaki Baskow; Founder of Baskow & Associates

Named “Queen of Las Vegas” by Discovery Channel, Jaki Baskow’s story, “The Future Belongs to Those Who Believe,” details how she overcame several hardships, including the death of her father, a failed acting career and an unhappy marriage.

·         Linda M. Johnson; Hospital Executive & Business Owner

Linda Johnson’s nephew, Cole, had battled a life-threatening heart disease since he was 15 months old. “An Open Heart” recalls when Johnson overcame stress and anxiety to find a unique way to raise awareness for his condition.

·         Marcia Castro-Rosenburg; Nurse, Teacher and Strategic Intervention Coach

A life-altering experience led Marcia Castro-Rosenburg to reexamine her life, as documented in her piece, “A Life by Design.” She had lost all hope after dealing with bankruptcy and depression, until she saw the terrified look in her son’s eyes after stress-induced idiopathic anaphylactic shock almost killed her.

·         Andrea Hadhazy; Voiceover Actress and Singer

In her story, “Dream Life through Freedom,” Andrea Hadhazy outlines the struggles of breaking through the grief from her mother’s passing by figuring out her true passions and pursuing new life ambitions.  

·         Sam Georges; Former CEO/President and General Counsel of the Anthony Robbins Organization

The former entrepreneur considers himself a private person, but pours his heart out in his story, “A Future to Step Into.” Sam Georges recounts the tragic passing of his wife and how he used his grief as an opportunity to rebuild his life.


Thriving comes in many forms, and “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive” covers everything from minor adjustments to complete overhauls. Whether a life needs a little tweak or a major change, these stories will show readers how to thrive. This is the perfect book for anyone who wants to bust out of the same old routine and take life in a new direction. It will give readers the confidence to take the first step toward a happier, more meaningful, purposeful life. There are a million ways to thrive, and the trick is discovering which is right for an individual. This book offers readers practical tips and thoughtful advice on how to do just that.

Newmark said, “This is the time to take charge of your life, pursue your passion, do something you are enthusiastic about and feel alive. ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive’ is an excellent tool to jumpstart this invigorating journey.”

Part of the proceeds from the sale of “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive” will be donated to the company’s community partner, Humpty Dumpty Institute. Humpty Dumpty Institute’s program initiatives work to overcome humanitarian and development challenges that affect many people throughout the world. Past programs have succeeded in providing food to the hungry, delivering healthcare to the impoverished, providing literacy and education for women and girls and more. Chicken Soup for the Soul has become a key contributor to these ongoing efforts by donating millions of dollars throughout their years of involvement.

Chicken Soup for the Soul fans are invited to a special book launch event on Thursday, May 7 at Vasari at Tivoli Village. Slocum Lahav and the other Las Vegas contributors will be on-hand to meet guests and sign copies of “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive.” Part of the proceeds from sales that evening will go to local non-profits Create a Change Now, an organization dedicated to changing the way families eat by educating and empowering children to make healthier food choices; and well as Elevate Las Vegas’ SPIN program, “Supporting People in Need.” The event is free to the public and will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 410 South Rampart Blvd. Suite 150. 

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About Chicken Soup for the Soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul, the world’s favorite and most recognized storyteller, publishes the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. With over 100 million books sold to date in the U.S. and Canada alone, more than 250 titles, and translations into more than 40 languages, “chicken soup for the soul” is one of the world’s best-known phrases and is regularly referenced in pop culture. Today, 22 years after it first began sharing happiness, inspiration and wellness through its books, this socially conscious company continues to publish new titles, but has also evolved beyond the bookstore with super premium pet food, a line of high quality food to bring people together for healthy meals, and a variety of licensed products and digital offerings, all inspired by stories. Chicken Soup for the Soul has recently expanded into visual storytelling through movies and television. Chicken Soup for the Soul is “changing the world one story at a time®.”



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