Holley author featured in another Chicken Soup book

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 January 2019 at 8:42 am

The series Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven and Other Miracles includes a story from a Holley resident.

HOLLEY – David Hull of Holley is featured again in the latest book in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Hull, a retired preschool teacher, has stories in about 20 of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. The Chicken Soup for the Soul series started about 25 years ago and now includes more than 250 titles. It has sold more than 100 million copies.

The latest book in the series, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven and Other Miracles, includes a story – “Angels in the Attic” – by Hull. He writes about moving into an old farmhouse in upstate New York and having a former resident of the house, Vicki, stop by. She said she grew up in the house with her siblings. She reminisced to Hull about birthday parties, backyard campouts and chasing fireflies near the gully.

Hull welcomed Vicki to stop by the house anytime. She would soon die from a brain tumor.

Following her death, it seemed a guardian angel was in the house, including during a powerful storm when Hull heard a voice warning him of a storm. He was watching the storm from his bedroom and moved to the basement. Then a pine tree fell, crashing into his bedroom.

File photo: David Hull, a retired preschool teacher, is has a story in the new Chicken Soup for the Soul book.

“If I had been standing there by the window when it happened, I’m sure I would have been crushed along with my dresser and nightstand,” Hull writes.

Each of the Chicken Soup books includes 101 stories that tend to be three to four pages for each article.

Hull, 59, checked the Chicken Soup website about seven years ago, and sent in a story. It was accepted. Although he has now been included in about 20 of the books, Hull said some of his stories didn’t make the final cut.

Hull studied English in college and earned a degree in education. He worked 28 years as a teacher at the Brockport Child Development Center at Brockport State College. He retired four years ago.

In Messages from Heaven and Other Miracles, many of the writers have lost parents, friends, siblings, even children. The writers share stories about how they have been comforted by messages and signs from their loved ones.

“Messages from heaven and miracles come to us in a variety of surprising and comforting ways,” according to the publisher’s description of the book. “They come to us in dreams or in signs, from people we know and love, and from perfect strangers. And sometimes we’re even visited by an angel. However we receive these messages, or experience these miracles, we are reminded that love never dies.”

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