Lewistown writer shares another life lesson in new book
LEWISTOWN –The story may only be four pages long, but in it, Larry Schardt tells a personal tale of past love that changed his life forever.
His story, “Sweet Summer Savior,” is contained in the new “Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Best Advice I Ever Heard,” published earlier this month.
It’s the third story Schardt has had published in the popular series. It was selected as one of 101 stories in the book, for which there were 6,000 stories submitted.
Schardt, of Lewistown, is well-known in the Juniata Valley — if only by his nickname, “Rock and Roll.” From western Pennsylvania, Schardt got to know Mifflin County, and Mifflin County got to know him, while working locally, most recently as the director of Community Partnerships RC&D.
He’s now an author, a speaker and instructor at Penn State, and is often seen at community events greeting everyone with a smile with two fingers in the air forming the peace symbol, and calling out his mantra, “rock ‘n’ roll!”
The new book’s “Meet Our Contributors” section has this to say about Schardt: “He encourages people to live with passion, lead with heart, and explore the world with a sense of gratitude and wonder.”
Those characteristics are just what led Schardt to submit his stories to the Chicken Soup publishers.
“Life is blessed with tremendous lessons and stories, which help us learn and grow,” Schardt said. “‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ books are wonderful opportunities to share life’s lessons in an uplifting and positive way. No matter what our age, there are always lessons to be learned.”
Lessons learned by Schardt provide the basis for his stories.
“I do my best to share some of the stumbling blocks and challenges that others helped me overcome. I submit stories in ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ in hopes they can provide hope and brighten the world in some way,” he said.
For example, in the newly-published book, Schardt said he shares “a story about some stinging advice that altered my life and changed my attitude … replacing a bad habit with a positive one.”
Schardt’s previously-published stories also contain life-changing moments.
In “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness,” he said, “I share a story about my first job as a supervisor (which brought me to Mifflin County) and the life changing advice from a boss who was a true leader in all of life.”
Another of Schardt’s stories is published in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude.” In it, “I share another life changing story about the power of showing gratitude by paying it forward.”
All of the stories in the newest book feature simple advice that helped each writer in some way — strengthening a marriage, achieving success at work or at school, improving their physical and mental well-being. The book’s stories contain advice for attaining health, happiness, pursuing dreams and passions, as well as how to turn “failure” into “fabulous.”
“As we put together this collection, we found ourselves implementing the advice that we were sharing with our readers,” said Amy Newmark, author, editor-in-chief and publisher of Chicken Soup for the Soul. “We’re excited about the book’s potential to quickly and simply create positive change for our readers, as it has already done for us.”