Real Life Stories

You’ve got to read it to believe it! These true stories seem almost too good to be true, but we promise that we couldn’t make these up. From love to loss and from survival to unbelieavable coincidences—we’ve got the wildest stories to keep you informed, entertained, and inspired.

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When a Scuba Diver Didn’t Return to the Surface for Hours, This Diving Expert Refused to Give ...

It seemed impossible that anyone could be left alive. But an inner voice kept telling Nico that there was hope.

A Bear Followed Me on a Camping Trip—And We Developed a Real Friendship

The author had heard about wild animals 
that bonded with humans. But this 
seven-foot Goliath had claws that could shred...


This Pilot Took Off Just Fine, But When He Tried to Use the Control Stick, It Wouldn’t Budge

The pilot faced a desperate choice: stay with his crippled jet and die-or get out and turn loose a flying...


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His Parachute Got Stuck on the Plane’s Wheel and He Was Suspended in Midair with Little Chance...

Almost 80 years after it unfolded in the sky over San Diego, a nearly impossible rescue mission remains one of...


Former Alcatraz Inmate Reveals What the Prison Was Really Like

This is the real story of a prisoner at the infamous Alcatraz prison, incarcerated at the same time as Al...

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Meet the Quadriplegic Who Defied All Odds to Become a Pilot

When an accident rendered him nearly immobile, one man learned the meaning of true grit. 



This Fisherman Was Attacked By a Shark and Lived to Tell the Tale

Cue the "Jaws" theme. This article, which appeared in the August 1965 edition of Reader's Digest, is a firsthand account...

One Father’s Battle Between Working and Giving Attention to His Daughter

In this award-winning story, originally published in Reader's Digest in 1969, a father learns to embrace the chaos of his...


The Greatest Gift This Dad Ever Gave His Daughter Will Definitely Make You Cry

One woman's father's fondest expressions of love flowed not from his words, but from his hands.


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This Powerful Story Will Convince You to Stop Saying “Let Me Know If You Need Anything”

What does someone who has suffered a sudden trauma and grief most need?


Christmas Stories: The Gold and Ivory Tablecloth

A pastor’s impulsive purchase leads to an incredible reunion. Coincidence—or divine guidance? You be the judge in this story of...