Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Book Review & Giveaway ~ Jantsen's Gift

Thanks to Hatchette Book Group & Mama Buzz, I was given the opportunity to read a wonderful story ~ Jantsen's Gift by Pam Cope with Aimee Molloy.

Jantsen's Gift is a true story about Pam Cope.  Pam owned a cozy hair salon in the tiny town of Neosho, Missouri, and her life revolved around her son's baseball games, her daughter's dance lessons, and family trips to places like Disney World. She had never been out of the country, nor had she any desire to travel far from home.

Then, on June 16th, 1999, her life changed forever with the death of her 15-year-old son from an undiagnosed heart ailment.

Needing to get as far away as possible from everything that reminded her of her loss, she accepted a friend's invitation to travel to Vietnam, and, from the moment she stepped off the plane, everything she had been feeling since her son's death began to shift. By the time she returned home, she had a new mission: to use her pain to change the world, one small step at a time, one child at a time. Today, she is the mother of two children adopted from Vietnam. More than that, she and her husband have created a foundation called "Touch A Life," dedicated to helping desperate children in countries as far-flung as Vietnam, Cambodia and Ghana.

Pam Cope's story is on one level a moving, personal account of loss and recovery, but on a deeper level, it offers inspiration to anyone who has ever suffered great personal tragedy or those of us who dream about making a difference in the world.

Wow, what a book.   Jantsen's Gift is not only tear jerker, but an incredibly moving book.  Being a mom, I really related with Pam Cope in her life prior to her tragedy.  As you read Pam's story, you won't only feel the sadness of loss, but inspiration!

Not only will you cry throughout this book, but you will laugh as well.  I think that is what makes the book even better.  Plus you will look at your life differently.  Such a great read, truly inspiring.

If you do book clubs, this would be a great pick.  Hatchette even provides a reading group guide to assist in your group.




Hatchette did send me a courtesy copy to review and another to giveaway to one of my readers!  To enter, comment with why you want to read or why you want to win a copy to give to someone else.

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10 comments:

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I love reading and especially enjoy books that are inspiring.

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Elana Kahn said...

This sounds like such a fascinating book. I love reading, and this should definitely be on my shelf.

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Anonymous said...

what an inspirational story...please add my name to the giveaway list...thanks.

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Alison (a girl in her element) said...

It sounds like an inspirational book that reminds us of what's truly important in life.

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