Friday, April 17, 2009
Jantsen's Gift: A review and giveaway
When tragedy strikes your life, you have two choices. You can curl up in a ball and wallow in your own misery, or you can reach out to others and heal your pain by giving of yourself. Pam Cope, the author of Jantsen's Gift, did both. Her son dropped dead suddenly one day due to an unknown heart ailment. She was devestated and became clinically depressed. She was unable to function as a mother to her daughter or a wife to her husband. She quit her job. All she did was sleep.
About five months after her son died, while trying to find something to do with the money people gave as a memorial to him, she travelled to Viet Nam with some friends. She came back ready to adopt an orphan and start a charity to aid other orphans. Next she became concerned about traffiked children--those sold into sexual or other slavery. She ends up adopting two children from Southeast Asia and facilitating the adoption of others. Next, she turns her interest to Ghana where children are traffiked to work in fishing boats on Lake Volta.
Check out her website to learn more about Touch A Life.
I really enjoyed this book. Pam Copes story touched my heart. The nice folks at Hatchette are allowing me to give away five copies of Jantsen's Gift. Here are the rules:
1. You must have a US or Canadian street address, no PO boxes.
2. Leave a comment saying you want to win for one entry.
3. Leave a comment naming one book I read in 2008 that you would like to read and why, for another entry. Leave the comment here, not by the post on that book.
4. Leave a comment naming one book I read in 2008 that you do NOT want to read, and tell me why. Leave the comment here.
5. Blog about this contest for another entry.
6. Have friends leave comments mentioning your name (unlimited possible entries and I'll give your friends entries too)
7. Contest ends May 5.
8. Be sure to leave an email address.