Books that make you want to do something: A giveaway

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I love a good story.  Especially one that moves me.  Often I read stories that move me to tears.  Every once in a while I read one that moves me to act.


In honor of Sorette and our passing court tomorrow (call it faith?), I thought I would share a few books that have impacted me so much so that we will bring home our fourth baby a somewhat atypical way.


I read There is No Me Without You by Melissa Fay Green and knew I could not ignore Ethiopia's defenseless.  I wanted to bring a dozen babies home before I finished the last page.  Read it.  I dare you not to be moved.


Not too long after we began our adoption process, I was sent a copy of Red Letters by Tom Davis.  He is the president/CEO of Children's HopeChest, a children's advocacy organization that helps churches and corporations around the U.S. adopt an orphanage and make a real difference in the lives of orphans.  This great book describes the reality of life for much of the world's orphans.  


A few years later, I heard Tom Davis had written a novel, and not just one.  But his first novel in particular was recommended by a friend.  Scared is the story of an orphan girl in AIDS-devastated Swaziland and a photojournalist who cannot do nothing.  It is a hard sad story, but one with hope and redemption.



And now, Tom Davis has continued the story of the photojournalist, Stuart Daniels, on another mission in a new novel, Priceless set in Russia.  It's gripping from the first page, all the while so eye opening and thought provoking.  Possibly, God-willing, even life-changing.  My heart has definitely softened to the many orphaned girls in Russia because of this story.  


So, now for the giveaway!  Tom Davis has offered a signed copy of Priceless to one commenter on Pajama Mama.  A winner will be chosen on Sunday, June 27th.


Thanks for reading Pajama Mama and caring about the story of our girl!
***************GIVEAWAY CLOSED-Congrats, Shannon!*****************************
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12 Creative People Had This To Say:

Candace said...

Oh my goodness! Scared had me awake all night finishing it, crying the whole while of course. I'd love to read his new novel!! Thanks for the chance. :)

Rachael said...

Our lives run parallel in so many ways! Everything is crossed for you and Sorette tomorrow. I've been lurking on snapfish and admiring her new pics... Would love to read the Tom Davis books...

Traci Michele said...

Would love to win! Did you mean June 27th?

Braley Mama said...

I want to adopt, and have been thinking about going thru foster to adopt. What are the laws like in TX for adoption?
Is Sorette your daughter's name? My babies name is Riette:O)
This book sounds awesome!!!!

Ana Degenaar said...

wow, this is an amazing giveaway! thanks for the chance :)

Shannon- said...

A new novel? How did I miss this? Please count me in. Thanks.

ps- I'm not sure how I found your blog, but I'm sooo glad I did!!

Kendra said...

WOW! I love a good read AND my husband and I have been contemplating adoption so, I would be thrilled to win this book. :)

care said...

Good timing for me as I was just now catching up on your blog. Will be thinking of you all tomorrow and hope my kids new little second cousin can come home soon!

care said...

Good timing for me as I was just now catching up on your blog. Will be thinking of you all tomorrow and hope my kids new little second cousin can come home soon!

Sarah E. said...

I have some friends that are adopting from Russia. I wonder if this would be a good read for them? If I win, I'll let them have it. :)

Mallory said...

This looks like a book I would enjoy reading. Actually, I would really like to read all the books you mentioned. I'm a sucker for a good book.

Brandi said...

Thanks for your support and review!

If you need any help getting connected with HopeChest or Tom let me know! We will have a trip to Russia to work with girls who graduate out of orphanages this fall! Let me know if you or any of your readers are interested!

Otherwise, feel free to check out www.sheispriceless.com for more info on how to get directly involved in the lives of those who have been trafficked.

Brrandi