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Wish You Happy Forever: What China's Orphans Taught Me About Moving Mountains Hardcover – March 11, 2014


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062192000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062192004
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jenny Bowen—founder and CEO of Half the Sky Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing Western-style caretaker training and programming for orphans in China—has a story to tell. A former screenwriter and filmmaker and the adoptive parent of two Chinese daughters, she conceived Half the Sky in 1998 to help orphaned Chinese children, virtually all of them girls, who were left languishing in institutions across China. Her idea was simple: give all these children a caring adult presence so they have a chance to develop cognitively, physically, and emotionally. Despite distracting references to her own childhood and petty remarks, Bowen conveys how vision, persistence, and adaptability can pay off dramatically. In its early years, Half the Sky sent American adoptive families to “rebuild” orphanage infant rooms in a few willing institutions and train staff in developmental caretaking. Within a decade, Half the Sky became a partner nongovernmental organization with the Chinese government, working with 52 sites and affecting many thousands of children. Whether Bowen is responsible for fundamental changes in the Chinese child welfare system or was in the right place at the right time is a conclusion for readers to make. --Carolyn Saper

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“Bowen’s remarkable narrative illustrates how dedication, compassion and love can create enormous change against incredible odds.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Memorable and moving, Bowen’s story is a gift straight from the heart.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Both heartrending and victoriously uplifting, Wish You Happy Forever provides the backdrop on the lives of thousands of orphan girls and their foster grandmothers, teachers, volunteers, donors, and the ever-grateful adoptive parents. This is a must read for lessons on compassion, persistence, and true love.” (Amy Tan, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club)

“Jenny Bowen is a brilliant and amazing person. Her work and writing are great, profound and inspiring.” (Anne Lamott)

“An astonishing and inspiring tribute to the power of human imagination harnessed to passion and purpose.” (Jane Pauley)

“The hopeful smiles of a million waiting children shine from the pages of Jenny Bowen’s writing. This compelling story is a page turning must-read of breaking down barriers as one woman embarks on the monumental quest of building families, forever.” (Nia Vardalos, author of Instant Mom)

“An inspiring story of triumph in the face of struggle, Bowen’s lyrical prose and her remarkable journey transforming Chinese orphanages amidst government bureaucracy, earthquakes, snowstorms, and more, is a testament to the power of perseverance.” (Dr. Larry Brilliant)

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On a rainy day in 1997 when we met our little daughter, Maya, in Guangzhou, I began to learn what it means to a child to live a life without love. Just a year later, I looked out my window and saw our beloved toddler romping in the garden, so full of life and joy, looking for all the world like she'd always been adored. I suddenly understood just how resilient young children can be, and at that moment, I resolved to do whatever I could so that no more children should feel the hurt of being unwanted and alone. That was the day Half the Sky was born. And now, I wake up each morning knowing without doubt I can help make a child's life better today ... and I smile at my good fortune.

A former screenwriter and independent filmmaker, Jenny founded Half the Sky Foundation in 1998 in order to give something back to her adopted daughters' home country and to the many children then languishing behind institutional walls.

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Jenny is amazing: a woman with heart, soul and vision!
Debbie Udycz
This book is a story of love that ending up changing the face of not just the orphanage system in China but the hearts and minds of the Chinese themselves.
Roger Lauricella, WECS Electric Supply
It's a fascinating and inspiring story, and the book reads like a great novel.
Harvey Motulsky

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Roger Lauricella, WECS Electric Supply on March 15, 2014
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My family and I have supported Jenny and the Half the Sky Team since their beginnings in the late 90s. This book is a story of love that ending up changing the face of not just the orphanage system in China but the hearts and minds of the Chinese themselves. As a Caucasian father with a Chinese wife and two adopted children from China; a daughter adopted in 1994 (who is now 21) and yes a son adopted in 1995 (who is now 19) we saw first hand the neglect in the Chinese adoption area years before Jenny and Half the Sky started changing hearts and minds. One day in the late 90s in what I believe was Jenny's first mailing to solicit support and funds her story and dreams showed up in our mail. We had been supporting our local Families with Children from China (FCC) group since our first adoption trip to China in 94 but just sending money to help did not seem enough, Jenny's dreams and her love, nurture and stimulation ideas seemed to be what was needed. We jumped on board as we had seen how love, nurture and stimulation had made a difference in the early lives our Children especially our Special Needs Developmentally Delayed son. My Chinese wife said what Jenny was doing was what was needed but the Chinese officials would not like it and she would get a lot of polite "no's". Thankfully as you read Jenny did not seem to understand the meaning of no and the children are the ones who have reaped the success of that pathway. Sometimes people are drawn by a higher calling to make a difference in this world in spite of stereotype and opposition but as this story shows Love tends to win out if the love is based from the heart and is unconditional.Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Hockenstein on March 13, 2014
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This is a beautifully written, inspiring story written by a former screenwriter turned social enterpreneur. Jenny's story demonstrates how humility, a desire to learn and a drive to help others can accomplish anything. While she believes she isn't an expert, Jenny is a teacher for all of us on how to listen, connect with people from different cultures, keep your head down (when possible), and accomplish the impossible.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mike N on March 11, 2014
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I first met Jenny Bowen five years ago and as she was giving me a little history of Half the Sky Foundation, she asked me to, “…imagine a couple of women from Japan turning up in Washington and telling the office of Health and Human Services that the way America was taking care of its orphans was all wrong.” That’s the journey Jenny and her team has been on in China for the last 14 years. When she began her quest, China was doing almost everything wrong for its orphans. Neither an expert in child welfare or institutional care, Jenny researched everything she could about the horribly debilitating effects of neglect. She met experts, some of whom immediately understood her vision and offered their support. When she traveled to China to see what could be done, in a cosmic turn of karma, Jenny met Zhang Zhirong, the woman who would become her guide, mentor, and partner. Together they took the first steps towards improving the lives of all of China’s orphans forever.

Jenny’s highly readable and engaging memoir is one of those rare opportunities to get an insider’s glimpse of what it takes to change the world. (Hint: you won’t do it alone and you have to be willing to give yourself to your cause unconditionally.) This book takes us from the moment of Jenny’s inspiration, through the formation of Half the Sky Foundation, an organization that has touched the lives of over 100,000 children, and up to the present day. Half the Sky’s work in China is far from finished and it won’t be done until all orphaned children know the love of family.
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Our daughter was a direct recipient of care provided by Half the Sky's program. Whenever I look at the photos of her with her Nanny, I smile.
This woman, seen only in profile, as she made direct eye contact with our baby girl, was such a blessing.

I have followed Half the Sky since we adopted in 2006, and have donated to the foundation whenever we can. I urge anyone who has been touched by adoption and Half the Sky to consider doing the same.

This book is enlightening in so many ways, and a great behind the scenes look at the persistance, diplomacy and strength it takes to achieve a miracle such as Half the Sky. I recommend it to anyone who needs an example of the power of 'one'!

To quote Shakespeare, "I can no other answer make but thanks,
And thanks, and ever thanks" to Jenny Bowen. <3
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harvey Motulsky on March 12, 2014
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I am a supporter of Half the Sky and have met Jenny once, so of course I got the book the day it came out. I loved it.

If you care about Half the Sky and the care of orphans in China, then you'll definitely want to read this book as it vividly portrays how orphan care has improved over the last 15 years largely due to Half the Sky. Even you never heard of Half the Sky and have no particular interest in China, you may still love this book. It is well written and gripping as it vividly portrays how a dedicated person with a vision (and lots of help) had a huge impact. It's a fascinating and inspiring story, and the book reads like a great novel.

In case you have heard of Nicholas Kristof's Half the Sky organization, there is no connection. This book is about the other (the first) half of the sky!
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