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Only One Mommy: A Woman's Battle for Her Life, Her Daughter, and Her Freedom: The Lisa Miller Story Paperback – June 21, 2011

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  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: New Revolution Publishers (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937102017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937102012
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The way some people are arguing here about this book, you'd think children are commodities, that they are property. They belong to whomever takes care of them the most. You can get title to land or a house through adverse possession. You live there for so many years, without the real owner disturbing you, and you can go to court and get the title. You cannot ethically get children by adverse possession.

This book starts with the history of Lisa Miller, and her fight to keep custody of her own biological daughter. I give the book a slightly lower rating because the information is somewhat scanty, and for another reason I'll explain. Lisa was involved in a lesbian relationship. Her growing up years, with all the trauma and dysfunction she was subjected to, and how she reacted with one addiction after another, is told well. There is adequate information of the time in which Lisa was a lesbian, and of her legal struggle to keep her daughter. What is not stated in the book (which many reviewers have opined) is that Lisa ever left her daughter in the care of Janet, and abandoned her. Lisa left before her daughter was two years old, taking her daughter with her. The book also says that Lisa's whereabouts are unknown at present, yet some reviewers read into this that she is in some country in South America. While this may be true, since it's not included in the book, the reviewers owe it to the reader to say so. Since they had "married" under Vermont law, Janet asserted that Lisa's daughter was also her daughter. Lisa and her daughter moved to Virginia, where same-gender "marriage" is not recognized, and neither is the right to parent simply because you have a partnership with the biological mother.
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Excellent book. Those who are giving this a low rating obviously have not read the book, but disagree with its premise. Lisa's journey and continued struggle will touch your heart. Every Christian library needs to have this book, and it is one of those books that you buy a few copies of to pass out to friends and your pastor. Only One Mommy is the most up to date on the custody battle and homosexual marriage debate I have read and it is both a call to action for Christians and a hopeful book of repentance and courage. I am so glad the author had the vision to write this. I am sure it is censored in libraries, so buying it is probably your only bet.
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This is a very well-written account of the Lisa and Isabella Miller story. I'm not a lawyer or an activist; I'm an average citizen who is thankful for a free country in which I can gain information about topics as important as this one. I'm ashamed of my fellow Americans who have posted hate-infested reviews about a book that they simply don't want folks to read. I found this book to be written with great compassion toward the homosexual community. Here's a question to consider: How many of us would vilify Eliza in Uncle Tom's Cabin for protecting her child even though he was "legally" the property of someone else?
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Clinical Therapist Sylvia Haydash, who had clinical sessions with Isabella and observed her for an hour on another occasion, concluded that the visits to Janet Jenkins were doing serious harm to the child, causing anxiety, renewed bed-wetting, and general psychological regression.

"Isabella appears to have been traumatized by the limited visitation thus far, a serious consequence, taking Isabella in a negative direction as compared to Isabella's condition before the recent visitations where she was a child that was well-adjusted, flourishing, above-the-curve developmentally, verbally gifted, and readily able to separate from Lisa and meet with other people," wrote Haydash in her sworn testimony of June, 2007.

Gwen Corley, a social worker who also observed Isabella, noted similar trauma. "Isabella suffers from sleep disturbance and nightmares, having difficulty sleeping through the night," she told the court in September of the same year.

She added that "Isabella also talks about death, and has expressed fear that if her mother Lisa dies she will be at risk. Without prompting, Isabella has said she is afraid that Janet Jenkins may take her away from Lisa."

A friend of Lisa Miller, who said she had cared for Isabella while her mother was out of the house, was also disturbed by behavioral changes she saw in the child.

"[Isabella] has told me she does not like to talk about her visits with Janet because it makes her cry," she wrote to the court.

Expert opinions ignored by court

The expert testimony submitted to the Vermont court in 2007 is in agreement with statements made by Miller herself to the press regarding the traumatic impact of the visits on her daughter.
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There are too many "reviews" that aren't actual reviews of the book, but a concerted effort to discredit this book. This book must have a strong case for some of the difficulties that result from same-sex marriages and relations, and how children are affected, or else why such opposition? This is something that the gay community does not want the public to see or hear, which is why there is this much effort to reduce the rating of this book, with all the same story and "reviews" that aren't real.
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