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A Very Special Child Paperback – November 17, 2005
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A note from a reader about Son of My Soul - The Adoption of Christopher:
From the Author
When my husband and I first adopted our child, I searched for an appropriate children's book to help me share with our son the wonder of adoption. I was unable to find a story that fit our situation; one that, I felt, was appropriate to most of us who adopt. I decided to write my own.
I wanted to tell the story in a spiritual way and in such a manner that would make a child proud to be adopted. I also felt that it was important to reinforce the fact that he or she was loved from the very beginning. These feelings, therefore, were my muse and A Very Special Child sprang from my heart virtually complete with the first writing.
Conceived on a spring day as I waited to pick up my son from pre-school, I began A Very Special Child as I sat in my van enjoying the feel of warm sun, content and happy to be performing such a simple task: picking up my child.
My child! How beautiful those two words were, and still are. Sometimes I felt as if I should pinch myself. Surely this was a dream! The sweet reality was that I was, indeed, and finally, a mother.
It was at that moment that the core for the story of A Very Special Child was formed. I grabbed the pad and pencil that I always kept near me and began to tell the story of how a very special child came to be born.
In addition, to A Very Special Child, please allow me to present to you some essays and poetry by myself and my mother. These writings are also close to my heart and it gives me great pleasure to offer them to you.
I hope you will enjoy the story, essays and poems offered here and that your Very Special Child enjoys them as well.
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I just finished reading a wonderful children's book, titled "A Very Special Child." It explains adoption in a very loving and spiritual way; in a way that a child can understand.
In addition, this book not only tells the story of Christopher, the son she adopted, but tells the story from her heart. It brought tears not only to my face, but also to my heart.
Ms. Welch expresses, in her writing, all of the love, hopes, and courage, she has. She loves her child, her son, with all of her heart.
I am the mother to a special needs child. Mine is a man grown, but still a child in his mind. I
know the profoundness of the love that Ms. Welch feels for her child. Like Ms. Welch, I had always
wanted to be a mother from the age of 8 years old. Like Ms. Welch, my child came later in my life.
Mine is my birth child. Ms. Welch's is the child of adoption, but never the less, still a child borne of her heart. No other love exists as strong, as special, as deep as that of a mother towards her young.
I would strongly recommend this book for any parent, especially those that are thinking of adoption, or for any parents that have a natural child, but are contemplating adoption? This book will help both the natural child as well as the adopted child understand.
Her essays and poems reveal the many aspects of parenting: the yearning for that perfect child, the joy of parenting, the everyday routine of mother and child relationship to the twinge of pain when a mother realizes her child has grown up. Debra crosses generations and demonstrates how this love continues from mother to grandmother and beyond. In all of this she maintains that there is no such thing as an imperfect child. Like the butterfly which cannot fly, a child with an imperfection is still and always will be perfect in the sight of God and always first and foremost a very special child.
Carol Roach, M.Ed, BA
Author of "Picking Up the Pieces" and
"Angels Watching Over Me"
AUTHOR: Debra Shively Welch
COPYRIGHT: 2005 by Debra Shively Welch
GENRE: Children's, Inspirational
PUBLISHED BY: Saga Books
This inspirational children's book is the story the adoption of a very special child.
This tender story begins with the future parents deep in prayer asking God for a child. At the same time, we meet a frightened sixteen-year-old pregnant girl. She wonders how she is going to care for her child when she has no money and is still in school.
God hears the couples' prayer. He realizes that they've been praying for a baby for several years and decides to give them a child. He visits the pregnant girl in a dream and advises her to become a surrogate mother.
Ms. Welch then shows God picking all the elements that He is going to put into the newborns' nature and personality.
After the story, there are several essays and poems written by the author and her mother. Each have the same theme to them. That is the thrill of motherhood and the miracle that is a child.
This book is a 'must have' for every adopted child, their parents or any parent at all. It is full of emotion and is puncuated with love for the adopted child. This would also make a wonderful gift for either the adoptive child or his new parents!
A Very Special Child
by Deborah Hockenberry
Author and friend, Debra Shiveley Welch, is a very special mother with a very special child. In reading Debra's book you will not be disappointed. She is a talented writer and she'll whisk you away to ride upon pages filled with courage, strength and unconditional love, past and present. And you'll sail upon pages tainted with turmoil & agony, but never defeat. An uplifting read for parents and their children, adopted or not.
Run out and buy your copy today!
I recomend this book to any parent who is concidering or who has already adopted a child!
If you have ever known how good it feels to have a child's arms around your neck, this book is for you. If you have ever wondered what a child can bring into your life, or someone else's life, this book is for you. In fact, I cannot imagine anyone who would not enjoy this book. I can guarantee you a warm and fuzzy feeling in your heart by the time you close the cover.