My name is Shari Guess and I am an LDS adoptive mom and author of the new book "Once Upon A Baby~A Tale of Adoption."
When I adopted my son Garrett in 2002, through LDS Family Services, I longed so badly for a book that I could read to my son that would be specific to the experience of being adopted within the church and the gaining of an eternal family. While there are more than a few great books on adoption in general, this specific book wasn’t out there. I had to write it!
The book is geared towards children ages 2-8 as a way to explain and bring comfort while providing answers to the life-long questions of who they are, why they’re here and where they’re going. The sense of always being loved as part of the adoptive family is conveyed throughout the story as the child is born a baby, sealed to his family in the Temple and goes on to live with them throughout eternity. Illustrations of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ watching over the child and the family, along with guiding the adoptive process occur regularly throughout.
Careful consideration was paid to not glorify or condone unwed pregnancy while still giving due respect and admiration to the biological parents who are illustrated and represented as a necessary and loving part of the child’s story and as ones who love the child in an extra-special way.
The LDS market is small and I can’t emphasis enough how important word-of-mouth will be in bringing this book to light.
This is where I need your help!
I hope that you might take some time to look over the website and Facebook page that I have put together – There are stories and dreams-come-true throughout!
It is my sincere desire that eventually this book will be on the shelf in every adoptive home with young children. I believe too, that it will make a great gift for birth parents and adoptive grandparents as well.
There are sample pages available on the website if you would like a sneak-peak of what the book and art will look like.
Here are the links for more information:
www.OnceUponABabyBook.com - The official website
www.Facebook.com/OnceUponABabyBook - The Facebook page
The book is 8x10 softcover and retails for $10.95.
ISBN and publisher/contact information is located on the website.
You can reach me (The author) at this address (OnceUponABabyBook@gmail.com) and publisher Sonja Linsley/HigherGroundPress, LLC at: firstname.lastname@example.org