Jantsen's Gift by Pam Cope with Amy Molloy: Review and Giveaway (6/25) CLOSED

Monday, May 25, 2009 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
Nine years ago, Pam Cope owned a cozy hair salon in the tiny town of Neosho, Missouri, and her life revolved around her son's baseball games, her daughter's dance lessons, and family trips to places like Disney World. She had never been out of the country, nor had she any desire to travel far from home.

Then, on June 16th, 1999, her life changed forever with the death of her 15-year-old son from an undiagnosed heart ailment.

Needing to get as far away as possible from everything that reminded her of her loss, she accepted a friend's invitation to travel to Vietnam, and, from the moment she stepped off the plane, everything she had been feeling since her son's death began to shift. By the time she returned home, she had a new mission: to use her pain to change the world, one small step at a time, one child at a time. Today, she is the mother of two children adopted from Vietnam. More than that, she and her husband have created a foundation called "Touch A Life," dedicated to helping desperate children in countries as far-flung as Vietnam, Cambodia and Ghana.

Pam Cope's story is on one level a moving, personal account of loss and recovery, but on a deeper level, it offers inspiration to anyone who has ever suffered great personal tragedy or those of us who dream about making a difference in the world.

My Review
I must admit it took me a while to read this book. Not because it is not interesting or well-written. Several times, its raw emotion moved me to tears and I had to put it down and take a break. As a parent, I cannot imagine anything worse than losing a child. On another level, I find the exploitation and suffering of children - no matter where and under what circumstances - despicable. Helping such children should indeed be a concern for every adult, whether it happens next door or halfway across the world.

Pam Cope is a mother who survives the tragedy of her loss, and finds the strength and courage to help kids whose fate is nothing more than a headline for most people. She is a remarkable woman who shows that even an ordinary person can make a difference in the lives of many. Jantsen's Gift has three parts: grief, rescue, and grace. The first is about Pam's personal heartbreak and the second about her work with at-risk children in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Ghana. Even though the part entitled "Grace" is only a few pages, I feel this is a fitting word for Pam's entire journey.

The best description of what Jantsen's Gift is about comes from Pam Cope herself:

"This is the story of a journey that took seven years and the loss of everything I had. What I learned along the way is that maybe the answer to grief, or to feeling lost, is to give recklessly and passionately. It is in those acts of giving that you become open to receiving life's most tremendous blessings."

Clearly, I highly recommend this remarkable book. You can find it at booksellers nationwide, or enter to win one below.

The Giveaway
Thanks to Hachette Book Group, I have the opportunity to give away FIVE copies of Jantsen's Gift!

To enter, please leave a comment below. Please make sure to leave your e-mail address if not visible in your blogger profile.

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The deadline to enter is June 25, 2009, 11:59pm EST. Five winners will be randomly selected and notified by e-mail. You will have 72 hours to get back to me, or another winner will be chosen.

Open to residents of U.S. or Canada only. No P.O. box addresses, please. One book per person. Winners will receive their prizes directly from Hachette Book Group. Book information was provided by the publisher.

Good luck!


  1. Anonymous said...

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  2. Sue said...

    I love a great book. Thanks for sharing~

  3. Sue said...

    I recently read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and I loved it. Must read!

  4. kalea_kane said...

    I would really love the chance to read this one. Please enter me.


  5. kalea_kane said...

    I recently read and loved Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. I had to read it after reading Speak which was amazing.



  6. kalea_kane said...

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  8. kalea_kane said...

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  9. kalea_kane said...

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  10. A Reader said...

    I really enjoyed your review of this book. I agree that it really was inspiring. Having just finished it myself I had no idea of the child traffiking issues. What a special lady Pam Cope is to save so many children, but yet she doesn't seem all that different from anyone else out there (by this I mean not super wealthy, super career or a celebrity). I am recommending this book to all my friends. And even though I already have a copy -- would love another copy to give away to my sister.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. A Reader said...

    Jantsen's Gift was the last book I really enjoyed.


  12. A Reader said...

    Entered Smart Mama's Giveaway.


  13. A Reader said...

    Follower (liane66).


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  15. kalea_kane said...

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  16. kalea_kane said...

    I tweeted today too. :)



  17. Elizabeth-Plain and Simple said...

    The last book I enjoyed reading was God's Trophy Women by Jacqueline Jakes.



  18. ossmcalc said...

    I would really love to read this book. Please enter me into the drawing.

    Thank you,


  19. ossmcalc said...

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  20. ossmcalc said...

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  21. ossmcalc said...

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  23. mindy said...

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  24. texasheartland said...

    Sounds like a heart-wrenching book...


  25. Nickolay said...

    Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance


  26. AmandaK said...

    Thanks for the fantastic giveaway. Please enter me!


  27. AmandaK said...

    The last book I read was Into The Shadow by Christina Dodd. Too bad I found out too late that it was Book 3 in the Darkness Chosen series!


  28. jemscout425 said...

    this book sounds inspiring. count me in

  29. jemscout425 said...

    breaking dawn from the twilight series

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  31. wendy said...

    I have heard alot about this book and would love to read this heart wrenching yet inspiring story.

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  32. Lesley said...

    I would love a copy--thanks!


  33. Lesley said...

    The last book I enjoyed reading was Anna Karenina.


  34. Esme said...

    Thanks for the giveaway-the last good book and the last one I finished was the Guernsey Literary Society and Potato Peel Pie.

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  35. Allison said...

    I entered your giveaway for Girls in Trucks.

    The last book I enjoyed reading was It Sucked and Then I Cried by Heather Armstrong.

    Please enter me!

  36. bargaingirl said...

    I would like to read this book.....thanks for the giveaway!

  37. bargaingirl said...

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  38. bargaingirl said...

    The last good book that I read was BONE BY BONE by Carol O'Connell. It was a great mystery!

  39. Terra H. said...

    I'd like to read this book. Please count me in to win.

  40. Terra H. said...

    I follow your blog.

  41. Terra H. said...

    I'm an e-mail subscriber.

  42. Terra H. said...

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  43. Terra H. said...

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  44. Sarah Z said...

    I need some inspiration in my life so this would be great!
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  45. Sandra K321 said...

    I have read several reviews of this book and I would really like to read it.

  46. Sandra K321 said...

    I am now following your blog.

  47. ossmcalc said...

    I sent an email to more than 3 of my friends telling them about this giveaway.

    Thank you,


  48. Sandra K321 said...

    I entered your "Made in the USA" giveaway.

  49. Sandra K321 said...

    I recently finished reading "Sonata for Miriam" which I would recommend.

  50. Sammie said...

    The book you are offering is very inspirational if I win I would love to read it and pass it along to a couple of family members.

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  51. Sammie said...

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  52. Sammie said...

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  53. Sammie said...

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  54. Michele P. said...

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  57. Ashley A. said...

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  58. LoveMyCoffee said...

    I loved the book The Gargoyle. I would love to read this book.

    I'm a follower


  59. Patti said...

    I would love to be entered into this drawing.


  60. Patti said...

    The last book I enjoyed reading was Dangerous Games by Keri Arthur.


  61. Patti said...

    I am a follower.


  62. Patti said...

    I am a subscriber.


  63. Patti said...

    I have entered many of your contests.


  64. Anonymous said...

    Hi What a heartwrendering story. I would love to read more. This is the kind of inspiring stories we need more of. Cheers

  65. Anonymous said...

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  66. Anonymous said...

    Oh yes. I did enter several of your giveaways. Cheers.

  67. chocoholic said...

    Thanks for the chance to win!


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