Jantsen’s Gift: A True Story of Grief, Rescue, and Grace by Pam Cope


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.

Hachette Book Group has offered 5 copies for me to give away. Please see the rules below to enter. I will be reviewing this book as soon as I get a chance to read it.

Giveaway Rules:

  • You must be 18 years or older
  • US and Canada residents only
  • Winners will NOT be notified by email. The winner will be posted here on April 30, 2009.
  • Make sure your entry can be distinguished by others who post. Remember, you might not be the only John or Jane commenting below.
  • Comment below and enter once.

Multiple Entries for the giveaway:

  • Post about the giveaway on your blog and include the link with your comment below and you’ll be entered again.
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About Belleza

I got the name Bella because my grandfather called me Suzabell. I use that as a username and my friends on the site started calling me Bella. Thus was born: Bella Foxx's Life, now known as "just a city girl" since I have made the big jump from the country and am now living in the City, UES. I like to make jewelry (check out my blog "Bella is creative" started April 17, 2008) and write. I like to do cross stitch and knit. I sew, I don't really enjoy it, but I enjoy the clothes. I like to read the Bible, books, magazines, online newspaper articles, blogs, jokes on candy wrappers, ads on the subway, billboards, backs of food boxes, lists of ingredients and recipes, cleaning directions, sayings on shirts. I post my reviews on "Just a girl, living, reading, watching, and writing", on Shelfari, Library Thing and Goodreads.. I am allergic to practically everything: grass, trees, weeds, animal dander, dust, mold, wheat, apples, nuts, fish and coconut. The fish and coconut are so serious I carry an Epi-pen and wear a Medic-Alert bracelet. And last but not least. I love the Yankees.

40 responses

  1. LuAnn says:

    I’d love to win this book. I’ve been hearing great things about it!


  2. dor says:

    Hi…please enter me. This book sounds great. I am starting on The Shack in the next day or two. Have you read this one? My sister-in-law told me…..it will change you.
    I am an email subscriber.


  3. kalea_kane says:

    I blogged your giveaway here:


    Thank you again


  4. Debs Desk says:

    I am a follower.

  5. Debs Desk says:

    Please include me in your giveaway.

  6. kalea_kane says:

    I’m a Twitter Follower. My twitter id is kellyblackwell. Thank you again.

  7. kalea_kane says:

    I am a blog follower. I love your layout, by the way! Thanks again for the giveaway.

  8. kalea_kane says:

    Please enter me in this giveaway. I just checked out the Touch a Life website, and it is amazing how much they have accomplished so far! Please enter me in your giveaway! 🙂 Thanks a lot. 🙂

  9. Tracy says:

    I’d love to read this book – just saw this in my shelfari group!

  10. tatertot374 says:

    Thank you for a great giveaway. I would love to win. THank you

  11. Jo-Jo says:

    I also blogged about your contest < HREF="http://jo-jolovestoread.blogspot.com/2009/04/current-giveaways.html" REL="nofollow">here<>.joannelong74@gmail.com

  12. Jo-Jo says:

    I’m also a follower Bella.joannelong74@gmail.com

  13. Lucy says:

    Please enter me into your giveaway. Very sad topic of death. Sounds like a fascinating read for a life changing experience.

  14. Sue W. says:

    I twittered away with Bella.roylsue(at)telpage(dot)net

  15. Sue W. says:

    I am a new follower to your site. Thank you for letting me follow along.roylsue(at)telpage(dot)net

  16. Sue W. says:

    This sounds like a very emotional book. Possibly hard to read at times but one that everyone should read. You never know how life is going to hit you. For Pam losing her son and then helping less fortunate children in other countries is her way. I wonder what I would do if that happened to me.roylsue(at)telpage(dot)net

  17. Debs Desk says:

    Please include me in your giveaway.ThanksDebbiedebdesk9@verizon.net

  18. Nicole C. says:

    I’d love to read this book! It sounds great!!choateorama(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. Lady Roxi says:

    I would love to read this.Thanks.darkfyre1(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  20. nfmgirl says:

    I’ve wanted this book since I first read about it. It sounds quite inspiring. Please count me in. Thanks so much!nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  21. lorf927 says:

    Sounds like a very great book. Please enter me.

  22. Anna says:

    Sounds like an inspiring book. I’d love to be entered. I’m a follower, and I subscribe via Google Reader. Thanks!–Anna< HREF="http://diaryofaneccentric.blogspot.com/" REL="nofollow">Diary of an Eccentric<>

  23. baggypants says:

    I am an email subscriber!!thanksbaggypants

  24. baggypants says:

    Would love to read this book…Thanks for the giveaway!!baggypants

  25. Valancia says:

    Fine read and whoever wins is a lucky person!skyxsky27(at)gmail.com

  26. windycindy says:

    Also, I stalk you on Twitter!!!!!Tweet ~ http://twitter.com/cmh512/status/1457467263.jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

  27. windycindy says:

    I am an email subscriber to your blog!Many thanks….. Cindijchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

  28. windycindy says:

    Hi, What an inspirational lady. I need to read a book like this. Please enter my name in your book giveaway drawing. Many thanks, Cindijchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

  29. janetfaye says:

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  30. janetfaye says:

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  31. janetfaye says:

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  32. janetfaye says:

    Please enter me.Thank You!janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  33. DeSeRt RoSe says:

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  34. Jo-Jo says:

    This sounds like an amazing story Bella…please enter me! joannelong74@gmail.com

  35. susan says:

    Hi Bella, I’m going to link this in my Little < HREF="http://blackeyedsusans.blogspot.com/2009/04/little-lovn-monday.html" REL="nofollow">Lov’n Monday<> feature.I already follow your blog.

  36. Bonnie says:

    Great Giveaway! I’ll post about this on my blog in the sidebar.