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October Book Reviews

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Dragon House by John Shors – Dragon House is a poignant story. Its powerful themes of suffering, sacrifice, friendship, and love, is a story that celebrates the human spirit, demonstrating once again that despite all the ugliness, pain and betrayal some individuals are forced to endure in life, the human spirit is resilient and cannot easily be beaten. Although the book is a work of fiction, the plight of the children is real. Yes, while post war Vietnam has improved, there remains: street children, prostitution, drug addiction, wounded war victims as well as Agent Orange victims, as well as other atrocities. There really is an organization called the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation in Vietnam which works with children in need offering them services and support in getting back into school and breaking out of the cycle of poverty. There is already one center open in Hanoi and is widening it’s reach into Ho Chi Mihn City as well. A portion of the proceeds of this book are donated to this charity.  Retail Price $15.00 AFTH Price $12.00

Making Room in Our Hearts by Micky Duxbury – Making Room in Our Hearts covers the basic issues of open adoption while also including real-life  stories of those with experience making and living through these challenging decisions.  Common fears and concerns are addressed and there is attention given to siblings and other extended family.  This book discusses how adoption has changed and how it will continue to change in the future. Based on the author’s interviews with over one hundred adoption professionals/ experts, birth and adoptive parents, extended family, and adopted children, the book provides profiles of families from a variety of backgrounds and situations and includes a host of viewpoints of those with specific knowledge. By showing how open adoption works for others, those who are currently considering it can see how it may work for them. Retail price $19.95 AFTH price $15.00

Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control Vol 2 by Heather Forbes – Heather offers families a new view to parenting children with difficult and severe behaviors including attachment issues. As a parent herself who experienced difficult times following the adoption of her two children, she offers a ground-breaking approach to parenting that shows parents a proven way to develop strong and loving relationships with their children.The first six chapters discuss the principles of her love-based parenting paradigm. A new understanding of why traditional parenting techniques are ineffective with children with difficult behaviors is given, along with clear and concise explanations of the science behind trauma and negative early life experiences. The next seven chapters address specific behaviors, including poor social skills, homework battles, demanding behaviors, self-injury, defensive attitudes, no conscience, and chores. Each chapter gives specific examples of how to implement her parenting principles, empowering parents to make amazing and permanent changes in their homes. All the examples given throughout these chapters are true stories provided by parents. AFTH price $20.00

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