Dubuque, IA (PRWEB) June 9, 2004
Lost Son? A Bastard Child's Journey of Hope, Search Discovery and Healing: is a book for everyone. While it depicts the life of Author, Lawrence P. Adams, it also addresses the flaws in the foster care system in this country and the consequences that befall the children in our country...those who do not have a voice. It is heart-wrenching, and hard to put down once you start reading. You journey through his life story feeling as though you are a part of it...feeling the heartache, the betrayal and the good. He writes of his pain and suffering, turning those into forgiveness, growth and healing offers a lesson in perspective to all of us. Never once does the author portray himself as a victim...but as a survivor who savors life!
Lawrence P. Adams, author and Publish America, Publisher proudly announce the release June 19, 2004 of the book:
Lost Son? A Bastard Child's Journey of Hope, Search Discovery and Healing
This is the true story of a child born to a nineteen year old unwed mother. Placed lovingly for adoption, he is instead thrust into the quagmire of the Michigan foster care system. "Stability" would be a word found in a dictionary, not in daily life, as he is moved fourteen times in eleven years. He is finally rescued and given a "home" at Boys Town. At eighteen, cast into the world of the unknown, without anyone or anyplace to call home, he goes forth with only hope and determination. Growing into adulthood, he searches for birth parents, an unknown heritage and sexual identity. Discovery of "true self" enables him to confront and overcome brutal and emotionally damaging realities from childhood which can no longer stay buried deep within his memory. This is the story of his difficult life battle, but more importantly, his ultimate victory...healing!
It is the author's intention that ALL royalties received from his book and gift shop on this site will go to charity. It is my hope at some future date it will allow me to reach one of my dreams. The dream is to set up a foundation for children who have survived the "foster care system." It is hoped that through the foundation I will be able to help other "throw away kids" have one or more of the opportunities in life that I have been blessed with. Therefore, I will receive no financial enrichment from this book or gifts purchsed. My enrichment will come from knowing, in some small way, I brightened someone else's life.
Warning: Reports of Physical side effects while reading Lawrence Adams's book. Lawrence Adams's book is causing intense physical reactions.
Note also that Lawrence's book is not, and never will be, approved by the BBA (Boring Books Association).
Potential Problems Caused:
Just wanted to let you know The Lost Son? arrived and I have been inhaling it. A reader in Arizona
This book has been the best thing that you have written. On a couple of occasions, I thought I was going to have a heart attack. A reader in Maryland
As I read the final pages my heart broke. Oh my heart melted, it was a story of great faith, hope and love! A reader in Canada
This is one of very few books that truly "kept me awake"! A reader in Australia
You should have warned me that I would be up all night until I finished! A reader in California
It is not often that a book will frustrate me and yet thrill me at the same time. This is certain to be a BEST SELLER! A reader in Michigan
I was sad when it ended. A reader in Ohio
I wept with joy and I wept with sorrow as I read this work. A reader in Florida
Other related side effects:
Decreased appetite and blurred vision due to the inability to stop reading.
If you have experienced any of these side effects after becoming engrossed in Lawrence's book, it would greatly benefit your health if you shared it with someone you care about.
If you've not had the Lawrence Adams reading experience, please pay close attention to the following information. Remember, this is important to your literary health! You MUST order and read this book!
ÂIn Lost Son, Adams takes you on a heart wrenching journey of loss, pain, reunion, and joy. He leaves no stone unturned when he illustrates the horrific inadequacies of the foster care systemÂwhich were plentiful. This book should effect a change in the existing foster care system. Touched by foster care or adoption or not, we can all take heed of his advice. Triad members and mental health professionals need to read this book to learn about the issues that are general to adoption but specific to foster care survivors. Lawrence, your message will not soon be forgotten by this reader for sure.Â
Kasey Hamner, M.S., adoptee in reunion, psychologist, and author of Whose Child? and Adoption Forum
Lawrence P. Adams gives us a taste of reality so few of us ever experience. Yet, with so little in common with him, his story reached straight in and grabbed a hold of my heart. Eleven foster homes, Boys Town, college and an impressive career path are all, the backdrop to the search for family and love in this a journal of a life. His struggles and personal growth overcoming a society plagued with red tape and trite deserves more than a brief summary. It deserves to be read.
Gaylen M. H. Sharp, Author of "Tipple's Eve"
His life is one of tragedies and triumphs. Throughout his book he never portrays himself as a victim. He feels he is responsible for what becomes him and accepts that responsibility. He shows in the end, no matter what one is faced with, if one has faith, hope and works hard...one can overcome anything. He proves it and is an inspiration to anyone who reads his story. He appropriately titled his book a journey of
hope, search, discovery and healing.
Mr. Adams has written a spellbinding book. He grabs you from the very beginning and holds his grip on you until the very final word.
Each chapter leaves the reader wanting to know what happens next...it puts one in the position, no matter the hour, to keep reading and reading.
Mr. Adams does not use flowery words to tell his tale. He uses everyday language that anyone can understand. However, in using simplicity of words his sincerity and honesty are made to shine through. You can more than picture yourself traveling his journey with him, feeling his pains and well as his joys.
This book should be required reading for all who play a role within our child welfare system. It will show the potential damage that can be done to a child if their "best interest" are not always kept to the fore front of their work.
Anyone dealing with problems in their lives, children or adults, would also greatly benefit from reading this work. You will realize you do not have it so bad. More importantly, you will realize, if he can overcome...so can you!
You will never regret having picked up this book and begin reading it, however, you will not put it down until you are finished.
A long time Foster Parent in Australia
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Birth Place: Detroit, MI USA
Resides In: Dubuque, IA USA
Received education at Boys Town, Nebraska and Midland Lutheran College. He has had a professional career in government, nonprofit, academia and private industry.
Recipient of Presidential Volunteer Award from President Reagan in 1982. Recipient of New York's Eleanor Roosevelt Volunteer Award 1983. Recipient of numerous awards for web site presentation 1998-2003.
Founder & former Director of Helping Hands; a program providing respite to parents of children with disabilities. Former Director CityMeals-on-Wheels Program; a NYC based foundation providing meals to the elderly on weekends and holidays where federal funds did not provide. Volunteer for a variety of AIDS programs in cities from 1980-1998.
The author has written articles for magazines on the subject of the foster care system. He has written five articles for Adoption Weekly E Magazine:
Article #1: How Many More Must Suffer? 4/13/04
Article #2: Search Worth It? 4/27/04
Article #3: Why Search? 5/11/04
Article #4: One Child's Horror 5/25/04
Article #5 A Time For Citizen Outrage! 6/8/04
An article will also be published Fostering Families Today Magazine in their July/August 2004 issue. He has begun a quarterly column in Spotlight Recovery Magazine, the first column to appear in July 2004.
He has also associated, on a volunteer basis, as an ambassador for IAC (Intercountry Adoption Congress). This non profit group provides a program to streamline the foster care system and adoption programs in the United States as well as foreign countries to make "in the best interest of the child" a reality.
He is available for radio, telephone or television interviews with prior arrangements. He could be available to speak before groups for a negotiable fee. He can do insirational, motivational or directly in regards to foster care/adoption system reform. Contact the author directly via E mail or telephone as listed (2p.m. CDST-9p.m. CDST due to night work schedule).
Intercountry Adoption Congress:
Lost Son? A Bastard Child's Journey of Hope, Search, Discovery and Healing
By: Lawrence P. Adams
ISBN: 1-4137-1709-8, 166 pages / US $19.95
Publication: June, 2004
Publisher: Publish America http://www.publishamerica.com
The book is avilable on line at: Publish America, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Blackwells, Powells.
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