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Wish You Happy Forever: What China's Orphans Taught Me About Moving Mountains [Anglais] [Broché]

Jenny Bowen

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“Bowen’s remarkable narrative illustrates how dedication, compassion and love can create enormous change against incredible odds.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Memorable and moving, Bowen’s story is a gift straight from the heart.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Both heartrending and victoriously uplifting, Wish You Happy Forever provides the backdrop on the lives of thousands of orphan girls and their foster grandmothers, teachers, volunteers, donors, and the ever-grateful adoptive parents. This is a must read for lessons on compassion, persistence, and true love.” (Amy Tan, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club)

“Jenny Bowen is a brilliant and amazing person. Her work and writing are great, profound and inspiring.” (Anne Lamott)

“An astonishing and inspiring tribute to the power of human imagination harnessed to passion and purpose.” (Jane Pauley)

“The hopeful smiles of a million waiting children shine from the pages of Jenny Bowen’s writing. This compelling story is a page turning must-read of breaking down barriers as one woman embarks on the monumental quest of building families, forever.” (Nia Vardalos, author of Instant Mom)

“An inspiring story of triumph in the face of struggle, Bowen’s lyrical prose and her remarkable journey transforming Chinese orphanages amidst government bureaucracy, earthquakes, snowstorms, and more, is a testament to the power of perseverance.” (Dr. Larry Brilliant)

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In the summer of 1998, Jenny Bowen looked out her kitchen window onto her garden, and her life changed forever. Her three-year-old daughter Maya, whom she and her husband had adopted months earlier from an orphanage in China, had transformed from a vacant-eyed, sickly little girl into a joyous being thriving in an environment where she knew she was loved. Watching her daughter play, Bowen was overcome with the desire to help the orphaned children she couldn't bring home. And that's when Half the Sky Foundation was born.

Wish You Happy Forever tells the story of China's momentous progress in its treatment of orphaned and abandoned children. When Bowen began Half the Sky in 1998 determined to bring a caring adult into the life of every orphaned child, it seemed impossible that China would allow a foreigner to work inside government orphanages, let alone try to bring meaningful change. Inevitably, the pathway to collaboration was fraught with challenges: Bowen had to find ways to lead her organization past closed doors and naysayers, bureaucratic roadblocks and reluctant government officials, as well as natural disasters and flustered board members to realize her vision for a loving, more nurturing approach to child welfare in China. But despite the oceans and ideas that divide us, in the end, all of us want only good for our children. Now the Chinese government not only trusts but partners with Half the Sky to make life better for the children in its care.

To this day, Bowen is the only Westerner working with the Chinese government to transform its entire child welfare system from the inside, and Half the Sky, with fifty-two children's centers throughout the country, has helped more than a hundred thousand children. Bowen's beautifully written memoir, Wish You Happy Forever, teaches us that saving a child's life can transcend language and cultural barriers, and that, above all else, a determined dreamer with a loving presence speaks at the greatest volume.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Jenny Would Not Take No for an Answer Her Love won out 16 mars 2014
Par Roger Lauricella, WECS Electric Supply - Publié sur Amazon.com
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My family and I have supported Jenny and the Half the Sky Team since their beginnings in the late 90s. This book is a story of love that ending up changing the face of not just the orphanage system in China but the hearts and minds of the Chinese themselves. As a Caucasian father with a Chinese wife and two adopted children from China; a daughter adopted in 1994 (who is now 21) and yes a son adopted in 1995 (who is now 19) we saw first hand the neglect in the Chinese adoption area years before Jenny and Half the Sky started changing hearts and minds. One day in the late 90s in what I believe was Jenny's first mailing to solicit support and funds her story and dreams showed up in our mail. We had been supporting our local Families with Children from China (FCC) group since our first adoption trip to China in 94 but just sending money to help did not seem enough, Jenny's dreams and her love, nurture and stimulation ideas seemed to be what was needed. We jumped on board as we had seen how love, nurture and stimulation had made a difference in the early lives our Children especially our Special Needs Developmentally Delayed son. My Chinese wife said what Jenny was doing was what was needed but the Chinese officials would not like it and she would get a lot of polite "no's". Thankfully as you read Jenny did not seem to understand the meaning of no and the children are the ones who have reaped the success of that pathway. Sometimes people are drawn by a higher calling to make a difference in this world in spite of stereotype and opposition but as this story shows Love tends to win out if the love is based from the heart and is unconditional. You will find over and over in Jenny's story different and diverse Chinese officials and just normal people asking her what she wanted from them if they agreed to her demands. She continually just said I am her to give to the Children not take anything. This time and again sort of stumped the Chinese not many people especially westerners acted this way. She was and has always been genuine and authentic in her view and plan and said early on to us her supporters that her goal was to lift up the Chinese themselves to take over and affect changes in how they treated orphans and the handicapped. Half the Sky is well on its way to this goal moving toward more of a training group engaging in educating and empowering the Chinese themselves with western successful techniques of early child education. There are two photos in the book that say it all, one a scene with children strapped to chairs cribs in the background (common scene in the 90s in most orphanages) and one after Half the Sky came thru with children playing with staff in a colorful stimulating room. Maybe for most a simple scene difference but for those who understand and have been there a truly remarkable transformation. Love after all wins out.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An inspiring story of how all of us can make a difference 14 mars 2014
Par Jeremy Hockenstein - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a beautifully written, inspiring story written by a former screenwriter turned social enterpreneur. Jenny's story demonstrates how humility, a desire to learn and a drive to help others can accomplish anything. While she believes she isn't an expert, Jenny is a teacher for all of us on how to listen, connect with people from different cultures, keep your head down (when possible), and accomplish the impossible.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. 12 mars 2014
Par Mike N - Publié sur Amazon.com
I first met Jenny Bowen five years ago and as she was giving me a little history of Half the Sky Foundation, she asked me to, “…imagine a couple of women from Japan turning up in Washington and telling the office of Health and Human Services that the way America was taking care of its orphans was all wrong.” That’s the journey Jenny and her team has been on in China for the last 14 years. When she began her quest, China was doing almost everything wrong for its orphans. Neither an expert in child welfare or institutional care, Jenny researched everything she could about the horribly debilitating effects of neglect. She met experts, some of whom immediately understood her vision and offered their support. When she traveled to China to see what could be done, in a cosmic turn of karma, Jenny met Zhang Zhirong, the woman who would become her guide, mentor, and partner. Together they took the first steps towards improving the lives of all of China’s orphans forever.

Jenny’s highly readable and engaging memoir is one of those rare opportunities to get an insider’s glimpse of what it takes to change the world. (Hint: you won’t do it alone and you have to be willing to give yourself to your cause unconditionally.) This book takes us from the moment of Jenny’s inspiration, through the formation of Half the Sky Foundation, an organization that has touched the lives of over 100,000 children, and up to the present day. Half the Sky’s work in China is far from finished and it won’t be done until all orphaned children know the love of family.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Jenny Bowen's book about her successful quest to make Half the Sky a reality is a gift to all adoptive parents. 19 mars 2014
Par June Ellen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Our daughter was a direct recipient of care provided by Half the Sky's program. Whenever I look at the photos of her with her Nanny, I smile.
This woman, seen only in profile, as she made direct eye contact with our baby girl, was such a blessing.

I have followed Half the Sky since we adopted in 2006, and have donated to the foundation whenever we can. I urge anyone who has been touched by adoption and Half the Sky to consider doing the same.

This book is enlightening in so many ways, and a great behind the scenes look at the persistance, diplomacy and strength it takes to achieve a miracle such as Half the Sky. I recommend it to anyone who needs an example of the power of 'one'!

To quote Shakespeare, "I can no other answer make but thanks,
And thanks, and ever thanks" to Jenny Bowen. <3
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing story. Reads like a novel. 12 mars 2014
Par Harvey Motulsky - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am a supporter of Half the Sky and have met Jenny once, so of course I got the book the day it came out. I loved it.

If you care about Half the Sky and the care of orphans in China, then you'll definitely want to read this book as it vividly portrays how orphan care has improved over the last 15 years largely due to Half the Sky. Even you never heard of Half the Sky and have no particular interest in China, you may still love this book. It is well written and gripping as it vividly portrays how a dedicated person with a vision (and lots of help) had a huge impact. It's a fascinating and inspiring story, and the book reads like a great novel.

In case you have heard of Nicholas Kristof's Half the Sky organization, there is no connection. This book is about the other (the first) half of the sky!
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