Wish You Happy Forever: What China's Orphans Taught Me About Moving Mountains (Anglais) Relié – 11 mars 2014
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Revue de presse
“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)
Présentation de l'éditeur
Wish You Happy Forever chronicles Half the Sky founder Jenny Bowen's personal and professional journey to transform Chinese orphanages—and the lives of the neglected girls who live in them—from a state of quiet despair to one of vibrant promise.
After reading an article about the thousands of baby girls languishing in Chinese orphanages, Bowen and her husband adopted a little girl from China and brought her home to Los Angeles, not out of a need to build a family but rather a commitment to save one child. A year later, as she watched her new daughter play in the grass with her friends, thriving in an environment where she knew she was loved, Bowen was overcome with a desire to help the children that she could not bring home. That very day she created Half the Sky Foundation, an organization conceived to bring love into the life of every orphan in China and one that has actually managed to fulfill its promise.
In Wish You Happy Forever, a fish out of water tale like no other, Bowen relates her struggle to bring the concept of "child nurture and responsive care" to bemused Chinese bureaucrats and how she's actually succeeding. Five years after Half the Sky's first orphanage program opened, government officials began to mention child welfare and nurturing care in public speeches. And, in 2011, at China's Great Hall of the People, Half the Sky and its government partners celebrated the launch of The Rainbow Program, a groundbreaking initiative to change the face of orphan care by training every child welfare worker in the country. Thanks to Bowen's relentless perseverance through heartbreak and a dose of humor, Half the Sky's goal to bring love the lives of forgotten children comes ever closer.
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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.
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
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!