Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “I Wish for You a Beautiful Life: Letters from the Korean Birth Mothers of Ae Ran Won to Their” as Want to Read:
I Wish for You a Beautiful Life: Letters from the Korean Birth Mothers of Ae Ran Won to Their
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

I Wish for You a Beautiful Life: Letters from the Korean Birth Mothers of Ae Ran Won to Their

by
4.34  ·  Rating Details  ·  82 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Like all of us, birth mothers have stories to tell. Unfortunately, the stories of birth mothers in non-Western societies are sometimes inaccessible, ignored, or misunderstood
Hardcover, 135 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Yeong & Yeong Book Company
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about I Wish for You a Beautiful Life, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about I Wish for You a Beautiful Life

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 326)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Deborah
Jun 22, 2014 Deborah rated it really liked it
This is a touching collection of letters written by unwed Korean women who gave their babies a chance at a better life through adoption. If anyone who was adopted ever wonders how their birth mothers could give them up, this would be an excellent book to read. It is agonizing for the mothers to know they will not see their children grow and to think that their children may believe they didn't love them. I've always believed that placing a baby for adoption is the act of an unselfish woman. This ...more
Allison Doyle
Mar 07, 2011 Allison Doyle rated it really liked it
This was a great read for research on the thoughts of birth mothers who chose to give up their babies for international adoption. It's not a long book, but most people choosing to read it will probably be doing so for some specific purpose and so give yourself extra time to read through and digest each short letter. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this as a book an adopted parent gives his or her child unless you want to read it together. Even if you think you're ready for a discussion of poten ...more
Suzanne
Jun 30, 2008 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone involved with adoption
This book was recommended reading from our adoption agency, and I am so glad it was one of the first books I read while we were in the adoption process. We know very little about our son's birth mom (and even less about his birth father), so reading these published letters gave me some insight into what Chris's birth mom may have been feeling as she made Chris's adoption plan. In some ways it was a difficult book to read--the emotions in some letters are not sugar coated--the mothers are raw, pa ...more
Jennifer Catlin
Dec 29, 2013 Jennifer Catlin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book brings me to tears every time I read the letters from birth mothers (to their children) who felt they had no choice but to place their Korean babies for adoption. It demonstrates the heartache they go through and love they have for their children. My daughter, adopted from Korea, is still too young for this book but we will share it with her when she is old enough to understand and process the depth of these shared experiences. I highly recommend this for any adoptive parent whose chil ...more
Abby
Mar 10, 2009 Abby rated it it was amazing
Fantastic, gut-wrenching, tear-jerking, thought-provoking. As a soon-to-be adoptive mom of a Korean born child, this book has given me an invaluable insight in to the loss, love, honor, and pain birthmothers face when making the most difficult decision.
Sherrie
Jan 31, 2010 Sherrie rated it it was amazing
Some parts are repetitive, but still a must for parent of an adoptive child from S. Korea. The title comes from one of the most beautiful and touching letters in the collection - have tissues on hand when you read this one!
Chandra
Aug 18, 2008 Chandra rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adoptive parents
A beautiful collection of letters from birth mothers to their children whom they have made an adoption plan for. Simple, heart-wrenching, and simply gorgeous. Every adoptive parent should read this book!!!
Steffy
Sep 28, 2008 Steffy rated it it was amazing
Really touching. Offers such insight into the hearts of Korean birth mothers. I was reading this in the days preceding and following the referral of our son from Korea. A really tremendous book.
Stephanie
Jan 13, 2009 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
I loved this- heartbreaking, but so helpful, too, in understanding and empathizing with birth parents.
Sharon
Feb 19, 2009 Sharon rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read for families of children adopted from Korea and just about anywhere.
Anita Grant
Dec 06, 2007 Anita Grant rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who is adopted from south Korea
Love of a Mother giving up a child
Lauren
Lauren added it
Apr 11, 2016
Abby
Abby rated it it was amazing
Apr 08, 2016
Gaia Scott
Gaia Scott is currently reading it
Mar 22, 2016
Joseph Davidson
Joseph Davidson is currently reading it
Mar 11, 2016
Neil Duncan
Neil Duncan is currently reading it
Mar 11, 2016
Christian Bower
Christian Bower is currently reading it
Mar 11, 2016
Virginia Terry
Virginia Terry marked it as to-read
Mar 11, 2016
Liam Cameron
Liam Cameron marked it as to-read
Mar 11, 2016
Victor Edmunds
Victor Edmunds marked it as to-read
Mar 04, 2016
Nathan Tucker
Nathan Tucker marked it as to-read
Mar 11, 2016
Lillian Harris
Lillian Harris marked it as to-read
Mar 11, 2016
Cameron Dickens
Cameron Dickens is currently reading it
Mar 04, 2016
Neil Allan
Neil Allan marked it as to-read
Mar 11, 2016
Virginia Blake
Virginia Blake is currently reading it
Mar 11, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • A Single Square Picture
  • In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories
  • Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption
  • To Kill a Tiger: A Memoir of Korea
  • Somebody's Daughter
  • Adoption Nation How The Adoption Revolution Is Transforming America
  • Inside Transracial Adoption
  • The Origins of Postmodernity
  • Hugo!: The Hugo Chavez Story from Mud Hut to Perpetual Revolution
  • Escaping North Korea: Defiance and Hope in the World's Most Repressive Country
  • Out of Exile: Narratives from the Abducted and Displaced People of Sudan (Voice of Witness)
  • Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America
  • In God We Doubt: Confessions of a Failed Atheist
  • The Design and Evolution of C++
  • Lost Names: Scenes from a Korean Boyhood
  • Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights
  • Global Brain: The Evolution of the Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the 21st Century
  • Integral Spirituality

Share This Book