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

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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
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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
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
Jun 30, 2008 Suzanne rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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.
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!
Aug 18, 2008 Chandra rated it 5 of 5 stars
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!!!
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.
I loved this- heartbreaking, but so helpful, too, in understanding and empathizing with birth parents.
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 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who is adopted from south Korea
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