Non-Fiction - Parenting, Christian Living, Inspirational
Date Published: June 14, 2018
Publisher: Lucid Books
This is not a fairy tale--but it does have suspense, humor, a quest, and a happy ending. When Jason and Pam Ogden decided to adopt a baby, they had no idea that their adoption process would stretch over a period of two years, and that their baby would be a toddler by the time they were able to bring him home. Taken straight from Pam's personal travel journal, He Made Me Brave chronicles the long-awaited emotional trip she and her husband took to South Korea to meet their new son. Through these powerful journal entries, you will:
· Experience Pam's fear, grief, anticipation, and joy as you read her private, honest thoughts.
· Discover the challenges faced by these adoptive parents as they started the bonding process.
· Be encouraged by God's sovereignty and power over anxiety.
He Made Me Brave is the touching memoir of a mother defying fear to be united with the little boy she had been dreaming of for two years, and an account of hope fulfilled.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
For me, the hardest part of writing in general is finding the time! I love to write but I also love to be a mommy, and managing the schedules of 5 children doesn’t leave me a lot of free time. I notice that I am almost always “telling the story” of my day in my mind, though, because I love to try to find meaning in and make sense of everything.
What songs are most played on your iPod?
“Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money, “White Winter Hymnal” by Pentatonix, and “Animal” by Neon Trees because I’m moody.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I have several wonderful literary-minded friends who give me their honest and thoughtful critiques while encouraging me to keep telling the story.
What book are you reading now?
I’m always somewhere in Les Miserables because it’s my all-time favorite book, and I love to reread and underline the best parts. My new favorite is Paula Dean’s Southern Cooking Bible.
How did you start your writing career?
I’ve always wanted to write. I used any opportunity to embellish my essays and written answers in college because it was a “safe” way for an introvert like me to express myself. I finally felt like I could write something worth reading about when we adopted our son, though.
Tell us about your next release.
My hope is to be matched with a sibling for our son and to write about our experience with this second adoption. The world of adoption is changing, and it is becoming harder and harder for families to offer homes to these children who need them. We need a new awareness of how difficult it is, and a fresh perspective on what is in the best interests of the children.
About the Author
Homeschool mom and pastor's wife Pam Ogden had dreamed of being a mom since she was a little girl. She and her husband wanted six children, but their plans were waylaid when high-risk pregnancies and premature births threatened their first four babies. In 2012, they adopted their son, and in 2017, they started the process to adopt one more child. Pam graduated with honors from George Fox University, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Writing and Literature, and a Master's degree in Counseling. Pam loves her small town life in Sweet Home, Oregon, with her husband, Jason, and their five children, Kelly, Luka, Ivan, Ember, and Hudson. Pam and Jason hope to add one more child soon.