Belmont University Professor of English Dr. Robbie Pinter will read from and sign copies of her new book, For This Child I Prayed: Open Hearts, Open Hands, Open Adoption, a personal memoir of adoption, during a special convocation event Thursday evening on the Belmont campus.
Pinter’s book was published in November by Cold Tree Press. It describes the human impulses that lead one woman to place a child for adoption and another woman to adopt that child. They both face only one clear assurance – nothing is certain. The story is enlarged by biblical and cultural narratives that remind us how similar our human quests can be.
Open adoption, a practice where birthparents have some kind of contact with adoptive parents, is the fasting growing kind of adoption in the U. S. This story is for those who want to understand the changing nature of family in the 21st century. It helps define the custom, although each open adoption differs slightly. The drama comes from the narrative – the author and her husband did not know if they would be able to keep the baby they were to adopt until after he was brought home from the hospital, a common concern in any adoption.
The book is available at Amazon.com and from the Cold Tree Press website, www.coldtreepress.com.
Dr. Pinter will also talk about the creative processes by
which experience becomes word and writing leads to personal
understanding and growth.