Sunday, May 17, 2009


In a frame that once held a signed picture of President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura there is one of my favorite pictures in all the world. It is a picture of my daughter and my son when they were children sitting on the front steps of our house. She has her arm around him and they are smiling for the camera.This picture warms my heart.

Another picture in my mind is the one Pam Cope paints of children in Africa who are sold into slavery. This picture breaks my heart.The thought of my children being treated this way is more than I can stand.

It's estimated that one of every four children in Ghana has been sold into slavery. Some are as young as six-years old. They are forced to work on a lake with fishermen for fourteen hours a day, seven days a week. If they refuse to do the work or fail at it they are beaten.

In 2006, a New York Times article about these young children caused Pam Cope to travel thousands of miles to intervene on their behalf. Today, Pam is the director and founder of Touch A Life, an organization dedicated to helping at-risk children all over the world, and she is working to build a center in Northern Ghana that offers a safe shelter and a promising future for the children she is rescuing from slavery.

Jantsen's Gift is a true story of grief, rescue, and grace.I can't remember when a story has touched me so deeply. I cried like a baby when I read about the sudden death of her fifteen-year-old son who died from an undiagnosed heart ailment. But I cried even more when I read the heart rending stories of these precious children. But Pam Cope did more than cry--she acted, and it cost her everything!

I wish I had five hundred or more of her books to giveaway, but I don't, I have only five. But if five of you will read this book, pass it on to others who in turn will pass it on, and then we all pray. God will smile. Pam Cope will smile and little children will be blessed.

Thank you in advance for caring and for requesting a copy of Jantsen's Gift by Pam Cope with Aimee Molloy.


The generous folks at Hachette Book Group are allowing me to host this book giveaway for five (5) copies!
  • Winners are restricted to the US and Canada. No PO Box mailing address please. You do not have to be a blogger to win.
  • I must have a way of contacting you, so be sure to leave your email address in your comment.
  • Some choose to omit the @ sign and the . dot by writing it in "code" like this: you (at) your email (dot)com.
  • I'll close the comments June 1 and pick the five winners. I will contact the winners via email to get their mailing information. The winners will have three days to respond. If I do not hear from them within three days, I will select another winner(s).


Smilingsal said...

It sounds like a good one.

gahome2mom said...

Hi, I saw you posting at Book Blogs. I would like to win a copy. Thanks.

gahome2mom at gmail dot com

I have a couple of book giveaways on my blogs too. Drop in sometimes for a visit. :)

Gail said...

Hi Clif, I'm also a member of Book Blogs and saw your post. Enjoyed my visit to your blog and I would love to read Jantsen's Gift.

Tami said...

I have read and reviewed this book, but I wanted to let you know that this book touched my heart and soul as well.

Thank you,


tamlovesran said...

Please enter me in your drawing.


Ms.Daisy said...

Hi Clif,
I would enter but I will be away that week so I wouldn't be able to reply if I did win! (Oh, does that remind you of another time...?)LOL!


tamlovesran said...

Sorry I forgot to leave an email address.

Ms.Daisy said...

Hi Clif,
Please put my name in for this book using Lampjeenie(at)yahoo(dot)com -


nannykim said...

Sounds like a good read. Put me down. I read a similar book, earlier this year about a girl that suffered through this and eventually managed to get to freedom. She is now spending her life helping to free others. It is so heartbreaking.

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Clif,
Sounds like another great book. Please enter my name too and have a delightful day.


Anonymous said...

I would like to read this book. I really enjoy your blog
Blessings Sandy
215 9th Ave.
Sointula, B.C.
Canada V0N 3E0

Lifestooshort said...

I would like to read this book :)

Anonymous said...

Clif, you know how I like to read. I ordered a couple of books you talked about and they were great. I put them in the church library when I was finished.
This sounds like a worthwhile book

Loren said...

This is my first visit to your blog and came here via the spiritual sunday link. I must say I think you and your wife are precious even though i don't know you but in the Spirit I can tell it. Your blog is not "church-y" but filled with love for all people and that is a heart of a true pastor and very refreshing!

I would like to enter your book give away.
my email is
My son's name is Jantzen too :)