REVIEW - Son of My Soul - The Adoption of Christopher by Debra Shiveley Welch


Book Title - Son of My Soul - The Adoption of Christopher
Author - Debra Shiveley Welch
Publisher - Saga Books

Winner of FaithWriter's Gold Seal of Approval - Outstanding Read, Books&Authors Excellence in Literature, AllBooksReview's Editor's Choice Award 2010 and Book&Authors Best Non-Fiction 2010.

It would be easy to accept this book as 'another adoption story', that is until you read it. From the first words the reader is caught up in the account, enthralled by not just the tale but the telling of it. Ms. Shiveley Welch's talent reveals the journey to love, her decision to adopt instead of giving birth, her new and wonderful child and most of all her earnest desire and steadfast belief that everything would come to pass.

Son of My Soul - The Adoption of Christopher is not just about the joys of motherhood, but is also a self-help book about breaking the circle of child abuse. The author considers her childhood as 'boot camp' and uses the lessons learned from her own abuse to help her beloved son through many surgeries and therapies to correct cleft lip as the and palate.

A percentage of all royalties go to Operation Smile.



Born in Columbus, Ohio, Debra Shiveley Welch resides in Central Ohio with her husband Mark and son Christopher, also an author.

Author of four books, Debra is the winner of Books and Authors best Native American Fiction 2011, AllBooks Review Editor's Choice 2010, Faithwriters Gold Seal of Approval - Outstanding Read and Books, Authors Best Non-Fiction Book 2007 and Excellence in Literature awards.

Debra is now working on "Spirit Woman," a sequel to "Cedar Woman" and "Swinging Bridge," an anthology of poems, articles, journals and short stories.



This story was written from the heart and brought me on a very emotional roller coaster.  This story will stay with me and it brings tears every time I think of what this woman suffered as a child but yet rose out of a loveless childhood to being a woman of a big heart that knows no boundaries. Debra was going to make sure history would not repeat itself and no child would  have ever know what it would be like not to be hugged, cuddled and just feel love.

The story of her childhood and how she was treated and how she felt her whole life brought so many tears that it was hard to read the words on the page. I so wanted to hug that little girl who didn't know what a loving family was or what a true mother should have been to her. She faced so many obstacles but yet she grew up knowing that a child deserved love even if that child didn't look as other children did. My heart almost burst when she wanted Christopher even though he had a disability. But to her, he was beautiful and nothing was wrong with the way he looked. She loves unconditionally and considering she never knew that feeling of being loved, she grew up being able to give plenty of love to a child no one else wanted and she made sure Christopher never knew the feeling of never being loved.

I want to hug Debra and tell her she is one fantastic person and mother. Christopher couldn't have gotten a better,more loving, more understanding mother than her. If I could give this book more than a 5 star rating I would because it truly does deserve much much more.


Barb gives Son of My Soul - The Adoption of Christopher

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