My Free Kindle Promotion For The Girl Behind The Door

Dear Friends – Beginning tomorrow for four days, from Thursday April 16, 2014 through Sunday April 19, 2014, I am running a free Kindle promotion for my book, The Girl Behind The Door. Here is the Kindle link.

John Brooks demonstrates a better grasp on the impact of the pre-adoption experiences of adopted children than most mental health professionals. A must read for anyone involved in the life of an adopted child who has spent time in an orphanage.

Chester Smith, M.Ed., LPC
Private Practice,
Director of Psychoanalytic Studies in Adoption and Foster Care, St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute

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7 thoughts on “My Free Kindle Promotion For The Girl Behind The Door

  1. Hi John, I was reading something today about how a child recognizes its mother’s voice in the womb. And I think that the problems with attachment must begin at birth, when that voice of the caretaker isn’t the mother’s voice. Anyone done any research on this issue?

    • Yes. I used to believe that all the stuff in the womb was nonsense because I didn’t know any better and no one educated me otherwise. But there is increasing data on the importance to the baby of the sensations in the womb and how that creates a sense of security. For Casey her pregnancy was clearly unplanned, probably unwanted. So imagine a baby in the womb of a mother who is stressed and scared. It has to have an effect…

  2. Thank you for sharing your and Casey’s story. I stumbled across your book the other day and have not been able to put it down. It truly opened my eyes and explained everything about my children who were adopted out of foster care. It also explains so much about my husband who was taken away from his birth mother and raised by another mom. I was familiar with Heather Forbes’ s work, but you put it all into context. Although my children were not in an orphanage, they did spend three years in SEVEN different foster homes. We could not have imagined those sweet four and six year olds having the problems they do today at eleven and twelve. Fortunately, we learned about attachment disorder very early on and have done some things right, but not nearly enough. Your book will be a big help for us. I’m so sorry you had to lose Casey in the process. I will keep you and Erika in my prayers.

  3. I believe I left some comments on FB and probably on the Amazon site, as well. Your familiy’s story touched me so, partly because I am a member of the support group Compassionate Friends (for the obvious reason), but also because, as someone who is ten years along this grief journey, I am now in the position to help others who are new to it. I know one mother whose journey was similar to yours, and it pains me to see that haunted and horrified expression on her face. Perhaps if she reads your story it may help her. Attachment and abandonment issues set the stage for a rough life, but maybe with the right kind of education and guidance, it doesn’t have to be that way. I downloaded your book for free, but now I want to buy copies for our library.
    I admire the courage you and your wife display by your actions in the face of this devastating loss. Thank you!

    • Thanks Sue. I really appreciate your support and am glad Casey’s story touched you. We are also “ministering” to another couple who are now going through exactly what we went through. Like Casey, “Gabri” was a 17 yr old senior at Casey’s high school – a high achiever – who jumped off the bridge last August. Unlike Casey, Gabri wasn’t adopted, but to look at the parents is to look at myself in the mirror. All you can do is know how to be there and to be a good listener.

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