L. B. Johnson lives in Chicago with her husband and rescue Labrador retriever. She works in the field of law enforcement.
Saving Grace: A Story of Adoptionby L.B. Johnson
It started with a piece of paper--a birth certificate, sent to the author's parents long after her birth. There is much history in that piece of paper. For she was born to an unwed mother in the generation prior to Roe v. Wade, on a warm day in August-a small, painful beginning in which she had been an unwilling participant, yet one that would shape her destiny. She is adopted into a loving home with another child that would become her beloved brother. She finds herself pregnant; she's a teen and a college student, abandoned at the news. The options are obvious, but there is only one decision she could make: to give her child up to a family praying for one, and walking away. Saving Grace is more than a story of adoption. It's a deep look into family-at hope and faith and why we end our days surrounded by souls that may not bear our name or share our blood, but who are our true family.
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I loved this expanded memoir that goes spans from birth until the loss of the author's adopted brother just as she reconnects with the child she gave up for adoption. Breathtakingly brilliant at times and also warm and funny, it's more than just a book about adoption.
Reviewed by Charity Tober for Readers' Favorite Saving Grace: A Story of Adoption by L.B. Johnson is a true and thought-provoking read. The author recounts her own personal life story and shares with readers how she was adopted at a very young age and then later, as a teen, makes the hard choice to give up her own baby for adoption. Readers will laugh, cry and reflect as they share the author’s journey and, in turn, reflect on their own past challenges and hardships. The author keeps the focus on prevailing and rising above what comes at you in life. Always stay positive and keep going, don’t think about what might have been. I can’t imagine what L.B. Johnson went through when she gave up her daughter for adoption. That has to be the hardest decision a parent will ever make. But even though the author gives such a gripping, raw and sorrowful account of what happened, she also shows the positive side of it, as she knew it was the best decision for her child at the time. She wanted her child to have the best chance at life. I found Saving Grace: A Story of Adoption to be a very hard but reflective book. As a mom myself, I can’t fathom having to give up a child for adoption. But I applaud L.B. Johnson for sharing with readers her journey and showing that hard decisions can be for the best sometimes. I loved how the book focused on relationships, hope and love – no matter if you are with your natural parents or adopted ... family is family!
I didn't think the book could top the writer's first memoir "The Book of Barkley" but this book was just delightful and even more richly layered and emotionally charged. The story start with her childhood, with lookbacks from the author as an adult. We truly are made the feel to heartbreak that was the decision to give up her child for adoption while a teen, even as she mourned the loss of her mother to cancer and her beloved brother leaving for the military. The deep love she had for the brother she was adopted with and the stories of how their lives crossed and intertwined through the years struck home for me, being from a small but tight knit family .LB's use of words to paint images in your head is just as strong, perhaps stronger than her previous book and I was moved to laughter and tears, more than once. Whether the story of adoption is one you are familiar with, or not, anyone with a love of family, both two and four legged, will love this book.I