Blurb! Books of the Week: Kim Richardson’s ‘The Unbreakable Child’ and Pam Cope’s ‘Jantsen’s Gift’

If, like thousands of literary aficionados coast to coast, you’ve become hooked on Blurb!—and on gobbling up its Book of the Week picks—you’ll be pleased to learn that, this week, we’ve got a double dose of prose for your perusing pleasure

Or maybe not.  Maybe you’ll be peeved at having to consume twice as many pages.

Kim: Led charge against child abuse at Catholic orphanage.

Kim: Led charge against child abuse at Catholic orphanage.

In either case, the credit/blame goes to Blurb! hosts Sally Shields and Dr. Kent, who report that Kim Michele Richardson, author of The Unbreakable Child, and Pam Cope, author of Jantsen’s Gift, “had terrific blurbs—and they’re supporting amazing causes.”

And so our resident critics have, in their first-ever biography edition of the show, bestowed Book of the Week honors on both Kim and Pam.

The Unbreakable Child is Kim’s “memoir of abuse” at the Saint Thomas-Saint Vincent Orphan Asylum in Anchorage, Ky., where, during the 1960s, she suffered brutal childhood violations involving several nuns and a priest. Those horrors finally came to light in 2004 through a lawsuit that resulted in the author and 44 other former orphans becoming the first plaintiffs in U.S. history to receive a monetary settlement from a Roman Catholic order of nuns.

Now a writer, wife, mother and animal wrangler, who still resides in Western Kentucky, Kim has most recently been active with Habitat for Humanity and a local homeless shelter.

CAPTION: Pam: Battling child-trafficking and child-slavery

Pam: Busy battling child-trafficking.

Jantsen’s Gift, written with Aimee Molloy, recounts Pam’s spiritual rebirth after the death of her 15-year-old son, Jantsen, from a heart ailment 10 years ago. Prior to that tragic event, Pam owned a cozy hair salon in Neosho, Mo., where her life revolved around her kids’ little-league games and dance lessons, as well as family trips to places like Disney World. She had never ventured out of the U.S.

Then, compelled to get as far away as possible from everything that reminded her of her loss, Pam accepted a friend’s invitation to travel to Vietnam. By the time she returned, she’d vowed to use her pain to change the world, one step at a time. Today, she and husband Randy are the adoptive parents of two Vietnamese children. In 2000, the couple, who live in Joplin, Mo., also co-founded the Touch A Life Foundation, which assists children who have been trafficked and sold into slavery.

Each week, Sally and Dr. Kent review not books but prerecorded pitches from five writers in one genre whose literary works are hot off the presses.

And each scribe gets a mere three minutes to convince our resident critics that theirs is the book worth cracking. But if they succeed, they capture the coveted Book of the Week title.the-unbreakable-child-cover

That means Sally and Dr. Kent post it prominently on the Blurb! website, just as they did with Kim and Pam’s books.

To top it all off, the winning author(s) gets a guest spot on the show, during which to pitch his or her book live to listeners worldwide, just as Kim and Pam will appear on today’s show at 12:30 p.m. ET.

To tune into Blurb!, click here.

To hear Kim and Pam’s winning blurbs and learn more about Blurb!—including how to submit your pitch for an upcoming show—click here.

To read more about The Unbreakable Child, click here.

To read more about Jantsen’s Gift, click here.

To see all our Blurb! Book of the Week winners to date, click here.

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