Baby Finds Grace was written to bring healing to children who suffer from grief and/or trauma. Though the book is written for children, it may bring healing to parents or caregivers as well. While the story focuses on three birds and a lamb who each experience the loss of loved ones, the symptoms and approaches are applicable to any form of trauma.
The earth is groaning, and people are suffering. War, disaster, poverty, disease, and divorce affect everyone in a negative way, especially the children. These children live in a variety of settings, such as single parent, extended families, or in new families like foster care, adoptive, or in a children’s home. They may even live on the streets. Some are abused, some are taken as agents of war, some are sold. The end result is trauma, either physical, emotional, or both. At the very least, these children grieve their losses.
People in the new settings must make adjustments as well. At best it is stressful, even if it is positive stress. All the family members have adjustments to make; and though there are many positives, there is a shift in the system along with losses for every family member.
My hope is that Baby Finds Grace equips you to navigate these changes and losses in a positive way, bring healing to children.
“I am certain that this excellent masterpiece will help in repairing, saving thousands of wounded children.”
Professor Kolou DASSA
Focal Point, Mental Health (Ministry of Health – Togo)
“Dr. Lyn’s integrity and pursuit of excellence is evident in her ongoing education, spiritual growth and love and service to the poor. She is a woman of faith and humility who loves adventure and the world around her. My wife, Deyon, and I are honored to call her our friend. In “Baby Finds Grace”, Dr. Lyn provides an environment of compassion in which children can begin, or continue, the journey to emotional and spiritual healing.”
President and Founder, Mercy Ships
“Somehow both heart-breaking and hope-giving, simple yet profound. This book is for all who have grieved the loss of loved ones, and especially for those who seek to bring grace and healing to children whose hearts have known deep hurt.”
President, Christian Alliance for Orphans and author of Becoming Home
“I heartily commend this story as a wonderful tool for caregivers working with traumatized children. In a very non-threatening way it tenderly weaves awareness of trauma symptoms and models “care” for the child who is traumatized.”
Founder/Executive Director of RiverCross, A Ministry of TWR
“In this lovely and powerful story, Lyn Westman uses imagery and symbolism to guide a child through grief to healing in Christ. Bringing to bear her many years as a trauma counselor, Dr. Westman skillfully crafts this message of hope while honoring the child’s past. I recommend this children’s book for adoptive parents, caregivers, children’s ministers and anyone interacting with a child who has experienced loss.” Jodi Jackson Tucker, Adoptive Parent & Author of Fasten Your Sweet Belt: 10 Things You Need to Know About Older Child Adoption
There are questions and activities at the end of the book.