G788 Josephs journey; when dad left and never came back

Title of the book: Joseph's Journey; When Dad Left and Never Came Back

Author:  Christina Nicole Smith, Dolores Medgar

Publisher: self published

Publishing Date: 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9981281-1-5


The second edition features EIGHT more color images, 8.5 x 8.5 dimensions, and an easier-to-read layout for younger readers. Available in hardcover, paperback and ebook versions.

As a mother, how do you explain an absentee father to your child without blame, anger or resentment? Empower them! Seven-year-old Joseph shares his story about when he first learns about the POWER of choice he possesses after his father leaves and doesn't come back. His mother teaches him the difference between his father's choices and his own. Do Joseph and Mom become angry with Joseph's father? Well, a belief is just a thought you keep thinking over and over...find out what happens on Joseph's Journey!

Author Info:
(From pump up your book)

Christina Smith is an entrepreneur, consultant, mother, and published author. “Joseph’s Journey” is her first children’s picture book.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, she grew up in a house with 3 children, WITHOUT the white picket fence and no dog! However, there was lots of love and laughs to go around. When she was about 10 years old, she thought she was going to be the “next coming” of Whoopi Goldberg! Well, “life happened” and “that” did NOT happen, but in 2014 she was able to cross ONE ITEM off of her bucket list and perform stand-up comedy in front of a live audience.
When she’s not homeschooling her son or driving him all around town to his various activities, some of Christina’s favorite things to enjoy are: PEET’S COFFEE, the local library, a throw-your headback, “that brought tears to my eyes” kinda laugh; organic, gluten-free, dairy free, non-gmo food (did we mention she’s from the BAY AREA?) and good music.
Christina is a certified graduate/alumnus of, certified professional speaker/author, George Ramirez’ “Present with Purpose” (2008) & two-time student of his “The Miracle in the Mirror” programs. She has received a Certificate of Recognition from California State Assembly in Honor of Graduating from the Women’s Initiative for Self Employment and dedication to empowering the quality of her life and her community (2007).
Additionally, she is a student of Certified Rebirthing-Breathwork Practitioner, Iris Nelson. She holds an Associates degree in Legal Administration/Paralegal Studies from Heald Business College.


Personal Opinion:

Unfortunately, in a few years, I will have to be dealing with the topic of explaining to my son on why his father is not here and why I don't want to be with his father, thus I looked forward to the book because I kind of hoped it would give me some ideas or some expectations on how he will feel. The book didn't really meet my expectations, and while I hoped there would be more focus on alternative male figures aside from the father in the boy's life, that did not happen either. The story is repetitive, and I wonder at the point of the notes in some pages since the main character repeats everything. Again, these are my feelings and I only represent myself, but I also felt as if the child is asked to hide his feelings rather than learn that they are okay to express. Since my son is less than a year, I am not sure how helpful it will be for him in the coming years, but I do know that the book was not helpful for me as the parent.

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2 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)


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