Friday, December 9, 2011

The Jade Rabbit Review and Giveaway

I am still waiting for confirmation of the exciting news I was hoping to share today. I promise I will post as soon as I hear. I am bursting here.

Today was my sweet Noah's third birthday. Noah has been such an incredible blessing in my life. He has taught me so much about faith, strength, happiness, peace, determination, and unconditional love. I am SO so grateful that I get to be his mom. All of the other kids were very excited about Noah's birthday, and he was treated like the king all day, which he loved.

Here is a present for one lucky reader!

Author, runner, and adoptive parent Mark Matthews contacted me a while ago and asked if I would be willing to read, review, and give away a copy of his book, The Jade Rabbit.

I love to run, I love to read, and I am also an adoptive parent, and so I was definitely excited to read Matthews' book.

The Jade Rabbit tells the story of Janice Zhu Woodward. Janice was abandoned by her mother in China as a newborn, and then adopted by American parents. The story intertwines Janice's struggle with her abandonment and separation from her birth family and homeland, her job working with runaway and neglected youth, her passion for running, and her quest to train for and run a sub 3:00 marathon.

I read the novel in a weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. There aren't too many novels that have competitive runners as the main character, and I definitely could relate to a lot of emotions that Janice has on her runs, before and during her race, etc. There are a lot of emotions in this book and the characters became very real to me. It is definitely a story that sucks you in.

The book is not a training running book or a resource book on adoption, but it does tell the story of how a young adult that was adopted as an infant may feel, and how a marathoner may feel while trying to run a sub 3:00 marathon. I thought it was a very enjoyable read and think a lot of you would too. (And let's face it, winter is the best time of year to curl up with a blanket, warm drink, and a good book).

If you would like to win a copy of the Jade Rabbit, just leave a comment below and tell me you would like to enter.  I will use to choose a winner on Monday, Dec. 19.

You can learn more about author, runner, and father, Mark Matthews at his blog here and you can follow him on Twitter here.


Running for the Kitchen said...

that book sounds so inspiring! I would love to read it

Jessica (Pace of Me) said...

this truly does sound like a wonderful book! i would love to curl up and read it :o)
happy birthday to noah!!!!
can't wait to hear your exciting news when it is time for you to share!

fancy nancy said...

That book sounds awesome! Happy birthday to sweet Noah! My lovies 3rd is this coming Monday! I can't wait to hear the very exciting news!!!

christa said...

I would love to read it. Happy Birthday Noah!

Jillienne said...

I am an adoptive parent and just starting out (baby baby steps) with running, and a total book junkie! I would love to win!


Katie said...

Would love to read it! We are starting the process of adoption this month!

erindegroff said...

This book sounds interesting; I would love to read it!

Julie said...

I would love to read this book!

emlizalmo said...

I would LOVE the book. I can't seem to read enough! Maybe I should be out there running more. :) Kidding, I try to every day, but I also love reading about running!

Caroline said...

Yes I would love to read this book!
thank you for the chance to win!

Emma said...

Happy Birthday, Noah!!!

I'd love to read the book you are giving away - it sounds great.

ConnieKay said...

I have found i get my motivstion from reading sbout runners ~ not sbout how to run, that is really simple one foot in fromt of another. I read for motivstion ~ your blog. This book sound awsome.

i Run said...

I couldn't think of a better book to be given the chance to read! Enter me please! Thanks for having this giveaway!