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Paperback Details
  • 11/2019
  • 978-0-578-60195-3
  • 316 pages
  • $15.99
Ebook Details
  • 11/2019
  • 978-0-578-60470-1 B07ZWD4YDK
  • 253 pages
  • $5.99
Searching for Mom: A Memoir
Searching for Mom is a “disarmingly honest” mother-daughter story—and Gold Medal winner in the 2020 Illumination Book Awards. Sara Easterly spent a lifetime looking for the perfect mother. As an adoptee she had difficulties attaching to her mother, struggled with her faith, lived the effects of intergenerational wounding, and felt an inherent sense of being unwanted that drove her to perfectionism, suicidal ideations, and fantasy mothers. When she became a mom, her search to find and become “the perfect mother” intensified ... until her mother’s death launched a spiritual epiphany. Sara’s perspective as an adoptee offers insight for anyone in the adoption constellation, and her hopeful story with themes of belonging, family, forgiveness, and being known are universally relevant to all mothers and daughters. The spiritual memoir is interspersed with love letters and poems from the author’s mother, as well as informed by experts in adoption, attachment, and faith.
Reviews
Easterly examines her relationships with her birth and adoptive mothers in her engrossing debut. Adopted at two days old, Easterly never felt fully connected to her adoptive family while growing up. Easterly’s feeling of abandonment led to battles with perfectionism, a lack of faith, and suicidal thoughts, as well as struggles with her adoptive mother, Linda, whose letters are interspersed throughout. In her late 30s, Easterly started searching for her birth mother, and though the decision caused pain for Linda and surprise for her birth mother, who was 15 when an adoption agent coerced her into giving up her baby, Easterly’s self-discovery blossoms as the two bond. Easterly discusses difficulties forgiving her adoptive mother for perceived missteps in her adoption (such as never explaining it happened in a legal gray area) and the way she was raised. For instance, she felt she was used as a tool for Linda’s faith (with Linda often explaining her own “spiritual deliverance” came after enrolling Easterly in a religious school), and that she was never fully loved. But therapy and Linda’s deteriorating health bring Easterly back to her adoptive mother and deliver some measure of restoration to their relationship. Easterly delivers a difficult story with brute honesty and impressive introspection. (Self-published)
Kirkus Reviews

“Easterly’s memoir contains a great deal of valuable information that may be helpful to adoptive parents, and to adoptees who feel a loss of biological connection ... A complicated but vividly portrayed search for identity.”

News
02/20/2020
Searching for Mom: A Memoir Wins Gold Medal in 2020 Illumination Book Awards

Jenkins Group proudly announced its 7th Annual Illumination Book Awards, honoring today’s best Christian books. Searching for Mom: A Memoir, written by Sara Easterly with Linda Easterly garnered a gold medal in the biography/memoir-personal struggle category.

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 11/2019
  • 978-0-578-60195-3
  • 316 pages
  • $15.99
Ebook Details
  • 11/2019
  • 978-0-578-60470-1 B07ZWD4YDK
  • 253 pages
  • $5.99

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