With an Open Heart
With an Open Heart  -     By: Lisa Murphy, Marilyn M. Urray Willison
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 270
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.61 (inches)
ISBN: 1449752926
ISBN-13: 9781449752927

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This is the story of Daniel--our adopted son from China. He traveled across the world to experience the love of a family, and ultimately touched thousands of lives when his mission on earth ended earlier than we'd planned, and he left us for Heaven. This is not just the story of a child who died, but rather a tribute to a little boy who really, honestly lived. Yes, it's true that, ultimately, we lost our son. But we know how blessed we were to have met him, loved him, and to have been given the gift of time with his sweet soul. We know that God is good, and though our pain and suffering are sure, the reality remains that Daniel is safe in the arms of our Lord. How blessed we are that--even though it was for such a short time--God entrusted us as Daniel's loving family before He called our son Home to Heaven.

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Author: Lisa Murphy
Located in: Florida
Submitted: April 06, 2013

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am happily married to my wonderful husband, Jim, and I am a stay-at-home mom to two amazing children, Madi and Charlie. I love to blog about our crazy, but blessed, lives! And part of my new mission in life is to share the story of our son, Daniel.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Our motivation behind this labor of love is our son, Daniel, who is now our angel in Heaven. We adopted him from China at two years of age and spent four loving months together. When his body couldn't recover from the open-heart surgery that he desperately needed, Jesus took him to his Eternal Home. I felt an immediate calling to share our family's journey to honor our son's life and to share a message of hope and faith, even in the toughest times imaginable.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  It is our hope that Daniel’s story will touch others in some way, whether it helps someone through a grieving process, brings readers closer to God, or inspires readers to adopt God's orphans who continue to wait for families to love them.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I started writing With an Open Heart about one month after Daniel’s death. And I knew it was driven by the Holy Spirit by the way it unfolded. If you’d ask me now, it’s difficult to recall much of the medical terminology and the order of events as they occurred in the hospital, so I knew that I truly needed to write our story exactly when I did…when my memories—and my emotions—were fresh. And I also knew that I needed to document each and every moment that I could remember about our precious son. It was important for our family, and it was important for Madi and Charlie’s sake. The process was incredibly emotional for me, since it was a such a crucial piece of my grieving and healing process. Day by day, my sadness eventually grew into a determination to keep Daniel alive by sharing his story.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I found, during the writing process, that I enjoy reading memoirs much like my own. I love reading non-fiction stories about real life experiences. I am so fascinated and inspired by testimonies of faith, and I learn so much from the grace of others. A few of my favorite books are Jantsen's Gift by Pam Cope, I Will Carry You by Angie Smith, and The Tap, by Frank McKinney.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I realize there are people who are uncomfortable to read a story about the death of a child, but I don’t see Daniel’s story as a depressing one. After all, he’s in the Kingdom of Heaven right now! I hope that readers will see beyond the sadness, because that is where hope and faith are truly defined—during our struggles and the times when God stretches us. Many of us are quick to be thankful for God’s miracles when things go in our favor, but what about when things go wrong? Doesn’t glory to God need to be there, too? Maybe even more so! Though I'd do anything to have Daniel back, I do feel blessed by our loss, because we were given the opportunity to have him in our lives and to love him as our son before he went to Heaven. I truly believe this book has an inspirational message. It’s about listening to the Holy Spirit, and embracing the goodness of God, even in the most difficult of circumstances. To know that Daniel is still living and giving through With an Open Heart means the world to Jimmy and me. Yes, you will likely cry reading our family’s story, but I promise that you’re also going to smile and laugh at times, too. There is a rainbow after the storm.

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