Friday, December 18, 2015

NO LONGER AN ORPHAN - Dana Stone - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I’ve known Dana for decades. We both go to Gateway Church now, and we both were members of the same church before we came to Gateway.  We prayed for her and Todd through the long journey to adopt their daughter, Netanya, from a foreign country. I am thrilled to share her debut nonfiction book with you.

Welcome, Dana. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?
I love to encourage people. I have this chair right next to my desk at work, and it is almost always full. People stop by all the time, and I love being able to speak life, hope, and encouragement into them. To me, my writing allows me the opportunity to “share my chair” with people I will never meet in person, and encourage them just like I would if they were sitting next to me.

Tell us about your family.
My family is the most important thing in my life. They give me the greatest joy. My hubby Todd and I have been married for 31 years and have four children, Joshua- 28, Jacob- 24, Netanya-19 and Noah-16. We also have two granddaughters who light up every day- Ava- 19 months and Emma- 2 months. We love to get together to eat, laugh, and play as often as we can!

Have you written other nonfiction books?
No Longer an Orphan is my first book.

Do you have any other books in the works right now?
I do! It is a book that will offer encouragement and hope for those who are walking through a difficult season in life.

And we all do that, sometimes more than once. What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
Any leisure time I have is spent loving on my granddaughters or cooking; and sometimes I get to do both at the same time!

Why did you write the featured book?
My book started out as journal that I kept during our journey of international adoption. I wanted our daughter to know she was not an orphan anymore; that she had a forever family. When God began to show me times in my life when I felt like an orphan myself, He transformed the journal into a message of hope for anyone who has ever felt alone, unseen, or unheard.

What do you want the reader to take away from the book?
I want the reader to know and experience the truth that they are never alone. I want them to understand that they are loved and seen by a God who longs to show Himself real to them in every season of life. His character is unchanging, and His desire is to love and protect us.

Is there anything you’d like to tell my readers about you or your book?
I would just say to the reader- “As you read my story, allow yourself the time to hear what God is saying to you. As you read the prayers at the end of each chapter turn them into a declaration in your own life. Listen for His voice. Ask Him about the moments in your life when you felt alone, and then fully receive the sweet response from Him as He speaks to your heart about the love of a Father who will always be there for you.”

Where on the Internet can the readers find you?
Facebook: No Longer an Orphan- Never Abandoned, Never Alone
Twitter: @danastone6

Thank you, Dana, for sharing this book with us. I know my readers will want to go on your journey with you in the book.

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No Longer an Orphan: Never Abandoned, Never Alone - Paperback
No Longer an Orphan: Never Abandoned, Never Alone - Kindle

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Anonymous said...

We are trying to adopt too. It's a family adoption (we're trying to adopt my cousin), but...things aren't going as planned. She's lived with us for a year (she just turned one yesterday) and now the guardian says she may want to keep her and adopt her herself. So our baby was taken from us and we are afraid to hope that we may get her back, since it's almost assured that we won't. And yet...and yet a tiny flicker of hope is still alive within me and the flicker scares me. If I let this hope stay alive and we don't get her back... I can't take anymore heartache. I don't think I could go through that pain all over again...I'm hardly through the initial pain to begin with! Anyway, I'd love to read your book. I'm very interested in your story.
J.C. -Indiana-

Anonymous said...

would love to win. angela in ky

Melanie Backus said...

I am intrigued by this book and would love to read it. Thank you for the opportunity.

Melanie Backus, TX

Mary Preston said...

This does promise to be such a beautiful, heartfelt read.

Mary P


Dana Stone said...

Hi JC;
I am so sorry for the pain and sadness you are experiencing right now. I can only imagine how heartbreaking this all is for you and your husband. I know this one thing to be true- God sees you, He hears you and He longs to comfort you. Amidst the heartache and frustrations His love for you never wavers or fades and His arms continually reach out to draw you closer to Him. The plans and purposes for our lives may at times seem out of focus and unrecognizable but through the eternal lens of our Heavenlu Father they are crystal clear. Determine in your heart to trust Him with today. And each day that you allow Him to show you He is faithful, trustworthy and true you will begin to see with new eyes the brilliant display of who He is and how much He loves you.

Dana Stone said...

Good luck and thanks for taking the time to read about my book!

Dana Stone said...

Thanks Melanie! Hope you enjoy it!

Dana Stone said...

Hi Mary!
Wow! All the way from Australia! Thanks so much for reading about my story. I pray this book illuminates just how much God sees us and loves His children!

Kim Amundsen said...
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Kim Amundsen said...

Thanks for a chance to win. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom. North Platte Nebraska

Connie said...

Thank you for this inspiring post.
Merry Christmas!
Connie from KY

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your great contest!!
Conway, SC.

Dana Stone said...

Thanks for entering Kim!

Dana Stone said...

Merry Christmas to you Connie! Thank you for your encouragement!

Dana Stone said...

Hi Sharon!
Thanks for entering! Have a blessed day!

Edward Arrington said...

I would love to read this book. I have a friend who has three adopted daughters from a foreign country. He and his wife adopted them over a period of two or three years but they are all the same age. It was interesting to follow their story when they were going through the process.
Edward A in VA

Brenda Arrington said...

This sounds like one I will surely enjoy. Thanks for the giveaway.
Brenda in VA

Vicki G said...

This looks like a good read! Fingers crossed in Ohio.

BJM said...

I would love to read this book.

BJM said...

Merry Christmas from SC