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He Made Me Brave 

By Pam Ogden


Publisher: Lucid Books
Publication Date: June 14, 2018
Genre: Non-Fiction - Parenting, Christian Living, Inspirational


This is not a fairy tale--but it does have suspense, humor, a quest, and a happy ending. When Jason and Pam Ogden decided to adopt a baby, they had no idea that their adoption process would stretch over a period of two years, and that their baby would be a toddler by the time they were able to bring him home. Taken straight from Pam's personal travel journal, He Made Me Brave chronicles the long-awaited emotional trip she and her husband took to South Korea to meet their new son. Through these powerful journal entries, you will:

·         Experience Pam's fear, grief, anticipation, and joy as you read her private, honest thoughts.

·         Discover the challenges faced by these adoptive parents as they started the bonding process.

·         Be encouraged by God's sovereignty and power over anxiety.

He Made Me Brave is the touching memoir of a mother defying fear to be united with the little boy she had been dreaming of for two years, and an account of hope fulfilled.



My parents, Jason, and I crowded around my mom’s laptop, giggling and pointing and crying at the photos of a sweet 9-month-old baby boy.

Who would belong to us.

Who was ours from the moment we called back and said the word, “Yes.”

Who was meant to be ours even before that.

We had no idea on that day how long it would actually be before we could hold him. The adoption process slowed dramatically until it seemed to be grinding to a stop. The wait was maddening as new delays continued to pop up. Wait times for parents anticipating travel increased from just a handful of months to a year or more.


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Author Bio:

Homeschool mom and pastor's wife Pam Ogden had dreamed of being a mom since she was a little girl. She and her husband wanted six children, but their plans were waylaid when high risk pregnancies and premature births threatened their first four babies. In 2012, they adopted their son, and in 2017, they started the process to adopt one more child. Pam graduated with honors from George Fox University, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Writing and Literature, and a Master's degree in Counseling. Pam loves her small town life in Sweet Home, Oregon, with her husband, Jason, and their five children, Kelly, Luka, Ivan, Ember, and Hudson. Pam and Jason hope to add one more child soon.

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