Reading a book from cover to cover while on vacation is definitely one of my happy places, and ever since Amy Ford handed me a copy of her book, A Bump in Life, I knew it would find its way on to my packing list. Amy’s book is a compilation of stories from women who faced unplanned pregnancies — most at a very young age. Some had support systems, some had none, but all found unconditional love, acceptance and hope through Embrace Grace, a Texas-based nonprofit which provides an array of support services to pregnant women.

Amy founded the organization years after she struggled through her own unplanned pregnancy at 17. Many of the women featured chose to parent and some chose adoption, but each story was told with a strong dose of honesty about the difficult decision each one of these women faced after hearing the words, “You are pregnant.” It’s an inspiring, authentic, must-read from the perspective of birth mothers.


Attorney Celeste Liversidge has been practicing exclusively in the field of adoption law since 2001. She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers and a member of the National Association of Counsel for Children, Christian Adoption Legal Services, National Council For Adoption and the North American Council on Adoptable Children. She has served on numerous boards and as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine School of Law. Celeste is a frequent guest lecturer and speaker on a variety of adoption-related issues.

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