Let’s Flash Mob Our Message of Hope

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I want to FLASH MOB the internet with this message of HOPE in the hard.

Will you join me?

I’ve started a Thunderclap Campaign. 


I know. It’s sorta like this… I can clap my hands, and the people around me will hear it. But a THUNDERclap… wow, that spreads far and wide.

And that’s what I’d like to do with the book.

Here’s what happens.

I need 100 people to let me post, through Thunderclap, a message about the book… all at once. I’m essentially borrowing your audience, ONE time, in one moment.

We’re flash mobbing the internet on National Adoption Day (Nov 21)

But, Thunderclap won’t post if I don’t have 100 people willing. But think about it… If I have 1,000 friends on Facebook… I can reach those 1,000. But if ONE HUNDRED of us have 1,000 friends… then we’ve reached 100,000 people! HELLO!

So please consider joining my campaign!

You can check out my page (and exactly what will be tweeted or posted) right HERE.

I have had an unbelievable couple of days!!!

90 days ago I didn’t even have a book idea… but bravely, I stepped into Self Publishing School and decided to try something a little different.

The writing is easy. And I live the story, so I didn’t have to make anything up.

But the publishing! The marketing! This… this is scary.

Yet I have heard you. The many reviews and comments about how this book is changing your life. How it’s changing the way you see your family or your friends’ family… or even your own mental health.

One person said:

I’ve adopted four children and fostered many more. I consider myself a “veteran” and yet I still learned a lot from this beautifully written, heart wrenching, inspiring book. Whether you are curious about adopting from foster care or a mom in the trenches, this book is an invaluable resource.

Reclaiming Hope made me feel understood and encouraged. The author gave voice to things I’ve felt but didn’t have the courage to admit for fear of judgment. She gets it! This book whispered into my heart “Be gentle with yourself, Mom.” I am better for having read it.

Wow you guys!!!

So now my mission has grown. I want the message of hope in Reclaiming Hope: Overcoming the Challenges of Parenting Foster and Adopted Children to go beyond me. Beyond my amazing circle.

Will you join me??? THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!

You can check out my page (and exactly what will be tweeted or posted) right HERE.

FREE BOOK! Today is the Last Day

In just over 24 hours, my new book, “Reclaiming Hope: Overcoming the Challenges of Parenting Foster and Adopted Children,” which launched yesterday on National Orphan Day has met with some incredible statistics! I’ve been floored by the response!

As this writing, my book is in NUMBER ONE position in all of its categories.

And, it’s #144 in ALL free Kindle Books. THAT’S WILD!

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And the reviews are pouring in. I’m so honored and grateful.

That the heart of why I chose to write this soul-baring book… to encourage others, offer comfort and camaraderie, and to say out-loud the things so often left unsaid, is being experienced.

One reviewer said:

“Marcy Pusey in her book, Reclaiming Hope, shares her story of fostering and adopting with such candor and heart. She doesn’t sugarcoat the reality or gloss over the warts or romanticize the notion of growing a family through this avenue. Instead Ms. Pusey writes her story of loving her foster and adopted kids with a warrior spirit, and in doing so, other parents in her shoes are both being heard and being given a voice- a voice of courage, possibility, and hope. Ms. Pusey makes sure they know they are not alone.”


And so many others are responding in similar ways.

The best news is that

Reclaiming Hope: Overcoming the Challenges of Parenting Foster and Adopted Children is FREE TODAY. 


Because I want everyone who needs this book to get it.Reclaiming_Hope__Kindle_Cover

So spread the word!

Click here to share it on Facebook. Click here to share on Twitter.

And please! Once you’ve read it, leave a review! I deeply appreciate your feedback.

Oh, and feel free to follow the book on its new Facebook page HERE.

The count-down is on!

Happy National Orphan Day! {And Reclaiming Hope Book Launch}

Reclaiming_Hope__Kindle_Cover Well friends, today is the day I’ve been waiting on for soooooo long.

Okay, for 88 days.

Today is the day my newest baby shakes out its wings and flies into the world.

Ironically enough, I didn’t plan to launch my new book, “Reclaiming Hope: Overcoming the Challenges of Parenting Foster and Adopted Children” on National Orphan Day.

Because of lots of formatting issues, my book was delayed a week. I realized the date I’d set was rather arbitrary but I’d set up promos around it and the thought of changing it was stressful.

But the eve of my launch last week, still no formatted book.

SO I changed it to THIS Sunday. To today.

And miraculously, the promos I’d set up could change with me.

Only then did I realize what this Sunday, what today is.

What this launch day is.

It’s National Orphan Day.

And my book is about orphans and social orphans.

And Reclaiming HOPE in the midst of the challenges of raising orphans.

God knew the day this book needed to enter the world.

And I’m grateful.

I’m learning to hold plans loosely, because even though change may come through difficult situations, it might just end up EVEN BETTER in the end.


Reclaiming Hope: Overcoming the Challenges of Parenting Foster and Adopted Children is available TODAY. 

And for TWO days.. it’s FREE.


Because I want everyone who needs this book to get it. Get it here FREE on November 8th and November 9th.

Screen Shot 2015-11-07 at 10.55.25 PMAND GET THIS… in its first 24 hours, Reclaiming Hope was:

NUMBER 1 in Hot New Releases,

Number 1 in the Top 100 Paid,

and NUMBER 1 in Family Health.

And I wasn’t even selling it yet.

So spread the word!

Click here to share it on Facebook. Click here to share on Twitter.

And please! Once you’ve read it, leave a review! I deeply appreciate your feedback.

Here we goooooooooo!

Author Interview!


October has been an amazing month, for so many reasons. First, it was my birthday and I celebrated all month by visiting as many local castles as I could with friends. I’m a castle-geek so this was heavenly. :D

Second, I have written and am ABOUT TO LAUNCH MY BOOK!!!! (If you’d like to be on the email list of people who find out when it’s FREE, then click here). It’s coming soon and I’m so excited.

Third, I’ve been watching God orchestrate miracle after miracle for some people in my life, sometimes using my very own family. It’s been a month of sitting back in awe and joy, and sometimes panic, experiencing the plot-twists of life.

AND NOW, November is off to an incredible start.

It’s PiBoIdMo. Hello! I love Tara and this community of writers.

AND, I’ve been invited to an author interview for my part in the book, Becoming Women of Worth: Stories of Hope and Faith.

This is my first author interview and I’m so excited.

AND, I’m inviting YOU!

You’re Invited!

Saturday, November 7, 2015
11:00am ET / 10:00am CT / 8:00am PT
Online Interview via Webinar
Please join me for this exciting online event, where Kristen Clark will explore with contributing authors to the book (like ME!), Becoming Women of Worth: Stories of Hope & Faith, our thoughts on:
  • Writing for publication
  • Self-worth and Self-esteem
  • How this book series got started
  • How you can participate in future books

I promise this interview will be inspirational and insightful.

Click the here for more information and to register

I’m so honored and thrilled to be a part of this interview.

And… I hope to see you Saturday!

Getting Ready for Book Launch!

As some of you know, I joined Self Publishing School to play around with publishing some of my own work.

I’ve been working for the traditional book publishing industry (professionally) for eight years now. I’ve been discouraged by how subjective the process is… how many times and editor or agent couldn’t find anything “wrong” with my work, but just didn’t fall in love… So it stays in my file, unread by children everywhere.

I revisited my WHY for writing. Was it the prestige of a publishing house choosing my work? Was it for the money? (HA!)

I write for two reasons.

  1. I write for me. It’s life-giving. It helps me to process and understand my world. My favorite quote sums it up:
  2. IWriteBecauseI write because I want to encourage others. If anything I’ve experienced can offer comfort, wisdom, hope for others… then I want to share it.

So why am I waiting for ONE person in the world to fall in love with my book? When really, I just want it in the hands of readers. I’ve written articles in books and gotten reader feedback that made it SO worth it. Even though I didn’t really make money on the article, the fact that someone’s life was changed, moment was changed, anything for the better… is worth it.

And that is why I joined Self Publishing School. I want to play. I want to learn. I want to get my writing into the hands of people who need to know they aren’t alone. Who need to hear they are normal. Who need a friend to hug them (through a book).

That’s why I’ve chosen to write on a topic very close to my heart… adoption and foster care. There are so, so many challenges that catch us off guard. We’re left feeling ashamed, guilty, resentful, confused, hopeless and helpless.

But when I find another person who gets it, who lives their own version of my story, my burden is lifted a little. Having walked through these ten major challenges ourselves, I want to demystify the experience for those interested, help friends and family know how to best support us (and orphans in general) and provide a sense of camaraderie to everyone in the trenches with us.

It’s not an easy road… but it’s a beautiful road. Beautifully messy and painful. It makes us people who’ve met our deepest parts, the ugly and the lovely.

This is my first project. I hope you’ll join me in launching the book when it comes. We’ll be having a BIG ‘ol party! And I’d love your help spreading the word.

And if you’d like to join my book-supporter team, sign up here.

(By the way, I am LOVING Self Publishing School! Feel free to ask me more about my experience… but I’m a lifer with them and really wouldn’t be doing this without them…)

FMF- Freedom

free-600x600 Freedom.

We live for it.

We die for it.

We fight for it.

We marry for it.

Then divorce for it.

We abort children for it.

We march in parades and wave flags for it.

We sign petitions, email representatives, and call for it.

Sometimes we catch freedom in the eye of a stranger. We shape our lives after theirs… maybe then we’ll have the equation for freedom.

Can you buy freedom?

Can it be wooed or persuaded or pinned down?

Does it come at the end of a gun or the planting of a flag?

In some ways, under some definitions, yes.

But there have been a few jailed men who knew more freedom than most “free” men. There has been freedom among the oppressed, the enslaved, the humiliated, and the beggar.

At the very heart of the Christian gospel is the strange truth that real freedom is found only in giving up everything secular culture touts as freedom.

There is a power… a Love, that is way bigger than this world and what it offers. And that Love extends freedom from His throne to our hearts. It’s free… and it’s not.

It costs everything you think freedom is.

The idea that freedom is synonymous with your happiness. That freedom means you have a right to say and do whatever you please. That freedom is for the unchained, un-imprisoned.

That is the freedom of toddlers (okay, and of teens) when it’s lived out.

We have an opportunity to grasp freedom at a greater depth… the freedom that calls to restraint, thoughtfulness, selflessness, joy in suffering, and eternal rewards that this world can’t touch.

This is what it means to be free… to know that our chains (self-imposed or otherwise), our marriages, our children, our disease or illness, our social status, our bank account are not the defining narrative around our freedom.

1 Corinthians 6:12 “Everything is permissible for me”–but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”–but I will not be mastered by anything.

I choose to be free.

FMF- The Fear I Want

Five-Minute-Friday-4-300x300When I think of fear, of course my first thought is of all the fears that threaten me. Death of a child. That I’m truly unloveable. That people will hate me for my values and opinions.

Then I think of how I shouldn’t have fear, because perfect Love casts fear out. I know these things.

Each day, the news seems to bring us more and more reasons to fear for our lives. Fear for our children, our communities, our world. If we all want lives of peace and security, how is it the media finds so much to cover? Perhaps our fear drives us to harm, bully, threaten, diminish, even eradicate others in order to fill our small sense of security, however twisted it is.

When our fear is without the hope of Peace, we lash out in a self-protective, fight-over-flight, ironically self-destructive, way of life. A life that promotes the things we fear most…

That’s not the fear I want reigning in my life.

A number of years ago I had the life-changing opportunity of studying in Jerusalem. I remember the day I first visited the Western Wall… a remaining wall that surrounds the Temple Mount. The sacred atmosphere of the place was silencing. Mind you, as a follower of Christ, I know that God doesn’t live in an earthly location any longer. When the Messiah came, He gave us the Holy Spirit to reside in us. I didn’t approach that wall in the same way that many of my Jewish brothers and sisters do. Yet, I learned something from them.

That day I met, for the first time, my God as the Ancient of Days.

God has been my Present. Relevant. Current. Part of my everyday world. Yes, He is the God of forever also… but I experience Him in the now.

Not that day. That day when I approached the walls that scream silenced of all they’ve witnessed… I met a very old God. An ancient God. Not a God with dementia or Alzheimers or blindness or a cane or the other things we think of when we think of “old.”

I met a God who’d been around a long, long time. Like, forever.

And I felt small. Humbled. Amazed. Awe-struck. Yes, He’s my Present. He’s my Now. He’s the I AM.

And He’s the Alpha. The Before-Time Existed. The One who breathed life into the very first man. The One who separated light from darkness. Who passed before Moses on the mountain in all His glory.

I met Him.

And I’d always known Him.

This is the fear I want in my life.

The fear that I find before the throne of an almighty, terribly holy, just and merciful Ancient of Days.

The fear that reminds me that I am created.

The fear that calls for deepest respect. Admiration. Awe. And a healthy sense of my place.

Not the fear that threatens… but the fear that speaks security.

The fear inspired by One who is able to keep His promises.

And whose promises are GOOD.