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Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family Bestselling Author Mitch Albom Returns To Nonfiction For The First Time In Than A Decade In This Poignant Memoir That Celebrates Chika, A Young Haitian Orphan Whose Short Life Would Forever Change His HeartChika Jeune Was Born Three Days Before The Devastating Earthquake That Decimated Haiti In She Spent Her Infancy In A Landscape Of Extreme Poverty, And When Her Mother Died Giving Birth To A Baby Brother, Chika Was Brought To The Have Faith Haiti Orphanage That Albom Operates In Port Au PrinceWith No Children Of Their Own, The Forty Plus Children Who Live, Play, And Go To School At The Orphanage Have Become Family To Mitch And His Wife, Janine Chika S Arrival Makes A Quick Impression Brave And Self Assured, Even As A Three Year Old, She Delights The Other Kids And Teachers But At Age Five, Chika Is Suddenly Diagnosed With Something A Doctor There Says, No One In Haiti Can Help You With Mitch And Janine Bring Chika To Detroit, Hopeful That American Medical Care Can Soon Return Her To Her Homeland Instead, Chika Becomes A Permanent Part Of Their Household, And Their Lives, As They Embark On A Two Year, Around The World Journey To Find A Cure As Chika S Boundless Optimism And Humor Teach Mitch The Joys Of Caring For A Child, He Learns That A Relationship Built On Love, No Matter What Blows It Takes, Can Never Be LostTold In Hindsight, And Through Illuminating Conversations With Chika Herself, This Is Albom At His Most Poignant And Vulnerable Finding Chika Is A Celebration Of A Girl, Her Adoptive Guardians, And The Incredible Bond They Formed A Devastatingly Beautiful Portrait Of What It Means To Be A Family, Regardless Of How It Is Made

10 thoughts on “Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family

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    Don t even get me started on why I wasn t going to read this book but as I told my friend Ceecee I was a turda snob a turdI was wrong I listend to the Audibook highly suggest the audiobook Mitch does things that are not in the physical book The mind can fight all it wants to be righteous be a snob but the heart doesn t lie ANYONE who listens to this Audiobook and feels nothing has a heart made of tin.I was wrong soooo wrong were my pre conceived thoughts.Not o Don t even get me started on why I wasn t going to read this book but as I told my friend Ceecee I was a turda snob a turdI was wrong I listend to the Audibook highly suggest the audiobook Mitch does things that are not in the physical book The mind can fight all it wants to be righteous be a snob but the heart doesn t lie ANYONE who listens to this Audiobook and feels nothing has a heart made of tin.I was wrong soooo wrong were my pre conceived thoughts.Not only will Chika in her own voice melt your heart but I wanted to cry about something else Shhhhh.don t tell anybody its embarrassing I hate it.but.I wished I had a father growing up or even a mother like Mitch Albom Parents can take a few lessons about what s important and what isn t In my day of raising daughters we worried about the best schools grades a Jewish Hebrew education piano lessons swim meets etc all less important thingsHaving YOUR kid ALWAYS feel safe with YOU is THE MOST important thing I don t even know if I thought of those words safe when I was a young mom I think they were safe they support themselves today are independent and financially secure from their own doings but..did I really parent as Mitch did Hell I don t knowI might have been half lucky and half.I might have done better a little of both Mitch teaches something very important in this book its subtle but its there.Another 5 stars from me I agree with all the 4 and 5 stars Mr Mitch, I m a little scared, but I m crying happy tears.Thanks Mitch I will never deny your work again

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    Reading Road Trip 2020Current location MichiganChildren are not a distraction fromimportant work They are the most important work Dr John TrainerAh, children They wake us, they make us, they break us.Some of us ruin our bodies, our marriages and our minds in the effort to have kids Some of us aren t even the least bit inspired to have them.Others, like Mitch Albom, fall somewhere in between.Mr Albom, a long time Michigander and the well known author of Tuesdays with Morrie, describ Reading Road Trip 2020Current location MichiganChildren are not a distraction fromimportant work They are the most important work Dr John TrainerAh, children They wake us, they make us, they break us.Some of us ruin our bodies, our marriages and our minds in the effort to have kids Some of us aren t even the least bit inspired to have them.Others, like Mitch Albom, fall somewhere in between.Mr Albom, a long time Michigander and the well known author of Tuesdays with Morrie, describes himself as having had a bit of a failure to launch on the subject of marital commitment and baby making.He broke off an engagement he then dragged his feet for seven years before declaring I do to Janine, the woman he knew he loved dearly He writes that he delayed us starting a family, saying we should enjoy being married for a while, not rush into it But, before he knew it, all that was left for us was to rush, and meet with doctors and the years passed, and soon it was impractical and even unsafe He accuses himself of selfishness, given how badly his wife Janine wanted kids, but Mitch and Janine soon accepted their roles of beloved uncle and aunt, and by the time Mitch was in his 50s, he was also funding operating the Have Faith Haiti Orphanage, and having an almost daily influence on the children in the center s care.Then came Chika Chika was born just days before the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010 She had a mother who loved her and who died soon after , and an absent father By the time she turned 5, she was a regular resident at the orphanage and recently diagnosed with a rare brain tumor Before Mitch or Janine could think too much about it, they had swept Chika away from Haiti to their home in Michigan where they sought the best medical care they could find.Mitch surprises even himself by declaring, My job, it turns out, after so many years without them, is carrying children It is the most wonderful weight to bear He also learns quickly, A child is both an anchor and a set of wings Mitch and Janine became parents, quite literally, overnight, and not only became parents, but parents of a child with a terminal diagnosis There was no getting around this They had just stepped up to love a child who was going to die soon.This is a heart breaking memoir I felt so damn proud of Mitch Albom and his wife Their conflict, whether they were truly Chika s parents or not, bothered me throughout the book yes, you two, damn it, of course you were her parents , but, beyond that, I can t think of a reader who wouldn t respond to the honesty here.I happen to be the mother of one biological child and two adopted children, and I have spentthan my fair share of time in ambulances and in emergency rooms I have had almost zero assistance, and raising my two daughters has just about killed my marriage, so I can only APPLAUD Mitch Albom for this honest memoir and his chapter When A Marriage Becomes A Family When he describes to the reader what it is like to be a husband to a wife versus a husband to a wife who is a mother, I found myself sobbing, in understanding These are two distinct categories, and extra care must be given to a wife who has the daily care of a child with a life threatening condition He also gives credit to the pivotal role that family members and friends play, in a marriage, when it comes to caring for a child with a medical condition.I experienced moments when I felt the story teeter, ever so slightly, toward schmaltz, and in those moments, I put the book down for a while, but I noticed that Mr Albom always managed to reel me back in quickly with his honesty and fierce humanity.I can not recommend this memoir enough to any parent, or anyone who has had a child with a medical condition or an internationally adopted child All author profits from this book go to the Have Faith Haiti Orphanage.What you carry is what defines you It can be the burden of feeding your family, the responsibility of caring for patients, the good that you feel you must do for others, or the sins you will not release Whatever it is, we all carry something, every day

  3. says:

    Mitch Albom is going to have a new book and no one here except me on goodreads is hyped for it

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    Hopelessness can be contagious But hope can be, too, and there is no medicine to match it Chika s believing in us helped us believe in ourselves In the late 90s, a friend gave me a copy of Mitch Albom s Tuesdays With Morrie, and when I saw that he had another new memoir coming out, I knew I wanted to read this one, and put my name on the list at my library.The lessons he learned with Morrie, an old professor, are very different from the ones he learns from Chika, a young girl whose lifHopelessness can be contagious But hope can be, too, and there is no medicine to match it Chika s believing in us helped us believe in ourselves In the late 90s, a friend gave me a copy of Mitch Albom s Tuesdays With Morrie, and when I saw that he had another new memoir coming out, I knew I wanted to read this one, and put my name on the list at my library.The lessons he learned with Morrie, an old professor, are very different from the ones he learns from Chika, a young girl whose life is marked with difficulty even before her birth, which was three days before the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and what years she spent with her mother before her mother s death in childbirth were marked by desperate poverty A young girl that is brought to an orphanage when her mother dies giving birth to her baby brother, where Albom meets Chika on one of his regular trips to Haiti at the orphanage he runs there The Have Faith Haiti Orphanage in Port Au Prince.When it is brought to his attention that Chika needs medical attention that isn t available in Haiti, he brings her to their home, hoping to find a cure for this girl that has stolen his heartChika died last spring, when the trees in our yard were beginning to bud, as they are budding now, as it is spring again Her absence left us without breath, or sleep, or appetite, and my wife and I stared straight ahead for long stretches until someone spoke to snap us out of it Eventually, life begins to return to asomber normal for Albom and his wife Life has to go on, as do the living The slow process of grief can t be rushed along As husband and wife, with many of their memories of life with Chika intertwined, grief is a shared, but also a solitary process In his grief, eventually, Chika begins to appear to Albom, moments of conversations urging him through the process, urging him to share his story Their story Sharing the lessons that she taught himI remember times you and I were walking and, without prompting, you reached out and took my hand, your little fingers sliding into mine I would like to tell you how that felt, but it is too big for words This is his story, their story, of the years they spent together, acknowledging the gift that those years were, for she will forever occupy a place in their hearts And, yes, it has heartbreaking moments, but it also is heartwarming, tender and inspiring We live, we love, and in the end, we become RealReal isn t how you are made It s a thing that happens to you When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become RealThe Velveteen Rabbit by Susan Gabriel Many thanks, once again, to the Public Library system, and the many Librarians that manage, organize and keep it running, for the loan of this book

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    Author Mitch Albom and his wife Janine run an orphanage in Haiti, and they received a call that one of their favorite children, 5 year old Chika, had something very wrong The only MRI machine in Haiti identified a brain mass, so they brought Chika to Michigan to see if they could get treatment for her She had a rare incurable brain tumor which attacks young children, but they tried everything, including extended stays in Germany for an experimental treatment The book was very thought provokin Author Mitch Albom and his wife Janine run an orphanage in Haiti, and they received a call that one of their favorite children, 5 year old Chika, had something very wrong The only MRI machine in Haiti identified a brain mass, so they brought Chika to Michigan to see if they could get treatment for her She had a rare incurable brain tumor which attacks young children, but they tried everything, including extended stays in Germany for an experimental treatment The book was very thought provoking, because I wondered how far I would go to try and save my child Would I keep seeking a cure, as they did, despite the fact that most doctors told them that it was hopeless Would I keep looking, even while the child was bedridden with a feeding tube Or would I have put her on hospice care with minimal intervention Who can say Have some tissues handy as you read this one

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    I read this labor of love in one sitting and cried all the way through Mitch Albom and his wife, Janine are incredibly special, and as lucky as Chika was to have them, this precious spitfire little girl gave this generous couple the beautiful gift of family It is a must read.full review to come on Book Nation by Jen I read this labor of love in one sitting and cried all the way through Mitch Albom and his wife, Janine are incredibly special, and as lucky as Chika was to have them, this precious spitfire little girl gave this generous couple the beautiful gift of family It is a must read.full review to come on Book Nation by Jen

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    What we carry defines who we are And the effort we make is our legacy Mitch AlbomIn Finding Chika A Little Girl, An Earthquake, and the Making of a Family, Mitch Albom, well known author of Tuesdays With Morrie, shares his life changing experience of caring for Chika, a young Haitian orphan She was born a few days before the devastating 2010 earthquake into a poverty stricken family When her mother died after giving birth to her baby brother, Dad found placements for all their children What we carry defines who we are And the effort we make is our legacy Mitch AlbomIn Finding Chika A Little Girl, An Earthquake, and the Making of a Family, Mitch Albom, well known author of Tuesdays With Morrie, shares his life changing experience of caring for Chika, a young Haitian orphan She was born a few days before the devastating 2010 earthquake into a poverty stricken family When her mother died after giving birth to her baby brother, Dad found placements for all their children Chika was brought to the Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Mitch Albom operates in Port Au Prince After five year old Chika was diagnosed with a medical condition that was untreatable in Haiti, the Alboms brought Chika to America to live with them while seeking medical intervention Instead of returning to Haiti as planned, Chika and the Alboms become found family, and Mitch learns a great deal about caring for a special needs child, the definition of family, unconditional love, loss, and grief.Fans of Mitch Albom will appreciate this poignant memoir Tissues required Memorable themes make this heartfelt book unputdownable and memorable I dearly love the themes of found family and the rescue of innocent children Other thoughtful themes include making a difference, protection, time investment, resilience, when a marriage becomes a family, what we carry What we carry defines who we are And the effort we make is our legacy Families are like pieces of art You can make them from almost anything The only ingredient you need to make a family is unconditional love If you are touched by family stories, have compassion and concern for orphans, are interested in medical interventions, or list Mitch Albom as a favorite author, you WILL want Finding Chika on your TBR.Buy Don t Borrow I am encouraged to report that all profits from the sale of Finding Chika will go to the support of the Have Faith Haiti Orphanage.Content warning trigger warning childhood cancer, loss of a child, povertyForreviews visit my blog www.readingladies.com

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    So many feelings about this book I knew after the first chapter that I would not be able to put it down I finished it in just under six hours The way mitchalbom tells a story ,is what propelled me through this book And this one will resonate with everyone I don t like to write a synopsis in my reviews, so I will just say this You will learn something about yourself when you read this book It will touch your heart and yes, have tissues ready I received this ebook from Edelweiss for my So many feelings about this book I knew after the first chapter that I would not be able to put it down I finished it in just under six hours The way mitchalbom tells a story ,is what propelled me through this book And this one will resonate with everyone I don t like to write a synopsis in my reviews, so I will just say this You will learn something about yourself when you read this book It will touch your heart and yes, have tissues ready I received this ebook from Edelweiss for my honest review

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    Well done, Mr Albom I would have given this book 6 stars This is the best book you ve written so far and I love all your books And this book really tells me who you are, sincere and authentic I can t wait for your next book Congrats and thanks for sharing.

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    A beautiful heartbreaking novel Mitch Albom puts his whole heart on display for his readers to experience the relationship he and his wife had with their daughter, Chika Thank you, Chika, your story needed to be told The most precious thing you can give someone is your time because you can never get it back When you don t think about getting it back, you ve given it in love One of the best things a child can do for an adult is to draw them down, closer to the ground, for clearer receptio A beautiful heartbreaking novel Mitch Albom puts his whole heart on display for his readers to experience the relationship he and his wife had with their daughter, Chika Thank you, Chika, your story needed to be told The most precious thing you can give someone is your time because you can never get it back When you don t think about getting it back, you ve given it in love One of the best things a child can do for an adult is to draw them down, closer to the ground, for clearer reception to the voices of the earth I remember times when you and I were walking and, without prompting, you reached out and took my hand, your little fingers sliding into mine I would like to tell you how that felt, but it is too big for words One of the best memories I have of my relationship with my son

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