THE TWELVE GIFTS OF BIRTH is an inspirational book celebrating the 12 qualities - strength, beauty, courage, compassion, hope, joy, talent, imagination, reverence, wisdom, love and faith - bestowed on every child at birth. Beautifully designed and illustrated, the book's evocative text conveys a simple, poignant message. A perfect gift for Modern's Day, expectant parents, baptism, and other occasions and rites of passage, this heart-warming keepsake encourages us all to nurture and protect our dignity and our dreams. When shared with young children,, the message helps to build the foundations of self-respect and values. For teens and adults, the story offers words of hope that remind us to see the dignity in ourselves and others. It is an insightful book that readers young and old with cherish and turn to again and again. The first gift is Strength - May you remember to call upon it whenever you need it The fourth gift is Compassion - May you be gentle with yourself and others. May you forgive those who hurt you and yourself when you make mistakes. The eleventh gift is Love - it will grow each time you give it away.
Charlene Gorda Costanzo is a writer, a business-woman, and the mother of two adult children, Stephanie and Krista. She is the author of The Twelve Gifts of Birth and The Twelve Gifts for Healing, and holds a B.A. in philosophy from St. Bonaventure University. Charlene and her husband, Frank, live in Phoenix, Arizona.