Over a series of interviews set against the backdrop of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Gabriella shares with journalist Mark Grijsbach an honest and mesmerizing account of what it was like to be one of the first cross-cultural adoptions in the 1960s.
Young Gabriella’s struggles with intolerance, bullying, racism, and feeling like she did not belong followed her throughout most of the first part of her life but are narrated in such a brave and wise voice that readers will feel empowered as they watch her journey toward becoming the woman she is today.
Whether you are a father, a mother, a child, a blood relation, or adopted, you will be pulled into this story. From thought-provoking commentary on what adoptions are really like and advice for those wishing to adopt, to thoughts on the various contradictions in life, there are takeaways for us all. Primarily, Gabriella’s message underlines that “It is okay to just BE you.”
This book is a must-read for social activists, those considering adoption, and for anyone looking for a story that touches on the universal topics of belonging and family.
Now in its third edition, this acclaimed book With All My Might is a classic and rightfully deserves its place in our hearts.
- Gabriella van Rij, May 2011
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