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Her story is unforgettable. Her life, while painful, gave her a greater purpose. Monica Kelsey, author of “Blessed to Have Been Abandoned: The Story of The Baby Box Lady,” joined us today to tell us about her new book and share her story.

“Blessed to Have Been Abandoned” is the true story of Monica Kelsey, the founder of Safe Haven Baby Boxes. The national organization has blossomed into a nationwide movement, saving abandoned babies. Monica grew up in Paulding, Ohio and graduated from Paulding High School in 1992. She is the daughter of the late Robert Shaffer and Marcia Shaffer, of Briceton.

Blessed to Have Been Abandoned became an Amazon bestseller on May 20, 2021 after its release on May 1, 2021. The unforgettable book begins with a forward written by Kevin Harrington, an original Shark Tank star. He stated, “You can follow Monica’s story as she discovers the secrets of her painful beginnings, the painful journey of her birth mother, wrestling with being abandoned as an infant, yet being given the gift of an amazing adoptive forever family. Watch as Monica’s personal struggle births the vision for a national organization that is saving the lives of abandoned infants across the United States.”

Readers explore her honest, heart wrenching, yet triumphant life story in Blessed to Have Been Abandoned. She takes readers through the valleys and mountain tops of her life, all leading her to the amazing hand of God. Her resilient journey is a testimony to God’s faithfulness and His plan and purpose. The book will encourage you to find purpose in pain, trusting that your own story will bring Glory to God.

“Monica Kelsey’s ‘Blessed to Have Been Abandoned: The Story of the Baby Box Lady’ is an uplifting inspirational story of how one woman answered God’s call on her life, transforming her difficult beginning into a mission to protect the most vulnerable among us in her home state and beyond. It’s exactly the kind of story we need. Highly recommended!” -J.J. Hebert, #1 bestselling author.

“Blessed to have been Abandoned” (ISBN: 9781736522417) is available through retailers worldwide, including and Amazon. Wholesale orders are available through Ingram Wholesale Books.