Sunday, November 28, 2021

Book Tour: Blessed to Have Been Abandoned by Monica Kelsey @RABTBookTours @mkwebsiteandseo

The Story of The Baby Box Lady

Date Published: April 9, 2021

Publisher: MindStir Media

She went from being ABANDONED, to saving abandoned babies.

Poignant, brutally honest and triumphant; Blessed to Have Been Abandoned is the true story of Monica Kelsey, the founder of Safe Haven Baby Boxes. 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 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.

A heart wrenching yet ultimately victorious story, Blessed to Have Been Abandoned will take you through the pain, struggle, valleys and mountain tops of Monica's life, all of these pointing to the amazing hand of God. A testimony to God's faithfulness and His plan and purpose, this book will encourage your own heart and help you find purpose through pain and we trust it will bring Glory to God, the Author of each one of our complicated, messy and inspiring journeys.


"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

Interview with Monica Kelsey

Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

The central message in my book is that you are not a victim of your circumstances. God can and will work all things together for His good!  There is purpose in your pain, you just need to find it. 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

It’s always challenging to go back through the struggle of your past.  Reliving the struggle of wrestling with the tough “Why” questions gave me a clearer perspective on what God was up to and the beauty of His plan.  It was painful to really dig in as my adopted father, the only father I know, was fighting cancer and ultimately passed away just a month after I finished the book.  I am so glad I was able to read most of it to him and dedicate this book to both my dad and my mom. 

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

Only ONE, so obviously this is my favorite. 

If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

Patricia Heaton!

She is pro-life and unapologetic about it!   

When did you begin writing?

I have been writing for the last 10 years.

How long did it take to complete your first book?

It took about 6 months to complete, but COVID helped keep that time frame short.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?


What is your favorite part of the writing process?

Finishing the book and seeing the project hit the shelves.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

Finding purpose in pain

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

I am hoping to write the stories of the brave mothers who safely surrendered their newborn, the adoptive parents and the hope that each life spared brings to the world.

About the Author

Monica Kelsey is the founder and Executive Director of Safe Haven Baby Boxes, a 501c3 non profit whose mission is to prevent infant abandonment and give mother’s in crisis a safe, legal and completely anonymous option of surrendering their unharmed newborn. Monica’s personal story of being abandoned at birth by a teen mom who had been raped and hidden away for her entire pregnancy propelled her to speak on behalf of babies like herself as well as her birth mother who desperately needed a safe option. Monica is also a firefighter/paramedic and knows first hand how important first responders are to state Safe Haven laws.

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