Donnie Kanter Winokur and her husband, Harvey, a Reform rabbi, never could have imagined the heart-wrenching struggle that becomes their new reality after adopting two infants from Russia. Parenthood begins with a Shehecheyanu. Conversion into Judaism is celebrated with two baby-naming ceremonies. Winokur adoringly describes Iyal and Morasha’s mikvah and interprets a bris for her reader in a hysterical narrative. But then she finds herself looking for God in the broken places of life as her fairy tale collapses under the weight of her son’s battles with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and its crushing toll on her marriage and family. Desperate, she turns to an innovative untested four-pawed solution: a golden retriever service dog named Chancer. Her children’s bnei mitzvah becomes more poignant with Chancer’s presence on the bimah. Chancer’s unique love is what the entire family has needed to stay — and grow — together. With writing that’s sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hilarious, and always honest, Chance: How One Good Boy Saved Another reveals a journey that will forever change how you think about hope.
Chancer — How One Good Boy Saved Another
- From the Publisher
May 16, 2017
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