Author: Rosemary Tran Lauer with Scott Beller
Publication Date: August, 2013
From the back cover of the book:
Imagine waking up tomorrow in a foreign land with no home, no money, no grasp of the language, no formal education, no friends or family for support, and with two kids under age three depending on you. What would you do? Beggars or Angels: How a Single Mother Triumphed Over War, Welfare and Cancer to Become a Successful Philanthropist tells the inspirational story of Rosemary Tran Lauer, a mother who found the will and a way to survive when faced with this overwhelming scenario. Drawing on her strength, bold resourcefulness, and sense of humor, Rosemary was eventually able to give her family a wealth of opportunities they wouldn’t have dared dream about in the war-torn homeland they left behind. A courageous welfare-mother-turned-philanthropist, she was willing to sacrifice everything but her self-respect for the sake of her children’s futures . . . and for the futures of thousands of families around the world. Beggars or Angels is about one woman’s dare to care and her persistent search for a reason “why.” Once she discovered it, Rosemary transformed her years of struggle into an altruistic ambition and purpose-the child care advocacy nonprofit Devotion to Children.
This book is just what I needed to read. Great medicine and great motivation. After reading Rosemary’s inspiring story which was so genuinely put together by the authors, I want to be a better person.
Rosemary is such a beautiful person inside and out and Scott honestly illustrates her unshakable story of enduring energy so well. Her transparency in relating her life is awesome. A friend of her’s once compared her to Scarlett O’Hara: strong, tough and beautiful. But Scarlett was selfish and didn’t have the heart of compassion that Rosemary has. A heart that founded Devotion to Children, a nonprofit organization “committed to providing access to high quality educational and childcare programs for children aged six and under from economically disadvantaged families.”
I also know very little about Vietnam and the Vietnam War so I thought the section of her life in Vietnam very interesting and a wonderful indication of how she changed her life.
I think it’s important to note that proceeds from the sale of the book will go to Devotion to Children.
I just want to read it again and take notes.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. A book give away and interview is forthcoming.