A poignant, personal memoir, Melissa’s Gift recounts how a deeply solitary man discovers he has fathered a daughter while traveling years before in Central America. She evokes a capacity to love in him he has never known, even while she slowly wastes from the dreadful disease of cystic fibrosis.Written with beauty and power, Melissa’s Gift is an unforgettable story and a deeply moving read. More
In August, 1990, a solitary, unmarried man received a phone call from a stranger who informed him that he was the father of an eleven-year-old child who wanted to meet him. The girl’s name was Melissa. She lived with her mother, a housekeeper, in a small town in western Costa Rica. Melissa had the incurable disease known as cystic fibrosis.
Thus begins Melissa’s Gift, Olin Dodson’s account of his extraordinary relationship with his daughter. Written with elegance, beauty and power, Melissa’s Gift is an unforgettable story and a deeply moving reading experience.
About the Author
Olin Dodson holds graduate degrees from Sonoma State University and San Francisco Theological Seminary. A licensed psychotherapist, teacher, consultant and public speaker, he has travelled extensively in Central America for the past twenty years. Dodson resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he is currently working on a sequel to Melissa's Gift.
“His tender and compelling story is an inspiring revelation of the power of love.”
“Tender, potent and beautifully written … I loved this story.”
—Joan Schweighardt, author of Gudrun’s Tapestry
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—Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, co-author of The Power of Two