Church of the Good Shepherd

The Anglo-Catholic Parish of the Episcopal Diocese Of Upper South Carolina

ECW's Book for November

True Stories from the Tennessee Children’s Home Society

The Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Book Club will discuss Before and After by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate in November. All women at Good Shepherd are encouraged to drop by and participate in the discussion. No need to RSVP. No need to read the book. Please come join us!

Before and After book cover

From the 1920s to 1950, Georgia Tann ran a black-market baby business at the Tennessee Children’s Home Society in Memphis. She offered up more than 5,000 orphans tailored to the wish lists of eager parents—hiding the fact that many weren’t orphans at all, but stolen sons and daughters of poor families, desperate single mothers, and women told in maternity wards that their babies had died.

The publication of Lisa Wingate’s novel Before We Were Yours brought new awareness of Tann’s lucrative career in child trafficking. Adoptees who knew little about their pasts gained insight into the startling facts behind their family histories. Encouraged by their contact with Wingate and journalist Judy Christie, who documented the stories of fifteen adoptees in this book, many determined Tann survivors set out to trace their roots and find their birth families.

Before and After includes moving and sometimes shocking accounts of the ways in which adoptees were separated from their first families. Often raised as only children, many have joyfully reunited with siblings in the final decades of their lives. In a poignant culmination of art meeting life, many of the long- silent victims of the tragically corrupt system return to Memphis with the authors to reclaim their stories at a Tennessee Children’s Home Society reunion.

Discussion Schedule (9am – 10:30 am in the education building)

November 10, 2019Chapters 1 - 20

Upcoming books:

The 13 th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle by Joanne Huist Smith
Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk by Michelle DeRusha
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Angels on Earth: Inspiring Real-Life Stories of Fate, Friendship, and the Power of Kindness by Laura Schroff
From Fire, By Water: My Journey to the Catholic Faith by Sohrab Ahmari

Contact   Church office at 779-2960 or email to for more information.