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Bay Tree Publishing, Melissa’s Gift by Olin Dodson

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324 pages, 6″ X 9″
ISBN: 978-0-9836179-3-8

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Melissa’s Gift

by Olin Dodson

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 Milissa’s Gift.


“Tender, potent and beautifully written … I loved this story.”
—Joan Schweighardt, author of Gudrun’s Tapestry

“A thrilling, thought-provoking roller-coaster ride.”
—Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, co-author of The Power of Two