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Both Ends Burning: My Story of Adopting Three Children from Haiti

An award-winning story about redemption and transformation, Both Ends Burning is gripping and inspirational, with a powerful emotional impact.

Testimonials from readers:

“Simply the most inspirational book I have ever read. It was so full of heart that I felt mine opening with each word. I actually went to a hotel one night just to have peace and quiet to finish it.”

“I just finished Both Ends Burning and must say it was fantastic! A very enjoyable, easy read that will take you through all the emotions. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is considering the adoption process. It truly captures the beauty of being a parent and the joy all children bring.”

“What a heartfelt account of a soul transforming event. Makes you want to do something about the lost children of Haiti. Very well written and paced, this book will hold your attention through laughter and tears. I only wish the book was longer, I would love to hear more about these amazing children as they grow up….hoping for the sequel!”

Both Ends Burning reminds us of the lessons life can teach us when we least expect them and in the most unusual ways. This is not your common adoption story in many ways, making their journey even more intriguing and inspiring. Very well-written and enjoyable to read.”

“I appreciated the humor, the realness of their struggles, and the beauty of the joy and love realized by all involved. A story you don’t want to put down because a happiness fills your heart knowing the lives of these children are positively changed forever.”

“Every child needs a home, and every home is blessed by a child taken in by love. Thankfully the Juntunen family can be an example to others to take the leap of faith in pursuing adoption, making a difference and leaving a wonderful legacy.”

“Spoken from the heart with a clever sense of humor, this touching real life story is eye-opening, deep and profound – a glimpse into a life (and therefore many lives) changed by international adoption.”

Both Ends Burning is not only one of the most inspirational books I’ve ever read, it is a very important book for our world as it tells the story of the need for us to open our hearts and homes to orphans around the world. Craig Juntunen’s book will make you laugh and cry and most certainly not put it down until you’re finished. You will feel you know the author, his wife and their 3 amazing children blessed to have them as parents now. This beautiful family will surely capture your heart as it has mine.”

“I read Both Ends Burning in two sittings. The story has all the elements of a great read; it’s funny, sincere and moving. The author personally takes you through his odyssey of finding out sometimes the unexpected in life provides the most fulfillment. I think the best part is that through the Juntunen family sharing their experience and generosity, they are helping to promote international adoption and help many, many deserving children.”

Craig Juntunen appeared to have it all. He sold his company at the age of 40, and set out to live the good life of retirement. But he soon began to feel something was lacking. When a friend told him the story of adopting two girls from Haiti, Craig’s emptiness gave way to a sense of adventure. On a trip to the desperate Third World nation, a country wracked by poverty, corruption and kidnappings, his self-serving lifestyle began a very profound transformation. At an orphanage outside of Port-Au-Prince Craig encountered Espie, Amelec and Quinn. Even after decades of table-pounding declarations he would never have children, at 51 Craig became a dad. This inspirational story of an unexpected journey and personal transformation will say many things to different people. But for all it delivers a powerful reminder of our responsibility to reach out and be there for kids.

“Craig’s story is very compelling and very real. It demonstrates the beauty of the adoption story….everybody wins. You start out by providing a home for a child but you end up providing more for yourself than you ever imagined.”
– Kirk Triplett, PGA Golf Professional and adoptive parent.

Both Ends Burning won 1st place in the non-fiction category of the 2010 Arizona Authors’ Association awards.

The book is available from All proceeds from sales of the book are directed to fund the Both Ends Burning Campaign to reform international adoption.


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