My Book With Dr. Karyn Purvis

I’ve wanted to share this for so long – today is finally the day.

I had the incredible honor of writing a book with Dr. Karyn Purvis. We worked on the book for years, persevering through her first cancer diagnosis, our car accident and losing Kalkidan, and then through Dr. Purvis’ final cancer battle. With the support of her family, and help from her longtime colleague, Emmelie Pickett, the book is being published.

This week I signed a book contract with Harvest House! It’s been a long journey getting from the original idea to today.

In a story-rich format, each chapter includes my personal experiences coupled with Dr. Purvis’s research-based findings. Together we give concrete tools to parents desiring to build trust and connection with their children.

I hold the incredible gift of writing this book with Karyn Purvis close to my heart. I can hardly express my gratitude for sharing in her last written work.

This is a long process; I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the progress of publication.  The official press release is below if you would like to read it.

With love,


Announcing the release of a new book for parents of children from hard places written by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Lisa Qualls with Emmelie Pickett.

Dr. Karyn Purvis, best-selling author and world-renowned developmental psychologist, shares insights from decades of research and explains the changes in the brains and bodies of children from “hard places” of abuse, neglect, and/or trauma. She provides parenting tools that promote attachment and healing from her evidence-based therapeutic model, Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). These science-based, practical methods can be adapted by anyone who loves and serves vulnerable children.  

Lisa Qualls, author of the blog One Thankful Mom and co-founder of The Adoption Connection resource site, shares her experiences as a therapeutic parent who strives daily to build trust and connection with her children. As the mother of twelve children by birth and adoption, Lisa draws from her wealth of real-life stories – the successes and the failures – of using these techniques to parent her children.

In a story-rich format, each chapter includes Lisa’s personal experiences coupled with Dr. Purvis’s research-based findings. Together the authors give concrete tools to parents desiring to build trust-based relationships with their children.

Dr. Purvis and Lisa collaborated for many years on writing the book and finished much of its content in the months leading up to Dr. Purvis’s death in 2016. In 2017, Dr. Purvis’s longtime colleague, Emmelie Pickett, joined the project to help finish the manuscript. Emmelie is the Media Specialist at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University, where Dr. Purvis’s work continues to flourish.

The book is due to be released by Harvest House in May 2020.

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. LauraR
    September 21, 2018

    Congratulations on the incredible honor of writing with Dr. Purvis!

    Can’t wait to read the finished product.


  2. Cynthia Sharp
    September 21, 2018

    Hello Lisa,
    How exciting! I am so happy for you and I can hardly wait to read the book and promote it.
    Not feeling alone on this hard parenting journey gives me hope everyday to keep going. Thank you for sharing your experiences!
    Wish you well,

  3. Regan
    September 21, 2018

    That’s incredible! What an honor to write with Dr Purvis and what a helpful concept to marry her research with your stories. Why will it take so long to get published?

    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 25, 2018

      Publishing is such a long process! The final manuscript is due next spring, but I plan to have it done long before then. From the time the manuscript is accepted, there are multiple layers of edits and then it goes to print.

  4. Mary
    September 23, 2018

    Congratulations! It sounds like the book, in a manner consistent with its content, is evidence of persevering work. Life is hard and unexpected and takes so much from us–but Dr. Purvis and Lisa Qualls are women committed to the long haul. Many families will be grateful for faithful perseverance! You need a party!!!

  5. jen
    October 10, 2018

    Wow! Just wow! I cannot wait to read this book! What a great blessing it will be for many! Congratulations!!!!

    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 11, 2018

      Thanks so much, Jen.


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