Fingernail Moon

The True Story of a Mother's Flight to Protect Her Daughter

Publisher: Shaw Books
Fingernail Moon, the true story of a mother and daughter’s courageous journey. An inspiring story of Janie Webster’s daring quest to save her daughter’s life.

When Webster discovered that her husband had sexually abused their daughter, her seemingly content life changed forever. She began divorce proceedings, but the court allowed unsupervised visits between father and daughter. Then her husband was diagnosed with AIDS. Terrified that he could further abuse and even infect their daughter, Janie Webster knew that she had to flee.

Mother and daughter embarked on a five-year journey around the world. Although often discouraged, they found within their physical journey a deep spiritual meaning. With God’s guidance, they established and reestablished new lives in the countries where they stayed, finding people they could trust who provided them with friendship and assistance. Despite the threat of deportation and imprisonment hanging over them, they sensed the hand of God engineering their safe passage.


How Long, O Lord?

A cold coming we had of it,
Just the worst time of the year
For a journey, and such a long journey . . .

--T.S. Eliot, Journey of the Magi

Once in the truck, I tell my daughter, Ellen, that we are going for a ride. As a six-year-old, Ellen lives in the present...
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"Sexual abuse is always terrible--abuse by a parent is especially painful. To protect her daughter,  Janie Webster took her on a pilgrimage around the world--their courage as it is reflected in this book is inspiring; the hope and faith that sustained them both are deeply impressive."
--Esther Rantzen, BBC

From the Hardcover edition.