Carina Sue Burns - The Syrian Jewelry Box CVR

Meet Carina Burns

For over two decades Carina wandered the globe throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Her travels took her to Germany, France, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia. Carina enjoy all aspects of foreign cultures, including the exotic cuisines, the varied cultural history, and the many different languages. Carina’s travels shaped her life. It formed her appreciation for, and her understanding of, the world around her. And it instilled within her the desire, and the need, to write.Learn More

I Was Adopted?

Were you adopted? Did you have a similar experience? Do you face issues with identity? Carina learned of her own adoption when she was just a teenager growing up in the Middle East. That knowledge came as a severe shock. It formed a turning point in Carina’s life. And with that came a burning need to know the truth. Her truth. And from that quest comes The Syrian Jewelry Box, a chronicle of forgiveness and healing through love and acceptance. Carina’s writing is a message, a metaphor, for us all.Learn More

Self Empowerment

A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” -Mohandas Gandhi. Behold, Be Still, Believe = Be Heard Be Hold, Be Still, Believe = Be Heard Behold the beautiful person you are! You bring love and light into the world just by being you. You ask the question, “Do I Matter?” Carina brings an adoptee’s perspective to the answer to that very question. Through her own relationships, her own experiences, and through her own eyes, we are compelled to see ourselves.Learn More

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Carina Burns has looked within herself, faced her demons and developed the courage to share her journey of love, perceived betrayal, angst, and re-generative love. Innocence to anger to forgiveness to sharing. She has quite a story, a gift she shares with passion.  Carina Burns is truly ‘Becoming’ in every way imaginable. And, by the way, having tissue handy while reading her story will help.
~ Richard Maack, Junior High School Principal