Wednesday, November 6, 2013

WWRW - Adoption: Choosing It, Living It, Loving It

A couple weeks ago, I put out a request for suggestions of adoption-related blogs. Maia responded with a book recommendation - Adoption: Choosing It, Living It, Loving It by Dr. Ray Guarendi.  I picked it up at the library and was able to read it over one nap time.

This is a great first book to read for anyone even remotely contemplating adoption.  The author, Guarendi, is a psychologist and adoptive father of ten.  His writing style is very laid back and personable, which makes the book so accessible and easy to read.  The book is organized in a question-and-answer format, divided into chapters by general themes.  Some questions I found most helpful were those involving upsetting birth order and the idea that love is enough.  He does a good job of dispelling myths by using current research.  He very realistically lays out what the research says and how this may or may not affect any given child.

Although this book has a lot of good information, it is entirely at an introductory level, so would likely not be suited for someone who is already well into the adoption process. But I certainly recommend for anyone who is just starting to think about whether adoption could be right for them!





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7 comments:

  1. Thanks for the share - we're just ending 2 1/2 years as foster parents with a return home and are discerning our next steps - a future adoption is something we're praying about a lot right now. Very timely share :)

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    1. Annery, thanks for sharing. I cannot imagine how hard that must be. I will be praying for your discernment.

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    2. Thanks - it's definitely been a difficult, but grace-filled time.

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  2. My friends are keeping a blog about adopting two two year olds from China, the last post is here: http://bornanewinourhearts.blogspot.com/2013/11/orphan-sunday-miracle-of-loaves.html

    and is just incredibly beautiful, I thought of you!

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    1. Thanks for thinking of me and sharing, Rebekah! I'll add it to my feedly!

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  3. Is this book geared toward American adoption primarily or is it so general that any prospective adoptive family could benefit? Why am I talking so fancy? Imagine that first question asked in a fun way, okay?

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    1. :-)

      it's very general, so a great starting point for getting basic questions answered regardless of adoption type.

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