Latest News Tag: Books

June 27, 2018

Okayest Mom: A Review & Giveaway

Many (most?) moms have a tidy life plan when it comes to their home and family. … And if we’re honest, adopting children can throw those tidy plans into utter chaos. Such was the case for Natalie Gwyn, author of the newly released book, Okayest Mom. In this enjoyable memoir, Gwyn chronicles raising 6 children, 4 of whom were adopted … at one time … from Ethiopia. She uses humor–and her trademark authenticity–to share how God led her and her husband to adopt, and then how God brought growth and bonding to their family in big ways. Her lighthearted narrative begins with the nudge of God toward the uncomfortable. And isn’t that where the growth happens? The book is already receiving lots of positive attention. Earlier this year, Kathie Lee Gifford shared the book as one of her favorite things on the Today Show. And our own staff has enjoyed reading the … Continue reading

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June 13, 2018

Who Loves? A Book (Series) Review + Giveaway!

Children in foster care typically have many people moving in and out of their lives. This revolving door can lead children to believe that nobody loves them. … And if we’re honest, it’s hard to blame them. Introducing the Who Loves? series. The Forgotten Initiative, a foster care ministry of Lifesong, is committed to showing Jesus to the one who feels forgotten. Having worked alongside thousands of foster children, foster care advocates, churches, and families–they sensed a gap in communication and chose to fill it with a delightful set of books for children. But behind the books’ simplicity is a critical and strategic message. Foster-turned-adoptive mom Jami Kaeb recently created a series of picture books designed specifically to give children a hope-saturated perspective on the people they interact with while they are in foster care. Each of the 3 books in the series has this message: You are worthy. You are loved. And we … Continue reading

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November 17, 2017

25 Kids Books About Adoption

Sometimes reading books with our children allows us to say things in unique or helpful ways. Here are 25 adoption-related books for children. Hint: If you want to preview the book before you buy or borrow it, search for it on YouTube. Often, the book has been read by someone there. 1. A Blessing from Above: Little Golden Book (Patti Henderson) Every night before she goes to sleep, a kangaroo prays under the stars for a baby to love and hold. One day, as she rests under a tree, a baby bird falls out of its crowded nest—plop!—right into her pouch! 2. A Mother for Choco (Keiko Kasza) Choco wishes he had a mother, but who could she be? He sets off to find her, asking all kinds of animals, but he doesn’t meet anyone who looks just like him. He doesn’t even think of asking Mrs. Bear if she’s his mother-but then she … Continue reading

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August 30, 2017

11 Books that Celebrate the Joy of Adoption

It’s the season for books and reading, so we asked you–our social media audience–for the books that most shaped you with regard to adoption. The response was overwhelming! Here are 11 books that stood out in the conversation– 1. Adopted for Life (Russell Moore) Dr. Moore’s book is a practical manifesto for Christians to adopt children and to help equip other Christian families to do the same. He shows that adoption is not just about couples who want children-or who want more children. It is about an entire culture that sees adoption as part of the Great Commission mandate and as a sign of the gospel itself. 2. Born Broken: An Adoptive Journey (Kristin Berry) Kristin Berry tells her family’s story honestly, and does not shy away from the challenges she and her family has faced, including isolation and depression. This story is written with her son’s blessings, in the hopes that others will … Continue reading

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August 4, 2015

Book It! {Liberia Update}

Please enjoy this update from Liberia… Sometimes it takes a while, but dreams do come true! Libraries at the Rehab and Marshall homes are open! Through the efforts of many generous donors, and in spite of unforeseen delays, all the children at both homes now have regular access to more books than they have ever seen in one place. We are hoping to continue to build on this foundation, and to instill a greater love of learning in all of our children.  We know that a good education is critical to giving our children the opportunity to be successful and productive adults.  These libraries allow the kids to explore worlds beyond their experience while improving their reading and comprehension skills.  The libraries are used for individual study as well as recreational reading. They also provide valuable resources for the classroom teachers, from textbooks and fiction to maps and other study aids.   Our … Continue reading

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February 9, 2015

Counter Culture {With Courage, Conviction & Compassion}

If you are still compiling your 2015 reading list, please don’t miss David Platt’s brand new book, Counter Culture. As he shares on the Christian’s response to the social issues we are faced with today, including defending fatherless and orphaned children:  Everywhere we turn, battle lines are being drawn—traditional marriage vs. gay marriage, pro-life vs. pro-choice, personal freedom vs. governmental protection. And as difficult conversations about homosexuality, abortion, and religious liberty continue to inject themselves into our workplaces, our churches, our schools, and our homes, Christians everywhere are asking the same question: HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO RESPOND TO ALL THIS? In Counter Culture, New York Times bestselling author David Platt shows Christians how to actively take a stand on the most pressing social issues of our day. Drawing on compelling personal accounts from around the world, Platt presents an unapologetic yet winsome call for Christians to faithfully follow Christ … Continue reading

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January 5, 2015

6 Books for Your 2015 Reading List

  Thanks to a few friendly suggestions from a recent Facebook discussion, we’d thought it would be fun to give you some new reading material for the new year! Who doesn’t have “read more” on their new years resolution list, right? There is always room to grow in our love and knowledge for God and how we can more effectively serve His people. Here are some recommended books for 2015 – some are oldies-but-goodies, others new this year, but all hold wonderful insight for us all as we seek to bring joy and purpose to orphaned children! Becoming Home: Adoption, Foster Care, and Mentoring–Living Out God’s Heart for Orphans (Frames) by Barna Group & Jedd Medefind  KnowOrphans: Mobilizing the Church for Global Orphanology by Rick Morton When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert  After They Are Yours: The Grace and Grit … Continue reading

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