The adoption journey is many things. It is beautiful, and it is hard. It is joyful, and it is sad. It is the best thing, and it is the hardest thing. And it is certainly confusing.
There are a lot of useful stories and resources along the way. We have found these five books to be both helpful and life giving. Whether it’s a story you can relate to or parenting resources to help your children heal, we hope you find what you need here.
The Connected Child, co-authored by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross, has helped countless adoptive and foster parents better connect with their children as they seek to love and care for them in a way that honors God. This is a vital resource in the adoption journey.
This book, from JT Olson, the Founder and Executive Director of Both Hands Foundation, is a powerful and moving story. After experiencing tragedy in his youth and being orphaned alongside his siblings, he brings a unique perspective of his journey to transforming his pain into passion and becoming an adoptive parent himself. Through JT’s life, filled with stories of loss, family, hope, and love, you will see God’s heart for waiting children and the part he has asked us to play in helping. It’ll be hard for you to put this book down.
Parenting children impacted by trauma is very difficult. As a parent, your mind can fill with so many questions and doubts. It may always feel like you are doing things wrong. But you are not a failure, you are not alone, and there is hope. This book helps guide you through the difficult journey of parenting children who have been hurt, and helps give you practical tools to lead them toward healing.
Show Hope co-founder and award winning Christian music artist Steven Curtis Chapman’s soon-to-be released memoir is a book you can’t miss. In this story, he shares with startling honesty about the places on his journey where he has wrestled with the unfixable things, even his own insecurities, only to find much of the inspiration for his life and his music in those very places. He also reveals honest and vulnerable stories about his 32-year marriage to the love of his life, Mary Beth, and their family—through their children and the miracle of adoption.
From our beloved co-founder Mary Beth Chapman, this book beautifully tells the story of miraculous love and heartbreaking loss, holding it all together in the tension of God’s love. The power of this moving story has been seen in so many ways, and we cannot recommend it enough. We may be biased, but it’s one of our favorite books.