I always tell my students that reading is an adventure in your mind, it is knowledge gained, empowering, educational and entertaining. I also encourage them to read what is important to them, what they love or are passionate about.
Many years ago, after feeling that call into adoption/ foster care, I began to read everything I could get my hands on that was about those topics. I was excited and eager to learn. Of course some books were well worth the read and others didn’t make the cut. As I finish up yet another book on foster care, I thought it might be a good idea to share what I have been reading. All of the descriptions in quotes were taken from Amazon.com.
The only thing I ask in return is that you PLEASE – share with me what you are reading or have read about foster care or adoption!!! So here is my “Highly Recommended” list!!!
Successful Adoption ~ A Guide for Christian Families by Natalie Nichols Gillespie
“Successful Adoption brings a practical and spiritual view of adoption. Topics include: types of adoption, where to begin, necessary paperwork, finances required – and how to raise them, listing of reputable adoption agencies, building strong bonds with an adopted child, when and how to tell a child she is adopted, the long-term affects of adoption, and God’s blessing through adoption. Book includes practical checklists, timelines, real life stories, sample documents, phone numbers and web-addresses. Successful Adoption also includes real-life stories from families who have adopted, including: Steven and Mary Beth Chapman, Stormie Omartian, Karen Kingsbury, Nicole C. Mullen, Senator Sam Brownback and others.”
Hope’s Boy by Andrew Bridge
“From the moment he was born, Andrew Bridge and his mother Hope shared a love so deep that it felt like nothing else mattered. Trapped in desperate poverty and confronted with unthinkable tragedies, all Andrew ever wanted was to be with his mom. But as her mental health steadily declined, and with no one else left to care for him, authorities arrived and tore Andrew from his screaming mother’s arms. In that moment, the life he knew came crashing down around him. He was only seven years old.
Hope was institutionalized, and Andrew was placed in what would be his devastating reality for the next eleven years–foster care. After surviving one of our country’s most notorious children’s facilities, Andrew was thrust into a savagely loveless foster family that refused to accept him as one of their own. Deprived of the nurturing he needed, Andrew clung to academics and the kindness of teachers. All the while, he refused to surrender the love he held for his mother in his heart. Ultimately, Andrew earned a scholarship to Wesleyan, went on to Harvard Law School, and became a Fulbright Scholar.
Andrew has dedicated his life’s work to helping children living in poverty and in the foster care system. He defied the staggering odds set against him, and here in this heartwrenching, brutally honest, and inspirational memoir, he reveals who Hope’s boy really is.”
A Chance in the World by Steve Pemberton
“Pemberton’s beautifully told story is a rags to riches journey—beginning in a place and with a jarring set of experiences that could have destroyed his life. But Steve’s refusal to give in to those forces, and his resolve to create a better life, shows a courage and resilience that is an example for many of us to follow.” —Stedman Graham, Author, Educator”
The One Factor by Doug Sauder
“Can one person really make a difference in the world? The One Factor jumps headfirst into this question and explores the phenomenon of how one changes everything.”
Like Dandelion Dust ~ Karen Kingsbury
“Kingsbury delivers a powerful new novel about two parents’ love for their child and the surprising lengths they will go to keep their family together when a judge rules that their adopted son must be returned to his biological father.”
A Child Called It by David Pelzer
“This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games–games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother’s games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an “it.”
Dave’s bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive–dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.”