Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Praying Through Your Adoption: A Book Review

About The Book:


Are you wondering if God is calling you to adopt? Are you in the long process of a “paper pregnancy”? Do you have a newly-adopted child? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this book is for you!

In Praying Through Your Adoption, adoptive mother Michele Cervone Scott shares how families can walk by faith through the unique joys and challenges of an adoption journey. Through real-life adoption stories, scriptures, and situation-specific prayers, you will discover ways to:

• Recognize God’s role in placing orphans with forever families
• Determine if adoption is right for you
• Explore practical financing options
• Pray about the specific details surrounding your domestic, international, or foster care adoption
• Wait and prepare for your child’s arrival
• Adjust to adoptive family life
• Support, explain, and celebrate your child’s adoption
• Rely on God to supply all of your needs



Interview With The Author:



What can you tell us about yourself, your childhood, and the present?

I grew up as an only child in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Faith was a vital part of our family life, so I believed in God from an early age. About mid-way through college, after heartaches and some poor decisions, I decided to trust Jesus and the plans He has for my life. I graduated, moved to the suburbs, and married my husband, Eric. I worked in the corporate world and Christian ministry before becoming a work-at-home mom through adoption. 

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer? 

I started writing poems and stories for fun as a child. I even had a poem published in Highlights for Children. Through high school and college I enjoyed researching and writing papers, but I never considered becoming a professional writer until I wrote Praying Through Your Adoption

What inspired you to write Praying Through Your Adoption?

I've been talking to God in prayer for as long as I can remember. I turned to prayer during our infertility, and I had planned to pray through a pregnancy if that had been God's plan. While adopting our son from Russia, we experienced painful delays and obstacles, such as increased fees and additional paperwork. At a particularly low point in the adoption process, I participated in an online prayer vigil that directed me to pray for very specific aspects of adoption – from government officials to waiting children. I realized the power of prayer specifically in adoption and saw the need to help other families pray through their adoptions as well. 

How did you come up with the title?

Becoming an adoptive family is a process. First, you make decisions about the type of adoption and the age of the child you wish to pursue. Then you work to become approved, educated, and prepared for welcoming and parenting this new child. Praying Through Your Adoption shows families how to rely on God and their faith through the entire journey of creating and nurturing their forever family.

What other life experiences shaped you to write this book?

Wow, many life experiences influenced this book. Our infertility is probably the biggest since the longing and waiting for our son is a large portion of our story. But even getting laid-off right before our adoption, experiencing post-adoption depression, and dealing with special needs made me want to encourage others dealing with similar difficulties. 

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Retelling my experience with post-adoption depression was hard. After our difficult time becoming parents, I never imagined I'd feel overwhelmed, anxious, and depressed as a new mom. As much as I wanted to skip over that chapter in my life and in the book, I felt it was important to paint a realistic picture for prospective adoptive families. Thankfully, other adoptive families were willing to share their real-life joys and challenges in the book as well.

What's one of the most important things people need to know about adoption?

One of my favorite quotes in the book is from the late Derek Loux, an adoptive father of and an advocate for orphans. He said,

“My friends, adoption is redemption. It's costly, exhausting, expensive, and outrageous. Buying back lives costs so much. When God set out to redeem us, it killed Him. And when He redeems us, we can't even really appreciate or comprehend it.”

Derek's words capture so much. There is loss, and, yes, there are sacrifices – financial and otherwise – in adoption. But the rewards for answering God's call to care for orphans are priceless.



Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

In writing the book, I had the opportunity to feature around 20 families and their unique adoption stories. No matter the circumstances, I could see the special love that ordinary families experience as forever families. I'm grateful for their transparency and support for this project, and I think the readers will be, too.


Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 

With over 143 million orphans across the globe, I would love to see more families consider adoption. But I deeply respect the person who reads this interview or picks up this book and, for whatever reason, decides adoption is not right for them. I hope they would at least consider providing prayer support and perhaps even financial support to families pursuing adoption.

Where can readers learn more about you and adoption?

I encourage readers to visit www.PrayLoveAdopt.com, a website I created to provide information, encouragement, and prayer support for families in any stage of the adoption journey. Visitors can read an excerpt from Praying Through Your Adoption and order a paperback or e-book copy if they desire. They can also visit my blog, www.MommyForward.com, and my main website, www.MicheleCScott.com to learn more about me and my other projects.



My Review:


Are you thinking about adopting a child, in the process, or know someone who is? Well, then I cannot recommend Praying Through Your Adoption enough. This book is outstanding! With a ton of scripture to take you through your journey and prayers to pray for yourself and others, you will be encouraged as you travel the sometimes bumpy road to becoming a forever family. 


This book covers a large number of issues, from the initial reasons people choose to adopt (infertility, etc), to making sure the decision is right for your family, introducing your adoptive child to the rest of your family and more. Each issue is backed with a ton of scripture and as I read the many adoption stories within the book, my eyes filled up with tears. I am an adopted child and every time I think of the choice my adoptive parents made to adopt me I smile. God's hand was on me already then and knew that I would be placed with a God-fearing family and I am so glad I was. I can't imagine what my life might have been like otherwise. 


Currently I know a number of friends who are in various stages of the adoption process, both internationally and domestic adoptions, and I have highly recommended this book to all of them. I know that if my husband and I ever thought about adopting ourselves, this would be a book I would reference repeatedly! This is a book that will bless all those who read it!


I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!


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