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Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Grant
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Book Description

A Stirring Memoir on Parenthood and the Invisible Threads that Bind Us to Those We Are Meant to Love

The obstacles, surprises, and moments of grace that Jennifer Grant experienced, working through the adoption process to bring home her daughter from Guatemala, forever changed her life.

Love You More tells Grant’s deeply personal story of adopting her daughter, Mia. The process confronted her notions about what family means, pushed her into uncomfortable places, and—despite the waiting, adjustments, and challenges of a blended family—brought abiding joy.

Written for all parents but especially those interested in adoption, Love You More includes discussion questions, tips for prospective adoptive parents, and suggestions for readers on how to reach out in love and support for the world’s most vulnerable people, including orphans.


“From page one of her courageously vulnerable, intoxicatingly funny memoir about faith and family, Jennifer Grant finds the God of grace in each pot of macaroni and cheese, sticky little hand, doctor’s visit, late-night lawn mowing, and unlikely friend-turned-family-member that decorate her life.”—Cathleen Falsani, author, Sin Boldly

“So much written about adoption seems to overlook this essential truth: adoption is about love. Jennifer Grant’s story demonstrates this in every sentence and paragraph and on every page. She tells a story that is smart, funny, and brutally honest.”—Jessica O’Dwyer, author, Mamalita



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"From page one of her courageously vulnerable, intoxicatingly funny memoir about faith and family, it is clear that Jennifer Grant listens to her life with great care.

--Cathleen Falsani, award-winning religion columnist and author 


"I could not love Love You More more...it offers wisdom, wit and laid-bare honesty in a beautiful book that helps us all see the Divine at work in our families."

--Caryn Rivadeneira, author of Grumble Hallelujah and Mama's Got a Fake I.D.


"...a powerful, tender and eloquent memoir that captures the pain - and the triumph and overwhelming joy - of family, faith and adoption."

--Maurice Possley, author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and adoptive father


"...a story about the truth of parenting - the ways that dreams and expectations bump up against reality. This book is the Eat, Pray Love of parenting books."

--Karen Deerwester, parenting expert and author of The Entitlement-Free Child

"Using words in place of brushes, Grant paints a compelling portrait of a loving family, led by God's invisible threads - Divine Alignment - to adopt a baby..."

--SQuire Rushnell, author of the "When God Winks" book series

From the Author

Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter grew from a series of columns I wrote about adopting my daughter years ago for Sun-Times Media newspapers. The series was called "The Red Thread: On Adoption" and was mainly comprised of personal stories about my experience adopting from Guatemala, but also highlighted topics around foster care in the U.S., theories of attachment, and other issues of interest to families. 

Over the few years when I dedicated my column to writing about adoption, I received email from people all over the U.S. Someone would read my column, clip or email it to a friend elsewhere in the country whose life was touched by adoption, and as time went by, I felt enveloped by a wonderful community of adoptive parents. I've learned so much - what it can feel like to adopt a child with special needs such as brain damage or HIV, hard stories of unethical adoption or disrupted adoptions, and much more. All of what I learned informed me as I wrote Love You More.
Although I hoped, in writing this memoir, to encourage, educate, and engage families whose lives have been touched by adoption, that the book is a gift to my daughter was ever on my mind. Writing it felt like a weighty responsibility and an honor.

Product Details

  • File Size: 372 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057Z7H7C
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! July 22, 2011
Format:Paperback
Adoption has shaped my life in ways both beautiful and heartbreaking.

We were foster parents with Bethany Christian Services for two years. It was a high honor to be a part of the birth of a new family, and witness the courage of birth parents who'd chosen to release their babies into a future with this carefully-chosen family. Beautiful.

The heartbreaking part of adoption in my life comes in two different forms: My mom was adopted under a veil of secrecy by an alcoholic relative and his wife after her birth mom died. And during our own foster parenting years, our attempts to adopt an older child in the state system were unsuccessful.

The heartbreak only serves to underscore the eternal importance of adoption to me. Scripture highlights the stunning bravery of the adopted Esther, and refers to the people chosen to be brought into God's family with language that highlights the intimacy of the relationship. It reflects his heart and changes lives.

And the lives that get changed aren't just those of the adoptees. Author Jennifer Grant has penned a wonderfully honest memoir of her journey into adoption that shows how her life, her marriage, her family and her network of relationships have all been reshaped by the adoption of her fourth child, Mia.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By MissyR
Format:Paperback
Love You More, The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter
By Jennifer Grant
Published by Thomas Nelson

Jennifer Grant's Love You More, weaves together the intricacies of international adoption with all of the emotions that go along with creating a blended family. Her story of adopting a child from Guatemala not only speaks of the process itself, but of how this divine blessing from God impacts the lives of her husband, her three young children, and herself. This poignant and moving story speaks to the heart of any parent or anyone who plans to have children by either childbirth or adoption. Grant's words paint a true picture of what parenting in any facet is all about.

I found this true story fascinating and well-spoken from cover to cover. In addition to speaking about the adoption process, this book spoke volumes on what it means to be a good parent. Written in easy to understand language, this story touches on the inner working of the heart, obedience to God, and how true reliance on God is necessary to live a happy and fulfilled life. Without sugar-coating, Grant gives an inspirational account of her family's adoption experience that is often interspersed with down to earth humor. Details of her journey are covered from beginning to end without ever becoming boring. Grant also includes numerous resources on adoption at the back of the book.

I would highly recommend this book to those who are considering adoption, any parent, or anyone who simply enjoys reading about real-life families. I absolutely loved reading this book with all of its insights and offerings. I found myself unwilling to put it down, and read it in just a couple of days.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Thomas Nelson and the BookSneeze Blogger Program, for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A STIRRING MEMOIR ON PARENTHOOD! November 18, 2013
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Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter by Jennifer Grant is a stirring memoir on parenthood and the invisible threads that bind us to those we are meant to love.

Love You More is the story of Jennifer Grant's deeply personal story of adopting her daughter, Mia. Written for all parents but especially those interested in adoption, Love You More includes discussion questions, tips for prospective adoptive parents, and suggestions for readers on how to reach out in love and support for the world's most vulnerable people, including orphans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Marlena
Format:Paperback
While skillfully weaving together her adoption story (from the perspective of an adoptive parent with three biological children), Jennifer also takes a tender, yet realistic look at adoption.

This book has so many insights and is so well-written that it has been hard to select what I want to highlight. But I'll give it a try.

In chapter five, Jennifer says something stunning about those contemplating adoption, something that I've never heard:

"...I hope they come to adoption because they want to grow their families, not because they want to save the world. If your desire is to save the world, adoption is quite possibly one of the least effective ways to do it."

She goes on to say that there are more efficient ways to help the world's poor than adoption:

"Seventy percent of the world's poor are women and their children. Empower them with microloans, education, a farm animal, or job training and you will see whole communities rise from poverty....To make the world a better place invest in charitable organizations that equip women in resource poor settings to succeed."

I had never heard it put quite like that. Part of the reason I've wanted to adopt is because I feel that adoption is a way of fulfilling God's command to care for the orphan. And I want to obey the Lord. I often think about the children in the world, including those in my local community, who don't have mommies and daddies, or healthy mommies and daddies, or parents who can holistically provide for them. And my heart aches. So I frequently ask myself, "What is my role? What would God have me do?"

After reading Grant's work, I am reminded that there are many good ways to care for orphans and to help children flourish.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a ‘must read’ but certainly a book that adoptive parents might...
Jennifer Grant tells the story of adopting her Guatemalan-born daughter, Mia. She gives us a background to her family and family life which didn’t make very good reading. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Corinne Rodrigues
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest and Real
I appreciated Jennifer's story-telling. Her genuine heart for others shines through. I am neither convinced nor dissuaded from adopting, but feel my heart and perspective on the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joel
3.0 out of 5 stars find someone for yourself bye
Maybe you will find someone like I have good luck and have a nice life .bye bye I am happy and I am going to live my life with my love.
Published 7 months ago by David J. Sanchez
2.0 out of 5 stars Blogger Review
I was given a copy of this book free from the publisher by BookLook Bloggers, and am in no way obligated to give a positive review. These opinions I express are my own. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Reading Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Memoir
Following the invisible thread of connection between people who are seemingly intended to become family, journalist Jennifer Grant shares the deeply personal, often humorous story... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Emily Rachelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Love You More
In `Love You More' journalist and mother of four, Jennifer Grant has woven a poignant and informative memoir of her family's international adoption journey. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Linda
2.0 out of 5 stars Love You More Review..
I was given a copy of this book free from the publisher by BookSneeze, and am in no way obligated to give a positive review. These opinions I express are my own. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Valerie
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative, but troubling issues
I realize many people will read this book purely for it's secular value as the story of an international adoption, but as a Christian reader who was under the impression that to an... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Nervous Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
This book will captivate you every second! I could not put the book down until the next sequel... This one will gonna captive your heart, the author portrays a genuine story of... Read more
Published on October 26, 2012 by Martha
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story of hope for orphans the world over.
This adoption story educated me in the ways of the world of adoption. I was so inspired by the stories of these parents and others because they have so much love, courage and... Read more
Published on October 15, 2012 by Dotty Hendren
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More About the Author

Jennifer Grant is the author of four books: Love You More, MOMumental, Disquiet Time, and Wholehearted Living.

She is a promiscuous reader who (usually) finishes what she starts, and is just as likely to be found reading Dinosaur Bob as Kate Chopin. Her work has been published on britannica.com, adoption.com, momitforward.com, and eatdinner.org and in magazines including Chicago Parent, Christianity Today, Draft, MomSense, and Conscious Choice. For more than a decade, she wrote features, restaurant profiles, and general interest and family life columns for Sun-Times Media newspapers. She also was a health and family columnist for the Chicago Tribune.

Grant is a contributor to and co-editor of Disquiet Time with her friend Cathleen Falsani. She is also writing Wholehearted Living: Five Minute Reflections for Modern Moms, to be published by Loyola Press. Both Disquiet Time and Wholehearted Living will be released in 2014.

Published in May 2012 by Worthy Publishing, her second book, MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family, was featured in Publishers Weekly and The Christian Science Monitor.

Jennifer's memoir, Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter was published in August 2011 by Thomas Nelson publishers.

Jennifer is a graduate of Wheaton College (IL) and received her Masters degree in English literature with concentrations in fiction writing and critical theory from Southern Methodist University.

She lives with her husband, four children, and a wise and affectionate mutt named Shiloh outside of Chicago, Illinois.

Find her online at jennifergrant.com.

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