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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591454123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591454120
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Natalie Nichols Gillespie is the author of seven books and the managing editor of mtl magazine.  In addition, Natalie's articles have appeared in more than two dozen publications including Christian Parenting Today, HomeLife, Charisma, Christianity Today, Spirit-Led Woman, Christian Music Planet, and CCM magazine.  Natalie is a happily-married mom and stepmom of seven who range in age from 1 to 23 years.


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I am recommending this book to anyone even considering adoption!
Lezli Jones
It has helped tremendously in reconciling feelings about adoption and my faith, as well as provide useful information in a very clear presentation.
Maggie Q
This book was very well written in both its content and sentiment.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By SCARLETT27 on September 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
My husband and I are adopting a toddler from our state's foster care system and I looked everywhere for a book that included adopting out of foster care. It seems like all the adoption books out there are outdated and geared towards the international or domestic infant adoptive parents and I could not find one that encompassed are adoption scenario. I was extremely excited to find this book-Christian to boot!-had just come out. It is very thorough for EVERY situation-even going into parenting after the child arrives home in each given adoption type.

I absolutely loved the brief testimonies, bible quotes, and quick facts that were upbeat and comforting.

There are sample letters for fundraising, for caretakers/birthparents, family-even a sample letter for an adoption announcement to send to families.

There are relevant websites, local/state/country contact information, support group listings, etc

I was actually relieved and comforted by the section on how to afford adoption and the differant subsidies, grants, tax credits, and loans available.

This book is so easy to read-not at all intimidating and is invaluable in it's Christian perspective.

I could not believe how much foster care adoption information and tips were available!

Whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone looking for wisdom, comfort, and answers!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. Knudsen on August 20, 2006
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We are currently in the process of adopting our twin girls from Guatemala. I wish I would have had this book to read before we started the adoption process. This book was an awesome resource on international, domestic, and foster/adoption. Tons of information and yet very personal. Wonderful stories of adoption miracles. The best part is getting that Christian perspective which is so incredibly important with any and all aspects of our lives. I am going to purchase a few extra copies of this book to have handy for any family, friends, neighbors, or even stragers that would like to read more on adoption today.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H. L. Berger on February 6, 2007
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I first heard about this book on a program on Christian radio. My husband and I have always felt a calling on our hearts to adopt a child one day, and I had heard this is a comprehensive resource that helps walk you through the entire process. We currently have two children, one a baby, so adoption is down the road for us....but I know that this book will be a wonderful guide as we head down the road to adoption. Ms. Gillespie is very knowledgable about the process and she shares things she has learned through her own adoption experience. This is a MUST-HAVE for anyone even considering adoption.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lezli Jones on November 19, 2006
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We are currently adopting domestically through the foster system. Not only was this book incredibly informative, but it was so encouraging. It had equal information for every kind of adoption process. It is written by an adoptive mother. She also finishes each chapter with a special story written by celebs, and everyday people about their particular experience with adoption. I am recommending this book to anyone even considering adoption!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Q on February 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is 300% better than the first adoption book I chose to learn about this delicate subject. It has helped tremendously in reconciling feelings about adoption and my faith, as well as provide useful information in a very clear presentation. A must-read for anyone considering adoption!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erika Solgos on April 10, 2007
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This book has been such an encouragement to me in our family's adoption journey. It is inspiring and informative. A unique feature of this book is that is includes sample copies of documents needed for adoption paperwork.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Primm on November 3, 2006
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very comprehensive, well written, great book. my wife is an adoption social worker and she highly recommends it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ohh Yeahh Likely Story! on January 8, 2011
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When I got this book in the mail, I opened it up and immediately began to read it. Within 24 hours, I was finishing it up and browsing through the appendixes. It is very inviting and easy to read.

I like the Christian slant and the accompanying scriptures throughout, but if you wouldn't, don't buy it. I also like the way the author compares adopting a child to God adopting us in His family. We may not be the easiest people in the world to deal with, but He dealt with us and, if called, we should deal with the process of adopting and our child's particular needs.

This book cover "domestic adoption" (of a baby, within the USA), international adoption (of babies or children), and adoption of waiting children (in state protective custody.) I was happy to see it covered all three processes, though, with waiting children, there wasn't a lot of information because the rules vary so much from state to state. In the back, there are very helpful lists of resources (websites for more info, grants/loans for financing an adoption, organizations for support, etc) and also sample documents including a complete home study sample. (I was very curious to find out what a home study looks like!)

This would be an excellent book to start with, if you or someone you know are considering or even thinking about adoption. It would be helpful not only to someone considering it themselves, but also to friends and family of someone adopting. I'm going to give this book to our public library so other people can benefit from it! :)
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