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While We Wait: Spiritual & Practical Advice for Those Trying to Adopt Paperback – September 15, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: ACTA Publications (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879464062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879464066
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is an honest, compassionate, and encouraging spiritual resource. I learned so much from Heidi Schlumpf's insights and her lived experience as an adoptive parent. --Joyce Rupp, author of God's Enduring Presence

While We Wait is a candid and heartfelt account of the emotional journey prospective parents travel when building their families through adoption. Heidi Schlumpf's message is both affirming and inspiring as she speaks to the many struggles encountered along the path to parenthood. Her words--coupled with the writings of beloved spiritual leaders--are a true gift of hope to those who wait. --Therese Bartlett, author of When You Were Born in Vietnam

About the Author

Heidi Schlumpf has been a religion writer for 20 years and currently is an associate professor of communication at Aurora University outside of Chicago. She and her husband, Edmund, have a son from Vietnam. They are expecting a second child from China.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LauraLiz on March 1, 2010
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We were given this book by a dear friend who understood the mixed blessing of our adoption journey- both the anticipation and anxiety. We adopted our first child with few complications. It was, as adoption journeys go, relatively painless. The journey to adopt our second child has been quite different. We've endured a long wait and suffered the loss of a failed adoption. This book is genuine. Its reflections offer comfort and a sense of belonging. It is amazing that an author can reach out and relate to my experiences when each adoption journey is so different. I'd reccomend this to any couple in the adoption process.
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This book was an inspiration to my husband and myself and we went through the journey of adoption. Written with compassion and understanding, this Catholic author beautifully illustrates several challenging periods of emotional struggles during the adoption wait and provides prayerful ways to cope and overcome them. Would highly recommend this book to anyone going through the beautiful and transforming journey of adoption!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joan Zabelka on January 18, 2010
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What a journey, literally and figuratively, for author Heidi Schlumpf and her husband, Edmund - adopting a child internationally. How generous to share their experiences with others. It caught my interest because I know several couples in the process of adopting and I have recommended the book to them. Marriages can get stronger through the experience or fall apart. Schlumpf reveals the best kept secret of all - not who to pay off, not which country is the most lenient, not a list of recommended law firms -- simply how they trusted in God. What an example of Christian faith put to the test.

"That's why I rarely pray for God to help bring our child to us more quickly," she writes. "But I do believe that I can trust God to help me and be with me through whatever happens in life. Having that trust is scary sometimes, but in the end it feels better than constant fear." So ends her reflection "Fear," which is followed by a short prayer: "God, I trust you. Help me to banish fear from my mind and my heart." Each essay begins with a quote by a familiar person, saint or from the Bible. Schlumpf's essay format is what I like so much about the book. Her formula is simple: quote, essay, prayer.

This setup allows the reader to begin where they need to begin or to drop in wherever. The section "Why Adopt?" covers basics from "The Paper Chase" to "The Cost." Section two deals with all of the "Seasons of Waiting." Be aware, the process can take years.

Schlumpf is also sensitive to the needs of the waiting father and others who wait with them, beyond the immediate couple. That is why it is also a valuable reference for the extended family

The book outlines coping strategies and does not minimize rough spots.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Schlumpf on June 23, 2011
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This is the greatest book for anyone waiting for an adopted child--parent, grandparent, extended relatives. I liked the way the book was designed--with short chapters and down-to-earth topics. The writing is superb.
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