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Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter by [Grant, Jennifer]
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Editorial Reviews


"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 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: 580 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 8, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 8, 2011
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057Z7H7C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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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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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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By: Jennifer Grant

Love You More is a new book out about one family's journey into adopting a child from another country. A story about life in a new marriage begins the narrative. The story grows as the family does. Children are born into this union until the growing family reaches a decision point about adopting their last child.

Mia, a Guatemalan baby, was adopted by Jennifer and her husband David in a long and painstaking process. This process was very long and painstaking. But they didn't blindly dive in to this process. They began with a lot of research, understanding the process.

Part of the decision process is examined in Chapter 7, entitled "Adoption: A Crime, a Necessary Evil, or a Miracle?" This chapter explores the pros and cons of adoption, and addresses contemporary attitudes of society toward adoption.

Jennifer travels from the decision making process to the actual adoption process. She invites everyone to share each step with her. She tells what happened upon Mia's arrival home, describing this as a honeymoon period, complete with the natural exploration that occurs during such a period. Then, she honestly portrays the resulting difficulties that all parents experience with any child.

Peppered throughout the story are anecdotes of the reaction of others to seeing a blended family.

She completes the package by providing the following resources at the end of the book: adoption resources, humanitarian resources, books about adoption, books about adoption for children, and a complete bibliography for the material that she has referenced throughout the book.
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