- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: ACTA Publications (September 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879464062
- ISBN-13: 978-0879464066
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 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)
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While We Wait: Spiritual & Practical Advice for Those Trying to Adopt Paperback – September 15, 2009
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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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"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. There is also a sensitive reminder that the task of adoption agencies is to "find parents for children, not children for parents." Schlumpf says, "That's their way of reminding anxious and impatient prospective adoptive parents - many of whom, like Edmund and me, have waited so long to become parents - that adoption is really not about them. It's about the children."
Faith during this kind of process calls for extraordinary strength. There are reflections that encourage the kind of belief and trust needed for this journey. Schlumpf's struggles were real; she did not sugarcoat them with a sappy sense of religion. Her trust in the process, based on faith, is genuine. It shows in the quotes she selected, her topics, and in her sincere prayers to God.
A "should have" book for couples considering adoption and those close to them.