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One of the agencies that helps people adopt- not an adoption agency- recommends The Connected Child: For Parents Who Have Welcomed Children.  We hadn’t read it, so we figured we would.  Amie got it from the library and has been reading it.  I took it with me on my recent trip to Baltimore and read much of it on the plane rides.  It is an easy, and quick read.

The Good

The book was helpful in plenty of ways.  I wish we had heard about it before we adopted our son.  This book is specifically for those who have adopted children.  They can often be subject to abuse or neglect prior to entering your home.  This can lead to some issues they have.  At times they are not being disobedient, but full of fear.  Some behavioral issues may have to do with learning disabilities that may not be apparent.

So, it helped me see areas where my son may be struggling.  The key word is may.

She provides some helpful techniques for addressing the most common concerns.  These are easy things that seem obvious, but often aren’t in the midst of parenting. So there are things here that are not found in the average book on parenting.  It is an important read.



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I thought I’d throw out a few book recommendations.  Some are about adopting children, and some about the doctrine of adoption.  I’m distinguishing them so you can pursue your own interest.  Russell Moore’s book, Adopted for Life, which I reviewed earlier, crosses back and forth between the two (sample pages).


  • Helping Your Adopted Child: Understanding Your Child’s Unique Identity by Paul Tripp.  This is a booklet to help adoptive parents navigate some of the sticky wickets regarding your child’s sense of self (sample pages).
  • A Mother’s Ordeal: One Woman’s Fight Against China’s One-Child Policy by Steven Mosher.  We read this while adopting from China.  If you want to see the cruelty of population control, read this.  Most of you will cry at times.
  • Adopting for God: A Guide for People Considering Adoption by Jorie Kincaid.  It is pretty helpful for understanding a number of the issues related to adoption.
  • A Hope Deferred: A Couple’s Guide to Coping with Infertility by Jill Baughan.  I bought it at a discount for friends, and kept one for myself for when I had to counsel couples struggling with this.  Little did I know…
  • Fields of the Fatherless: Discover the Joy of Compassionate Living by C. Thomas Davis.  His premise is that a Christian’s joy and fulfillment are found in places people are unlikely to look.  They are discovered when we pursue the things God pursues.  Scripture paints a picture of a compassion that seeks the most vulnerable members of society, particularly (widows and) orphans.  He is inviting others to open their hearts to the fatherless and discover godly joy and fulfillment in that unlikely place.


Doctrine of Adoption

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