Archive for August, 2011
Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting my Daughter by Jennifer Grant is Grant’s in depth story about adopting her daughter from Guatemala. I received this book from BookSneeze for free to review. I chose this book because I am also an adoptive parent, and had never read any books about someone’s adoption journey. (I had read books about adoption, with some information about personal adoption stories, but they were definitely not full of details like this book.)
This book is nicely structured, divided into three parts: Part 1: Starting the Journey, Part 2: Waiting for Mia, Part 3: Learning to Know. Jennifer’s story began before she and her husband were married, and therefore, I felt, gave a better understanding of their relationship and how events transpired into their adoption process. So often, her comments were very easy for me to relate to, such as recalling the various aspects of paperwork, wondering where our child was, and when they would finally be able to join our family.
I enjoyed Love You More and recommend it to anyone who has adopted, is interested in adopting a child, or wants to learn more about adoption in general. It is a fast read, descriptive, and written well; Grant is a journalist. Although adoption procedures vary from country to country, this story will give you a good feel about how it all works.
Jennifer Grant is a Christian and shared throughout the story how her faith helped her in various situations. She is easy to relate to and understand. I am glad I had this opportunity to read this book and share with others my thoughts on this story. I hope it helps people have a clearer understanding of adoption, and possibly nudge more to consider adopting or caring for orphans.
J.R.R. Tolkien, written by Mark Horne, is a new book in the Christian Encounters Series, published by Thomas Nelson. J.R.R. Tolkien is a somewhat brief biography, but packed full of plenty of information and stories about Tolkien’s life. The book starts in 1892, when Tolkien was born and progresses in chronological order, each chapter summarizing several years of his life.
J.R.R. Tolkien was descriptive and easy to read. This was my first Tolkien biography, and I learned a lot about Tolkien by reading this book. As a fan of Tolkien’s work, I enjoyed reading about his life and appreciated the sections of the book that compared parts of his fictional stories to occurrences in his life. It is obviously not a very in-depth biography, due to the length, but gives the reader a complete overview of J.R.R. Tolkien’s personality and life. I recommend this biography to any Tolkien fan who would like to learn more about his life.
I also hope to read more books in the Christian Encounters series. If they are all written similar to this book, it will be an easy way to learn more about the lives of other influential Christians.