Adoption Book Reviews

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Scattered Links

By Michelle Weidenbenner

Book Description:  Thirteen-year-old Oksana lives on the streets of Russia with her pregnant mama and abusive aunt—both prostitutes. When Mama swells into labor, Oksana makes a decision to save herself from abandonment, a decision that torments her forever. But her plan fails when her aunt dumps her in an orphanage before she has the chance to say goodbye to her mama or tell her the secret that haunts her.

Scattered Links is a story of family and the consequences that come from never learning how to love. It’s a story of a girl’s inability to bond with her adopted family and the frustrations that follow.

How can a child understand the mechanics of forming a healthy relationship when she never had a mother who answered her cries, held her when she was frightened, fed her when she was hungry, or loved her unconditionally?

Only when the child meets a rescued abused horse, and recognizes the pain in his eyes, does she begin to trust again.

Review:  Coming Soon!

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Open Adoption, Open Heart

By Russell Elkins

Book Description: “Open adoption? What’s that?” There were a lot of things Russell and his wife, Jammie, misunderstood about modern adoption when they first stepped into an agency. Years of longing for parenthood and failed infertility treatments had left them heartbroken and discouraged. The idea of adopting brought them a lot of needed encouragement, but they soon realized that they were just one couple waiting on a list of 921 other couples with the same agency.

The day finally came when they received that long-awaited letter from a young expecting mother-to-be, but there was a big problem. Her teenage boyfriend didn’t want to parent, but he also refused to sign any adoption papers. Would she be forced to drop out of school at age fifteen to raise this child, or could she find a way to solve this dilemma? Would this hurdle even be the toughest problem to solve during the journey?

Bringing the child home for the first time is actually just the beginning of their story. Open adoption means so much more than that. It means that their relationship together would go on and on. It means that Russell and Jammie’s family tree now includes the birth parents and their extended family. This true and inspiring story is such a roller coaster ride of emotions that you would think it was fiction.

Review: Coming Soon!

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Open Arms

By Russell Elkins

Book Description:  Open Arms is a true adoption story that tells of when Russell and Jammie felt called to adoption for a second time. Not only does it start a whole new chapter in the Elkins family’s story, but it also continues the ongoing journey of the relationships built during their first adoption, told in the first installment of the series, Open Adoption, Open Heart. The Elkins are living proof of the beauty in open adoption, building intimate and powerful relationships with their children’s biological parents. You will experience all of the joys, difficulties, and victories of adoptive parents as you read this incredible story.

Review:  Coming Soon!

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