November is National Adoption Month, and I found a cool Activity Calendar that shares daily adoption-themed activities.
Know what isn’t on the Calendar, though? “Share a good resource for adoptive parents.” But I’m going to share a good book with you anyway.
Before You Were Mine: Discovering Your Adopted Child’s Lifestory is a new Zondervan release by Susan A. TeBos and Carissa R. Woodwyk. Susan (an adoptive mother) and Carissa (an adoptee daughter) bring a solid Christian perspective to the book, which will guide you through creating a “Lifebook” for your adopted child.
The Lifebook idea is more than inspiring! The Lifebook you create will tell your adopted child’s story in a way that helps them to see God’s faithfulness and rest in Christ’s love. To help you craft your child’s Lifebook, Before You Were Mine gives you real-life stories, advice, and practical excercises.
Below you’ll find out what people are saying about Before You Were Mine. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment on this post.
(-Londa Alderink, Zondervan Trade Team)
What people are saying about Before You Were Mine
Before You Were Mine is another way in which adoptive parents can help their child feel an extra measure of love and care. A great resource for all adoptive families.
-Mary Beth and Steve Curtis Chapman, Grammy Award
Studies have shown that adopted individuals are interested in their birth and placement history, and that many adoptive parents, even those who do not describe themselves as religious, can sense the role of Providence in bringing their families together. Before You Were Mine brings these two concepts together by describing the work of a loving Father acting purposefully in the lives of children and families, and offering suggestions on how parents can help their adopted children know and understand their individual stories by recording the relevant thoughts, details, and experiences into ‘Lifebooks.’
-Chuck Johnson, President and CEO, National Council for Adoption
This is a resource every adoptive parent needs to own. Our adoptive children depend on us to put the pieces of their life together for them. While I’m not a naturally creative person, Susan and Carissa have given me the tools to be successful in telling my son’s life story!
-Jill Savage, CEO, Hearts at Home, author of 7 books
-Kris Faasse, LMSW, ACSW, director of Adoption Services,