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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Giveaway! Anyone need a little Chicken Soup?


So I was given a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Adoption for a book review. Now I gotta tell you, seeing as how Papa and I are just getting started on our fostering journey, I was kinda skeptical. If you've read this blog for a while, through the adoptions of our kiddos, you know that I like to keep things real. 'Cause in the grand scheme of things adoption is born out of devastating loss. Loss of a mama and a papa and a birth right. Maybe even loss of a language, a culture and lots more. And all that loss can make adoption a really hard process. And to be frank I get kinda skeptical when folks make adoption appear all sunshine and roses. BUT you know what? There are times, especially in the middle of all that hard stuff, that it's totally okay to soak in some some sunshine and roses and fill your soul with some good stories about how adoption can go right. And I got a funny feeling that I'm gonna need a little bit of that good stuff  as we walk through this fostering parenting journey. This book had a wonderful way up encouraging me and reminding me how this amazing journey of adoption is so much more than having kids. It's one part really wanting a child, one part a child really needing a forever family, and one hundred parts of God knitting it all together through crazy circumstances. And I like being reminded of that.

So Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Adoption is a lot like the other Chicken Soup books. It's an easy read, and his one has 101 stories of forever families that came together. I picked up the book and read a few stories here and there, especially if I was getting kinda surly. (And why is that "mama surly time" usually between 5-6pm anyway?!) If Papa walked in the door and saw that look on my face, he'd say, Hey let me take over and you go have some quiet time. Ya he's pretty amazing like that. And that's when I read and found encouragement in doing so! Some of the stores in the book are about international adoptions, and some domestic. Some are through foster care and some are private adoptions. Some born out of infertility and others born out of divine guidance. Some of the stories are recent and others from decades ago. Some special needs adoptions and all whose greatest need was a child that needed a forever family. Every adoption is different and these stories reflect that. And these stories will lift you up and reminded me that in the middle of the hard stuff, there is sunshine out there.
Sooooo when they asked me if I'd do a book review I said ya, but I thought of y'all and asked if I could share the love and give away a copy too, and they were nice enough to oblige! So I'm giving away a copy of the book if you think you could use a little sunshine and roses in your crazy days too!

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Giveaway ends next Thursday!
I've my fingers crossed for you! 

9 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great book. You are right that sometimes in the thick of the tough stuff, you need a bit of light-hearted joy and encouragement. Thanks for the review.

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  2. Sounds like a sweet and encouraging read. I could use one of those! :)

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  3. some days I just need some of that feel good remind me why reads:)

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  4. Yes - I would love sunshine and roses :)
    Ally

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  5. Thank you Nancy!! How sweet of you!!

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  6. Love it! Sounds like a great book to cuddle up with on a rainy afternoon :)

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  7. I haven't read a Chicken Soup for the Soul book in many years, but I'm sure I'd love this one!

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