this amazing book out from the library, I would have filled it with highlighting. From the beginning to the end.
This life changing book should have been a required reading for all of us prior to placement. Not just casual reading (which it is not), but the kind of reading and studying that changes you. The kind of reading that you should have a post-test about, just to make sure you got it all.
I will be purchasing two of these books today so I can re-read it and highlight all the words. Hopefully I will purchase and give away even more in the course of my life.
This book challenged me to be a more hospitable person. Not just a nice person, but a person who lives a life of gracious hospitality.
It made me reevaluate why I do nice things for others.
It challenged me.
It made me bawl like a baby. I had to put the book down a couple of times because I was exhausted. I even had to skip through a chapter because the emotional toll it took on me was too painful.
This book broke my heart, because it spells out how to have the kind of adoption relationship I thought I would have.
If you are a prospective adoptive parent who reads my blog, BUY THIS BOOK. If you are an adoptive parent who has never read this book, READ IT.
And for all of my birth mother friends, read this book so you might also evaluate the role we play in hospitality.
Adoptees, this book also speaks to you and the role that you are required to assume as a person who lives in adoption relationships.
Adoption field workers, you should not only read this book, but make it mandatory practice. No question about it.
OK, I have said my piece. Now I am going to go find another James Gritter book and start reading it too. Because I am pretty sure this man is my new adoption relationship hero. I would have never thought I would say that about an adoption facilitator, but this guy GETS IT.