"Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world." James 1:27.
Love You More by Jennifer Grant tells of her personal experiences in the adoption of her daughter, Mia from Guatemala. While, Jennifer and her husband, Dave, and their three beautiful children, Theo, Ian, and Isabel lived a content and happy life, Jennifer felt something was missing. Then, one day while in church, Jennifer heard God. She heard him say she was to have another baby. She knew it would not one she brought into this world by birth, but instead she would adopt.
The Grants traveled to a few countries, experiencing the neglect and poor-ish ways that fell upon the children they came in contact with, leading them to chose international adoption. Love You More sends the reader in the mist of chaos and bewilderment, pain and turmoil, and finally relief and joy. You will pray, as Jennifer prays daily, hoping that her soon-to-be adopted daughter is taken care of until she is in her [Jennifer's] care.
While this book is written primarily for parents interested in adoption, it is for all parents (and even non parents). It will pull at your heart's strings. You will cry, you will laugh, and you will feel the warmth of love.
My aunt and uncle adopted their son, George, many years ago. Though they kept the family up to speed on what all procedures were in place; what tricks they had to perform and what documents to sign, we never fully understood. To understand the waiting game of an adoption to take place is unimaginable unless you have experienced it yourself. Feeling the pain and anguish of Jennifer's, opened my eyes to the torture my aunt and uncle must have faced. My aunt and uncle (among countless other couples across the globe) could not have children on their own despite fertility drugs and IVF. The game of waiting...how hard it must have been.... Their patience was soon rewarded with their lovely son! Jennifer's Mia and my dear cousin, George, are two less children in the world's orphanages without families. What a blessing!
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