Thursday, September 1, 2011

Love You More - Book Review

Jennifer Grant and her husband already had three young biological children. But a tap on the shoulder from God was all it took to realize that they would be adopting a fourth child. Love You More is the true story of the process the Grants went through to finally bring home their new daughter Mia.

Written by Jennifer, the book gives lots of background information on the Grant family and how Jennifer and her husband came to have three children and live in the suburbs of Chicago. This background information helps explain why Jennifer and her husband ultimately decided to bring a fourth child into their family through adoption. It really reiterates the fact that adoption is not an easy or simple decision. The Grants didn't just say, "Hey, let's adopt a kid!" There were many factors that shaped the Grants' decision: past experiences traveling to poor countries and seeing poor children and orphans, friends going through the adoption process, and faith.

Love You More is really an adoption guide as much as it is one family's story of adoption. Grant writes that she doesn't like to give advice about adoption, choosing rather to tell people her story and her experience with the process. I think this book gives a realistic portrayal of what people can expect from the adoption process, not just the paperwork and the waiting, but all the emotions and questions.

At the end of the book, Grant does offer some adoption advice, or tips, and helpful websites for those thinking about adopting a child. There are also discussion questions for book clubs or small groups.

This is a good book for anyone contemplating adoption or in the middle of the process, but even if you have no interest in adopting a child, Love You More will still keep your interest. It's a very well-written, moving story about what makes a family.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

1 comment:

  1. I loved this book as well. I think it's a great resource for anyone contemplating becoming a parent, whether via adoption or birth. The author has great insights on what it means to be intentional about family culture, but shares them with humor and humility--she's quick to admit she hasn't got it all figured out, but also to share the important questions she's pondering. A well-told, beautifully-written story of what it really means to be a family.