You look into this beautiful child’s eyes and suddenly realize all the love you have to give, all the hopes you had for them can’t change the damage done to them in the womb before they ever had a chance. This is the heartbreaking reality for some adoptive parents as they realize the lifelong consequences of alcohol use during pregnancy. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder is a leading cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities in the United States. What do you do when the fairy tale family you believed in suddenly seems to be falling apart in the face of this harsh reality? Author Kristin Berry: There is no need to struggle alone or in isolation. Other families know what you are going through. Find strength in not only your faith, but in the community of others who understand your heartache and disappointment, and the desperate need to help these children have a future. Provides an account of real-life struggles and solutions from early childhood to young adulthood Opens a window into their life and family in hopes of encouraging others Reveals understanding, compassionate support for families facing these heart-wrenching challenges.
Accepting God's Invitation to Transform the World Around You
Author: Luis Bush
Pubpsher: Moody Publishers
From the missions strategist behind "The 10/40 Window" In 1990, Luis Bush helped change modern missions by introducing the concept of the 10/40 window, a geographic region where large, dense populations of people suffered severe poverty and limited access to the gospel—essentially shining a light on the world’s greatest need. Now, after decades spent serving in global missions mobilization, Luis has a unique perspective on what God is doing around the world. Though statistics and maps can be a great place to start, The Yes Effect reveals that true transformation begins when we restart our hearts—getting in sync with God’s tenderness toward the oppressed and regaining compassion for the lost. In The Yes Effect, Dr. Bush shares his own story as well as inspiring stories of individuals and organizations around the world whose acts of love and justice are bringing hope and transformation in places of misery and immobility. From the orphans weeping in Bihar, India, to garbage collectors in Cairo, Egypt—from the single mom trying to find a way to feed her family as a Syrian refugee, to the church cowering under government control—God is at work in surprising places. And this transformation is sparked when ordinary people say yes to God, igniting an ongoing global chain reaction that sees glimpses God’s kingdom springing up all over the world. Ultimately, The Yes Effect will give you an encouraging window into worldwide efforts to spread the gospel, and it will inspire you to give God your “yes”—and like so many others before you, become part of God’s global story of transformation.
Release on 2019-08-06 | by Mike Berry,Kristin Berry
Answers to 101 Questions About Adoption and Foster Care
Author: Mike Berry,Kristin Berry
Pubpsher: Harvest House Publishers
Discover What Adoption and Foster Care Really Look Like If you are considering adoption or foster care or are already somewhere in this difficult and complicated process, you need trusted information from people who have been where you are. Mike and Kristin Berry have adopted eight children and cared for another 23 kids in their nine-year stint as foster parents. They aren’t just experts. They have experienced every emotional high and low and encountered virtually every situation imaginable as parents. Now, they want to share what they’ve learned with you. Get the answers you need to the following questions, and many more: Should I foster parent or adopt? How do I know? What is the first step in becoming an adoptive or foster parent? What are the benefits of an open versus closed adoption? How and when do I tell my child that he or she is adopted? How do I help my child embrace his or her cultural and racial identity? Honestly Adoption will provide you with practical, down-to-earth advice to make good decisions in your own adoption and foster parenting journey and give you the help and hope you need.
Hope and Help from the Trenches of Foster Care and Adoption
Author: Mike Berry
Pubpsher: Harvest House Publishers
Know That You Are Not Alone on This Journey Adopting or fostering a child brings its own unique set of challenges only another parent facing the same uphill climb could possibly understand. From parenting children with traumatic pasts, to dealing with attachment issues, to raising a child with special needs, it can sometimes be a struggle just getting through the day. Mike Berry knows the loneliness and isolation you can easily feel in your particular parenting role—because he's been there. He's still there, and he wants to give you the hope and encouragement you so desperately need. There are plenty of how-to guides out there on parenting, but this one-of-a-kind book is specifically designed to address your needs as a parent of an adopted or foster child. With a refreshing dose of honesty, empathy, and care, you'll discover you are definitely not alone on your journey and God has a very special plan for you and your family.
Through the eyes of someone else, but feeling as if you're right there. A step into my past, only to feel pain, sorrow, love, and loss. For one moment, time will freeze and allow you a glimpse into my soul and possibly yours; for one moment.
A child’s love has been filled with broken promises. At the age of eight the child ‘Liv’ embarks a journey across Canada in the luggage cargo of a bus. Liv’s biological mother, Ruby, is a self center person who realizes her ticket to freedom is having children. Welfare is Ruby’s solution to have a fun filled life and capitalizing on her beauty to ensnare men. Liv’s journey to leave this dysfunctional environment has created change with her family in Montreal and her new family in Calgary. Liv makes a promise to her siblings that she will bring them to Calgary. An impossible promise for a child to fulfil. Liv’s adoptive parents, Peter and Gayle, are loving, caring and supportive. Hiring detectives have Liv’s parent fully aware of Ruby’s narcissistic nature. Engaging the prospect of pursing Liv’s siblings lunges fear in the hearts of Peter and Gayle. Chuck is Liv’s biological father who is a good man supporting his parents with their large family. The man, Chuck, is heart broken with the pull of his obligations and never seems to have the resources legally to get Liv back. Liv’s siblings grow up and never forget their eldest sister. Flick is Liv’s younger brother who is full of spunk and character. Kandy and Sugar are Liv’s younger sisters who learn well the ways of their mother, Ruby. Liv also learns there are three more brothers, Salt, Gunner and Gavin. The story is filled with interesting characters. A plot filled with complicated situations and challenging relationships. A story threaded with drama, humor, and great love for family. A read that does not disappoint.
Release on 2008-10-24 | by Michael C. Brantley,Victor Gentile
The Epic Journey from Victim to Victor the Life of Michael C. Brantley
Author: Michael C. Brantley,Victor Gentile
Pubpsher: Xlibris Corporation
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The moving story of Michael Brantley's struggles in life will encourage every reader, especially those who may be feeling unloved or discouraged. This is a real life story of a boy who grew up enduring more hopeless situations and heartbreaks than most people face in lifetime. But Michael refused to give up. he started looking to God for help and miraculous things started to happen. Today he is walking in total victory, loving life and telling others about the great things God has done. For those who may be wondering if life is worth living, I pray this book will change your life forever.