Dad in a Day Review

Dad in a Day: When My Mom’s Kids Became My Own

By Mason Gizard

This book was short, but good. I have heard Mason speak and I think it’s beautiful that he had a good experience in foster care. His life had a lot of challenges in it, but he is an overcomer. When his mother died, he took in his siblings and his niece. He pushed them to graduate and make something of themselves, even when his sister said she wanted to live off of welfare. He did apartment maintenance, even though he had no experience with it. He talks a lot about how the community at his church helped him raise his siblings and niece. He is inspirational as are the people he talks about. He makes me want to foster, knowing I can have a lifelong impact on a child. He makes me want to help others in difficult situations, like his church members did.

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Chasing Kites Review

Chasing Kites: One Woman’s Unexpected Journey

Through Infertility, Adoption, and Foster Care

By Rachel McCracken

After years of struggling with infertility, Rachel and her husband adopt four older children at the same time from another country! They later adopt three additional children from the U.S. foster care system. This book is a mixture of memoir and advice. This was a fabulous memoir. It was everything I wanted it to be with the truth about emotions and struggles on this journey. Rachel is amazing and she shares such important lessons in this book. Here’s a favorite quote from page 17- “God uses those who choose to be used. It’s as simple as that. I have seen this play out time and time again. Exquisite joy can come from deep grief, but we must first choose to be refined, choose to be used, and choose to look up.”

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Love to Give Book Review

Love to Give

By Denise Johnson

After struggling with years of infertility, Denise’s college roommate offers to have her and her husband, Ron, adopt her baby. The couple are thrilled, especially when they find out they are pregnant themselves. Sadly, it isn’t until years later that they become parents and are faced with tragedy after tragedy.

I really loved this book. I ended up staying up very late two nights in a row to finish it. I had to find out how Ron and Denise’s story ended. I cannot believe that tragedies they had to walk through. The emotions were so real. It truly broke my heart. But the ending of the book is full of beautiful blessings. Life often doesn’t make sense. Some people experience such tragedy, while others don’t. God has a plan for each of us. Denise learned to cling to God and to trust Him, not matter how much her heart broke.

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