Hello! If you’re new to the blog, welcome! This morning, PJ is teaching a class at FBC Durham about adoption. Today’s post is a list of our favorite adoption and parenting resources that we are making available especially for those who attended the class!
- Adopted for Life by Russell Moore: This book is a fantastic overview of adoption theology. If you’re just beginning to consider adoption, or if you’re in the midst of it and could use some encouragement, or if your family member is adopting and you think they are crazy, start here!
- The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis: This is a wonderful resource for understanding and addressing numerous issues that come with parenting troubled children. Dr. Purvis is a Christian parent as well as a respected expert in her field; these two things together offer both practical solutions and an eternal, God-centered perspective. I wrote a review of this book here.
- Empowered to Connect: This is a website with lots of resources from Dr. Purvis and others.
- Adopting the Hurt Child by Gregory Keck and Regina Kupecky: This book discusses a number of issues related to adopting troubled kids, including attachment, bonding, international adoption, finding effective therapy, and practical advice.
- Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson: This is not adoption-specific, but it is my favorite book on parenting! It discusses both the theology and practice of parenting from a gospel-centered perspective. I love that the practical sections include help for correcting both believing and non-believing children—in both situations, the gospel is the central message, but the implications are different for those who claim Christ and those who don’t. I re-read this book every couple of months for parenting encouragement and advice.
- After the Airport: a blog post by Jen Hatmaker. This post is so honest about the messy reality of adoption that is so very far from the glamorous pictures and videos that grace your Facebook feed and adoption agency websites. She also writes great posts about what adoption has looked like in their family one year later and two years later.
- Heart of My Heart: A blog that was highly recommended by an adoption class attendee. I’m looking forward to reading more!