I began reading books on adoption in 2005 when we took our first serious look into adopting our first child. These are the resources I've viewed along the way. My ratings are 0 to 5 stars and are purely my opinion.
Categories Listed Below (books within categories in alphabetical order by title)
Books on Adoption
Fiction Books with an Adoption Theme
Non-Fiction Books with a China Theme
Fiction Books with a China Theme
Favorite Children's Books on Adoption or China
Books on Adoption
Adopted for Life by Russell D. Moore - Parallels earthly adoption with adoption in Christ. Encourages Christians and churches to step forward and help orphans. I enjoyed this book a lot. ****1/2
Carried Safely Home: The Spiritual Legacy of an Adoptive Family by Kristin Swick Wong - A memoir of a woman's experience of leaning on God through the process of adopting their sons from Vietnam. I really enjoyed this book. I liked how she took the focus off herself and put it on God. Great book! ****1/2
Finding Home: An Imperfect Path to Faith and Family by Jim Daly - The biography of Jim Daly who was deserted by his alcoholic father and his alcoholic mother died when he was 10, leaving him as an orphan. He had four older siblings that tried to stay together. He became the President of Focus on the Family. ***
The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family by Dave J. Pelzer - A continuation of the horrific A Child Called It, about a boy, severely abused by his alcoholic mother, who is finally removed from her home and finds himself dealing with the struggles of foster care. ***
The Lost Daughters of China: Adopted Girls, Their Journey to America, and the Search for a Missing Past by Karin Evans - A woman's journey to adopt her daughter from China. The updated edition has a chapter on the adoption of her second daughter as well as accounts of experiences of teen girls adopted from China growing up in the U.S. This book is often the first book people read when they decide to adopt from China. ****
Message From An Unknown Chinese Mother: Stories of Loss and Love by Xinran - Stories of Chinese women driven to abandon their children. This book was eye-opening. I cherish this book because it gives an inside view to why children are abandoned in China and what drives them to go that far. The range of reasons is dramatic. The only thing I wished she would have covered is stories about women who abandoned children with special needs, particularly boys. Her main focus was on healthy girls. ****1/2
Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage by Kay Bratt - I struggled with this book. I appreciated the information she provided about Chinese orphanages, but was annoyed by, what I felt was, whining throughout the first half of the book. I almost stopped reading it. By the second half of the book she had gotten used to China and the book became more readable. At least she was honest, but almost to the detriment of the book. *** (The three stars are specifically for the information on Chinese orphanages.)
There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Her Country's Children by Melissa Fay Greene - A great book about Haregewoin Teferra, an Ethiopian woman, who opened up her home to some of Ethiopia's orphans, turning it into an orphanage and day care center and began facilitating adoptions to families all over the world. I really enjoyed this book. She's a great writer. ****
Adoption as a Ministry, Adoption as a Blessing by Michelle Gardner - She shares her experiences of adoption and what the Bible says about helping others to encourage others to adopt. She parallels earthly adoption with our adoption in Christ. (I didn't record any stars for this book and I don't remember what I thought of it).
The Adoption Network: Your Guide to Starting a Support System by Laura Christianson -A very practical, step-by-step guide to starting an adoption network. It was very helpful, although I was never able to get ours off the ground. ****
Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge – My husband read this book.
Choosing to SEE by Mary Beth Chapman - The wife of singer, Steven Curtis Chapman, tells about her journey through life and adoption of their three daughters from China and how they lost their youngest daughter in a tragic accident. I struggled with this book. It was very depressing for me. I know it's not a happy subject and perhaps I picked a bad time to read it. It was very hard to get through. Friends who read it said they loved it. **1/2
Eric Liddell: Something Greater Than Gold by Janet & Geoff Benge – Biography of Eric Lidell, the 1924 Olympic runner who refused to run the Olympic 100-meter race, his best event, because it was held on a Sunday. He later broke an Olympic and world record in the 400-meter race, which was not his best event. Later, he became a missionary to China. He was the inspiration for the movie Chariots of Fire. ***
Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China by Leslie T. Chang (NF) - The author takes a fascinating peek into the lives of a few of the 130 million migrant workers. Many of the migrants are girls from the China countryside that leave their families and everything they know to migrate to the city to work in large factories, some hoping for a better life, others sent to provide for their family. When I was in Guangzhou I saw a number of dorm buildings that looked similar to the dorms described in this book. A life-style so different than the typical American way of life. ***1/2