National Adoption Month: My Top 10 Favorite Books About Adoption

For those praying about adoption, waiting for a placement, or already parenting children that have been adopted – learning all you can about this topic is so important. Over the years, I’ve read many books on the subject. So, I thought I would share some of my favorites!

Here are my 10 Favorite Books About Adoption

1. Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by Sara Hagerty. 

While not solely on infertility and adoption, this is a significant part of Sara’s journey. This encouraging, Christian book is as beautiful as it is encouraging.

2. Wait No More by Kelly and John Rosati

This book tells the amazing adoption story of this couple who adopted four children from the foster care system. It is real, it is raw, and it reveals how God can turn ashes to beauty.

3. Are We There Yet by Hector and Sue Baduea. 

I’d say Hector and Sue know a thing or two about adoption after adopting 20 children. The story of their remarkable journey will leave you humbled and hopeful.

4. So You Want to Adopt…Now What? by Sara Dormon with Ruth Graham

Ruth Graham is the daughter of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham. But being from a Christian family certainly doesn’t exclude you from difficult times. In this book, Ruth shares about her teenage daughter’s pregnancy and adoption placement. In addition, Dr. Sara Dormon helps walk potential adoptive parents through the process. This is a must-read for any couple considering adoption. (And it’s only $3.97 right now!)

5. Mine, Yours, and Ours by Michelle Thorne  

This book combines the personal experiences of the author as a birth mother and as a crisis pregnancy center director. Her words of wisdom come from a unique lens.

6. Dear Birthmother by Kathleen Silber and Phylis Speedlin  

This book comes straight from the heart of the adoptive parents to the birth mother of their child. If you want to learn more about open adoption, read this classic.

7. The Adopted Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family by Karyn Purvis and David Cross.

I had the pleasure of learning from Dr. Karyn Purvis through a live simulcast, but sadly never met her before she passed away. Just today I learned the subtitle of her book…and was shocked to learn that I used two of the same words for my subtitle – hope and healing. Don’t we all want that? Dr. Purvis amazing work lives on through this remarkable resource.

Dr. Laurel Shaler
Dr. Laurel Shaler
Dr. Laurel Shaler is the author of author of "Reclaiming Sanity: Hope and Healing, for Trauma, Stress, and Overwhelming Life Events. She is a Licensed Social Worker and National Certified Counselor employed by Liberty University as a professor and department chair in the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies. She is a former psychotherapist with the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she specialized in the treatment of trauma and anger. Dr. Shaler loves the Lord and seeks to help people at the intersection of faith, culture, and emotional well-being. You can learn more at her website or find her on Facebook or Twitter @DrLaurelShaler.

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