Wounded Children, Healing Homes

[This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.]

I am impatiently waiting for my Amazon box with these two books to arrive.  The first is a recommendation from two people I respect, Deborah Gray (my personal hero) and Michael Monroe from Empowered to Connect, Wounded Children Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Families.  Doesn’t that sound relevant?

The very title grabbed my interest and I hope I love it.  I really want to love it.

The second is a book that I’m sure many of you have read, Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches. The book kind of put me off — sorry to admit it, at least until I read the subtitle – which I like. I think it may be the cover photo; it just comes across too sweet for me.  I can’t explain it, maybe my heart is just black and ugly inside.

However, I popped over to a blog where the author said that “Russell Moore wrote the best book on adoption outside the Bible.”  Now that is a good recommendation and I am compelled to read it — I will most likely be humbled and decide it is my favorite book on adoption.

Have you read either of these books? Thumbs up or thumbs down?

I finally finished The Hole in Our Gospel and liked it a lot!  Radical has become my new morning read.  I’ll let you know what I think and I promise not to complain about the cover.  For $5.50 I’m not going to fuss about much of anything, and the upside down house on the cover is kind of neat.

And now for the exciting news of how we are spending our Friday evening.  The big boys are all out – one at the big UI vs. BSU game, one with friends, and one playing basketball.  The little guys are in their jammies playing with their big stuffed bunnies  — seeing how high they can throw them in the air.  Ladybug and Honeybee both have friends here spending the night while Dimples and Sunshine are along for the wild ride.

At the moment Dimples is baking a cake she calls Kaldi’s Cake.  My girl loves to cook and bake.

Kaldi’s Cake

4 eggs

1 c. sour cream

1/2 c. water

1/2 c. oil

1 chocolate cake mix

1 small box instant chocolate pudding

1 cup (or more) chocolate chips

Beat the eggs, sour cream, water, and oil in a large bowl until thoroughly mixed.  Add cake mix and pudding.  Beat until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips.  Pour into greased bundt pan and bake at 350 for 45 – 55 min.

After cooling for a little bit, top with glaze:

1/2 can sweetened condensed milk and 1/2 c. chocolate chips melted and stirred together.

Does that sound easy and sweet enough for you?

~Lisa

This post may contain Amazon Affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

0 Comments

  1. Lisa H.
    November 13, 2010

    So funny that you posted on this….Just yesterday I saw this book for the first time ever at the store and I plan to go get it next payday….

    We'll have to talk about it….

    Reply
  2. Esther
    November 13, 2010

    I am glad you are so excited about your books but I am not excited that they are coming from
    Amazon :((( not sure whether you know about what has been going on with them?? they have been selling books on how -to- for pedophiles….they did pulled this one out the end of last week….but much more remain. Please boycott Amazon. Thank you 🙂

    Reply
    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 13, 2010

      Esther, thank you for pointing this out. I just read about the conflict online and it appears that Amazon has discontinued making the book in question available. I'll be looking into this further.

      Reply
  3. Shonni
    November 13, 2010

    I must look into the first book!!!!

    Reply
  4. Tricia
    November 13, 2010

    My husband and I really enjoyed Adopted for Life.

    Reply
  5. Lori
    November 13, 2010

    I am reading "Adopted For Life" – I think it is a wonderful book and I hope has a dramatic impact on Christian families in relation to adoption.

    Reply
  6. Julie
    November 13, 2010

    Wounded Children Healing Homes is on the top of my "next buy" list. I am loving Radical and just bought "The Hole in the Gospel". Great minds think alike. 🙂 I had not heard of the other book. the cake recipe looks simple and delicious. I just might try it with Cupcake (the girl, not the baking medium).

    Reply
  7. Amber
    November 14, 2010

    Just finished Radical and thought it was amazing. Now to put it into practice…. Interested to hear what you think about the two you are waiting on.

    Reply
  8. Emily
    November 14, 2010

    I think you might have accidentally posted Dimples' real name?

    Reply
  9. Donna Jordan
    November 14, 2010

    I have read adopted for life and it is a good book. I like how it references our adoption in Christ to Christian adoption. I can see how it might seem 'fluffy' or a 'happily ever after' kind of read. But as I have to remind myself often, many adoptions are very smooth. Even in our adoption group of about 20, there are only 5 or so who deal with, at least at this point, ongoing turmoil from adoption issues. I have to work on keeping both sides open in my mind and conversations. I have friends who have had the most unbelievable trauma stories with infants all the way to older children, and friends who have have fairly simple transitions with all age groups. I recommend this to those starting to look at adoption.
    I have not read the others, they are on my paperbackswap.com wish list, except the first one. I hadn't heard of it. Look forward to looking into it.
    Delighting in Him
    Donna

    Reply
  10. Bethaney
    November 14, 2010

    "Adopted For Life" is my number one favorite book on adoption to date. An excellent resource for the church and anyone interested in adoption to answer the questions of why we do this. I hope you like it. I have heard Russell Moore speak a couple of times as well and he is right on theologically.

    Reply
  11. Katie
    November 15, 2010

    "Adopted for Life" is one of my favorite books! I think everyone should read it!

    Reply
  12. Sara
    November 15, 2010

    We read Dr. Moore's book after hearing him speak at an adoption conference when we were just opening up to the idea of pursuing adoption. His wisdom, in person and in the book, was deep without being confusing. At the conference he answered our hard questions truthfully, yet in such a way we left convicted and excited about the journey God had led us to!

    Reply
  13. Jennifer
    November 15, 2010

    I have been blessed to attend trainings led by Jayne Schooler (Wounded Children, Healing Homes), and have learned so much from her. I haven't yet read the book, but expect it will be very informative. Just checked out The Hole in our Gospel from our local library. Looking forward to it!

    Reply
  14. sandee
    November 16, 2010

    Just finished Radical with a book club read-along. It was a wild ride! hAD A LOVE HATE WITH IT but God used it alot!

    http://www.marlataviano.com/radical/radical-respo

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

I accept the Privacy Policy