It was my pleasure to read Love You More: The Divine Story of Adopting My Daughter by Jennifer Grant. Grant takes us through her family's journey: from childless married couple, to having three biological children, and then feeling the calling from God to adopt her daughter. She discusses the decision to adopt internationally, and which country they chose (Guatemala) and then falling in love with her daughter's picture. She takes us through the wait, and then unlike many stories of adoption, continues to tell us how her family adjusted to each other. She holds nothing back, discussing the pain of her miscarriage, misconceptions she held about adoption, and sharing with us the story of friends of hers who struggled with infertility before completing their family with adoption.
I loved Grant's voice and found it easy to relate to her. I laughed several times, and also bit back tears. I identify with the longing for kids she described as "missing her children" before they were ever born. I feel honored Grant invited us to peer into her family life, and was much happier for it.
On a Christian level, I was personally pleased to discover we are both Episcopalian, which I’ve found rare in Christian authors. While writing her own family's personal journey, and following Jesus' call for their life, she also tries to make the book accessible to any family adopting or considering adoption. I did think she tried too hard to relate on a global level by referencing the beliefs of other religions, though she never compromised her Christian viewpoint. It was lovely to see the obedience with which she and her husband responded to God's direction for their family.
It was a very "real" book, and I definitely recommend it.
I got this book free from booksneeze.com in exchange for an impartial review!