I just finished reading A Treasury of Adoption Miracles by Karen Kingsbury. I have to say I’m not a big fan of Kingsbury’s fiction. She just doesn’t really float my boat. However, being in the middle of our own adoption journey, I was curious to read this collection of stories put together by Kingsbury of other family’s ventures into the world of adoption. In this book she relates the stories of families adopting both domestically and internationally. In true Kingsbury fashion the book tugs on your emotions and plucks your heart strings. You feel for the people you are reading about.
What I did not know is that Kingsbury and her husband adopted three boys from Haiti back in 2001. So she knows what she is talking about. The book is presented as a collection of stories meant to motivate and encourage those who are considering an adoption or also, perhaps, family members (i.e., grandparents, aunts, cousins, etc) of those who are on this journey. The stories can help make a long process seem more real and tangible, even attainable!
Above all, Kingsbury’s idea in this book seems to be to bless and strengthen the hearts of those who feel called to show God’s love to the orphaned child. It would indeed make a nice gift book for someone considering adoption or who is in some way connected to the process. It’s a quick and easy read and very motivational. Check it out if you have a chance! Even if you aren’t interested in adoption but are a Kingsbury fan, well, then I’m sure you’ll love this book. I don’t see how you couldn’t!
As a parent waiting for her child (via an adoption) I think this book could be a very useful tool, especially in Christian communities, to “bring home” the idea of adoption and make it feel more natural and common. In that respect, this book is very much an asset to the adoption community. In situations where kids really need to feel normal and accepted, Kingsbury has worked to move the hearts of parents and adults and, for that, I thank her. Well done!
Carrie comes by her book obsession honestly, having descended from a long line of bibliophiles. She blogs about books regularly at Reading to Know.