Confessions of an Adoptive Parent: Hope and Help from the Trenches of Foster Care and Adoption

Confessions of an Adoptive Parent: Hope and Help from the Trenches of Foster Care and Adoption

Mike Berry / Sep 23, 2019

Confessions of an Adoptive Parent Hope and Help from the Trenches of Foster Care and Adoption Know That You Are Not Alone on This JourneyAdopting or fostering a child brings its own unique set of challenges only another parent facing the same uphill climb could possibly understand From parenti

  • Title: Confessions of an Adoptive Parent: Hope and Help from the Trenches of Foster Care and Adoption
  • Author: Mike Berry
  • ISBN: 0736970835
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback
  • Know That You Are Not Alone on This JourneyAdopting or fostering a child brings its own unique set of challenges only another parent facing the same uphill climb could possibly understand From parenting children with traumatic pasts, to dealing with attachment issues, to raising a child with special needs, it can sometimes be a struggle just getting through the day Mike Know That You Are Not Alone on This JourneyAdopting or fostering a child brings its own unique set of challenges only another parent facing the same uphill climb could possibly understand From parenting children with traumatic pasts, to dealing with attachment issues, to raising a child with special needs, it can sometimes be a struggle just getting through the day Mike Berry knows the loneliness and isolation you can easily feel in your particular parenting role because he s been there He s still there, and he wants to give you the hope and encouragement you so desperately need There are plenty of how to guides out there on parenting, but this one of a kind book is specifically designed to address your needs as a parent of an adopted or foster child With a refreshing dose of honesty, empathy, and care, you ll discover you are definitely not alone on your journey and God has a very special plan for you and your family Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 224 pages Published February 6th 2018 by Harvest House Publishers More Details ISBN 0736970835 ISBN13 9780736970839 Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Confessions of an Adoptive Parent, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Feb 08, 2018 Holly Threlkeld rated it did not like it Really this book could have been a poster with a couple of bullet points You are not alone There is hope Find friends The book was incredibly redundant on these topics I also feel the author chose an incredibly odd biblical example to base much of his book upon, but for somewhat different reasons than he tried to predefend in the text This is a book written within the framework of foster care He is bemoaning bio parents and the choices they make that harm their children alongside the tale Really this book could have been a poster with a couple of bullet points You are not alone There is hope Find friends The book was incredibly redundant on these topics I also feel the author chose an incredibly odd biblical example to base much of his book upon, but for somewhat different reasons than he tried to predefend in the text This is a book written within the framework of foster care He is bemoaning bio parents and the choices they make that harm their children alongside the tale of Job, in which God the Heavenly Father tortures his child and kills others of his children on a bet with a bad guy to prove a point If a bio parent committed these acts, we d want nothing than to protect that child This is supposed to be used to illustrate the support group sitting and sympathizing with Job and the blind faith he is supposed to have All I can think when I read it is maybe what Job needed was not people to sit with him Maybe what Job needed was a foster parent This weird standard of arbitrarily looking the other way and condemning acts continues in this book Later on the same page, the author both talks about how his child who physically harms his family is not hopeless and how he will never give up on him and God made him perfectly while in the same breath condemning the young man his daughter is in an abusive relationship with as toxic and needing to be gotten as far away from as possible As a human do I understand this Yes, he is acting out of love and defending his own In a book does it seem well thought out Not at all Your daughter loves the young man or thinks she does She sees you put up with the abuse of your other child and allow it to be enacted on her and others What s the young man s history Why is he just assigned as bad At what point does the victim irreversibly become the perpetrator Mostly this book just incredibly disappointed me Is it nice to know others have similar experiences and feelings Of course But this is a book review and I don t think the content really has a leg to stand on Also, I have only one child with only minor needs and for a time had a FS with severe needs simultaneously and cannot fathom carving out the time to write a book and travel extensively to conferences How on earth did this guy do it and not his first book with eight super high needs kiddos flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 29, 2018 Dawn rated it it was amazing This book was very timely in my life as an adoptive parent and the overriding theme that you are not alone was felt throughout the book I recommend it to any adoptive parent who is dealing with any type of struggle with their child This is NOT a 5 Steps to a Better Life type book, or a book telling you everything you are doing wrong It is like a breath of fresh air I cried as I read part of the book and could certainly relate to the struggles the author refers to, though not exactly This book was very timely in my life as an adoptive parent and the overriding theme that you are not alone was felt throughout the book I recommend it to any adoptive parent who is dealing with any type of struggle with their child This is NOT a 5 Steps to a Better Life type book, or a book telling you everything you are doing wrong It is like a breath of fresh air I cried as I read part of the book and could certainly relate to the struggles the author refers to, though not exactly the same as mine The adoption process is much like the front end of a tornado, then the calm when you think the storm is over sets in and you relax a bit, but the back end of the storm comes and is even intense as it stirs up the debris and slams it around Post adoption storms don t always seem so in the news in our churches and communities and parents may not feel as supported as in the adoption process, suddenly they look around and find all or most of the support they had initially has vanished The you are not alone theme carried throughout the book is sorely needed in the post adoption arena and I am so thankful for Mike Berry and his team for producing this book flag 1 likeLike see review Mar 02, 2018 Josh rated it really liked it Shelves parenting, non fiction, read in 2018 Mike Berry is the real deal as a fellow adoptive foster parent and delivers healthy doses of empathy, hope, and encouragement in this book If you find yourself anywhere on this journey and are asking questions about whether you re the only one, I recommend you read this book Not a how to book on adoption there are plenty of these resources , but fills a much needed gap in life giving to anyone who is also in the trenches and reminds us of truths we may not have realized we d forgotten I ap Mike Berry is the real deal as a fellow adoptive foster parent and delivers healthy doses of empathy, hope, and encouragement in this book If you find yourself anywhere on this journey and are asking questions about whether you re the only one, I recommend you read this book Not a how to book on adoption there are plenty of these resources , but fills a much needed gap in life giving to anyone who is also in the trenches and reminds us of truths we may not have realized we d forgotten I appreciate Mike s authenticity in sharing about his family s own experiences and the secret thoughts so few are willing to say out loud Me too, brother Me too flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Jan 30, 2018 Kristin rated it it was amazing This book has been such an encouragement during a difficult time in our foster adopt experience Mike speaks directly from his personal experience and meets readers where they are in the wreckage of their life It is filled not only with practical advice from someone who has lived through the daily struggles that adoption brings, but also encouragement that readers are not alone on this journey I highly recommend it to everyone who has or currently is fostering adopting, those looking into t This book has been such an encouragement during a difficult time in our foster adopt experience Mike speaks directly from his personal experience and meets readers where they are in the wreckage of their life It is filled not only with practical advice from someone who has lived through the daily struggles that adoption brings, but also encouragement that readers are not alone on this journey I highly recommend it to everyone who has or currently is fostering adopting, those looking into these options, and friends and family seeking to support someone on this journey flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 24, 2018 Kim deBlecourt rated it it was amazing THE BOOK ADOPTIVE FAMILIES HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR A transparent book for the adoptive family offering encouragement and community Mike and Kristin Berry give families what they have always needed knowledgeable friends who meet them where they are and compassionately commiserate with them, while helping them regain their footing when family issues have knocked them sideways Combining unflinching adoption scenarios and Biblical insight, this book is refreshingly right on point Perfect for se THE BOOK ADOPTIVE FAMILIES HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR A transparent book for the adoptive family offering encouragement and community Mike and Kristin Berry give families what they have always needed knowledgeable friends who meet them where they are and compassionately commiserate with them, while helping them regain their footing when family issues have knocked them sideways Combining unflinching adoption scenarios and Biblical insight, this book is refreshingly right on point Perfect for self or group study You will want to purchase additional copies for your fostering and adoptive family friends, and your church library All I keep thinking to myself is thank you flag 1 likeLike see review Mar 12, 2018 Moonquartz rated it it was amazing Shelves a must read, one of a kind memoir, non christian philosophical, inspirational christian, adoption fostering parenting, heartbreak pain pathos, renew refresh regenerate, memoir odyssey life portrait, non fictional awesome, favs This no holds barred memoir is the Berry s fostering and adoption odyssey Why such honesty one might ask Berry does himself no favours baring his heart to his readers It appears that some of life s lessons can only be learnt experientially This is particularly true of those rather messy, agonising, unrewarding, soul destroying, painful Berry s words not mine experiences on their epic journey Though there were no laugh aloud moments, there were plenty of reminiscent smiles as one could i This no holds barred memoir is the Berry s fostering and adoption odyssey Why such honesty one might ask Berry does himself no favours baring his heart to his readers It appears that some of life s lessons can only be learnt experientially This is particularly true of those rather messy, agonising, unrewarding, soul destroying, painful Berry s words not mine experiences on their epic journey Though there were no laugh aloud moments, there were plenty of reminiscent smiles as one could identify with their aah moments and their gut wrenching letdowns One gains valuable insight into not merely the monetary cost but also the huge emotional cost of fostering and adoption Then there is the age old question of why bring an outsider into ones home In bravely sharing their epiphanical journey, Berry attempts to throw light on these and numerous other issues surrounding fostering and adoption One cannot help but truly appreciate and understand the fostering adoption journey Further, it serves as a splendid effort at garnering support for fostering Indeed Berry gives adoption and fostering a whole new meaning Yet there is much to this heartfelt memoir a red thread running throughout his tale One leaves it to Berry to enlighten his reader as he does a darn good job of it Written by a Christian and from a Christian perspective he quotes liberally from the Lords Word This may throw off non Christian readers, which is a shame For it is a valuable weapon a.k.a book in one s battles to ensure victory Non Christians should approach Berry s memoir much as if they would other non fictional works that profusely quote from other philosophies without a second thought and read the text likewise for inspiration Further though written for those considering adoption and fostering this book will inspire anyone engaged in life s difficult battles Like a shining beacon to ship wrecked souls tossed on the travails of life, a rope thrown out for the straggler at the end of their strength to grasp thus enabling one to renew, refresh, and encourage them on their onward journey that they may continue the fight with renewed vigour flag Like see review Jan 24, 2018 Katie Fischer rated it it was amazing As an adoptive mom, I had a very hard time finding a book that properly described the feelings that I experienced as we went through the adoption process Most of the options were clinical in nature, or provided a very surface level look at the day to day life of adoptive families In Confessions of An Adoptive Parent, the author is very open and honest about his experiences with adoption and foster care, allowing readers to connect and feel supported throughout the book While he shares the cha As an adoptive mom, I had a very hard time finding a book that properly described the feelings that I experienced as we went through the adoption process Most of the options were clinical in nature, or provided a very surface level look at the day to day life of adoptive families In Confessions of An Adoptive Parent, the author is very open and honest about his experiences with adoption and foster care, allowing readers to connect and feel supported throughout the book While he shares the challenges, he provides a level of hope that can only be offered by someone who has walked in the same shoes No other author that I have read has been able to so perfectly capture the experience, good and bad, while still offering encouragement This book not only validated my feelings, but it provided tangible suggestions on how to find hope in the challenging days I would highly recommend this book for anyone considering foster care or adoption, or for those who are have gone through the process and are working to stay afloat in the midst of the chaos I would also encourage friends and family members of adoptive foster families to read this to better understand their unspoken needs flag Like see review Sep 19, 2018 Johanna Z rated it liked it I can t decide exactly what rating to give this book Some aspects I really liked and some I did not Aspects I liked the author does a great job incorporating Christian and spiritual lessons to hardships and parenting struggles the author wrote a book about fostering and adoption which gives potential adoptive foster families perspective with a description of Berry s personal experience and reality of adoption fostering provides some hard to hear truths about adoption fostering, which may I can t decide exactly what rating to give this book Some aspects I really liked and some I did not Aspects I liked the author does a great job incorporating Christian and spiritual lessons to hardships and parenting struggles the author wrote a book about fostering and adoption which gives potential adoptive foster families perspective with a description of Berry s personal experience and reality of adoption fostering provides some hard to hear truths about adoption fostering, which may help prepare future adoptive foster parents Aspects I didn t like it was a little discouraging for someone who is considering adopting fostering Perhaps Berry is just speaking truth to a fantasy fairy tale I envision of adoption this books leaves me with questions which may actually be a responsible next step for adopting fostering maybe I shouldn t adopt foster until my younger biological children are out of her house Are there any adoptive or fostering stories that don t entail severe emotional and behavioral issues As a first time parent, I don t think I m equipped to handle the stories the author describes but are there other outcomes besides he difficult ones the author describes flag Like see review Feb 06, 2018 Casey Estrada rated it it was amazing Foster parenting can be a lonely journey, and sometimes even with the best support system and friends, there are thoughts you still feel too scared to share This book cuts right to the heart of a foster parent s greatest joys and hardest struggles It validates in a way I ve never felt from another human before, and gives the freedom to live life in the midst of the struggle.The best part though It offers hope Yes, validation in the struggle is helpful and important, but staying in that place Foster parenting can be a lonely journey, and sometimes even with the best support system and friends, there are thoughts you still feel too scared to share This book cuts right to the heart of a foster parent s greatest joys and hardest struggles It validates in a way I ve never felt from another human before, and gives the freedom to live life in the midst of the struggle.The best part though It offers hope Yes, validation in the struggle is helpful and important, but staying in that place doesn t bring about the peace your home so desperately needs This book leads you to a place of understanding the big feelings, but doesn t leave you there.Would HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone in the trenches of foster care adoption, those considering it, and loved ones of people in either of those two categories Very eye opening, very inspiring, and full of hope flag Like see review Oct 27, 2018 Sarah rated it did not like it Shelves adoption, spiritual, nonfiction, memoir biography This book is only useful if you are REALLY FUCKIN CHRISTIAN It s basically a Christian self help book with a thin layer of foster care on top All the examples are from the Bible and he makes fostering and adopting sound like an endless emotional hellscape with very few redeeming points Anyone looking for practical tips or advice on how to handle your emotions as a parent will find very little His book boils down to God and hope, which is both repetitive and tired I can see this book appeal This book is only useful if you are REALLY FUCKIN CHRISTIAN It s basically a Christian self help book with a thin layer of foster care on top All the examples are from the Bible and he makes fostering and adopting sound like an endless emotional hellscape with very few redeeming points Anyone looking for practical tips or advice on how to handle your emotions as a parent will find very little His book boils down to God and hope, which is both repetitive and tired I can see this book appealing to a certain kind of foster adoptive parent who believes that they have been chosen by God or something and wants a slim volume to validate their narrow worldview, but if you haven t drank the kool aid, best leave this particular book to preach to the choir flag Like see review Feb 03, 2018 Murray rated it it was amazing Have you ever wondered what goes through the mind of an adoptive parent Especially when a child is freaking out over what seems to be something small Or how they make it through the day Are you that adoptive parent wondering if anyone understands what you are going through Mike answers those questions, and many in this book Mike and his wife, Kristin, have adopted all eight of their children Some of them have come from traumatic backgrounds, with related challenges Mike shares some of Have you ever wondered what goes through the mind of an adoptive parent Especially when a child is freaking out over what seems to be something small Or how they make it through the day Are you that adoptive parent wondering if anyone understands what you are going through Mike answers those questions, and many in this book Mike and his wife, Kristin, have adopted all eight of their children Some of them have come from traumatic backgrounds, with related challenges Mike shares some of the deep, dark valleys, mental wreckage, and emotional minefields they have traveled through The most powerful advice Mike offers is that you are not alone Others are experiencing similar battles Find hope in community No matter how dark things look, there is hope flag Like see review Jan 29, 2018 Jasper rated it it was amazing As an adoptive dad, this book is such an encouragement Mike Berry has done a great job of relating what it is like to live in a home with a child from a hard place The book reminds us that we are not alone in the journey, and that there are ways to find hope even in the hardest times This book is excellent Mike is doing great job of writing from his heart and also touching ours If you are currently an adoptive or foster parent or you want to prepare for being one, this book is an honest loo As an adoptive dad, this book is such an encouragement Mike Berry has done a great job of relating what it is like to live in a home with a child from a hard place The book reminds us that we are not alone in the journey, and that there are ways to find hope even in the hardest times This book is excellent Mike is doing great job of writing from his heart and also touching ours If you are currently an adoptive or foster parent or you want to prepare for being one, this book is an honest look at the joys and trials that this journey brings flag Like see review Oct 20, 2018 Leeann rated it really liked it I really didn t learn anything new from this read, but every once in a while it is good to hear others journey and be reminded that you are not alone Their circumstances are different than mine, each family and each child is unique, but certainly there are overarching principles, eternal truths and loads of encouragement that give me hope when things can look bleak or I just can t see the forest for the trees flag Like see review Jan 22, 2019 Gabby Jones rated it it was ok Slightly redundant and could have used a lore structured and less repetitive outline I feel the author continued to walk on eggshells trying not to get personal on a personal topic This book could have used life examples flag Like see review Feb 11, 2018 Molly rated it liked it Great encouragement and guidance for foster adoptive parents who follow Jesus flag Like see review Feb 05, 2018 Lynn Styf rated it it was amazing This book is amazing If you are a Foster or Adoptive Parent or considering becoming one, this is a must read flag Like see review Apr 25, 2018 Jessica Shaw rated it liked it Loved this book It was just a little too religious for my taste flag Like see review Jun 28, 2018 Thomas Hunt rated it really liked it Helpful flag Like see review Anna Brim rated it liked it Jan 03, 2019 Jennifer rated it liked it Mar 16, 2018 Heather Cooper rated it it was amazing Aug 05, 2018 Sheryl Brown rated it liked it Nov 17, 2018 Curtis Fuller rated it it was amazing Feb 19, 2018 Brandye rated it it was amazing Dec 30, 2018 Tracy Fisher rated it it was ok Apr 25, 2018 Aug 27, 2018 Kristen Lauderdale added it This might be a reassuring book for those who have already adopted high risk children, but I can t imagine many who haven t adopted would still want to after reading it While very readable, the author makes foster care adoption sound like a trap Even children they ve bonded with in early childhood ended up having severe issues with self destruction in their teens and young adulthood The author says he didn t want to adopt because he was ignorant about adoption, yet it sounds like all of his w This might be a reassuring book for those who have already adopted high risk children, but I can t imagine many who haven t adopted would still want to after reading it While very readable, the author makes foster care adoption sound like a trap Even children they ve bonded with in early childhood ended up having severe issues with self destruction in their teens and young adulthood The author says he didn t want to adopt because he was ignorant about adoption, yet it sounds like all of his worst fears came true so he never really debunked any of the negative associations but actually reinforced them Berry clearly loves all of his children, but it seems like he really needs positive portrayals of them as individuals rather than just describing so many horrific scenarios flag Like see review Tanya rated it it was amazing Nov 20, 2017 Lindsay rated it really liked it Jun 27, 2018 Michelle Berry rated it it was amazing Mar 30, 2018 L.L Gappa rated it really liked it Dec 28, 2018 previous 1 2 3 4 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Genres Parenting 7 users Parenting Adoption 6 users Nonfiction 4 users Family Law Fostering 3 users Christian Christian Living 1 user See top shelves About Mike Berry Mike Berry 2 followers Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name. 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    1. Really this book could have been a poster with a couple of bullet points You are not alone There is hope Find friends The book was incredibly redundant on these topics I also feel the author chose an incredibly odd biblical example to base much of his book upon, but for somewhat different reasons than he tried to predefend in the text This is a book written within the framework of foster care He is bemoaning bio parents and the choices they make that harm their children alongside the tale Really [...]


    2. This book was very timely in my life as an adoptive parent and the overriding theme that you are not alone was felt throughout the book I recommend it to any adoptive parent who is dealing with any type of struggle with their child This is NOT a 5 Steps to a Better Life type book, or a book telling you everything you are doing wrong It is like a breath of fresh air I cried as I read part of the book and could certainly relate to the struggles the author refers to, though not exactly This book w [...]


    3. Mike Berry is the real deal as a fellow adoptive foster parent and delivers healthy doses of empathy, hope, and encouragement in this book If you find yourself anywhere on this journey and are asking questions about whether you re the only one, I recommend you read this book Not a how to book on adoption there are plenty of these resources , but fills a much needed gap in life giving to anyone who is also in the trenches and reminds us of truths we may not have realized we d forgotten I ap Mike [...]


    4. This book has been such an encouragement during a difficult time in our foster adopt experience Mike speaks directly from his personal experience and meets readers where they are in the wreckage of their life It is filled not only with practical advice from someone who has lived through the daily struggles that adoption brings, but also encouragement that readers are not alone on this journey I highly recommend it to everyone who has or currently is fostering adopting, those looking into t This [...]


    5. THE BOOK ADOPTIVE FAMILIES HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR A transparent book for the adoptive family offering encouragement and community Mike and Kristin Berry give families what they have always needed knowledgeable friends who meet them where they are and compassionately commiserate with them, while helping them regain their footing when family issues have knocked them sideways Combining unflinching adoption scenarios and Biblical insight, this book is refreshingly right on point Perfect for se THE BO [...]


    6. This no holds barred memoir is the Berry s fostering and adoption odyssey Why such honesty one might ask Berry does himself no favours baring his heart to his readers It appears that some of life s lessons can only be learnt experientially This is particularly true of those rather messy, agonising, unrewarding, soul destroying, painful Berry s words not mine experiences on their epic journey Though there were no laugh aloud moments, there were plenty of reminiscent smiles as one could i This no [...]


    7. As an adoptive mom, I had a very hard time finding a book that properly described the feelings that I experienced as we went through the adoption process Most of the options were clinical in nature, or provided a very surface level look at the day to day life of adoptive families In Confessions of An Adoptive Parent, the author is very open and honest about his experiences with adoption and foster care, allowing readers to connect and feel supported throughout the book While he shares the cha As [...]


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