Adoption Bookshelf

There is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Her Country's Children, by Melissa Fay Greene.  This was the first book I read when we were considering international adoption, and it reinforced my desire to adopt from Ethiopia. I highly recommend it.

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wished Their Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge.  This book is written by an adult adoptee, which I found to be an interesting perspective.  I thought the book dragged in certain sections, repeating the same concepts, but overall it's a great glimpse into the minds of adoptive children.

The Connected Child: Bringing hope and healing to your adoptive family by Karyn Purvis, David Cross, and Wendy Sunshine.  This is considered "the book" on bonding and attachment with adopted children.  It's excellent; highly recommend.

Half the Sky:  Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.  I confess I haven't yet finished this book, and maybe won't.  It was due back at the library when I was only half-way through it and the book is kind of depressing.  Yes, there are amazing people risking everything to save women and children from sex slavery and other atrocities, and that part is very inspiring.  But so many of these women have already been ruined by their captors and abusers that they return to the life from which they were rescued, in order to feed their drug addicition.  The drugs that their captors used in order to control them.  I need to talk with someone who has read the entire book, to see if I want to finish it.

No Biking in the House Without a Helmet by Melissa Fay Greene.  I actually enjoyed this book even more than the quintessential There is No Me Without You.  The book chronicles Greene's several adoptions, from Bularia and Ethiopia.  The book is now out in paperback, but I loved the family photo on the cover of the hardback.  While reading stories of each of her kids, I loved flipping to that family photo and keeping a picture of the particular child in my head.

Kisses from Katie: A Story of Love and Relentless Redemption by Katie Davis.  This is an adorable book about a courageous teenager who has dedicated her life, foregoing a traditional future, to the children of Uganda.

The Hospital by the River: A Story of Hope by Catherine Hamlin and John Little.  The story behind the Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, written by the women whom some call the Mother Theresa of our time.  You should also see the PBS documentary A Walk to Beautiful, which Netflix has on instant streaming.

This is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes by Marilyn Berger.  Dr. Hodes went to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a short-term contract in the 1970's and essentially has never left.  He specializes in treating children afflicted with tuberculosis of the spine.