Daddy, please send mommy to find me! After years of gut-wrenching struggles, almost a half a million in adoption expenses, months of separation, hours and hours of pleading prayers on our knees and silently in our hearts, this was it, and there she was. The Gathering is the account of an incredibly courageous woman.
The Gathering is the story of a mother, with the support of her husband and children, who searched for her missing children in the jungles of the Marshal Islands, the poverty-choked country of Vietnam, and the corrupt country of Haiti. The Gathering is a story of a family that fought and struggled to find their children in the U.S. through private adoptions and state foster-care systems. The Gathering is an incredible story of faith, hope, and miracles. This is their story.
©2010 Annie Laurie (P)2010 Tate
I loved this book. I loved the way this couple prayed and talked to God. They prayed for specific things, and when they did not receive them they didn't stop praying or quit, instead they prayed for something a little bit different - hoping that God just wanted something a little different than what they wanted.
The first really memorable thing that was shared after they adopted four children they had really worked hard to adopt was, "Why would God answer our prayer?" Answer, "Because we're His children." If God is the father of your life, you can have the same hope that He will tend to your prayers.
Both Annie Laurie and Brian have what I would call soft-spoken voices. I listened to their story mostly at night, but it was not awkward because their voices are continually hopeful and soothing. Their narration made it even easier to imagine them adopting 19 children and taking care of them with joy.
Yes, but I don't want to spoil any part of the book for any future listener.
Annie Laurie and Brian believe that God sometimes speaks to people directly. I know not every Christian believes this, but I hope they will still listen to the book because this couple and their family loved God and the people they came into contact with, with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and we all need more examples of that.
First of all, if you are intolerant of religious people, this is not the book for you. Often times the authors refer to asking God for direction, the whispers of God/children, and how they have been strengthened and have grown in Godly ways through their process of raising their 5 biological children and adopting so many more. The heart of the book centers on their frustrations and disappointments with the foster care system and their ultimate triumph when they complete their very large family.
It's a good book, but sometimes hard to relate to someone that had 5 kids by age 25, "knew" what God had planned for her, and sometimes would go to extreme lengths but other times had to walk away - if only for a time - from children with which they connected. I was drawn in by the struggle with the "4 little ones" and the adoption of their 5 children from Haiti.
If you are tolerant of, or are a very religious person and you are thinking of adopting, especially if you have some bio-children of your own, this would be a good read - especially if you are struggling through the common setbacks of adoptions.
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