Confessions of an Adoptive Parent

Hope and Help from the Trenches of Foster Care and Adoption
Narrated by: Lloyd James
Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (79 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Know That You Are Not Alone on This Journey 

Adopting 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 children 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.

©2017 eChristian (P)2017 eChristian

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This book is total garbage; Would not recommend.

The book is filled with contradictions. It's obvious the author isn't trauma informed. The second to last chapter he openly admits to forcing a barley aged out foster child out of his home because she refused to go to church, and jokes about his wife turning off the hot water on the child while she was in the shower.

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Where’s the hope?

This might be worth reading if you are considering foster care and want to hear a bunch of worst case scenarios to prepare yourself, but he offers no practical advice. This guy needs to see a therapist to deal with his issues, and the difficulties of raising traumatized foster children. In his defense, he was probably underprepared, undertrained, and under supported by the system.

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Right on

Yes, yes, yes was all I kept thinking throughout this book. Real and refreshing. He gets it and says it like it is. Highly recommend this to any foster or adoptive parent.

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Yes! JUST WHAT I NEEDED!

This book spoke to me! It was JUST what I needed! I cant count the times that I was listening to this book and started to cry. If you are exploring fostercare/adoption or have done it- READ THIS BOOK.

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Honest, even when it's hard

Have you ever read a book that paints adoption as all sunshine and roses? Well this book isn't that. Berry paints a starkly honest picture of what adoption and foster care really look like. Day-to-day and year-to-year. But it's not all bleak. Amidst hard truths and exhausting stories, he ties in a strand of hope that has kept his family going and, he hopes, will be just what you and yours need as well.

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So Good, So True

I’m a foster adoptive parent, and this book helped and resonated with me in a big way. I highly recommend it.

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A reminder that we aren't alone in this

Would you listen to Confessions of an Adoptive Parent again? Why?

Yes. It was super helpful to hear the stories of another foster/adoptive parent who have gone through very similar things as I have. Just the reminder that I'm not alone made this book one worth listening to again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This book tells stories, for sure, but because they're real life anecdotes and fairly short, it's hard to just pick a favorite "character." However, I do really resonate with Mike's experiences and the things he had to say.

What does Lloyd James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He does exactly what you want out from a narrator of a non-fiction book: you don't even notice him. He does a great job of presenting the book in such a way that draws attention to the book's content and not himself. He doesn't distract with a monotonous tone or strange pronunciations.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Pretty much the whole book was moving in that I could relate so much to what Mike had to say. Being a foster/adoptive parent is incredibly difficult, but there's hope for the future and we are not alone in this journey. And the journey is worth it.

Any additional comments?

The only flaw is that the book is pretty repetitive. I find that Mike repeats many of the same stories or thoughts throughout the book. They're not bad stories or thoughts, just repetitive.

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What a waste of my time.

It was hard to finish this book. The author made it seem like there is almost no happiness in fostering or adoption and that the only way to survive is by having faith in God. Faith is great but there was no real practical advice given. What is really the point of this book?

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Just what I needed!

Thank you for writing this! It was just what I needed! Narration was excellent. Thank you

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A great resource for Forster/ adopted parents

Its great book. He has definitely been there and is willing to talk about it.

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  • Claire
  • 08-16-18

interesting but not for me

we are going through the process of becoming adoptive parents. this book was interesting and it did give me many thinking points. it does contain a lot of religious content and I'm not a religious person so I found that distracting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-16-18

Looking to adopt

It was a good book to gain insight into the adoption world. but I feel that I need to read more based on UK experiences.

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  • S. A. Brookes
  • 09-03-20

Not as advertised

I purchased this book looking for practical advice to help me on my new venture into adoption. What I found was chapter after chapter of drivel about how the authors god can help me in my time of need. The book should be called ‘Confessions of a Pastor’ but we all know what that would entail!