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#117: Once Upon A Baby - Shari Guess (With Giveaway)

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From Amazon:
An explanation of LDS (Latter-Day Saint) adoption geared towards children. This charming book follows a child from the pre-existence, through the adoption process and introduces the concept of eternal families. This book is the perfect gift for adoptive families, the adopted child and birth parents alike.
  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Narrow Trail Publishing (July 1, 2012)
  • ISBN: 9780985859008
  • AMAZON US

From the Author:
 This is the book I so longed to read to my adopted son but was unable to find. I am so pleased to share it with you!
I collaborated with Illustrator Kate Featherstone to present this story based on my personal adoptive experience with my son, Garrett.
I geared this story towards children ages 2-8 as a way to explain and bring comfort to the child's circumstance, as well as provide answers to life-long questions of who they are, why they're here and where they're going.
I tried to convey the sense of always being loved as part of the adoptive family. After the child is born and has a family chosen by the birth-mother, he is sealed to them in the temple and goes on to live with his loved ones throughout eternity. As you will see, illustrations of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ watching over the child and the family, along with guiding the adoptive process, occur throughout.
I paid careful consideration to not glorify or condone unwed pregnancy, while still giving due respect and admiration to the biological parents who are illustrated and represented as a necessary and loving part of the child's story.
It took many, many years and much opposition to bring this work to light. 
I hope you enjoy the fruits of our many labors!
Adoption is a wonderful thing!
May you be blessed on your adoption journeys!
Shari Guess 


My Opinion:
Great illustrations, so colorful and brought to life with the written words. Words that adopted kids or kids in orphanages should hear. Mind you, this is a very Christian book, so if you do not believe in the same teachings, you will not appreciate this book.
It not only teaches small children about adoption and surrogacy, it teaches them about God and heaven. It enforces the belief that there is a God, he is good, and with prayer he listens. That is definitely things I would want instilled in my small children. The other side of not being able to have children of your own, and having to seek other ways, this book deals with it in a way that kids can understand, and it still instills the belief of the power of prayer. That bodes well with me. I bet not one person who reads this review can say they haven't asked God for something, even if it was the silliest request. You still have tried at one time or another. At least this book was about praying for a child and God guiding them with the right answers when it didn't go the way they planned. That will always work for me!


3/5


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DISCLAIMER: I received a ecopy for review. I was not compensated. All opinions are my own, unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible for prize shipment.

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