Everyone has a story. This is mine. I was born in the turbulent sixties into a family who believed in justice and equality. They just couldn’t seem to find it for themselves.
The pivotal turn in my story is the heart for adoption that grew out of my difficult beginnings. God is restorer of families. He is a Father to the fatherless.
Every story has a plot, other wise the story would not be worth reading. The hero must have something to overcome. There means a loss or a choice. My loss took me to the Father for redemption through His Son and eventually to an orphanage in Sulejow, Poland to welcome four new children to my family. Everyone has that pivotal moment or series of them. The question is, what do we do with our pain? Do we stuff it or spend it gloriously wiping the brow of someone else in pain? Do we seek comfort or to comfort?
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“Positive Adoption is a very touching and moving memoir. The vulnerability and authenticity of the author draws you into the story she shares. A story that is woven with bits and pieces of her childhood, early parenting and international adoption process. It contains loss and love, fear and bravery, defeat and triumph. It’s a journey of redemption and understanding. Following the author through her own transformation can serve to inspire the reader to pursue a personal understanding of purpose and meaning. In the pages of this book you will find encouragement and hope as well as heartache and sorrow. Kathleen unashamedly shares that throughout each of her life experiences she has come full circle and attributes her joy, contentment and peace to the personal relationship she has with Jesus Christ. I would highly recommend this book and was challenged both personally and as a member of the global community. This is just one story of how adoption can be a positive experience and I pray that many more stories like this come to be told.” – WorshipMeister
“I love hearing people’s stories! As a fellow adoptive parent I especially loved the Guire’s story of adoption. Kathleen delicately weaves her own troubled past with her journey to her four polish children. By the end of the book you see Katheen’s story come full circle as her children’s begins to unfold. As Christians we are adopted into God’s family and the Guire’s story shows how adoption here on earth mirrors the adoption of our heavenly father. She doesn’t shy away from telling the hard parts with the good parts while still respecting her adoptive children’s past.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who wants to understand better how adoption fits into God’s plan of redemption and to anyone who loves a good story.”- Martha Mason
“What an excellent book for anyone considering adoption!! The author does well to explain the process of adoption and encourages you that adoption can be positive. It explains things also that the children may be experiencing through the process, and why they may behave in certain ways. It is very full of wisdom for the adoptive parent, and for parents in general! It also speaks on a deeper level as the author explains tragedies from her past. It can help anyone who is dealing with grief, rejection, and clearly explains God’s spirit of adoption with us.”- Maria Casto
“A wonderfully written story that beautifully blends her childhood, the adoption of her children and God’s grace available to us all. It is not just for those affected by or considering adoption. It is also a great read for all who have interest or seek a different view of our heavenly adoption into God’s family.”- Allison Horne
“I couldn’t put it down and stood up way too late finishing it! It really gave me a unique perspective on adoption. There were definitely some tear jerkers and laughs throughout the book. I wasn’t ready for it to end.” – Jennifer Donati
Five Things: A Tiny Handbook for Adoptive/Foster Families is full of helpful nuggets in sets of five.
- Five things adoptive/foster parents don’t tell you.
- Five things your adopted children would like to tell you.
- Five things you can do to help adoptive/foster families.
This is a great handbook to share with extended family, teachers, church leaders, friends, adoptive/foster families and friends.
25 Days of Thriving through Christmas: An Advent Devotional for Adoptive and Foster Families, provides an insightful, practical and encouraging resource for parents navigating the advent season. The book fills a void for adoptive and foster families as to ideas and guidance of not just surviving the Christmas season with children who have come from different backgrounds/experiences but to “thriving” during the season. With applicable daily Scripture readings to practical suggestions, this tool for helping families will become an annual tradition!