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Book Review – The Eye of Adoption
The adoption process can indeed feel like a storm sometimes, as hopeful parents are caught in a whirlwind of emotions and turbulent situations. Author Jody Cantrell Dyer chose to name her book The Eye of Adoption for this very reason. But Dyer’s story is about much more than just weathering the storm. It is a funny, touching and informative memoir about faith, hope and the power of love.
Jody Cantrell Dyer and her husband Jeff had one biological child when they decided to add a baby to their family. Because Dyer had already given birth, she didn’t expect any problems. However, years passed, and she was unable to get pregnant. She tried fertility treatments, which were unsuccessful, and endured many ups and downs while trying to have a baby. She and her husband then decided that they would pursue domestic infant adoption. Ironically, Dyer’s husband was adopted as an infant himself, so the family already had a basic understanding of how adoption worked. Since they had witnessed the incredible love that is present between adoptive parents and their children, they felt confident that adoption was the right choice. They were hopeful that they would find their child one day. Of course, the adoption process is complex and overwhelming too. The Dyers experienced a whole new set of ups and downs while waiting to adopt, but with faith, love and patience, they were eventually successful and brought home a precious baby boy.
In The Eye of Adoption, Dyer talks openly about her experiences with infertility and the adoption process. Her down-to-earth personality and sense of humor make this book easy to read. She moves effortlessly between discussing the difficult aspects of infertility and the adoption process to sharing her wit and wisdom. Readers will find themselves crying one minute and laughing the next.
Some of the book’s highlights are Dyer’s letters to her future child and her interview with her son’s birth mom. The letters help to illustrate the longing, the hope and the connection to a future child that those waiting to adopt often feel. Dyer’s interview with her son’s birth mom gives readers an inside look into the many feelings and thoughts birth parents have. It shows the important bond between birth parents and adoptive parents. And, it helps educate readers on a birth mom’s perspective as well as the benefits of open adoption.
I highly recommend this book for those struggling with infertility or considering adoption. Readers who are just curious about these topics and want to better understand them will also enjoy The Eye of Adoption.
You can find The Eye of Adoption: The True Story of My Turbulent Wait for a Baby on Amazon.com.
I received a free PDF review copy of the book from the author.
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