Wednesday, March 30, 2011

GIVEAWAY AT THE END OF THIS POST!


Back HERE, I told you about Laura’s story being published in the book, Praying Through Your Adoption, by Michele Cervone Scott.


It has since been released in hardcopy, as well as e-book through Winepressbooks.com and kindle through Amazon.com. I’ve had a chance to read the book over the past couple of weeks, and for me, it is the first book of its kind. There are many books that address the various aspects of adoption, but none that I’ve read that takes one step-by-step through the process…not logistically…but spiritually. It’s kind of like a how-to book for families seeking God’s will in their adoption.


I was given permission to share this interview with you.

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

For Michele Cervone Scott

Where are you from? I'm originally from Philadelphia. Now I live outside of Philadelphia with my husband and son.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I started writing poems and stories for fun, and I had a poem published in Highlights for Children as I child. As I got older, I enjoyed researching and writing papers in high school and college. But I never considered becoming a professional writer until I wrote Praying Through Your Adoption.

What inspired you to write Praying Through Your Adoption? Prayer has always been important to me. I turned to God in prayer during our infertility, and I had planned to pray through a pregnancy if that had been God's plan. While adopting our son from Russia, we experienced painful delays and obstacles, such as increased fees and additional paperwork. At a particularly low point in the adoption process, I participated in an online prayer vigil that directed me to pray for very specific aspects of adoption – from government officials to waiting children. I realized the power of prayer specifically in adoption and saw the need to help other families pray through their adoptions as well.

How did you come up with the title? Becoming an adoptive family is a process. First, you make decisions about the type of adoption and the age of child you wish to pursue. Then you work to become approved, educated, and prepared for welcoming and parenting this new child. Praying Through Your Adoption shows families how to rely on God and their faith through the entire journey of creating and nurturing their forever family.

What other life experiences shaped you to write this book? Wow, many life experiences influenced this book. Our infertility is probably the biggest since the longing and waiting for our son is a large portion of our story. But even getting laid-off right before our adoption, experiencing post-adoption depression, and dealing with special needs made me want to encourage others dealing with similar difficulties.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Retelling my experience with post-adoption depression was hard. After our difficult time becoming parents, I never imagined I'd feel overwhelmed, anxious, and depressed as a new mom. As much as I wanted to skip over that chapter in my life and in the book, I felt it was important to paint a realistic picture for prospective adoptive families. Thankfully, other adoptive families were willing to share their real-life joys and challenges in the book as well.

What's one of the most important things people need to know about adoption? One of my favorite quotes in the book is from the late Derek Loux, an adoptive father of and an advocate for orphans. He said, “My friends, adoption is redemption. It's costly, exhausting, expensive, and outrageous. Buying back lives costs so much. When God set out to redeem us, it killed Him. And when He redeems us, we can't even really appreciate or comprehend it.” Derek's words capture so much. There is loss, and, yes, there are sacrifices – financial and otherwise – in adoption. But the rewards for answering God's call to care for orphans are priceless.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I'm sure I learned a lot, but I was especially overwhelmed by the amount of transparency and support I received from the adoption community. The families featured in the book, in particular, poured out their hearts and souls. For some, telling their stories was pure celebration and thanksgiving to God. For others, it was probably a means for healing. I'm eternally grateful, and I think the readers will be, too.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? With over 143 million orphans across the globe, I would love to see more families consider adoption. But I deeply respect the person who hears this interview or picks up this book and, for whatever reason, decides adoption is not right for them, I hope they would still consider providing prayer support and perhaps even financial support to families who are pursuing adoption.

For more information on Michele Cervone Scott and Praying Through Your Adoption, please visit www.MicheleCScott.com.


Now for the GIVEAWAY!


If you would like to win a copy of this book, leave a comment,

and I’ll draw the winner on Saturday!

7 comments:

Kristin said...

I'd love to read this. I think adoption will be Avery's only option, and feel that we need to help prepare him. He loves little children so much, and spent a lot of time in hospital waiting rooms entertaining the younger ones.

Michelle said...

Pick me! Pick me! Oooh! Oooh! Mr. Kotter!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to read it because I was there with you for the travel part and of course the day we first saw that sweet little Laura, my heart still skips a beat when I think about that day and how lucky we are to have her in our family.

Holly said...

I totally want to read this..what a brilliant idea for a book!!
So is the book out for buying?!?! or waiting to be released? I will have to check out the link you posted to find out :) Happy Bday to your hubby!
Tell him that 40 is the new 30 :)

amyhusted said...

fWho wouldn't love to read this book. I hope I'm the one!! I think Laura had a little hand in making us friends and I am so greatful to her for that. (And God too.) Can't wait to read her adoption story in the book.

Kathy R. said...

I love to read adoption books, and would like a chance to read this special book. As you know, we encountered many medical surprises with our precious baby girls, Laura & Abby. I believe God chose us to be their mothers because he knew we would take good care of our sweet daughters. Everyday is a challenge, and we stay strong because of God's love. I am so thankful to have Abby, as well as Terri--I feel blessed twice!

Nichole and Craig said...

I would love to read this book too.