Note: This book review originally appeared on my former blog site, leahatha.com and was first published on January 9, 2012.
Love You More is marketed as a Christian book from publisher Thomas Nelson about “the way Jennifer feels God has brought her family together and completed it with the adoption of her daughter”. In truth, the book is more about the story of her daughter’s international adoption, with a polite nod to God every now and then.
Jennifer has a background in journalism, which shows in her inclusion of facts about orphans and adoption which results in a choppy work (particularly chapter s 5-7) that tries too hard to be too many things to too many people, instead of being just what it is: the story of an adoption. Those who are considering international adoption will appreciate the look into one woman’s thoughts and feelings throughout and after the process was completed. The book includes “Tips for Adoptive Parents” which covers things to consider before beginning the adoption process as well as how to adjust after. A “Resources” section is included for those who decide to adopt or want to be involved. “Discussion” questions are included for those who wish to discuss the book in a group setting.
As a Christian, I found chapter 4 “The Red Thread” to be the most disturbing. Mrs. Grant uses Chinese folklore, Buddhism and Kabbalah as well as Jeremiah 29:11 (out of context) to form a view of God and his work instead of drawing fully from the Bible (in its correct context), which is the very Word of God. In light of the view of God portrayed in this book and it’s choppiness throughout chapters 5-7, I can only give it 3 of 5 stars. Readers will enjoy the story and resources, but should seek to inform their view of God elsewhere.
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