Since we've been going through the adoption process, there is a book that has been a big encouragement to me. My friend, Janelle, recommended it on her blog several months ago and I knew I had to read it. She has six kids of her own, five of whom were adopted.
The book is called Adopted for Life, by Russell D. Moore. At the beginning, Moore shares his own story of how he adopted two boys from Russia. He also shares how questions from others taught him more about the Gospel and what God has to say about this important topic.
"For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father." Romans 8:15
He gives insights to adoptive parents on the paper work, finances and the "waiting game." The one thing that he really stresses is the importance of the church to help with adoptions. Not everyone is led to adopt, but fellow Christians can aid in prayer, support and perhaps help financially.
As you can see, this book is for everyone--not just those who are thinking about adoption or are in the process. Your heart will be blessed and encouraged as you read about what you can do in regards to this ministry that is so close to God's heart.
"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." James 1:27