I know a family in my hometown in the USA who adopted two older children from Russia. And then sent them back. From that
grievous example and other various news stories, I knew there must be something uniquely difficult about adopting older children. I wanted to read a success story. Nine-Year Pregnancy is that success story; the author also shares with great vulnerability about the trials of adopting an older child. I had the opportunity to read this book’s manuscript during a pre-publication sneak preview, and I found the prose to be captivating. I kept wondering what would happen next.
This book is much more than a narrative on adoption. This book is about hope deferred, and deferred, and deferred. It’s about having a dream which you think is from God but then questioning it as the years pass and the dream is unfulfilled. As the author detailed for me her journey, I thought of my own steps and missteps. I laughed aloud on more than one occasion but held back tears as well. The book is also a treatise on unconditional love. God loves us when we are unloveable, and He gives us the strength to do the same for others.
I recommend this book to anyone whose dreams are on hold and to all moms and dads and those considering adoption.