Hello, I Love You: Adventures in Adoptive Fatherhood   -     By: Ted Kluck
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Follow the wild ride of international adoption---complete with piles of cash, passport checks, airport con men, electrocution, and armed Ukrainian police. Showing how God's faithfulness takes new forms each day through family, friends, strangers, and Scripture, Kluck's moving memoir also portrays his joy when he meets two boys who will soon become his sons. 208 pages, softcover from Moody.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Moody Publishing
Dimensions: 8 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0802458351
ISBN-13: 9780802458353
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Publisher's Description

There's nothing like adoption to make a grown man cry. Repeatedly.

In this humorous and honest memoir, Ted Kluck-father, writer, and sports fan-details his adoption of his two sons from Ukraine. While not always self-flattering, his complaints and struggles will provoke laughter, some fear, and self-examination.

In the first part of his memoir, Ted reveals the chaos the Kluck's first international adoption, the adoption of his son Tristan. He includes stories of:

  • Loads of paperwork, inspections, and prayer in the United States
  • Traveling to Ukraine with tens of thousands of dollars in cash tucked in his belt
  • Unexpected waits
  • Consuming uncountable numbers of Snickers bars and soda
  • Sickness while still in Ukraine
  • Letters written to his soon-to-be son
  • God's unending faithfulness and reflections on His adoption of believers

In the second part of his memoir-the story of Kluck's second international adoption-new struggles arise, causing Ted to process with his readers:

  • Infertility-in a church full of pregnant women and large families
  • Struggling in silence
  • Travel, again
  • Missing the comfort of the United States
  • A small amount of electrocution-the result of foreign electrical engineering
  • Spiritual depression and struggle to provide for his family
  • Complaint and trusting that God's provision is sufficient
  • The blessing of the body of Christ

In each section of Ted's memoir, you will feel deeply, laugh out loud, and learn. Whether you're an adoptive parent, seeking to be an adoptive parent, or unmarried, you will enjoy and appreciate Ted's humorous and honest stories of his adventures in adoptive fatherhood.

"While Hello, I Love You is about the stories of two adoptions, in reality, the stories serve to show the trustworthiness of God despite impossible circumstances and the need to find contentment in his providential care."

-Book review by John Starke on The Gospel Coalition 

An Excerpt from the Book's Introduction:

            This book began as a journal-some spiral-bound notebooks that came with me to Ukraine the first time, and which contained letters that I wrote to Tristan during the experience. In the first half of the book, it reads like I'm addressing Tristan directly, while the second half is a more straightforward narrative of Dima's adoption. They're both love letters to my boys, and the whole thing is a love letter to Kristin, my wife.

            You'll also notice lots of frank, often sarcastic prose about cultural differences-usually with the author as the punch line, as it was my inability to deal with these differences that provided a lot of humor (in retrospect) and anger (at the time).

            There's also some tough content regarding infertility. If this is something you've struggled with in your marriage, I hope this chapter encourages you, and I hope you feel less alone in your struggle. If you've been blessed with biological children, please don't feel guilty for having them, or in any way judged or made fun of by the observations in that chapter (see also: It not being you, but me).

            Finally, the book contains lots of stories of God's faithfulness-stories that we thought were too meaningful not to be told. Little "piles of stones" along the way that remind us of God's goodness, love, and faithfulness. We hope that you'll read them and not only be entertained, but be motivated to think of Christ and our adoption as His sons and daughters. It is only the love of Christ, and our hope in Him, that got us through the first, the most difficult adoption in the history of our agency's work with Ukraine, then infertility, and finally a second adoption. And it was these adoptions, more than any other events or events in our lives, that truly taught us to find our peace, comfort, and identity in Christ.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author Bio

TED KLUCK is co-author of Why We're Not Emergent and author of Facing Tyson, 15 Stories, Paper Tiger and Game Time. His award-winning writing has also appeared in ESPN the Magazine, Sports Spectrum Magazine and on ESPN.com's Page 2. An avid sports fan, he has played professional indoor football, coached high school football, trained as a professional wrestler, served as a missionary, and has also taught writing courses at the college level. He currently lives in Michigan with his wife and two sons.

ChristianBookPreviews.com

Hello, I Love You could have the alternate title – The Adoption Misadventures of a Cute American Girl and her Idiot Husband. An avid sportsman, from playing and coaching football to writing sports editorials, commentaries, and books, Ted Kluck (the idiot husband of the alternative title) masterfully uses his breezy, sarcastic sporting style to relate this true story of the trials and tribulations of adopting children from the Ukraine. In 2003, very American-oriented and not realizing it, Ted and Hannah Kluck felt the Lord wanted their first child to be one adopted from a foreign country. Little knowing the problems they would face, the young couple set out with borrowed money (and it takes lots of it) to get their child from the Ukraine. Red tape was a mammoth problem. Finding out they had to live months in sometimes frightening circumstances never encountered in America was surmountable but worrisome. Worse yet was the fact they had to fly back and forth between the Ukraine and the USA several times over a period of many months before they finally could take their little Tristan home with them. A master of literary sarcasm drifting into livid irony, Ted Kluck states everything baldly: his dismay at the Ukrainian way of life; how he and Hannah desperately clung to the Lord even when their feelings made them sometimes act less than Christian; worrying about which ‘foreigners’ they could trust; and learning to love a little boy under difficult adoption circumstances. But in between all of this the reader also learns how the Lord leads the Klucks into spiritual growth, teaching them to lean fully on Him.

The Lord had a further lesson for this couple – infertility. Part two tells all the raw and sometimes less than admirable emotions this couple went through as they worked toward accepting God’s will in this matter also. Knowing the problems of foreign adoption, and just recently reconciled to their infertility, the Klucks set out to adopt a second boy, Dima. They have their two boys now, and are a happy family; however, the adventure is not over. Dima has a little sister still in the Ukraine, and as this book draws to a close, all four Klucks are ready to start the adoption process to get her – another $40,000 adoption for this middle-class family. Ted Kluck closes with this sentence, “As my boys climb on me, smiling and laughing, I’m reminded of . . . the difficult circumstances in their past . . . now washed away in light of the new life they have with our family. And I can’t help but compare that to the regeneration that happens in our hearts, in Christ . . . the joy that’s possible in Him, and the glory we’ll experience in eternity” (p. 179).

Hello, I Love You is a book for everyone. If you are thinking of adoption, pair this book with a more optimistic one. If you are not thinking of adopting, but want a good Christian read, this book will fill the bill. It will leave you ruminating on how well you are coping with your own Christian life, and, if you honestly want it, how God can fix the problems you find. – Donna Eggett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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    Although Hello, I Love You was written more than two years ago, I wasn't aware of it until a couple of weeks ago. In a few weeks my wife and I will be adopting our third child from China so reading Mr. Kluck's book during the Christmas break was perfect timing. Hello, I Love You is quite different from other adoption books I've read. This 190-pager is written by a Christian thirty-something guy who speaks quite candidly about the challenges of international adoption, infertility, communication, the church, and more. It's both humorous and raw.

    The 11 chapters are divided into two parts. Part 1 is entitled Tristan which is the name of the first child the Klucks adopted from Ukraine. Part 2 is entitled Dima which is the name of the second child the Klucks adopted Ukraine. Mr. Kluck is quite frank about not always enjoying the way things operate in the Ukraine, and I could see some Ukrainians being offended; however, Mr. Kluck has good things to say about the Ukraine as well. Adopting children is not always a smooth process, and that is certainly the case here. Reading about Kluck's two international adoptions made me extremely thankful for not having to face their trials. It was also good to read that Mr. Kluck is fully aware that complaining is sinful, and that he understands that his wife has been so patient with him. I can more than relate to these things.

    If you are looking for a book that talks about how everything about adopting children is beautiful, this is not the book for you. If you are interested in reading what international adoptions can be like and feel like, especially if you're a man, I recommend Hello, I Love You. Although I was disappointed not to read about the completion of a third adoption, I know the story has not ended.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 6, 2010
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    Hello, I Love You is an extremely honest recounting of Ted and Kristen Kluck's two adoptions. They originally decide to adopt internationally because they felt called to it. So they raised money, went to Ukraine three times, and finally brought home their little boy. Years later, they decided they wanted to grow their family again - only to engage a long battle with infertility. They finally determined that they would adopt from Ukraine again.Kluck describes in detail the process for both of their adoptions. His emotions spill out on the pages of the book. Bitterness, anger, fear, joy, sorrow, excitement, uncertainty. He also describes how the process of adopting, working through infertility, and adopting again changed his relationship with the Lord. He's also open with how the entire process affected his relationship with his wife - and how ultimately it brought them closer together.There were times that I felt like he was just a big complainer, but he addresses the conviction that he felt about complaining/whining, his repentance, and how he and his wife worked through this difficult time together.I enjoyed this book. The honesty was at times shocking, but helpful for understanding the entire process and how it affected Kluck, his family, his relationship with his church, his friendships, and his relationship with the Lord. Plus, hearing from an adoptive father provides a unique perspective, as most of the stories/blogs about adoption I've read are from the mother's perspective.I received a FREE copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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