Written by an adoptive mother and an adoptee daughter, Before You Were Mine offers a unique Christian perspective on creating a Lifebook that commemorates your childs birth story. Complete with worksheets and advice from adoptive families, youll find that remembering and celebrating your childs history can be fun, rewarding, and even redemptive. Youll discover how to ucover and organize details of their birth story, make the story both truthful and positive, and use the Lifebook to trace Gods faithfulness. This powerful concept takes the guesswork out of how and when youll talk about your adopted childs beginningsand offers him or her a lasting memento that helps them overcome uncertainty and fear to rest in Christs unconditional love. How will you embrace your childs birth story as part of Gods plan? Before You Were Mine will help you relax and rejoice in the beautiful story God is writing for your child.
Susan TeBos (M.A., Western Michigan University) is the mother of three adopted children from Siberia. She has led many workshops for adoptive organizations and for adoptive ministries in churches. She and her husband, Michael, and their children live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Carissa Woodwyk is a Korean adoptee. She holds a masters degree in counseling psychology and is a licensed counselor and marriage and family therapist. She enjoys speaking on relationships, marriage, personal growth, identity, and adoption. She and her husband have two children and live in Hudsonville, Michigan.