Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Masterpiece of Joy by Bobbi Grubb

This book is a testament to the handiwork and faithfulness of God to his believers~ those who put their faith and trust in Him and are willing to wait for His timing to be revealed.  This book is an adoption story, yes;  but it is so much more.  As you read through the pages of Masterpiece of Joy, you will feel as though you know Steve and Bobbi Grubb as close friends.  You will journey with them through the  valleys of infertility and, eventually, share with them the mountaintop experience that is adoption. 

  • Are you facing infertility?

  • Is someone you love walking through this devastating ordeal?

  • Have you considered open adoption, but still have uncertainties?

  • Are you facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering your options?

  • Are there trials in your life that just seem impossible to overcome?

If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, then I would highly recommend picking up a copy of this  book.  If you have ever waited a very long time for something, you know how very difficult the waiting can become, and you've probably found yourself questioning God.  I'm relating this book to the story of Abram and Sarai~ God had promised them a child (actually, the promise was much greater~ that their descendants would  be as numerous as the stars in the sky);  but after waiting 10 years, Sarai decided that she just couldn't wait anymore and decided to "take matters into her own hands", with staggering consequences.  We find that it's sometimes easier to take over, rather than to "let go and let God". 

Steve and Bobbi Grubb struggled through infertility for 10 years!  Sure, they had times of questioning;   but their faith never wavered~ they continued to pray and they continued to trust.  I could so totally relate to the feelings, the questions, and the experiences that they went through as I, too, have walked a similar path through infertility.  The ways in which we eventually added children to our families are different~ I adopted my children internationally (which is more of a closed-adoption), while Bobbi's children were received into their family  through open adoptions.  Either way, the miracle of adoption is the same~ lives are blessed and God's handiwork is revealed.  I enjoyed reading of another family's adoption experience and learning more about open adoptions (which, I must confess, have scared me in the past);  and, trust me, Bobbi has covered ALL the details of their journey!  I'm a detail-oriented person;  so I enjoyed this immensely. 

 Something my readers here at Homeschoolblogger might appreciate is the fact that Bobbi is also a homeschooling mom!  In addition to homeschooling her two sons, she does adoption counseling and serves on the board of directors for a crisis pregnancy center.

For more information on Masterpiece of Joy, click here.  This  book is available through Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.  The publisher also has this  book available in e-book format~ this is especially good for those of you, like me, who have no patience and can't wait for shipping! 


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