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Friday, January 18, 2013

Just In Case You Ever Wonder

By Max Lucado, Illustrated by Toni Goffe

Although not written with adoption in mind, this book is works well for it. It teaches children about their divine nature, speaks with tenderness of a parent’s unconditional love for a child, and declares the security of family relationships. Some of my favorite lines in the book are these:
And since you are so special, God wanted to put you in just the right home…
where you would be warm when it’s cold,
where you’d be safe when you’re afraid,
where you’d have fun and learn about heaven.
After lots of looking, God sent you to me.
And I’m so glad He did.
As with many such books, this one can be considered a "stepping off" point for telling your own story as it is easy to personalize within the cadence of this book your own family beliefs, values, and series of events.

One important thing to remember when looking for this book, however, is that it comes in two different editions. In the most recent edition, the words are the same but the illustrations are different and include the mother with a pregnant belly. The earlier edition (pictured here) can still be found in local stores and on the Internet. It is available in both hardcover and board book formats.

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