Item description for An Unlit Path by Deborah L. Hannah...
Overview What happens when love is not enough? The answer lies in this true story of one family's journey through the world of foster care and adoption within the United States. It is a personal account, encompassing both heartbreak and joy, while realistically embracing the intrinsic challenges of parenting the "hard to place" child. The long-term affects of neglect and abandonment, along with the issues of Reactive Attachment Disorder, sexual abuse, mental illness, and false allegations are discussed in the context of the family's four biological, five adopted and nine foster children. From a prospective parent's standpoint, this book dispels unrealistic and idealized expectations, yet from a Christian standpoint, it offers spiritual insight into understanding, acceptance and finally, forgiveness. Creatively written, this is a story that needs to be told, for although tragic in nature, it raises the awareness of the reader to the inherent risks and rewards of adoption.
Publishers Description What happens when love is not enough? A true story of one family's journey, although tragic, it raises awareness to the inherent risks and rewards of adoption and foster care.
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Studio: Xulon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.75" Weight: 1.09 lbs.
Release Date Oct 6, 2006
Publisher Xulon Press
ISBN 1600344852 ISBN13 9781600344855
Availability 62 units. Availability accurate as of Mar 28, 2017 08:17.
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Reviews - What do customers think about An Unlit Path?
Inspirational! Sep 30, 2008
The Unlit Path by Deborah Hannah shows an inspirational demonstration of courage, faithfulness, and forgiveness. I am not an adoptive parent, but was reading this from the view point of a parent, grand parent, and former educator. I can't personally relate with the sacrifices and heartbreak that some foster/adoptive parents face, but this book gives me sympathy and understanding of their challenges. I recently retired after spending 30 years in the classroom. I wish I would have had this book earlier in my career to help interact and understand children and parents who may have been experiencing children with R.A.D. and other difficulties . I admire the Hannah's Christian values and faith and admire how they allowed God to help them through their tears of heartbreak and frustrations. Their love for each other, their children, and their unconditional forgiveness is an example for all of us. Adoptive/foster parents, educators, and social workers would benefit from reading this book. The book is very well written. It's a real page turner. I couldn't put the book down!
AN UNLIT PATH May 10, 2008
As a foster parent this book was very realistic and hit home on a lot of levels.
An Unlit Path Sep 19, 2007
I highly recommend this wonderful book!! I read it in one sitting; I simply could not put it down. The Hannah family's journey through foster parenting and adoption mirrored my own. My family started fostering children around the same time that the Hannah's did and we have experienced many of the same break downs in the child welfare system that they have. This book is a must read for anyone looking into the possibility of fostering children and also for anyone who knows foster families. The isolation foster families feel when everyone around them starts questioning their parenting, not realizing that the children are very, very ill and need to be parented differently is devastating. The journey towards healing and forgiveness is very uplifting and motivating. Deborah Hannah conveys her joy, betrayal, disillusionment and forgiveness simply and clearly. She gives us the message that life does go on.
Wow, I couldn't put it down. Aug 29, 2007
This was an amazing book!! I am currently on my way to becoming a foster parent, so I decided to read this book. I started reading it yesterday morning, and finished at 2 o'clock this morning. I couldn't stop reading. I cried while reading it, it was so sad, but I don't regret hearing the story. It needed to be told.
The author has a beautiful way with words, and the book was an easy read. It flowed very well.
What an amazing book! Jun 19, 2007
This book is fantastic! It takes an honest look at the adoption and foster care system and the sometimes heartbreaking trails that come with fostering and adopting. I felt like Deborah was writing my story and the story of so many other families I know. I deeply appreciated her willingness to be transparent. For so many of us who feel alone in our struggles, this is a must read.