Saturday, February 21, 2015

Forever Mom by Mary Ostyn - Review

Writer, blogger, and adoption expert Mary Ostyn shares her experiences of adopting six children, inspiring those who have been called to adopt and providing practical advice on how to make it work.

In Forever Mom Mary Ostyn, a long-time and beloved adoption writer and blogger, shares the practical tools and resources she uses to thrive as an adoptive mom. She takes readers through her own ups and downs as she learned to nurture a growing family through living well on less, eating healthy foods, homeschooling, and mothering children with a variety of adjustment issues. She'll walk readers through how to build heart connections, help babies, toddlers, and older children settle in, effectively implement attachment parenting, and allow for personal time too.
Whether readers are the parent of an adopted child or interested in pursuing adoption, Mary's warm advice and fresh perspective will inspire, inform, and affirm them. They'll walk away knowing they're the perfect mom for whatever child God brings into their lives.

As a mother to one biological child and two current foster children that we were in hopes of adopting, I jumped at the chance to review this book. I was in the hopes that this would be able to speak to me on a spiritual level. I hoped that I would find a kindred spirit in the concerns that I was/am having. 
I didn't get that at all.
Although this tale isn't what I thought it was, it is thoughtfully well written and if you are in a situation that isn't as extreme as mine - this is probably a good choice for you.
I did relate to some of the concerns Mary Ostyn describes, but it was more towards my relationship with my birth child. I think that this book is a good resource to be read after the process has ended and not during or before. 
Overall, it is a good book, and well laid out. I do continue to pray for other mothers considering adoption, and for Ostyn and her walk that God has set forth for her.*

About the Author
Mary Ostyn encourages moms through her books, speaking engagements, and her blog at She lives with her high school sweetheart in Nampa, Idaho, where she homeschools the youngest six of their ten children, including four daughters born in Ethiopia and two sons born in South Korea.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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