Tied With Heartstrings

Tied With Heartstrings

  • Paper cover
  • 448 pages
  • 1.35 lbs

Item #4-241615

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  • $12.95

True, encouraging stories of joy and grief from adoptive and foster families

The love binding together the hearts of families with foster and adopted children is no less enduring than bonds created by birth. Yet sometimes the circumstances that surround adoption can be the source of much heartache and frustration.

The writers of this book, most of them adoptive mothers, share the wisdom of experience. They know the realities of infertility, abandonment, early childhood trauma, biracial and international adoption, and the uncertainties of foster care. Other family members and adopted children, now adults, also share their viewpoints and experiences. They speak honestly about what it is like to grow together as a family united through the miracle of adoption.

These stories portray moments of desperation, laughter, encouragement, grief—and much more. Rejoice that in the end, sturdy heartstrings are tightly woven between parents and children whom God brings together in His own way.

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface
  • Publisher's Note
  • Introduction

Part 1 - With Longing Hearts: The Spirit of Adoption

  • The Prayer of Two Hearts
  • In Answer to Our Prayer
  • God's Planned Additions
  • Sisters, a Gift from God
  • Our Babies!
  • Who Loves the Children?
  • I Was a Stranger
  • Who Will Show Jesus to Him?
  • Adopted Child
  • A Cup of Cold Water
  • Our Very Own
  • The Spirit of Adoption
  • When the Cloud Stands Still
  • From the Other Side
  • Created for His Glory
  • Whose Son Is He?
  • Our Precious Gift
  • Willing to Give
  • It Might Have Been Different
  • Legacy of an Adopted Child (poem)

Part 2 - Knitting Hearts Together: Bonding Through Love

  • He's Ours
  • Mystical Normalcy
  • No More a Stranger
  • Faith, Commitment, and Love
  • The Tie That Binds
  • Sharing Strengthens the Bond
  • Angel-Leah's Life Book
  • The Same
  • Look Alike
  • Crumbling Walls
  • Real Parents
  • Doubts
  • Partiality? God Forbid!
  • Bonding Through Love
  • Bonding Through Birth
  • Help to Honesty
  • Ways to Show Love
  • A Blue Pea

Part 3 - Wounded Hearts: Binding Up the Wounds

THE PAIN OF BROKEN LIVES

  • These Wounded Lambs
  • Cleansing the Wounds
  • Reach for Hope
  • Reach for Knowledge
  • Seeking Counsel
  • The Cry and the Answer
  • The Pain of Rejection
  • Joy Cometh in the Morning
  • Accepting a Child's Past
  • Holes in Our Buckets
  • Security
  • The Unknowns of Tomorrow
  • Adopting the Older Child
  • Must I Love Her Mother?
  • When We Fail

THE PAIN OF BROKEN TRUST

  • Haunting, Hurtful Memories
  • A Cry for Help
  • Always Trusts, Always Protects
  • Father-Daughter Relationships
  • The Result of Bitterness

THE PAIN OF PREJUDICE

  • A Real Brother
  • Created for a Purpose
  • Whom Will She Marry?
  • Bad Blood
  • Not Too Dark

THE PAIN OF SPECIAL NEEDS

  • Surprise Package
  • School Days (Part 1)
  • School Days (Part 2)
  • We Needed Help!
  • What Can We Learn?
  • Love Is a Choice
  • Perfect Babies
  • Reaching Our Child
  • Stretch!
  • Advocate as Needed
  • Lessons From Odd Socks
  • Proof of Purchase
  • Do You Really Love Me?
  • Canticles
  • Antique Shop Pondering
  • Our Special Spot
  • Revisiting Our Special Spot
  • Love Woven True (poem)

Part 4 - Our Unprotected Hearts: When Love Brings Pain

  • Open Arms Leave the Heart Unprotected (Part 1)
  • Open Arms Leave the Heart Unprotected (Part 2)
  • An Agonizing Choice
  • Not My Will
  • To Shine as Lights
  • Can We Trust God? (Part 1)
  • Can We Trust God? (Part 2)
  • Can We Trust God? (Part 3)
  • What Shall We Do? (Part 1)
  • What Shall We Do? (Part 2)
  • The Bungee Cord Ride
  • The Eternal God Is My Refuge
  • Mended Hearts
  • Be a Hummer

Part 5 - Understanding Hearts: Lift Up Their Hands

  • Hidden Wounds
  • Lift Up Their Hands
  • A Word Fitly Spoken
  • How Can You Help?
  • To Stand in the Gap
  • More Than We Can Handle
  • Midnight in the Soul
  • If on a Quiet Sea (song)
  • Does Anyone Understand?

Part 6 - With Grateful Hearts: Trusting God With the End Results

  • Our Song
  • Sorry?
  • One Hundred Days
  • Healing May Take a Lifetime
  • You Are My Best Mama
  • Favored and Chosen
  • After Many Days
  • A Foster Parent? (poem)
  • God Was Watching (Part 1)
  • God Was Watching (Part 2)
  • A Circle of Love
  • With Gratitude
  • Remembering
  • Here to Stay (poem)
  • An Adoptee's Prayer
  • Thank You, Mom
  • Biographical Sketches of Heartstrings Contributors
  • The Weaver (song)
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