You Were Always In My Heart Book Review

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Hey Bible Challenge Readers! I’m so thrilled we made it to Friday once again. Just in case you missed it, be sure to check out the method I’m using to read. I was behind for about a week but I’m almost caught up! đŸ™‚ Let us know how you are doing so we can keep each other encouraged in the comments!

Today I’m so excited to review one of the three books in the Shaoey & Dot adoption series, You Were Always in My Heart book review, by Mary Beth & Steven Curtis Chapman. This sweet book explains the adoption process from a clever third party character, a little ladybug named Dot. Dot flies along for the adoption journey from the moment Shaoey arrives at the orphanage until together, they find themselves on the plane to a new place they’ll call home. This beautifully illustrated book celebrates the gift of adoption and helps everyone in the family to understand how adopted children are loved. I thought you might enjoy seeing a preview of the book:


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Finding a forever family is a concept so special to our family right now. Nine years ago in August, my niece was born as the third child in the Faile family. The original family plan had included more than three children, but God had another plan. MaryBeth almost lost her life due to hemorrhaging 13 days after her precious daughter was born . In order to save her life, emergency surgery was performed to remove the bleeding uterus after multiple medical attempts to stop the hemorrhaging. While grateful for her husband and family of three children, MaryBeth grieved the family she would never have and accepted God’s plan for their lives.

Years later, towards the end of 2012, God called the Faile family to expand their family in a way they had never before imagined- they were called to adopt a little boy from China- Toby. Not only is Toby a special little boy because of what God wants to do in his life, he is also special in that he is deaf.
Only God could so carefully orchestrate Toby’s new forever family to be MaryBeth, David and their three children. MaryBeth lived with a deaf person almost from the beginning of her life. You see, when she was a little girl, her job as big sister was to learn sign language- because her little brother was born deaf.

Don’t you just love this real life story and the story in the book also? If you’d love to read more about Toby and his new forever family and see just how close they are to bringing Toby home to live, click here.

But before you go, be sure to enter this beautiful book giveaway- this book would make such a special gift to an adopting family or any family for that matter! I’m going to leave the giveaway open through tomorrow so be sure to share with the adopting families you know. To order, click here.


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  1. We share adoption with our kids as they move through life. I talk about how God adopted us into his kingdom.

  2. Sarah Stepec says:

    My oldest is adopted and is only five so we’ve just started explaining in to her during my most recent pregnancy. She started asking about when she was in my tummy and I had the chance to tell her about being in her birth mom’s tummy (a person she knows as “mama summer” since she has a two year old half sister that we sometimes care for). We look forward to helping her understand more as she gets older!

  3. This post reminds me of the students I have had that have been adopted. I am a Special Education Teacher Asst. for over 30 years. It has been my pleasure to work with the students and families that have experienced adoption, loving the most special children and becoming a blessed family. I currently have one student that has lived with her family since she was a baby and at age 4 has been officially adopted. They were meant to be together! God has such great plans! Hope to win this book to share with my student and her family! God Bless!

  4. What a wonderful book! It would be a great book for my brother and sister-in-law.

  5. Mary Beth Faile says:

    Our family is looking forward in bringing Toby into our family ! Our children are on board and very excited! Especially our youngest daughter, Cassidy! I pray that more families would consider adopting!

  6. bren rogers says:

    OH what a lovely book!

  7. Rachel Sutter says:

    adopted, step, and biological children are only different in the way they come to us. There is no difference in the way we love them.

  8. My kids are grown but my 22-yr-old daughter has had a heart for adoption for many years and God has now called her to work with orphans overseas. It’ll be exciting to see how God uses her (and her one-day spouse). They recently went to the Alliance for Orphans conference in Nashville and heard Steven Curtis Chapman there. đŸ™‚

  9. I look forward to adopting someday. What a sweet story to prepare and remember. Thank you for sharing.

  10. I haven’t had the chance yet, my son is 7 months old. I think I would explain it like, sometimes mommies can’t get pregnant and sometimes other children don’t have mommies and that’s when God puts the two of them together, so they can be a family.

  11. This would be a great gift for my brother in law and sis in law. They are getting ready to adopt a 12year old boy.

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