Written by cycleguy on September 25th, 2016

Several weeks ago I published a review of the book “Hitch” by Larry Alex Taunton. In that book he mentioned an encounter between Hitch and his internationally adopted (Ukraine) daughter, Sasha. After reading of that friendly encounter and Hitch’s reaction to her, I thought I wanted to read the book based on the adoption. The name of that book is The Grace Effect and this is my review.

I know several families who have adopted internationally. Several of you have done so. My brother has. Several from the church have. An acquaintance from the Y has just adopted 5 siblings from Bulgaria. (UGH!) Larry’s wife and their three sons all wanted to adopt Sasha after a mission trip where they fell in love with her. Until the point of adoption Larry had never met her. He was on board with it though and once he saw her there was never any doubt. Little did they know the hoops they would have to jump through to make it happen. Ukraine is a country from the old Soviet Union. It may say “Free” but old habits die hard. I cannot even begin to write down all they were put through-emotionally, physically, financially (and every other “ly”) in the year it took them to adopt her while in Ukraine! 

It was an emotional roller-coaster for them. I have to admit it was for me as well just reading the book! This was far more than just reading a book about the horrors of international adoption. It was also a book about the false promises of socialism; the emptiness of communism; the soul-destroying influence of unbelief; and, in short, what the atheistic worldview would give us without Christianity-something cold, pitiless, and graceless.

I’m glad I read this book even though I really had no idea what to expect. It was eye-opening on so many fronts. I’d suggest you find this book and read it also. You will thank me for suggesting it.


11 Comments so far ↓

  1. Betty Draper says:

    I will get you because you have never suggested a book that I did not read and learn something from it. thanks Bill..

  2. Lisa notes says:

    This sounds like a book I’d love to read. I have friends who adopted a daughter from Ukraine a few years back, and it was a VERY difficult process for them as well. 🙁

  3. Ceil says:

    Hi Bill! I know that there are some countries that the US doesn’t even go into anymore because of the legal nightmares presented in adoption.
    It’s amazing and inspiring to read about how families come together, whether in biology or adoption. I’m sure this book was a riveting read. it’s good to get the word out that there are so many little ones in need of good, loving homes.

    • cycleguy says:

      you are right Ceil. The US no longer goes to certain countries because of the nightmare. Sad because it is the children who get hurt but I guess those kinds of folks just don’t care about the kids. It is about them. It was a riveting read for me.

  4. Sharon says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book. I so applaud families that adopt, especially internationally. There is a calling in it, in my opinion, and a blessing that God will bestow. After all, he knows a thing or two about *adopting*!


  5. Sounds like a compelling read, Bill. Thanks so much for the review!