Title: Eight Was Enough: A God-Led Adventure with Adopted & Special Needs Kids
Author: Trisha K. Campbell
Major Themes: Foster Children, Adoption, Racial Issues, Large Families
Synopsis: When God puts together a family, you can expect lots of love, as well as drama!
As the mother of a large family, any book about a large family will catch my eye. Eight Was Enough sounded especially interesting because, not only did it talk about a large family, it included adoption. And, not only adoption, but multiracial adoption. I have never been involved in adoption myself, but have friends who adopted multiracial children. I greatly admire people that who adopt.
Patricia grew up in a Catholic family. She wanted answers to tough questions when she was in college, but could not find the answers. She was told to be a good Catholic, but it didn’t help her to feel better inside. She turned away from her religious upbringing after not being able to find these answers, and dabbled in all sorts of other religions. Then she met Dave, and they ended up getting married. They quickly had three children and decided they wanted to give them a religious foundation. They didn’t know where they were going, however, so how could they lead their children to the truth? God intervened in their lives in a miraculous way.
Soon after she met Jesus in an absolutely astounding way, Patricia started having dreams. As a result of these dreams, through the next several years, the family adopted five multiracial children, mostly with special needs. In addition to their three biological children, they finished with five adoptive children. Each one brought a new dimension to the family, and new needs. As the family grew and needs changed, they found themselves moving from one house to another. Following God’s leading was never boring and never failed them, although they had to keep trusting Him!
I found Eight Was Enough quite encouraging. It is always helpful to see how God provides for the needs of people, and a good reminder of how He works in our life, as well. I also appreciated the reminder that, just because a child goes away from the values we have taught him or her, it doesn’t mean I have failed—it means that child is making his or her own choices.
WARNING: Oh my gosh twice (chapters 3, 7), darn once (ch 5). In chapter 9, a teen attacks her mother and hurts her.
Links to buy this book:
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
AbeBooks: View Choices on AbeBooks.com
Book Depository: Paperback
Leave a Reply