I know I’ve said it before, but one of God’s commands always lays heavy on my heart — that of taking care of orphans and widows. And now I’ve had the opportunity to read another book geared toward children which depicts the beautiful act of adoption.
Love’s Complete is written in poetic, rhyming form and tells the story of a barren couple who seeks adoption in Russia. (On a personal disclosing note, I also have extra love for Russia having lived and studied there, so that potentially skews my review.) The book walks through the steps this couple went through (sadness, hope, paperwork, travels, waiting, etc.) and eventually the bringing home of their sweet new child. It’s more of an informative, “be ready for the lengthy trial of the adoption process” book rather than one that focuses on the actual adopted child and after he or she comes home, so just be aware of that.
There are obviously stories behind the photos and I wish I could ask the author to hear all about it! For instance, what in the world happened to that man while standing in the rain at the train station? 🙂
The rhymes perhaps could use a little more perfecting, but I did enjoy the overall unique style in which the book was written. The artwork is also uncommon and, in my opinion, very thoughtfully drawn. I get shivers each time I see the “adoption call” page when the parents drop everything (literally) and jump for joy. The Russian components built into the details of each page add the realness to the story (not to mention familiarity to me).
Overall, I think this is a good little book to both read to children and for adults, as well. The more we can encourage the world to take care of these precious little innocent souls, the better. Thanks for writing this, Teresa Travous Hull.
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