I am the adoptive Mom of 3 children domestically adopted from foster care. This book hugs me, points me in the right direction emotionally, uplifts me and loves me in a way only another adoptive Mom can. If you don't have this book RUN and get it. Buy it for your friend who has adopted children. Buy it and leave it in the laundry mat for an adoptive Mom to find. I would give it 100 stars if I could. Mom of 6
As a domestic and international adoptive ministry leader and mom, aiding families with adoption for many years, I found "A Place I Didn't Belong: Hope for Adoptive Moms" a truly valuable resource for parents seeking Biblical principal and practical applications for adoptive parenting. The author is highly knowledgeable about the subject as she is an adoptive mom, grandmother and orphan ministry champion. Freeman provides readers with exceptional insight and advice that can be put into action at home. Teresa Herbek
This book has helped me tremendously to reclaim my life even when my adoptive child was not doing well. Many times we as moms take on burdens and responsibilities that are not ours; the book helps clarify the wounds our kids have and what we bring into the relationship and gives us practical ways to move forward. The stories, commentary and weekly lessons restore hope to mothers of adoptive kids. I highly recommend A Place I Didn't Belong to any mom who feels her relationship with her adopted child is not what she would like it to be. Nancy Kurpanek
A Place I Didn't Belong is literally where I was living before I read the book. I was so depleted and hopeless I didn't know where to turn. This book changed my life for the better and therefore helped my child as well. Separating your child's issues from your own can be hard; the lessons in the book helped me realize I can be O.K. even if my child is struggling. I wish every adoptive mom that is suffering could read A Place I Didn't Belong. Lisa Eisenhardt
This book offered me hope. My adoptive child struggles with many issues and they became mine. This book helped me to see that I don't have to own these problems, which frees me to help my child deal with his own problems. It also talks about accepting what the future will hold and being ok with that. Cammie
When I was invited to the first pilot group of A Place I Didn't Belong, it was a rough season. It became clear very quickly that I had found a safe haven. Paula Freeman has walked the walk and has gained exceptional wisdom to share with us. She has developed what I have found to be the greatest book I have read on adoption related issues. As I read, I was among others who shared stories similar to mine and who were full of grace for my hurts. I was fortunate to read the book a second time with another group of women and again felt like it was a great source of healing and perspective for me. In the end the Paula, A Place I Didn't Belong, and the women who I read it with journeyed with me to A Place I BELONG: into God's safe and loving arms. This book is anointed. Plain and simple. I would be remiss if I didn't share it with every adoptive family I know! Ashlee Harry
We used this book as part of our women's small group for church. As adoptive mom's of special needs kids we have found it to be amazingly insightful and helpful in our journey with our kids. Paula has lots of wonderful ways of looking at things and worksheets to help you reflect on your life and how that chapter pertains to your situation. Would highly recommend this book! Michelle Basco.