Anyway, as soon as I learned of the existence of this book, I knew I needed to read it. I put it on my birthday wish list and was not at all surprised when my mom decided to give it to me. I should probably loan it to her sometime, because I think she'd enjoy it too.
Lorilee Craker was adopted as an infant. After having two sons, she and her husband adopted a daughter. In this book, she entwines her own childhood, her adoption of her daughter, and Anne's fictional life in a sweet, lyrical way. She meditates beautifully on how all of us, adopted or not, often feel "bereft, left behind, and left" just like an orphan, and how our Heavenly Father fills that hollowness within us with his love.
Oh, and you know how I said both Anne Shirley and Laura Ingalls were my fictional kindred spirits (or maybe spirit animals) when I was a girl? Lorilee Craker was inspired to write this by Wendy McClure's book The Wilder Life. Isn't that an intriguing coincidence?
|(From my Instagram. Yes, that is my hair.)|
Particularly Good Bits:
Experiencing true friendship after a poverty of loneliness is like suddenly having access to the treasure chest in Villa Villekulla (p. 41).
What I didn't know then was that even after you've found the one, a good and steady love, only a Father's love, on the Bread of Life, can really make you full. Only a Father's love can make you belong (p. 59).
I want to teach my daughter how to act when someone trips her wires and that it's okay to be angry but not to sin. I want to teach her the difference as I continue to understand it (p. 125).
In my experience, secrets hold you hostage, while the truth, though painful and scary, leads to peace (p. 184).
Through Anne, Maud speaks volumes about the desire we all have to belong and to matter to the people we love. Coutless readers, including me and my girl, have come to understand friendship, abiding love, and the power of redemption in a more significant fashion (p. 220).
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG because both the author and her adopted daughter were conceived out of wedlock, which might cause some kids/preteens angst or make them ask questions they're not ready for the answers to. NO inappropriate scenes, bad language, or other truly objectionable content.