Captivating.........and you don't have to be in the adoption world to appreciate this story. If you want to feel inspired and know that there is still good in our world this book is for you. Sherilyn was gracious enough to attend out book group and we all agreed that it was a night we won't soon forget. It was enlightening to learn more about the rigors and rewards of adoption. I highly recommend this book for anyone, loved it!
This story is REAL...surmounting the binds of stereotypical responses as "You are a miracle to this child who had a horrible life." and "Are you sure you're ready to handle the problems they are going to have?" Olsen showcases that while there are commonalities in international adoptions, a black or white perspective does not fit. I recommend this book to anyone thinking of adopting internationally or who has. This is a great read!
A very inspiring and uplifting book. This book would especially be great for anyone considering adoption. Sherilyn has a special gift of expression herself, her thoughts and fears and her love for her family! A story of love of faith, family, and love for a child of God.
What an amazing new book about traversing the international adoption journey. Sherilyn’s is a truly inspirational story not only about adoption and parenthood, but about faith, courage, and God's love for each of his children. Well-written with wit and candor, Searched the World Over for Eli provides valuable insights into the international adoption process and heart-warming outcomes. This thought-provoking account also addresses the complex and real challenges and difficulties that often accompany adoption as well as the peace and hope that can be found through our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Searched the World Over for Elie is an engaging story of international adoption, self-discovery, unconditional love, and miracles. Olsen describes how the Haiti earthquake of 2010 jarred her middle-class American family to action, an endeavor which ultimately led them to international adoption. Yet, this book is not a simple story of one family's adoption experience. It is a deeply personal narrative told through the author's unapologetically LDS socio-cultural viewpoint. Olsen's prose maintains the power to bring the sights, sounds, and smells of Kinshasa to the reader, while delicately articulating the most delicate emotions. She sprinkles in samples of her own original poetry throughout the story, and each poem is an artistic gem woven seamlessly into the author's journey. This book is a must read for anyone considering international adoption. It is honest and inspiring, leaving the reader cheering for Elie and marveling at the enormity of this family's sacrifice. It is also a must read for the family and friends of those who have or will adopt internationally. Olsen gives the readers unprecedented access to the vast range of emotions, trials, and joys of her family's adoption process--an invaluable contribution to adoptive families and their support networks.
As a parent of two adopted children I related to the experiences of this book. I have met the author in person and am impressed with her ability to help not only her son but other parents who have children who cannot completely escape their pasts. I highly recommend her book!
This book is inspiring for everyone, but especially helpful for those involved in the adoption process. Besides many practical hints and suggestions about international adoption, the author shares her own frank and honest thoughts and experiences. Through her emotional and spiritual journey she gives her readers an opportunity to ponder the goodness of life and of others. Elie becomes a treasured gift to all of us.