Mike Berry is the co-founder of the popular parenting blog Confessions of an Adoptive Parent and the parenting resource company, International Parent LLC. He's also a contributing writer for Disney's babble.com, TheGoodMenProject.com, and has been featured in Yahoo Parenting. Him and his wife Kristen have foster parented dozens of children in their 13-year parenting career and have eight adopted children of their own.
"As an adoptive dad of three, a nonprofit adoptions attorney, and founder of a national conference for foster and adoptive parents, by far the most common thing I hear from other foster/adoptive parents is 'We feel so alone' or 'We feel like nobody "gets" us.' If that's you, this book is for you! The word 'Confessions' in this title is perfect-Mike Berry is not just writing words on a page, he's telling his story. And I'll bet you'll find parts of it are your story too. Mike's been where you are...in fact, he is still there right along with you! If you need to be encouraged, if you need to laugh, or if you need a reminder that your insane, jacked-up life as a foster/adoptive parent isn't so strange after all, read this book. You can thank me later." -Andrew Schneidler, nonprofit adoptions attorney, cofounder, the Refresh Conference "I greatly value Mike Berry's frank and winsome voice. Mike is both insightful and funny, gutsy and compassionate, and he consistently brings together big-picture perspective with nitty-gritty practicality. I imagine most all of us wish we could have a friend like Mike in our corner, especially amid difficult foster and adoption journeys. Through this book, we all can." -Jedd Medefind, president, Christian Alliance for Orphans, author of Becoming Home "Mike Berry shares his journey as a foster and adoptive parent with unmatched candor, humor, and insight. From uncertainty to optimism, reality to discouragement, and finally to a deep reservoir of hope, he walks parents through his story, giving us courage for our own. Confessions of an Adoptive Parent is a fresh reminder to parents in all phases of the foster and adoptive journey that we are not alone. There is a community ready to surround us and a loving God who will never leave us." -Lisa Qualls, writer/speaker/encourager at OneThankfulMom.com "This book contains the words adoptive parents long for, plus many of the statements we are afraid to voice ourselves. Confessions of an Adoptive Parent is validating, reassuring, encouraging, and clearly written by someone who has slogged through the trenches of adoption and is still standing there, hip-deep, reaching out to help the stumbling. Mike Berry knows grief and grit, and he speaks our language." -Shannon Guerra, author of Upside Down: Understanding and Supporting Attachment in Adoptive Families "In Confessions of an Adoptive Parent, Mike Berry speaks right into that place seldom spoken of outside support groups huddled in church basements or conferences for foster and adoptive parents. His words are helpful, his words are true, and his words help us see our lives and work as parents in the proper perspective. Even though the road is long and sometimes grueling, Mike continually leads us back to the hope we have not only for our children's futures, but for all of us in Christ." -Amanda Bacon, co-creator of TheMasterpieceMom.com "Doing good is simple and significant, but that does not mean it's easy. Mike reminds us that caring for vulnerable kids is in fact hard. However, he gives us the practical tools we need to find comfort and success as we struggle to love and bring hope to those who are in need of a healthy family." -Chris Marlow, founder and CEO of Help One Now, author of Doing Good Is Simple "As Mike says, 'this journey is not meant to be lived alone.' Thanks to this book, it doesn't have to be. Confessions of an Adoptive Parent provides guidance and desperately needed comfort, healing and hope to parents who are struggling. I am grateful to reap the wisdom of Mike's authentic testimony; his words are laced with grace, conviction, and reassurance. Mike's transparency weaves together stories of pain that has been lifted by abundant purpose, and through his encouraging book, we come to recognize our real need for Jesus in our struggles and the intense beauty found in the mess." -Courtney Westlake, author of A Different Beautiful "With rare transparency, Mike Berry reveals the raw realities of parenting adopted and foster kids. What a gift to adoptive parents to find validation and know they are not alone! This is a must-read for every adoptive and foster parent who needs edification and encouragement. Highly recommended." -Sherrie Eldridge, author of 20 Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew "As the father of three biological children, I never knew the challenges or the amazingness of being an adoptive or foster parent. In Confessions of an Adoptive Parent, Mike takes you on a journey filled with hope and accurately captures the beauty of being an adoptive parent. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will be filled with a sense of deep hope. It's a must-read for anyone on this journey, or considering it!" -Jackie Bledsoe, speaker and author of The 7 Rings of Marriage "As an adoptee, I'm always a little leery of books about adoption because I don't know what angle they will take. Will they make adoptees sound like problem children? Will they come across bleak or disparaging? But after reading this book, I feel refreshed and encouraged. It's real and honest but filled with hope. I recommend it to any foster or adoptive parent (as well as adoptees!)." -Tony Wolf, author of Serve One