Child Catchers Arrived

My copy of The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption by Kathryn Joyce arrived yesterday.

It is outstanding (and that has nothing to do with the fact I am mentioned on page 94).  I am enjoying Joyce’s framing of the issues as well as her writing style. Too many adoption books or research articles read in a very clinical or thesis/college text type manner. I realize there is a reason for that but I worry the thesis type writing does not capture/engage the audience we need. These issues need to be written about, framed, in a way the average person can understand. Only a few chapters in and I believe Joyce has done a good job in that regard. Beginning the book with the story of “Sharon” the biological mother to seven on a mission to adopt “orphans” captured my attention immediately (confession: I often skip the preface of books I read).  Reading about Sharon I found myself angry, dumbfounded, confused and at times, amused. As an anti-theist birth mother fighting for the rights of parents (single, poor, teen or other) to raise their children, I cannot wrap my brain around Sharon’s point of view but it captures my attention and definitely supports Joyce’s book.

If you haven’t already ordered, I encourage you to do so.

A better, more lengthy review to come, once I finish the book. While I am engaged, I will admit that I have to pick it up, read, put it down.  It is triggering for me.  Even reading the one paragraph about my own experience makes me cry…every time I read it (and my ego has read it several times, captured a photo of it and shared with my mom and sister). So, give me a few days to read, digest and process.

Thank you Kathryn for this book and for taking the time to listen to mothers like me.

One thought on “Child Catchers Arrived

  1. Thanks for this review, Suz. I found her Quiverfull book fascinating – she did a very good job. I look forward to reading this as well.

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