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Children of Dreams, An Adoption Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Lorilyn Roberts
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Lorilyn Roberts' hopes of motherhood came to a devastating end when her husband left her for his pregnant girlfriend. Eight years later, Children of Dreams reveals God's restoration of her dreams through the international adoption of her two daughters. Written as creative nonfiction, an analogy is drawn between the physical adoption of children and God's spiritual adoption as recounted in the Bible. Ms. Roberts skillfully weaves in her own back‑story while telling about her adventures in Nepal and Vietnam, filled with political intrigue.

Scriptural insights and reflections interspersed throughout the book show Lorilyn's reliance upon her heavenly Father when all hope seemed lost. The reader will enjoy the vivid descriptions as well as a window into the plight of those struggling to survive where basic necessities may not be available. The adventure includes meeting a future Prime Minister, a missing baby, and many other surprises.

The medical mystery in Children of Dreams was featured on Animal Planet's "Monsters Inside Me," in the episode of "Shapeshifters."

Ms. Roberts' appearance on the show was to inform adopting families about certain medical conditions endemic in developing countries.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 733 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Roberts Court Reporters (Dec 19 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00332EWGU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Gift of all is Love July 4 2009
Format:Paperback
There is Hope and there is Joy; "but the greatest gift of all is Love"! (I Corinthians 13:13). Lorilyn has all three; but she had to adopt the first two and that was no easy task to undertake. Then again, life was not meant to be easy. Lorilyn chose to adopt her family, her two girls, from the poorest of the poor. She ventured around the world and she endured hardship, disease, communist roadblocks, lies, deceit, and much more; but she followed her heart's desire, steadfast in the belief that her dream was also God's dream. She adopted her first daughter, Manisha Hope, in Nepal and, years later, she adopted her second daughter, Joylin Van, in Vietnam. It required a great deal of faith and a lot of courage. God gave us the gift of life. He adopted us as His children and He gave us love. Lorilyn shares her gifts from God, her life and her love with her adopted daughters. Through the power of storytelling, she also shares her gifts with us.

Children of Dreams is Lorilyn Roberts' story of adoption. From a life of tragedy, this woman blossomed into a person that glowed with God's love, a love that she wanted to share. She had a strong desire to reach out to those who really needed her loving touch. The world is full of underprivileged children in need of such love. Through perseverance and faith, Lorilyn found two girls to love. Children of Dreams is a passionate story that traces a journey of discovery in a world full of unknowns, a world sometimes full of frightening experiences, on the road to foreign adoptions.

Children of Dreams is an endearing story, a real page-turner, about the power of love and the power of faith. We are all God's children, adopted and loved equally. Children of Dreams is also a story about adoption and the difficulties often presented when trying to adopt a child overseas. Children of Dreams is highly recommended by: Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Allbooks Reviews.
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5.0 out of 5 stars God directs our paths Sept. 30 2011
By Amanda
Format:Paperback
Children of dreams

"It soon became clear to me that the adoption of my children wasn't that different than God's adoption of us..."

Overcoming loss, separation, and abandonment, Ms. Roberts shares her heart and addresses many thoughtful questions and circumstances she endured on her journey of international adoption. Comparing her situations to Christian principles and beliefs, she shares some of her most intimate emotions as well as battles during the process.

The what ifs and suppose... Questions plague her, and she decides to trust that God's will must be done.

"only God could take away my slavery to the fear that paralyzed me. As fears grip on me let go, god held me in his arms...and spoke silently to my heart, "I love you."

Thru heart wrenching and painful Circumstances, Lorilyn shares with us her struggles to find happiness and contentment after the bitterest of trials. Brought low, she wonders to herself if God will ever bless her with peace and contentment again. Is it possible after betrayal of the most acute kind? Would she have children of her own?
This is her journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hope and Joy June 18 2009
By Rebecca of Amazon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Until reading "Children of Dreams" I had no idea how difficult it was to adopt children from a foreign country. Lorilyn Roberts' inspiring story doesn't mask her rollercoaster of emotions as she struggles to trust God when faced with insurmountable problems. She boldly faces her fears, renews her faith and ultimately experiences joy amidst her trials. Her beautiful writing draws you instantly into an exciting story of love and faith. This book contains two stories of adoption. She adopts one daughter from Nepal and a second daughter from Vietnam. Both stories are heart warming and explain the struggles that are typical during the adoption process. I can highly recommend this book to anyone who is considering adoption. "Children of Dreams" proves that even in our darkest hour God's holy presence is with us and He can turn sorrow into joy. This is one of the most inspirational stories I have ever read. I recommend it highly to anyone who loves a good story!

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't want to miss this book! Sept. 2 2011
By D. J. Malone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When I received my copy of "Children of Dreams" in the mail I thought I would just open it and take a look. Before I knew it, I was on Chapter Eight and looking forward to reading the rest of Lorilyn's story. Even though this is a non-fiction book it reads like fiction. Lorilyn has put so much detail into her story you feel like you've been transported to the far regions of Nepal and Vietnam along with her. She tells of her trials and hardships she endured to adopt her children Manisha and Joy. Throughout the book she relates the process of adoption with our adoption by our heavenly Father. You will not look at adoption the same after you read Loyilyn's book. You will not be sorry you read "Children of Dreams" whether you are adoptive parents or not.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! April 22 2011
By Eddie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Children of Dreams is a must read for anyone going through the foreign adoption process, preparing to adopt, or would like to see the commitment a parent must dedicate their life to in order to bring a child home.

Corruption, heartache, cultural challenges all stand in the way of adopting. Lorilyn endured this process twice. I appreciate her honest writing as she shares her inner struggles and hope. The road to each adoption was paved with a series of miracles so that it's easy to wonder how anyone endures the process at all. Just as the adoption seemed hopeless, the Lord would open a door. As Americans, we don't understand the mindset of impoverished nations. Manipulation, corruption, and the expectation of bribes are a normal part of life in many countries.

Experience the journey as Lorilyn takes you through the adoption of her two daughters. Watch her grow and learn to trust in God. This unique book is a must read for anyone. It gives a greater appreciation for the analogy the Bible uses when we are called the adopted children of God.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is God who shapes our dreams and directs our paths Sept. 30 2011
By Amanda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Children of dreams

"It soon became clear to me that the adoption of my children wasn't that different than God's adoption of us..."

Overcoming loss, separation, and abandonment, Ms. Roberts shares her heart and addresses many thoughtful questions and circumstances she endured on her journey of international adoption. Comparing her situations to Christian principles and beliefs, she shares some of her most intimate emotions as well as battles during the process.

The what ifs and suppose... Questions plague her, and she decides to trust that God's will must be done.
"only God could take away my slavery to the fear that paralyzed me. As fears grip on me let go, God held me in his arms...and spoke silently to my heart, "I love you."

Thru heart wrenching and painful Circumstances, Lorilyn shares with us her struggles to find happiness and contentment after the bitterest of trials. Brought low, she wonders to herself if God will ever bless her with peace and contentment again. Is it possible after betrayal of the most acute kind? Would she have children of her own?
This is her journey.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Untold Stories of the God-Given Value of Human Life through Adoption June 8 2009
By Rachel E. Hofer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Children of Dreams is a beautiful true story that God unfolded in Lori Roberts' life. Every one of God's children has a story of how his glory has given them life and made it beautiful and valuable. It is unfortunate that these are not always told and such a blessing to be able to read all the carefully and skillfully crafted intimate details of the wonderful, miraculous, and glorious things he has done. It reveals what C.S. Lewis calls, "The Wieght of Glory" that God has placed on each human life. In her story Lori shows us just what value God has placed on our lives through adopting us as his children. God revealed this to her in a special way when he redeemed her dreams of motherhood by giving her beautiful children from other nations to love as her own.

I was reminded of Shattered Dreams by the Christian Psychologist Dr. Larry Crabb and the story from the Bible he uses of Naomi. She lost her husband and her two sons and had to move back to Bethlehem a widow and childless. But she is redeemed through the marriage of Ruth and Boaz,her kinsman redeemer. That book ends with her grandson on her lap, in the city where Christ would eventually be born, of the same line as the very child she was bouncing on her knee. Lori's story is book ended with scripture and woven throughout. Like Naomi, she is an encouragement and example to other women who have had their dreams shattered.

Lori's background as a court reporter, news captioner, and student of the Word, give her a knowledge and way of writing that is informed and eye opening as she tells of her exciting travels to other countries. She moved forward in faith with daring persistence despite grave obstacles on the way to retrieving and caring for her beloved children. In a culture where the value of human life is so often taken for granted and children are thrown away, we see God's heart through this story of adoption. There are few of these out there. Bella was one recent movie that also presented an adoption story. As someone who has worked in crisis pregnancy ministry and a great advocate of adoption, I pray for more stories that present the beauty and value of human life and adoption as a God-given gift that glorifies Him. Let them be read, watched, lived, and to be told!
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