Our staff would like to share with you the following books and resources. We have reviewed each of these and believe they would be helpful. However, not all of these are written from a Christian perspective so some opinions of the authors may not reflect the position of Lifeline Children’s Services.

Additional Lifeline suggested reading can be downloaded in pdf format by clicking here.


  • Adoption Parenting by Jean MacLeod & Sheena Macrae (Eds)
  • Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow by Gregory Keck & Regina Kupecky
  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
  • No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind
  • The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, Revised Edition: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Kranowitz
  • LifeBooks: Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child by Beth O’Malley
  • Come Rain or Come Shine by Rachel Garlinghouse
  • After They Are Yours: The Grace and Grit of Adoption by Dan Cruver and Brian Borgman
  • WEBSITE: Celebrate Calm

All 6 of the (below) Healing Families DVD’s $250.00 Purchase here

  • Playful Interaction
  • Trust Based Parenting (2 disc set)
  • A Sensory World
  • Healthy Touch
  • Children From Hard Places and the Brain
  • Attachment: Why it Matters


  • The Connected Child by Karyn B. Purvis, David R. Cross, & Wendy Lyons Sunshine
  • Adopted for Life by Russell D. Moore
  • Nurturing Adoptions by Deborah D. Gray
  • Attaching in Adoption by Deborah D. Gray
  • Seven Desires: Looking Past What Separates Us to Learn What Connects Us by Mark Laaser and Debra Laaser (2013)
  • The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Kranowitz & Lucy Jane Miller Ph.D OTR
  • The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog by Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD & Maia Szalavitz
  • Trails for Ticos by Missy Grant
  • Adopt Without Debt: Creative Ways to Cover the Cost of Adoption by Julie Leanne Gumm
  • Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Families by Jayne E. Schooler, Betsy Keefer Smalley, & Timothy J. Callahan


  • KnowOrphans: Mobilizing the Church for Global Orphanology by Rick Morton and Tony Merida
  • Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care by Tony Merida and Rick Morton
  • When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert
  • Ministering Cross-Culturally: An Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships by Sherwood G. Lingenfelter and Marvin K. Mayers
  • Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt
  • Counter Culture by David Platt
  • A Guide to Adoption and Orphan Care by Russell D. Moore
  • The Grace Effect: How the Power of One Life Can Reverse the Corruption of Unbelief by Larry Alex Taunton


  • Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care by Jennifer Wilgocki
  • In My Heart by Molly Bang (for children)
  • The Connected Child  by Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. David Cross
  • The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
  • The Foster Parenting Toolbox by Phagan-Hansel


  • Fields of the Fatherless by Tom Davis
  • Inside Out by Larry Crabb
  • Foreign to Familiar by Sarah A. Lanier
  • Castaway Kid: One Man’s Search for Hope and Home by R. B. Mitchell


  • I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose Lewis
  • Shaoey and Dot by Mary Beth Chapman and Steven Curtis Chapman
  • I Wished for You by Marianne Richmond
  • A Blessing from Above by Patti Henderson and Elizabeth Edge
  • A Sister for Matthew by Pamela Kennedy
  • We’re Different, We’re the Same (Sesame Street) by Bobbi Kates and Joe Mathieu
  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn and Ruth E. Harper
  • Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell (mostly applicable for domestic and for families with no biological children)
  • God Found Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergren and Laura J. Bryant
  • Logan’s Journey by Kathy Heath and Karla Martin (for domestic/open adoption)
  • Oliver by Lois Wickstrom
  • A Koala for Katie by Jonathan London and Cynthia Jabar
  • Chinese Eyes by Marjorie Ann Waybill (for international)
  • We Are All Alike…We Are All Different by the Cheltenham Elementary School Kindergartners
  • Matthew Was Adopted by Phoebe Dawson
  • I Don’t Have Your Eyes by Carrie Kitze