After receiving this in a beautiful anniversary arrangement from The Captain, I deemed that peonies are my new favorite flower. I would like to pass along this love for peonies to Sassafras, so I have decided to start giving her peonies for any and every occasion...holidays, birthdays, dance recitals, sports events, honor roll, good report cards, basically every kind of special celebration. Eventually Sassafras will love peonies as well, and why? Because I will have conditioned her to love them, to believe that they are her favorite flower.
If disdain for the American evangelical church’s response to the worldwide orphan crisis were a peony, we would find one on every single page of Child Catchers. In it, journalist Kathryn Joyce presents her experiences and perceptions in studying domestic and international adoption practices, including what amounts to accusations of Christians’ acceptance of and willful participation in unethical adoptions…from birth mother coercion to child trafficking. Readers must take considerable precaution to read this work with an open mind and heart, or by page 302 will have a violent disproportion of either repugnance against or naïve acceptance for the peony, the message, that Joyce presents. Child Catchers' message is not one that should be blindly absorbed as absolute fact, nor should it be completely rejected or dismissed as simply a persecutive attack.
As a Christian, transracial, adoptive mother affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention (filling a whopping four of the people categories Joyce critiques), it was at times difficult to repel a feeling of covert attack on my personal family and our individual adoptive situation, faith, and beliefs. For other adoptive parents who fit into any of these categories, it will be hard to read this without feeling the same.
In my 11 years as a professional literature analyst, I have
never been so thankful for my life’s experiences in disconnecting personal
background or opinion in order to form an objective judgment about a work. Because
this book covers a topic that is of great personal importance, I have
meticulously worked to present a thorough analysis that is both fair and
accurate. The result is that it’s much too lengthy
for one post. Over the next couple of days, I’ll cover what’s right about Child Catchers as well as what’s most
concerning for Kathryn Joyce’s target and intended audience: the American
*To Ms. Joyce, her representatives, or counterparts: while I would welcome the opportunity to engage in a private discussion, I ask that you not use, copy, edit, alter, publish, or reference me, my family, my website, or any content therein.