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Masterpiece of Joy: From the Despair of Infertility to the Joy of Adoption Review by Heidi Strawser

By Bobbi Grubb
Outskirts Press
10940 S. Parker Rd. 515
Parker, Colorado 80134

Masterpiece of Joy by Bobbi Grubb is a testament to the handiwork and faithfulness of God to his believers--those who put their faith and trust in Him and are willing to wait for His timing to be revealed. This book is an adoption story, yes; but it is so much more. As you read through the pages of Masterpiece of Joy, you will feel as though you know Steve and Bobbi Grubb as close friends. You will journey with them through the valleys of infertility and, eventually, share with them the mountaintop experience of adoption.

Are you facing infertility?
Is someone you love walking through this devastating ordeal?
Have you considered open adoption but still have uncertainties?
Are you facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering your options?
Are there trials in your life that just seem impossible to overcome?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book. If you have ever waited a long time for something, you know how very difficult the waiting can become, and you've probably found yourself questioning God. I'm relating this book to the story of Abram and Sarai. God had promised them a child (actually, the promise was much greater--that their descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky). But after waiting ten years, Sarai decided that she just couldn't wait anymore and took matters into her own hands, with staggering consequences. Sometimes we find it easier to take over rather than to "let go and let God."

Steve and Bobbi Grubb struggled through infertility for ten years! Sure, they had times of questioning, but their faith never wavered. They continued to pray and they continued to trust. I could totally relate to the feelings, the questions, and the experiences that they went through, as I too have walked a similar path through infertility. My husband and I eventually adopted our children internationally (which is more of a closed adoption), while Bobbi's children were received into their family through open adoptions. Either way, the miracle of adoption is the same; lives are blessed, and God's handiwork is revealed. I enjoyed reading of another family's adoption experience and learning more about open adoptions (which, I must confess, have scared me in the past). Trust me, Bobbi has covered ALL the details of their journey! I'm a detail-oriented person, so I enjoyed this immensely.

In addition to homeschooling her two sons, Bobbi does adoption counseling and serves on the board of directors for a crisis pregnancy center.

Product review by Heidi Strawser, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, January 2008