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From Ashes to Africa

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The bitter taste of ashes was left in the Bottomlys mouths after learning their hopes of parenthood were shattered. Barrenness, regardless of the cause, causes heartache and pain so harsh it seems impossible to approach life again. But for Josh and Amy Bottomly, Africa opened a door to a new life, the life they had dreamed of. Through a little baby named Silas Tesfarmariam ...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by Tate Publishing & Enterprises
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Jan 26, 2013 RYCJ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-keepers
I can't recall what drew me to this book, but I had a strong inkling the story would be tremendous soon as I read Frederick Buechner's inserted quote: "Writing is really quite simple; all you have to do is sit down at your typewriter and open a vein."

This was exactly what happened in the writing `from ashes to africa.' Josh and Amy open that vein, candidly recounting a tumulus marriage which blossoms into a most remarkable story. Yes, it tickled me to read what their marriage counselors thought
Feb 29, 2016 Matthew rated it liked it
This book is the story of a couple who battle infertility and then decide to adopt a boy from Ethiopia. The authors share openly about their struggles and imperfections, and ultimately how God guides them into hope.

I am counting this "a book about adoption" for the 2016 #vtReadingChallenge.
Lance Towers
Jan 13, 2016 Lance Towers rated it liked it
Shelves: genuine-religion
My wife serves as executive director of an adoption agency and my Lord has said, “Genuine religion is to look after orphans.” These two facts give me plenty of cause to enjoy stories of adoption like this one. It has fueled my prayers for the fatherless.
Rachel N
From Ashes to Africa is a vulnerable, open memoir of one couple's journey through the pain of barrenness to the joys of parenthood through international adoption. I love the title! Truly, our God gives beauty for ashes - often in very unexpected ways. It is a quick, simple read. Most reviewers, including myself, indicate a one-sitting read. If you are facing infertility, have a heart for adoption, know someone who is adopting, or have a heart for Africa, you will be impacted by the Bottomly's jo ...more
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challenging read
Mar 14, 2009 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: adoption, africa
This was a quick read, more of an interview with a couple that adopted a little boy from Ethiopia. It was a sweet story, told with honesty. While the Bottomlys' are a little more religious than I am, I did appreciate their many Tolkein references!
Jan 12, 2012 Melanie rated it liked it
Quick read. Story of a couples struggle with infertility and finding new hope through adopting their son from Ethiopia.
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