Finding Sarah, Finding Me: A Birth Mother's Story

Finding Sarah, Finding Me: A Birth Mother's Story

by Christine Lindsay


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ISBN-13: 9781939023810
Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2016
Pages: 234
Sales rank: 848,442
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)

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Finding Sarah, Finding Me: A Birth Mother's Story 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
kareningalls More than 1 year ago
An inspirational, thought provoking, and informative true story of one woman's decision to have her first born child adopted out; her decision to reconnect with her daughter; her struggle with the times she thought God had forsaken her. The author had to forgive herself, come to peace with her decision, come to terms of accepting Sarah's adoptive parents, and telling her other children about their "new" sister. Beautifully written bringing tears, smiles, and appreciating the Biblical verses and stories that helped Christine come to have a wholesome relationship with Sarah and her adoptive parents.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lesa McKee for Readers' Favorite Finding Sarah, Finding Me: A Birth Mother’s Story is the inspiring true account of Christine Lindsay. There are short snippets of some other adoption tales as well. Christine looks back on her life as a young and scared pregnant woman who's forced to make a heart wrenching decision that will plot the course for not only her future, but that of her unborn baby and both of their families to come. After giving up her daughter, Christine goes on to marry and have three children. Though she’s happy to be a loving wife and mother, she continues to grieve the loss of her first born. Years later, Christine is delighted to connect with her grown daughter, Sarah, but the connection is not what she’d hoped for and dreamed of all these years. Will God heal the hearts of these two women, and bring together their intertwined families? Christine Lindsay shares her story with warmth, vivid candor, and a touch of humor, not holding back when it comes to the torrent of emotions that nearly consumed her. Readers will feel like they are on this emotional roller coaster of faith, failure and forgiveness with her. The author battles a daily siege of doubt and regret, questioning herself and God, yet she takes solace in God’s word, digging deep, and managing the strength to go on. Finding Sarah, Finding Me: A Birth Mother’s Story is a journey of the author’s self-discovery, and after much anguish, and time, a victorious life through her faith in God. Her story goes to show that happy endings aren’t always perfect, but perfectly orchestrated by God.
Running_Writer More than 1 year ago
Finding Sarah, Finding Me presents two emotional journeys. Christine Lindsey gave up her infant for adoption. Through the years the agony of her separation from her first-born daughter, Sarah, dogged Lindsey. However, God proved his faithfulness. Every year, on Sarah's birthday, pink carnations showed up in Lindsey's life and promised to connect birth mother and daughter. When Lindsey found her daughter twenty years later, the reunion wasn't all Lindsey hoped it would be. Here begins the second journey, as Christine Lindsey discovers God's faithfulness in maturing Christine and establishing her growth. I've always understood the desperation for a child. My sympathies always had lain with the adoptive family. Looking through Lindsey's eyes, another world opened up to me, and I began to understand the agony that accompanies the relinquishing of your baby. Never has this author's work disappointed me. This memoir, too, shimmers with exquisite prose and storytelling.
Elma More than 1 year ago
FINDING SARAH, FINDING ME: A BIRTH MOTHER'S STORY by Christine Lindsay, review by Elma Schemenauer It's 1978 and Christine, a young woman in British Columbia's Fraser Valley, is a Christian whose unbelieving boyfriend has only a "skim-milk" love for her. When she tells him she's expecting his baby, he says it "doesn't feel like it has anything to do with me." It's heart-wrenching for Christine to contemplate giving up her baby, but she decides adoption would be the best option for the child. She asks an organization called Hope Adoption (since closed) to help her find suitable adoptive parents. Her one condition is that "the adoptive parents believe in Jesus Christ...must act like Jesus wants people to act." Bob Trainor of Hope Adoption presents several possibilities to the pregnant Christine. He doesn't give names or other identifying details, just general information. He mentions one prospective mother who "gave up her teaching position because she believes God will give her a baby this year." That woman's faith touches Christine's heart. She chooses the teacher and husband. In February 1979 Christine gives birth to a beautiful little girl and gives her to the chosen couple, whose identity remains unknown to her. Later Christine marries an understanding and supportive man and has other children. However, she always wonders about Sarah, the little girl she gave away. Should she search for her or leave well enough alone? Every year around Sarah's birthday, Christine receives pink flowers in church or elsewhere. She takes this as a sign from God that she should try to find Sarah, who by this time would be twenty years old. Christine eventually discovers where Sarah is, establishes communication, and arranges to meet her. Sarah arrives with a bouquet of pink carnations and her fiancé, Mark. The meeting is cordial and the young couple are evidently Christians, both studying to be nurses. However, Christine doesn't feel the spiritual, emotional, and psychological connection she had hoped for. She says "the bond I've carried in my heart for Sarah never existed for her....The little girl I've imagined all these years and loved was truly a phantom....She is my daughter, but not my daughter." Sarah and Mark invite Christine and her family to their wedding. Christine, hurt because they're invited only to the ceremony and not the reception, doesn't want to attend. Finally she's persuaded to do so, along with some of her family. However, she doesn't identify herself to the ushers, so she misses out on the corsage and invitation to the reception that Sarah and Mark have arranged for. During the first ten years of Sarah and Mark's marriage, Christine sees them occasionally but their relationship isn't close. It improves slowly, especially after Sarah announces that she and Mark are going to become missionary nurses. These are the outlines of Christine Lindsay's moving memoir. She writes it well, as one would expect from a seasoned author of several successful novels. Throughout Christine's journey she is encouraged by the stories of Biblical characters including Hagar, Ruth, and Hannah. Sarah's adoptive mother, Anne Vander Bos, is also encouraged by Hannah's story. Interestingly Anne and her husband were considering the name Sarah before they knew they would receive a child whose birth mother had named her Sarah. The story isn't all pink flowers and sunshine. There's lots of sadness in it, lots of puzzlement and disappointment and, but Ch
EStock More than 1 year ago
I am always glad to see authors of both fiction and non-fiction create a work that helps to bring families back together again, whether the families are physically or emotionally estranged. Christine Lindsay has written such a book, a non-fiction title that reads with great heart. I think Finding Sarah, Finding Me will help anyone separated from loved ones through adoption or by other means. A must read! This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest opinion.
EStock More than 1 year ago
I am always glad to see authors of both fiction and non-fiction create a work that helps to bring families back together again, whether the families are physically or emotionally estranged. Christine Lindsay has written such a book, a non-fiction title that reads with great heart. I think Finding Sarah, Finding Me will help anyone separated from loved ones through adoption or by other means. A must read! This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An honest look at the wrenching and beautiful story of Christine's adoption story. Finding Sarah, Finding Me takes the long look, from a positive pregnancy test (and before), through the twenty year process of letting go of her beloved baby girl, and the hard work of establishing a relationship with her grown birth daughter. I admire Christine's candor about the challenges - the years of anger, grief and confusion that affect not just Christine but everyone who loves her. And yet the story is always one of hope and redemption. Christine shows just how deep and unbreakable a mother's love is and how faith lights her path through the dark times. It is a beautifully crafted memoir.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Finding Sarah Finding Me: A Birthmother's Story is a touching story of author's journey leading to and after her decision of putting her baby up for adoption. It is an emotional read and I have to admit I shed a few tears reading this book. I admire Christine Lindsay's faith and courage. Such a touching story. A Must read! 100 stars
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
A beautiful story that will stay with me forever. Author Christine Lindsay shares her own life story about adoption and all the emotions that came with her decision to give her first daughter for adoption. I admire Christine Lindsay for her decision and how she has dealt with her feelings over the years. We never truly know the battles someone may be facing. Trust in God is the true way to live life and to experience His love in all situations. I learned a lot about adoption from this story and I thank the author for her honesty and courage.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
The Author bares her soul in this book that should be a must read for adopter and birth moms and adoptees. We read about Christine’s first meeting with her darling daughter that she has not seen since she was three days old and is now twenty. The story of Christine and her family is like ripping a Band-Aid off, and not knowing your doing it. Through all of the struggles the anchor is God. Christine’s story is featured throughout the book along with other stories of adopters, adoptees and almost. There is so much heartache, dread and all out love here, and we walk in the author’s shoes. Would I have had the courage to do what she did? In this day so many babies are kept, unheard of when I was growing up, and yet wouldn’t you want to keep you own baby? This story touches me on a very personal level, I saw the baby my sister gave up, and he brought joy into our lives when God opened doors to let us meet him. There was all class reunion that year in our small town, and my Florida, Indiana and Illinois siblings were all home, my sister the Mother the one from Illinois, this is the last time we were all here. Anyway, God pulled strings and my new nephew was traveling this way to go to Canada; he stopped and we met this blessed man. The Author has arranged for all proceeds of this book to be donated to the Woman and Children’s Initiative with Gain, Sarah and Mark work for them, yes a Blessing. I received this book from the Author, and was not required to give a positive review.