With an Open Heart is a true story about the Murphy family and their adoption journey with Daniel, a precious and amazing boy from China. I am not going to give you lots of details about the story, because I do not want to ruin it for you (go read the book!), but this story is a story of God's will, faith, and the ability to walk the hard road of faith with so many unknowns. The Murphy family brought Daniel home in January, 2010, and, due to his heart condition, he went home to his Father in heaven in May of that same year.
I loved this book. First, it was real. Lisa is so easy to identify with and her writing style seems almost conversational, so you feel like you are sitting down talking to her and she is telling you her story. I love the fact that this is about adoption. And not about adoption on our terms, desires and wishes, but following God's will. I enjoyed the stories of their Gotcha Day and their time travelling in China. As someone who hopes to do that soon, it gave me a good perspective on the time and the emotions that you feel during it all.
But what I loved most about this book was the Murphy's family's faith and their love for Daniel. Daniel, was a special boy, and that fact jumped out at me through the pages. But, Lisa and her husband Jimmy were inspirational. Through their whole journey; from the days of home studies and filling out adoption paperwork, to their days in China, and finally their days in the hospital, praying for Daniel's recovery, their faith did not waiver. I smiled with Lisa as she met Daniel for the first time, and I cried with her the day she prayed for God to let Daniel's pain end. And I rejoiced with Lisa as their family, once again, said yes to God and the journey of adoption after such a loss.
Yes, this book is GOOD.
Thank you Lisa for the opportunity to read and share your story!
(The Murphy family is an amazing Catholic family. They reside in Florida with their daughter Madi and son Charlie, both adopted from China.)