Book Reviews

Okayest Mom by Natalie Gwyn

Okayest Mom

Title: Okayest Mom: When God’s Plan of Adoption Doubled My Family
Author: Natalie Gwyn
Rating: ★★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

“Wudahalo” (Wudahalo is Amharic for “I love you”).

For the best way to double your family, reach out to Natalie Gwyn. How she keeps her sanity is anyone’s guess! After having two children of her own, she decides to adopt four more from Ethiopia. Okayest Mom follows Gwyn on her journey from making the decision to adopt to faithfully living out this “new” life…both the hardships and the good times.

It would have been easier. But it would not have been better.

This was a fast and easy read, which was really nice after my three 500+ page books in a row. I really did enjoy this. Along the way, Natalie found resistance and resentment. But sometimes the reasoning behind it all was fear instead of hate. Fear of losing their new mother and family. Fear of being left once again, which was a little sad and heart-warming at the same time. 

Until we admit our own weaknesses, we can’t become stronger.

Times can be tough and sometimes we wish that we didn’t have to go through them, but in the end, these tough experiences only make us stronger and mold us into the person we are today.  Natalie learned that sometimes pretending everything is alright is worse than confronting things head-on. Things were not always cookie-cutter and there were definitely difficult times, but with the love Natalie and her family portrayed, love always won.

One thing I would change is the mentioning of “white privilege”. It was pretty much whispered, but I don’t think needed to be mentioned at all. Honestly, it kind of irked me because my mom is an immigrant from another country who came here LEGALLY. But like many people from other countries we associate with having nothing. She, too, had the same: no electricity or running water. So, to say certain colors have privilege as a generalization doesn’t sit well with me. Because that color changes depending on the country you go to. Sorry, for the rant. That is the only thing I would change in this novel, otherwise it would have received five stars.

This novel would be a great read for someone looking to adopt, but not looking to read about the “boring” parts of adoption, like paperwork and going through the process. It was a light, easy, read filled with humor and real-life experiences.

The expected publication date is June 26, 2018.