Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hello, I Love You: Adventures in Adoptive Fatherhood Book Review

9780802458353I am almost certain that if I called Ted Kluck on the phone, he would sound exactly like his writing. I can almost hear him in his words and visualize his demeanor. Kluck reminds me of my funny brothers. I can wrap myself in their stories in a way that makes it moving and beautiful and great even though I was not present to experience it.

Hello, I Love: Adventures in Adoptive Fatherhood takes you inside the ups and downs of international adoption. It is the author’s inside perspective of what two different Ukrainian adoptions looked like for normal, suburban Americans. Kluck shares the good, bad, and hard in a light-hearted tone that allows for an effortless, quick read. It delves into his daily life during adoption, spiritual growth, infertility, forgiveness, his love for his wife and loads of humanity along the way. I like a books that shows people being real.

I sincerely enjoyed Hello, I love You and highly recommend it not only to other adoptive parents who will certainly smile and nod seeing themselves in parts, but also for individuals who enjoy a good memoir. This is an interesting account for anyone. You can get started by reading an excerpt HERE or listening to the interview below...

Short message to the author...
So Ted, I feel like we have had an interesting, one-sided conversation. Thanks for sharing. I must agree with your assessment of your wife too. I enjoyed her Adoption Mama interview and her last quip via email to me (after posting the interview) had me laughing out loud. You must have a fun family! I am glad to have found your writing and look forward to reading more (except maybe not your sports stuff, but I can pass that on to my funny brothers).

Kluck headshot 12.16.08

TED KLUCK is co-author of Why We’re Not Emergent and author of Facing Tyson, 15 Stories, Paper Tiger and Game Time. His award-winning writing has also appeared in ESPN the Magazine, Sports Spectrum Magazine and on’s Page 2. An avid sports fan, he has played professional indoor football, coached high school football, trained as a professional wrestler, served as a missionary, and has also taught writing courses at the college level. He lives in Michigan with his wife and two sons.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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