“There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."
Books by NB
Financing Adoption with Fundraising
RELEASED APRIL 2017
“I would adopt if it weren’t so expensive.”
Have you heard that before? You’ve probably said it yourself, hence why you are here. Possibly you are dabbling with the idea of adopting but aren’t sure you can afford the outrageous fees. Maybe you are already confident adoption is for you, but you are clueless as to how you’ll finance it.
It’s possible you are considered low income working as a photographer (that’s me!), or high income with a career as a doctor, or even an average-medium income working a desk job that “just pays the bills” and a bit more. No matter your income or salary, adoption fees appear unrealistically large and even impossible leading you to wonder if “a youth pastor and part-time photographer like us” could afford to adopt. That was who we were when we decided to jump into adoption: a youth pastor and very part-time photographer.
Whatever the reason you find yourself reading this book, I am glad you’re here and I hope this little book helps you feel confident as you approach financing your adoption.
Praises for Financing Adoption with Fundraising
“As an adoption consultant, one of the biggest roadblocks I hear from hopeful adoptive families is the huge task of realistically funding their adoption. Couples who desperately want to step into adoption and feel called to it, but feel like the high costs are insurmountable. In her book, Natalie shares honestly and transparently about how they financed their adoption. I was honored to watch as they paired their modest income with some creative fundraising ideas and invited their village into their story. The result? An amazing story of how God brought their son home against what most would say were impossible financial hurdles. Grab your favorite pen and notebook, you’ll be sure to find hope, encouragement, and practical advice you can use for your own story.”
—Susan VanSyckle, LBSW, CLC, Adoption Consultant Director, www.gracefilledmess.blogspot.com
“Let's face it; one of the most intimidating parts of adopting is the cost. But it doesn't have to be that way if you read Natalie's enlightening Financing Adoption With Fundraising. Reading it is like talking to your charming best friend that happens to be knowledgeable and experienced in making successful fundraising a reality. Short on ideas? She's got you. Scared to try fundraising? She's got you. It's a must-read for your adoption journey.”
—Crystal Perkins, Editor In Chief of Adoption.com
“Natalie Brenner’s passion for helping others with their adoption journey is evident in her writing. The personal experiences she shares, along with tips from other adoptive families, make this an excellent resource for anyone considering adoption.”
—Jessie Santala, Mom by adoption, Author
“Natalie's love for God, adoption, and helping others shines in Financing Adoption with Fundraising. In this book, Natalie talks about how to overcome the fear and opposition of fundraising, which can paralyze you in your adoption journey. This stood out to me most: "Your child? He or she is waiting for you. They are worth ‘the ask. They are worth building your village.’ They are worth humbling ourselves time and time again, to ask for help and invite people onto this beautiful journey of adoption.”
—Audrey Turner, Mom by adoption
WHOLENESS DESPITE THE BROKENNESS
A WORKBOOK FOR BEGINNING THE PROCESS OF LOSS + GRIEF
Released february 2017
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“To fully embrace the goodness in life, we must enable ourselves to feel the bad. Experiencing the beauty of joy requires us to acknowledge our losses, and any sorrow it may bring. It is in the extreme of these experiences that fullness is found. Admitting how hard something is grants us the power to heal." -Natalie Brenner
"An e-book that helps you begin the process of acknowledging the losses in your life, big and small. Everyone needs to work through this."
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Praises for Wholeness Despite the Brokenness
“Natalie hits on something very real within the pages of this workbook: brokenness. If we are breathing, we have been — in one way or another — broken. It’s the human experience. God has greater plans, though, for our pain. If we allow ourselves to be still, listen, and hear the workings of our souls, we can be lifted out of the hollowness of our broken parts. We can arrive to that beautiful place of wholeness. This workbook is a powerful start along the journey to healing.”
—Michelle Madrid-Branch, Life Fulfillment Coach and Emmy-Nominated Journalist, Writer, Blogger, Former Foster and International Adoptee, Adoptive Mother www.MichelleMadridBranch.com
With her unique voice, Natalie shares her personal journey through grief and loss while inspiring readers to explore their own pain and find hope and healing along the way. Natalie’s self-paced workbook walks readers through their individual grief journeys with biblical references and prompts to reflect, learn and grow from their past pain. It offers meaningful insight for anyone who has felt broken, confused or hurt by their past or present life experiences.
Award-winning journalist, infertility survivor, freelance writer at www.ShelleySkuster.com
"I think that this book has the power to seriously help people. People who can't find the time in their busy schedules to go to counseling, will have a little piece of counseling to take right into their living rooms. As someone who has just recently experienced a major loss of a loved one I can say that it really helped heal me. To be honest, I was not expecting this workbook to aid in rehabilitating me so much. I was just going to read it and not open up, but it really got to me. It got to me good. I think that even if just ten people read it and are changed then it's done it's job, because that's ten people who are hurting that now have a way to start the mending process of grief. (I think it will reach a whole lot more people than that, but I think you get my point). Iplan to buy it for any and all of my friends who experience grief. I mean that with all sincerity! Natalie's bravery and honesty will challenge you to open up your heart and explore the deep pains you may be ignoring. Her true vulnerability will inspire you to live more openly and freely. If you are experiencing grief, no matter how big or small, you should...no you MUST read this book. I think it is essential to helping you heal, because you must heal."
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"Natalie's heart for healing is revealed in this workbook's gentle, thought-provoking questions. This book provides a launching pad for those who are hurting and don't know where to begin working through their loss. Natalie uses her own experience to provide a framework for others to process their trials in a faith-filled way."
—Kayla Craig, Just Really Joseph author, Upside Down Podcast co-creator and host
LAUNCHING FALL 2017
A NON-FICTION BOOK by natalie brenner
As I sit back and look over the short life I have lived, I see a theme of loss. We all have it. We all experience pain. As I wade through tragedy, sift through story after story, I am in awe that He is piecing together a story of hope to give to the world. The message inside of this book is simple: you are not alone and you are not bad for feeling sad. He has given me space to grieve and find healing through giving loss a voice: He has shown me that I am not ungodly or faithless if I choose to be honest about pain and loss.
Inside this book, we touch on various losses...some being: church trauma, community loss, the loss of health, miscarriage, the loss that accompanies adoption and foster care, birth trauma, and more.