“Every woman should read this book.”

Book Description:

"No one just adopts." From the very first steps of acknowledging adoption as a choice to the final document that seals the deal, Jody Cantrell Dyer paints a raw, warm, heartbreaking and eventually triumphant portrayal that narrates the entire adoption process through compassionate and humorous prose. Dyer’s candor and soul color each page of The Eye of Adoption. She directly addresses the sorrows of infertility and the demands of adoption while consistently word-weaving a life rope of assurance, humor, and optimism for her readers. A middle-aged wife, mother, and teacher, Dyer “tells it like it is” in hopes that waiting adoptive parents, birthparents, adoptees, and those close to them will find kinship through her story.

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Would you enjoy The Eye of Adoption?

THE EYE OF ADOPTION gives readers a captivating yet down-to-earth love story of faith and family full of emotion and suspense. And, I promise you will laugh! My mission is to encourage, enlighten, and entertain others to build kinship among those affected by infertility and adoption.

Amazon paperback and Kindle readers consistently award THE EYE OF ADOPTION 5-star reviews (4.9 average among 80+ reviews)-readers just like you!

Why would you enjoy this book? Consider what other readers are saying:



Telling it like it is
As a mother who struggled to conceive, I understand and lived through, every single emotion the author shares with us. What a brave and unselfish thing to share with others who are in the same boat. The author merely "says" what every other infertile woman thinks! This book was very well written and chronicles the struggle of one person in the hopes of helping others. [Some people] will never be able to understand how completely hopeless and out of control you feel when you can't have a baby like everyone else. As a selfless human being it IS possible to feel joy for others while at the same time, heartbreak for yourself and your family. The author's end result to "have" her own child is a beautiful testimony to adoption in a win-win situation!


I enjoyed every word.
What a poignant, straightforward twist on the inside view of adoption. I was laughing or crying throughout the entire book, and sometimes both at the same time. The author's description of the fertility treatment process was the truest description I have ever read. Her heartfelt notes to her future child are what make this book so real to me. I would recommend this to anyone in the process of adoption to gain perspective on the hurdles one will have to jump through to get to the point of adoption. I have already recommended it to two other couples I know going through a domestic adoption, and they each have loved the book so far. I would read anything by Jody Cantrell Dyer if she chooses to pen another book.


A Must Read
I have always known I wanted to adopt a baby, so I was excited to read Dyer's book to peer behind the "adoption curtain" to see what someone's journey really looked like. Dyer tells the story of her and her husband's journey in such honest detail while wrapping it in her charming Southern voice. Dyer's Erma Bombeck-style humor makes her so relatable, while she shares with you her heartbreaking mental and emotional struggle. The Eye of Adoption is a must read for anyone who knows someone struggling with infertility, has friends or family who are adopting or are considering adoption themselves. Many of these subjects are not often discussed and it's Dyer's refreshing perspective that not only sheds light, but also humor and grace to these processes.


From a birthmother
I'm a birthmother (I placed in 94 in Texas) and this book was just amazing for me! While I completely identified with Kerri and what she went through, Jody opened my eyes to what my own adoptive mother must have gone through before adopting our son. I say ours, but really, he is more hers than mine. I have a renewed compassion for what my son's adoptive parents must have gone through before adopting their children. I cried through this entire book. Obviously, adoption is very close to my heart, but more because I was in just AWE of how God's hand is all over every single adoption that happens. He choses the perfect parents to adopt our babies not only for the baby, but for the birthmother as well. It's adoptive moms like Jody and mine that make the adoption process peaceful for birthmothers who are wanting the absolute best for a child they simply cannot provide for. Emotionally, mentally, physically and financially. Thank you so much Jody and Kerri for your stark honesty and willingness to share your story with others. My adoption took place almost 20 years ago, but I still find comfort in other adoptions stories. A must read for ALL parties involved with adoption. This truly provides a REAL view of what adoption is.


Honest and emotional
I was so happy to read her honest feelings. So many times when reading this book I thought “I'm not so crazy for feeling this way as an adoptive mother!”
It is so worth your money and time to read this book to be able to connect with an adoptive mother who doesn't sugar coat things but doesn't make things scary either.


Amazing book
I feel like I am better equipped to help friends and family that might struggle- the “what to says” and the “what not to says.” I highly recommend this book for everyone. When I was reading it, I found myself crying, belly laughing and saying YAY!! Although it deals with a heart wrenching subject, it includes fabulous down to earth humor with a tell it like it is approach!

Anyone considering adoption should read this book.
Anyone considering placing a baby for adoption should read this book.
Anyone who knows someone on either end of that story should read this book!


Wonderful story!
Jody Dyer has blessed us with her life story of infertility and adoption. I know that many people in the adoption triad will appreciate the heartwarming account of her up and down, true to life, experience. As a counselor, I especially like how Jody and Jeff approached their adoption decisions: first from their baby's (Scotty) best interest, then from the birth mother's (Kerri) interest, and finally from their own. Jody and Jeff display for us readers how a healthy open adoption can work for the child, and birth and adoptive families.

Carol Lozier, MSW, LCSW
Author of "Devotions of Comfort and Hope for Adoptive & Foster Moms" and "The Adoptive & Foster Parent Guide"


An excellent account of adoption from multiple views
I was a single mom who chose to keep her daughter at 21 in 1978 when that was a rare choice. Many years, marriage later, in 2005 my younger daughter was talked out of an abortion by my older daughter. She too chose to be a single mom. She is getting married this year but will never be able to have any more due to a rare pregnancy disease. She and her fiancé are discussing adoption. I think this book will help many like them through the challenges of adoption. Praise to Jody and Jeff, Kerri and Bryant for opening their lives to help others!


This is an amazing account of the adoption process and the feelings associated with the process. It acknowledges the associated fears and emotions from both sides. Many would retreat from such subject matter, but this account courageously charges forward and promotes understanding which, in turn, nurtures healing. I would recommend this book to anyone that has been impacted by the process of adoption- even if it is thru generations other than your own. It is powerful in it's delivery and I hope that it touches other readers as much as it has touched me.
From the author: For eight years, my family endured frustrating, heartbreaking fertility treatments then navigated the rigorous course of domestic adoption to add a child to our family. Throughout the book, I compare my husband's adoption (almost 50 years ago and closed) to our modern day open adoption and the differences between being physically and "paper" pregnant. And YES, the experiences are profoundly different.

After successfully surviving The Process and The Wait, I felt compelled to help others. It would be an honor to help you!


If God can work through me, He can work through anyone. —Francis of Assisi

Podcast! Listen to my friend InfantAdoptionGuide.com founder Tim Elder as we discuss the following:

Our conversation topics (copied from Tim's website):
◦Why Jeff and Jody decided on domestic infant adoption.
◦What open adoption means to Jody and her child's birth family
◦What adopting a baby meant to them (especially since Jeff was adopted as a baby).
◦How they researched and chose an adoption agency.
◦How and why the birthmother of their son chose Jody and Jeff.
◦The one thing Jody and Jeff would have done differently on their adoption journey.
◦Answers to common questions about the adoption process and open adoption

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Fort Wayne, IN

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Hot Springs, NC

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