Friday, May 10, 2013

Orphan Justice: A Blog Review

About The Book:

Christians are clearly called to care for orphans, a group so close to the heart of Jesus. In reality, most of the 153 million orphaned and vulnerable children in the world do not need to be adopted, and not everyone needs to become an adoptive parent. However, there are other very important ways to help beyond adoption.

Indeed, caring for orphaned and vulnerable children requires us to care about related issues from child trafficking and HIV/AIDS to racism and poverty. Too often, we only discuss or theologize the issues, relegating the responsibility to governments.
No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Based on his own personal journey toward pure religion, Johnny Carr moves readers from talking about global orphan care to actually doing something about it in Orphan Justice. Combining biblical truth with the latest research, this inspiring book:
 
• investigates the orphan care and adoption movement in the U.S. today
• examines new data on the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children
• connects “liberal issues” together as critical aspects or orphan care
• discovers the role of the church worldwide in meeting these needs
• develops a tangible, sustainable action plan using worldwide partnerships
• fleshes out the why, what, and how of global orphan care
• offers practical steps to getting involved and making a difference




You can read an excerpt of Orphan Justice online here, in PDF format.

About The Author:

Johnny Carr is national director of Church Partnerships at Bethany Christian Services, the nation’s largest adoption and orphan care agency. He and his wife live with their five children (the three youngest are adopted) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Laura Captari is a freelance writer and a licensed professional counselor in training. She also serves as director of Professional and Public Relations at the American Association of Christian Counselors. She lives with her husband in Lynchburg, Virginia.

My Review:

Adoption? 

What comes to your mind when you hear the word?

For me, it means that I was brought from an unstable home life to one where I was raised in a Christian, loving home and loved unconditionally. I was clothed, fed, given a roof over my head, loving parents, life experiences that have given me amazing memories, and four wonderful siblings, as well as two beautiful foster siblings (both now in Heaven). 

It is also an option for becoming a parent that my husband and I contemplated when walking through our journey of infertility. While becoming parents did not occur through adoption (we were able to conceive naturally), it is still a social issue that is very near and dear to my heart. 

In the last few years I have had the privilege of seeing a number of friends go through the process of adopting children to either complete or add to their families. These adoptions have been a combination of both domestic and international adoptions and what a beautiful thing to witness. Not only do these beautiful people have the opportunity to help out children who otherwise would be in the foster care system or in orphanages, but these children learn what it is to be a part of a family and be brought out of the cycle of poverty.

In the last year or so, my husband and I have talked about the possibility of looking at adoption to add to our family, which we thought was complete. Physically, I am unable to conceive and deliver children any longer, but we had thought of adoption as a way of completing our family. After a lot of prayer however, we have realized that our family is exactly the way the Lord wants it to be. That said, we know that the Lord calls all those who are Christians to care for the orphans and widows (James 1:27). Until I had the opportunity to read Orphan Justice, I thought adoption was one of the only predominate ways to do this. Boy was I wrong.

Johnny Carr and Laura Captari has written a remarkable book that will change the way you look at orphan care forever! The book covers many topics like poverty, human trafficking and the HIV/AIDS crisis, but more than that the book gives a lot of practical ideas that can be used to reach the orphans around the world. Each chapter contains a section called, "What You Can Do" and gives ideas of what "anyone" "many" and "few" can do. This helps the reader decide for themselves what they can do with what they have, where they are at. From supporting local and international organizations, to volunteering for a local pregnancy center to starting a ministry in your church to help support families who adopt, there are ideas for everyone who wants to support orphan care. 

I also loved to hear about the Carr family and their journey of adopting three children with special needs (two from China and one from the United States). My heart broke for them as they experienced disappointed and then cheered for them at other times. What a journey!

When there are 153 Million children worldwide that have lost one or both parents (according to the book) there is absolutely no excuse that Christians should not be a part of caring for these children in one way or another. Not all of us are meant to adopt, but we can each do something. 

If you want to be challenged, encouraged and inspired you MUST read this book! Every Pastor and Family Ministry leader in all churches need to get this book and begin getting their congregations involved in orphan care. It is an urgent need and will not let up until we step up. Caring for the least of these is not an option but a command and Orphan Justice is a book that will help you understand the why and how of this social justice issue. It is my prayer that whoever reads this book will be changed by it, just as I was.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Orphan Justice at your favorite bookseller from B & H Publishing. It is also available online here.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Shelton Interactive, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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