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In this followup book to Orphanology, Rick Morton delves deeper into the need for a gospel-centered, comprehensive response from churches to the global orpan crisis. Through illuminating the work internationally adoptive families can expect, KnowOrphans offers solutions for the church in remedying the ills and deficiencies surrounding the church's role in equipping and supporting families before, during, and after the adoption process.
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: New Hope Publishers
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6 X 0.40 (inches)|
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LalaAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great Informative That Spurs You To Get Involved!April 5, 2014LalaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3This was an extremely informative book! It was very obvious that Rick Morton did tons of research before putting this book together and making sure he had his information right as well as people's stories/testimonies that he could share about certain issues!
I really feel that one of Rick's main goals in writing KnowOrphans was to show readers that their is a global orphan care and adoption movement happening right now. He was extremely successful in showing me this movement spreading as well as convincing me that I too can get involved! I have usually always thought that the best way to help orphans is to adopt, but Rick makes a very clear point that adoption is not for everyone and there are many other ways to help orphans. He gives quite a bit of information about many organizations that are helping orphans and how churches can get involved with them.
Rick not only equips people with knowledge in really living out James 1:27, but he greatly encourages readers through his own adoption story and help in orphan care! He gives ways and ideas to deal with criticism and most importantly advice to seek God during these times concerning the orphan care movement!
Overall this was a very eye-opening and informative book! He truly informs the church with knowledge that leaves no room for excuses of not to get involved in this movement ! The only thing I would have wish was included in this book is information about helping orphans in the United States as well. I know there are orphans who are in worse condition/places then orphans here in the states, but I think it's important for the church to also help these children too in our own country.
I give KnowOrphans a 4.5 out of 5 stars!
*I received this book free from the Litfuse Publicity and New Hope 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."*
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Encouragement for individuals and churchesApril 1, 2014bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The title of this book reminds us that most orphans are unknown, voiceless. They are out of our sight and out of our mind. "Yet God says He is their defender, and He is awakening His church to join Him in that work." (18)
Morton shares his own experience in the global orphan-care and adoption movement. He discusses how orphans are close to the heart of God and develops a theology of orphan-care. Adopting transracially affirms that we are all created in the image of God and in Christ there is neither Greek nor Jew. Differences in country and language are a result of the fall and adopting internationally affirms the triumph of the gospel.
He has suggestions for mobilizing churches, like Orphan Sunday. He writes about many organizations for potential church partnering. He encourages creativity and flexibility. He also notes that parents need to be equipped and supported during the process of adopting and raising the children.
He walks the reader through the entire process of transnational adoption - the preparation, journey, and arriving home. He also addresses issues adopted children experience. He answers criticisms of international adoption as well.
A program that offers possibilities to people who cannot afford the $30,00 or so for international adoption is one offered through Lifesong. It has a program in Ukraine where $500 will fund an indigenous adoption.
Morton believes there is a move of the Spirit right now in the area of adoption. This book is a great encouragement for individuals and churches to get involved.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through a publicity group for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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