Know Orphans Review
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The global orphan crisis is complex. The church’s response should be comprehensive, but is it? In this provocative follow-up to Orphanology, author Rick Morton provides the framework for families and churches to have a gospel-centered response to the growing global issue of orphan care.
KnowOrphans addresses three distinct areas associated with global orphanology. Delving deeper into the criticisms of the movement, the need for reform, and what families can expect, author Rick Morton helps shape realistic perceptions of the challenges and rewards adoptive parents face in transnational adoptions. 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. Knowing that the church’s response and attitude should be one that goes beyond adoption, KnowOrphans also addresses the complexities of how Christians are to respond ethically, compassionately, and comprehensively to the biblical call to care for orphans. Know Orphans is the next step in conversation as this evangelically based movement of orphan care matures and begins to live out James 1:27 globally.
One of the things that I loved about this book is that Rick Morton did not want to adopt. To me, this is such a wonderful example of how God can change our hearts and minds to lead us down his path. My husband and I both have spoke about adoption and we have not ruled it out, although we also are not pursuing it either. It is in the Lord’s hands right now. Reading this book gave me confirmation that if God does lead us down that path, we now know what to expect and, most importantly, what the Bible says about adoption. Throughout this book, I learned that there was a connection between the global orphan care and the gospel. Mr Morton sites several examples to illustrate this point.
- The teachings of Jesus and his involvement with widows
You can read more about them in Jeremiah 7 and Deuteronomy 10 and 14. Often you hear about women wanting to get involved with global adoption; however, he encourages men to also get involved. He states there is a huge need for male role models and involvement.
I really liked how open and honest the author was about his own life and experience with adoption. It was refreshing to read how honest he was in their struggles. So many times you read only about the good things that come from adoption, which I know he experienced those good things; but he conveys an honest and earnest approach to prepare the reader for the hardships as well. Mr. Morton does not hide the fact that there will be some major adjustments. His experiences don’t make you want to run away from adoption. He is just real with his experiences and emotions.
I also loved how he laid out ways for the church to overcome the issues surrounding its role in equipping and supporting families throughout the entire adoption process. It also equips us Christians in how we should respond.
James 1:27 states, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” You will want to have this book in your library. I believe all Pastors and Missionaries should also read this. It is excellent! I give it 5/5 stars.
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