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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 2013
This book is a passionate and necessary plea for the church to re think its mandate to "care for the widows and orphans ". Has this just become words to us or is it actually time to take action ? How do we respond to such a challenge ? Written with clarity and compassion I found the book difficult to put down . A wonderful mixture of Biblical insight ,case studies , and practical considerations for the reader it is impossible to read and not be deeply challenged . As I finish this book I truly hope it is part of a wider discussion and one which ultimately will lead to a wider call to action . Please read this book but read with caution , it will change you .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2014
Many books come with the tagline "this book will change your life" and very rarely are they actually THAT sensational that they truly do that. All I can say is that, personally, this book DID change my life!
My wife has become aware and passionate about fostering and adoption, and like most other blokes in that situation, I was dragging my heels.
After reading this book, it aligned my thinking with my feelings and vice versa and helped me make the step to find out about fostering and adoption.
The book is easy to read and just as equally challenging. Prior to reading the book I was comfortable with a middle classed, silo mentality within my home. However, I am unlikely to invent any amazing cure, or gadget. I am not a world leader or politician. I am not a great speaker or humanitarian leader. I am unlikely to work for the UN and stop any wars. But following this book, with fostering, I could actually change someone else’s, on repeated occasions.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2013
This book is filled with personal experiences, biblical mandates, honest truth and hard challenges for those who call themselves "Christians" in the Church today. They do a beautiful job of painting a picture of the life of orphans all around us and then not only stretching the Church to be more active, but inspiring you to want to get involved.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2013
I could not put this book down! It is well written in an easy-to-read style with lots of engaging personal stories. The subject matter was broken down well with questions at the end of each chapter to ponder and consider your personal and church response to vulnerable children in our world.
It gives a good Biblical perspective on what God has done for us as a 'vulnerable children' before we knew Him and how much and deeply He loves us no matter what. It has challenged me to reflect upon how as loved and accepted children of God we can share that blessing to love and accept a vulnerable child.
This is a fantastic book but prepare to be challenged about how you can practically make a difference to the lives of the vulnerable children in our world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2013
This book needs to be read by every Christian whether they are able to foster or adopt or not, it gets to the very Father heart of God and there is something for all of us to put into action.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2013
This book is both challenging and insightful, it is much more than a book about adoption and fostering. It challenges all Christians to play their part in helping vulnerable children. Giving sound biblical teaching and direction in how we are all called to have a role whether it be to adopt, foster or support those who do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2013
Having just written my book about our adoption experience, I have been blown away with the information, the thought and challenge this book provokes. This book is indeed a must read for everyone whether you plan to adopt, foster or not. It helps everyone to figure out how they can be of help. I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2013
A valuable insight into adoption & fostering from a Christian perspective, written by Christian people who have real experience of both adoption and fostering. Maintains vision and purpose alongside gritty reality of caring for hurting and vulnerable children in your own home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2013
This book is full of real and honest stories that both challenge and inspire you to look at the issue of adoption and fostering with fresh perspective. It is packed full of truth and theology that will cause you to re-think what it means to be family, and how we can care for the vulnerable. It is well written, transparent, and moving. It is a great read for anyone regardless of `experience' in this field, and will leave you asking what you can do to make a difference in the lives of children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2014
First off, this is an odd book for me to have picked up, because having children hasn't really figured much in my personal life. I don't have children and I certainly haven't considered adoption or fostering. But I stumbled across an article by Krish Kandiah and was profoundly moved by it. Around the same time, the Channel 4 documentary on adoption 'parties' aired, so my boyfriend ordered this book for me.

This book is a great blend of personal stories - short accounts of kids we might so easily give up on, theology, and practical tips. Kandiah anticipates many questions and prejudices I had stashed away.

I can't say that as a result of reading this book that I'm going to seriously consider adoption or fostering, but it has certainly moved me on from a position of 'never'.
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