Why write another book about adoption
I am in the process of writing a book, In Defense of the Fatherless: Redeeming International Adoption and Orphan Care. Here are some answers to questions you may have.
Why does there need to be another Christian book about orphans and adoption?
In recent years, evangelical Christians have awoken to God’s heart for orphans. In response, thousands of Christian families are considering adoption and churches are launching orphan care ministries. The purpose of this book is to examine why some responses to the orphan crisis, while good-intentioned, are misguided and ultimately harmful to vulnerable families and children. The book will challenge Christians to consider God’s heart for the orphan and the widow and the call to protect and provide for vulnerable families and children. Furthermore, the book will equip Christian families and ministries to ”redeem” international adoption and orphan care.
Learn to do good. Seek Justice. Correct Oppression. Bring justice to the fatherless. Plead the widow’s cause. (Isaiah 1:17)
Who am I to write this book?
I am just a mom. I am not an expert. Most of the articles about adoption and orphan care are written by lawyers and academics. Most Christian books on this subject are written by pastors. In many ways, I am unqualified to speak on the subject.
But like most of my readers, I am a mom. I am an adoptive parent. I am a Christian involved in orphan care ministry at my church and in my community. I don’t write as an authority on adoption. I write as a fellow pilgrim walking with my readers on a path set out for us by the Father of the Fatherless.
Why am I writing this book?
The Bible is clear that Christians are called to “bring justice to the fatherless,” (Isaiah 1:17). Christians have woken up to God’s heart for orphans, but in our passion for orphans, we are are ignoring increasingly widespread abuses in international adoption and orphan care. We believe there is an overwhelming need and we want to respond, but many of our actions are harming the very people we want to help.
We need to open our eyes. We need to look at the evidence for corruption in adoption and the harm done to children through institutional care. Good intentions are not enough. Doing something is not always better than doing nothing. We need to understand the impact of our actions. But we cannot stop there. We need to look at the orphan crisis with a Biblical worldview. We need to understand how God sees orphans and widows and what he calls us to do in response.
I hope you’ll take this journey with me. Join me in wrestling with the truth and in fighting for justice. A relentless pursuit of God’s heart for the widow and the orphan forms the heart of the book. It is only by the grace of God that I can write the truth with confidence and conviction. Even as I write, I am praying for my readers. I pray that your hearts would be broken and your assumptions challenged, but that you would ultimately be inspired and encouraged.
What is the book going to be about?
In writing this book, I am have opened my Bible next to literally thousands of pages of research. My passion is to apply what the Bible has to say about orphans and widows to the world today. I am also in the process of interviewing dozens of adoptive families and orphan care ministries. As a writer, I’m a big believer in the power of stories to open eyes and change hearts. Throughout the book, I will share stories that both illustrate the widespread abuses in adoption and orphan care and how to do things differently.
The structure of this book is straightforward. In the first part, we will examine the nature of the orphan crisis. We will learn that some responses to the crisis, while good-intentioned, are misguided and ultimately harmful to vulnerable families and children.
In part two, we will dig into the Bible to seek God’s heart for the widow and the orphan. We will discover how God calls his people to get involved in protecting and providing for the “least of these,” (Matthew 25).
Finally, in part three we’ll get very practical. We will examine how to pursue adoption and orphan care differently in order to protect vulnerable families and children.
Wow, you really need to hear my story…
If you have a story you want to share with me about your experience related to international adoption or orphan care, please comment and I’ll be in touch. I am looking for stories. Likewise, I am looking for a “red team” of people willing to help me read and edit the book. If you share my passion for reforming adoption and orphan care, join me.