Thursday, November 17, 2011

Book Blog Tour and Contest Information: The House of Hope by Elisabeth Gifford

My Review of The House of Hope:

In The House of Hope Robin and Joyce Hill’s story about being entrusted by God to take care of many orphaned and medically fragile children is explained. There are many, many stories of hope about how God used them to help children in China who had been rejected and abandoned by people who didn’t know how to take care of them, or didn’t want them, but whom God loves very much. A special bonus to this book is a foreword by Steven Curtis Chapman and a wonderful story about how Robin and Joyce met Steven and his wife Mary Beth.

In my opinion, Robin and Joyce sound like they have a special gift of caring for the medically fragile children that are placed into their care that could only have been given to them by God. To hear the stories of how many children they took care of during a 10-year time frame is truly remarkable. There were many stories of hope about children who had arrived into their care who didn’t look they were going to survive but were miraculously healed. Robin and Joyce often took care of a number of children for a certain period of time and then they were placed into the hands of permanent parents. All of the children did not get adopted but the ones who weren’t were given a loving family and environment to grow up and heal with. There were also stories about children who didn’t survive but had very loving good-byes with people surrounding them that loved and cared for them.

The House of Hope is a story that can encourage a lot of people, such as people who have a heart for and are taking care of orphaned and medically fragile children, people who have a desire to adopt children from other countries, and people who desire to work with and care for these children in the future. I love knowing that there are places in the world filled with people that are taking good care of children who have been rejected for reasons beyond their control, and this "House of Hope" sounds as if it happens to be one of those places.

I was told by Litfuse Publicity Group that 100% of the proceeds of this book go to fund the work at Hope Foster Home. Please visit their website for more information:

Disclosure of material connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the Giveaway:

The publisher is sponsoring a $50 "GET / GIVE" GIVEAWAY: One winner will receive a $50 gift certificate for themselves AND $50 will be given in the winner's name to Hope Foster Home.

To enter all you have to do is send a tweet (using #HFH) about The House of Hope or share about it on Facebook!

If you tweet we'll capture your entry when you use #HFH. If you share it on Facebook or your blog, just email us and let us know ( Easy.

Not sure what to tweet/post? Here's an idea:

TWEET THIS: Couple gives all to rescue babies in China! 100% proceeds go to #HopeFosterHome RT 4 $50 to @amazon & $50 to #HFH

(must use hashtage #HFH to be entered)

FACEBOOK THIS: The House of Hope: One couple abandons a comfortable life to rescue abandoned children. Robin and Joyce Hill have helped over 1300 Chinese orphans with severe medical problems. Purchase a copy for everyone you know - the book is a gift that gives a gift. 100% proceeds to help support the work at Hope Foster Home! Learn more here: Share this for a chance to get a $50 GC and $50 in your name to Hope Foster Home! Click For Details.

More About The House of Hope:

One couple’s powerful ministry to some of China’s most vulnerable children
Robin and Joyce Hill lived in a gated community in Beijing. Their family’s life was marked by luxury and the security of Robin's job as an engineer. Then one day, as members of their church, they had a chance to tour a state-run orphanage. Haunted by the needs of the children they saw there, for the next four years they tried to help the institute in meaningful ways.

In 1998 the Hills planned to leave China, but instead felt a sudden call from God on their lives. They left their gated community--reserved for only non-Chinese residents--moved their family into a small apartment miles outside of Beijing and immediately began to take in foster children.

They took in any child, but especially those that needed extra care—terminally ill children that couldn't receive care elsewhere, and those that needed complicated and expensive surgeries that the Hills soon began to coordinate and sometimes pay for out of their own savings.

What began as Hope Foster Home is now New Hope Foundation. As they continue their work, the Hills enjoy support from major corporations and high-profile philanthropists as well as the trust of the Chinese authorities. The Hills' story is an inspiring example of God's care and provision for those whom society does not value. Learn more about Hope Foster Homes here:

"I strongly support Robin and Joyce Hill's New Hope Foundation which is saving so many orphan lives in China. Read this amazing story of God's grace and accept the challenge to make a difference!"
--Steven Curtis Chapman

"I had the privilege of going to China and witnessing the work that God is doing through Robin and Joyce Hill. They are wonderful servants of God who lovingly care for the 'least of these.' I hope that many will read this book and consider their example."
--Francis Chan, author of Crazy Love

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About Elisabeth Gifford:

Elisabeth Gifford is a journalist who has written for the London Times and the Independent Newspapers. She lives in Kingston, England, and teaches children with dyslexia.

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