Friday, April 11, 2014

Book Blog Tour: Know Orphans by Rick Morton

*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****

Rick Morton is an adoptive father and an expert in orphanology. He shares about some of his experiences of adopting children from another country and helps people with the steps to take for themselves if they are being called to adopt children from another country as well. As far as the trip to picking up the adoptive children, he talks about everything from being selective in what you pack, to thinking about what is the most comfortable method of picking up the children, to trying to make the welcome home time the most comfortable for the children. He describes that a large group of welcoming people at the airport might be overwhelming for some of the children. Also, when the children are home, Rick explains that they don’t need to lose their culture or who they are because they are now living with people from a different country; their new parents can find ways to bring their backgrounds into their new lives as well.

I am so glad to have been able to read and review this book. One thing that got my attention in it is how Rick explained that children who are placed in children’s homes (orphanages) come out differently than children who are placed with loving families, thus I felt a pull towards encouraging God’s people to make sure every adoptable child is adopted. I loved that encouragement. He explained the children might suffer hardships from being placed in those children’s homes though, and people who adopt them should count the costs. It didn’t sound like he was trying to talk people out of adopting them. Mainly, I think he was trying to imply that some people might want to give up on the children if they suffer from behavioral problems as a result of being in those children’s homes, and that they should really put on their thinking caps before they make a decision to adopt any children from those environments. I think it was good that he gave that caution to some people who might need it.  In a way, I think it also depends on what environment the children had before they came to the children’s homes though. Some of the children might have gone through a lot of abuse and poverty and living in children’s homes is/was probably a blessing for many children because of that (I have heard of one story where it was).

I really liked Rick’s suggestions on how to plan for picking up adoptive children to bring them to their new homes; to keep their needs in mind to make the trip the most comfortable for them. Most importantly, I loved how it was shown how God’s people are called to take care of orphans, and this does not always have to be done through adoption. There are many other ways that people can take care of orphans, such as volunteering your time with them, working behind the scenes for a cause that helps orphans, etc. I also learned about the difference between single and double orphans.

I believe this is a great resource for people that are getting ready to adopt children from other countries, or for people that are thinking about adopting children from other countries. I think it will also benefit people that are getting ready to, or are thinking about adopting children from their present countries.

My review = 4.5 out of 5 stars

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

More About the Book: 

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.

KnowOrphans is the next step in conversation as this evangelically based movement of orphan care matures and begins to live out James 1:27 globally.


About the Author: Rick Morton is the father of three transnational adopted children and coauthor of the popular bookOrphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care. His dedication to the plight of orphans extends beyond his own family. The Mortons were cofounders of Promise 139, an international orphan-hosting ministry based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. An inspiring speaker for the gospel to be expressed by the church living out God's heart for the fatherless, Rick presents at adoption and orphan-care conferences and pastor's conferences. Rick and his family live in the Greater Memphis area.

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