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Friday, April 4, 2014

Know Orphans: Mobalizing the Church for Global Orphanology

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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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.
Know Orphans 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, Know Orphans 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, Know Orphans 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.

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My Thoughts:
Morton's book Know Orphans is a follow-up of sorts to his previous book Orphanology:  Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care.  Morton says in his introduction:
"A lot of this book is about knowing orphans, not because they are unknowable but because they are unknown.  They are voiceless.  They are out of sight and out of mind.  At worst, orphans are treated a a social blight or, at best, they are ignored by the mainstream of society.  Yet God says He is their defender, and He is awakening His church to join Him in that work.  In caring for orphans, He is teaching us something about Himself as a redeemer, His gospel as restoring grace, and His Son as the coming and re-creating King."
Morton goes on in his book to answer the question:  How does orphan care and the gospel fit together?  He spends the course of the book fleshing out the answer through sharing his family's story coupled with wise counsel from God's Word along with practical "how-to" information.  Morton very convincingly shows the reader how the church can be mobalized to engage orphans worldwide to the honor and glory of God.

Morton's heart shines brightly in his writing, not only for orphans, but also for the church to be the hands and feet of Jesus to some of the "least of these".  Read and be changed and challenged.

Thank you Litfuse Publicity for sending a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of this review.