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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433677989
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433677984
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Are you considering adoption? Read this book! Perhaps adoption isn’t for you—read this book anyway!  There are many different ways you can and should be involved in the important work of orphan care worldwide.  Orphan Justice will equip you to embrace God’s call to “look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

Jim Daly
President, Focus on the Family

Orphan Justice is a fast paced, hard-hitting book that will anger and inspire you to rethink your view of orphans, the Gospel and how the church should respond by tackling issues that most want to ignore or avoid.  This book will prompt you and your church to take action and to tangibly care for the fatherless with wisdom, tenacity and intelligence.

Chris Marlow
Founder/CEO
Help One Now

"Johnny Carr does not write about justice for the orphan as one who merely observes from a distance, but as one whose life's journey, whose life's mission is to bring justice to the orphan. There is no leader in the evangelical orphan care movement whose work I value more. Orphan Justice is full of fearless thinking that is compelled by the love of Jesus. Johnny loves the orphans of our world because Jesus first loved him. Read. Be empowered. An then pursue justice for the orphan."

Dan Cruver
Founder, Together for Adoption
Author of Reclaiming Adoption

"If you're seeking a book to make you feel good about yourself, try the self-help section.  But if you're looking for a personal, provocative, and sometimes raw challenge to see the world in fresh ways, Orphan Justice is a must read.  Using gripping stories and surprising scriptures, Johnny Carr shakes readers from their slumber and alerts them to a global crisis begging for our attention.  Warning: Do not read this book unless you're prepared to be changed!"

Jonathan Merritt
Author of A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars

It's been heartening to see the church get excited about orphan care, but sometimes the best of intentions do not always align with best practice.  Orphan Justice is a book that bridges the gap between passion and practice.  Johnny Carr tackles the tough issues involved in orphan care, from the realities about institutionalization to the racism that still permeates our society.  It's an important read for church leaders, advocates, and anyone interested in answering the call to care for orphans.

Kristen Howerton
Blogger, Rage Against the Minivan

“No one has stood more at the forefront of the evangelical orphan care movement than Johnny Carr.  In this provocative book, Carr reminds us that while orphan care is never about less-than adoption, orphan care is about an entire range of issues.  Carr prophetically calls the church to care for orphans by combatting racism, trafficking, poverty, and abortion.  Even when you don’t agree with all Carr’s answers, you will be blessed by wrestling with him through the questions.”

Russell D. Moore
Dean, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Author of Adopted for Life

"Johnny Carr is changing the conversation on the orphan crisis. I laughed, cried and winced in anger as Johnny shared stories from his personal and professional mission to care for the least of us. In Orphan Justice, Johnny brings us into a messy conversation and shows us practical solutions that can build consensus to move the needle."

 Ken Coleman
Talk Radio Host of The Ken Coleman Show
Author of One Question: Life Changing Answers From Today's Leading Voices





The theme of caring for the orphans and the fatherless permeates the biblical narrative and puts the gospel of display. Johnny Carr writes a compelling, Scripturally sound account of why caring for orphans should be as normal in the life of God's people as things like weekly fellowship or prayer. If you want your church to get excited about the practical possibilities of applying the gospel to suffering children locally and around the world get Orphan Justice in their hands. It will light a fire for mission.

Anthony Bradley
Author of Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America

Orphan Justice provokes the reader to action. The statistics and realities contained within can cause one of three responses, either it can paralyze us to the point of complacency as they overwhelm or it can energize us for a season to do as much as possible with the need becoming our motivation.  Ultimately, however, it is Johnny's heart that the third option would be chosen and that the worldwide church would awaken and be driven to seek the face of the Father as we serve the fatherless.  It is so Christ exalting to wrestle with this content and be motivated not by the need but by the Gospel.  This book is both compelling and heartfelt and worth your investment of time.

Herbert M. Newell IV
President/Executive Director
Lifeline Children's Services, inc.

Orphan Justice explores the big picture of what orphan care can and should look like. Not all of us are called to the same ministry, but all of us must do something. This book is eye-opening and important, a call to action written with incredible grace. It's a must-read for the Church and for all people wanting to do 'orphan care' well and responsibly.

Katie Davis
Author of Kisses from Katie

"Many of us have a desire to help orphans but we don’t know where to start. Orphan Justice gives the VISION we need to understand how we, as the church, can be a part of the solution to the orphan care crisis. There’s a role for everyone to play."

Mac Powell
Singer, Songwriter, Producer

Many of us have a desire to help the orphan, but we don’t know where to start.  Orphan Justice provides the vision we need to understand how we, as leaders, can be a part of the solution to the orphan care crisis. Its a strategic call to the Church to act on behalf of the fatherless.  I highly recommend you take time to read it and learn how to be involved.

Brad Lomenick




Orphan Justice is to the Christian church what ‘The Purpose Driven Life’ is to the Christian individual.  Johnny Carr issued a deeply personal, well-researched, practical, and immensely compassionate challenge to faith-based persons and organizations of all stripes.  Advocating for marginalized children, women, and families both close to home and in faraway lands, Carr is respectful and inclusive of different perspectives, yet unafraid to address polarized debates to seek a higher ground.  What makes the book moving, non-partisan, and ultimately effective is Carr’s unabashed honesty to be self-critical first and foremost.  He does not pinpoint a single speck in our collective inaction without first removing the log from his own eyes.  This is not a book to merely be read and discussed, but to spur meaningful and lasting action locally and globally.  Carr renewed Jesus’ call for the church with passion and grace.”
 
Junlei Li, PhD
Psychologist and advocate for orphaned children
Principal Research Scientist, The Fred Rogers Company
Senior Fellow, University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development

About the Author

Johnny Carr is national director of Church Partnerships at Bethany Christian Services, the nation’s largest adoption and orphan care agency. He and his wife live with their five children (the three youngest are adopted) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Laura Captari is a freelance writer and a licensed professional counselor in training. She also serves as director of Professional and Public Relations at the American Association of Christian Counselors. She lives with her husband in Lynchburg, Virginia.


More About the Author

Find out more about Johnny at OrphanJustice.com or follow him at twitter @johnwcarr. Feel free to email Johnny at info@orphanjustice.com.

For 14 years, Pastor Johnny Carr was a full-time minister who served several different churches ranging in size from 100 to 1,700 weekly attendees. Before coming to Bethany Christian Services, Johnny was the Pastor of Ministry and Leadership Development at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. While at Hillcrest, he led the church in establishing its first orphan care and adoption ministry, which sponsored mission trips and other events to encourage involvement from the congregation. Many children have been adopted in by church members as a result of this ministry.

Johnny married Beth, a deaf educator, in March 1993. The couple now has five children: Heather, Jared, James, Xiaoli, and Jerrell. James and Xiaoli were both adopted from China and are deaf. Jerrell (also deaf and a medically complex child) was adopted by the Carr's through the foster system. It was during the adoption of James that God began speaking to the Carrs about committing their lives to orphan care. In 2007 Johnny left the full-time church ministry to become Bethany's first National Director of Church Partnerships.

Johnny is a conference speaker and orphan care advocate to denominations, national religious associations and conferences including Saddleback Church, Catalyst Conference, The Idea Camp, Q, and others. He is also author of Orphan Justice that challenges churches to rethink how they have handled social justice issues directly related to orphan care.

Johnny understands the complexities of ministry and the demands of being a pastor, as well as a pastor's role in empowering and motivating the laity to do the good works of the Gospel. He believes that the Church must take the lead in the world's orphan crisis. His goal is to inspire the Church to truly understand and obey James 1:27, which calls believers to care for orphans.

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Fast read and very informative!
Susan S. Brister
This book gave me the nudge I needed to examine my own heart attitudes - because that is always where effective change begins.
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We need to fight for these kids...foster kids, orphans, trafficked children...all of them.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Leanne Jenkins on March 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
A couple months ago, my husband and I had the privilege of reading this amazing book. I was itching to quote it on social media…but wanted to wait until it was printed. I just pulled up my highlights to find some good quotes to post, but, half of the book is highlighted! It is such a great and practical read. Each chapter gives you realistic ideas of how you can get involved in bringing justice to the orphaned and oppressed.

Here are just a few of many favorite quotes:
“Poverty is not necessarily an issue to solve; it is an opportunity to serve. As we go through each day, our heart’s cry should be, Lord, where would you have me give, serve, and invest myself to bring hope to the poor?”

“To love is to risk.”

“Can we really claim to be pro-life if we fail to consider the importance of caring for any and all at-risk children?”

“What are we willing to leave behind in order to make sure that every orphan and vulnerable child is not alone?”

We just purchased several copies to give as books…we are excited to see how this book will impact our friends, the American church and orphans around the world.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bradley L. on March 1, 2013
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I couldn't put the book down, and it has wrecked me for life. As an adoptive father John Carr verbalized a lot what I have felt, and challenged me to do even more. I think what got me the most were the chapters on racism and abortion. If you sponsor a child you must read, if you are considering being a foster parent you must read, if you're considering adopting you must read, and most importantly if you follow Christ then this book is not optional.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Junlei Li on March 3, 2013
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Orphan Justice is to the Christian family and church what `The Purpose Driven Life' is to the Christian individual.

Johnny Carr issued a deeply personal, well-researched, practical, and immensely compassionate challenge to faith-based persons and organizations of all stripes. Advocating for marginalized children, women, and families, Carr is respectful and inclusive of different perspectives, yet unafraid to address polarized debates to seek a higher ground. What makes the book moving, non-partisan, and ultimately effective is Carr's unabashed honesty to be self-critical first and foremost. He does not pinpoint a single speck in our collective inaction without first removing the beam from his own eyes.

The book weaves together the personal journey of the Carr family in adopting three deaf children, two from China and one from the U.S. - and Carr's professional journey as a Christian called to mission service. The narrative breaks the stereotypes and makes irrelevant the dividing trenches of "conservative", "evangelical", "liberal", "social justice". The story arcs towards a compassionate and broad understanding of Christ's call to serve orphans and widows. There are no cheaply constructed "villains". Even when describing very sad scenes in the orphanage, Carr speaks respectfully of the over-burdened caretakers and describe only his own reaction and the reaction of his newly adopted son. When was the last time you read a book that speaks respectfully both of Jerry Falwell and Barney Frank, all in service of the Christian call? You do not have to be a Christian to be moved by Carr family's journey.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Bartelt on March 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
"I used to think that if I cared about one thing, I'd have to care about everything."

It's a line from one of my favorite movies but also describes my (selfish) attitude toward adoption and caring for the world's orphans. I love children, and the idea that there are children literally starving to death and dying from preventable diseases anywhere in the world breaks my heart. And I have been reluctant to open my heart to that kind of pain, afraid that I would become discouraged that I can't take them all home, love them like they ought to be loved, or provide for all their basic needs.

So, I'm encouraged by a new book that challenges the Church's attitude about orphans and adoption, as well as offers varied ways the Church can be involved in orphan care, not only through adoption.

In Orphan Justice: How to Care for Orphans Beyond Adopting, Johnny Carr, who works for the largest adoption and orphan care agency in the U.S., presents a case for the Church to do its part to care for orphaned children, domestically and globally. And he isn't always nice about it.

Nor should he be.

From the beginning of the book, Carr lays out the problem--153 million kids worldwide who have lost one or both parents, which is twice the total number of children in the U.S.--and reveals his own journey from American Dreamer to Orphan Advocate.

"Every time I heard about missionaries digging clean wells, working with HIV/AIDS patients, or trying to alleviate poverty, I rolled my eyes. Why are they wasting their time? I thought. Don't they know that the gospel is what really counts? ... But now as I look back, I see how narrow-minded I was. ...
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