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Growing God’s Family: The Global Orphan Care Movement and the Limits of Evangelical Activism Paperback – June 13, 2017
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"Growing God’s Family is about America as much as it is about evangelicals. We’re do-gooders. We adopt orphans. We do other good things. And yet, our excessive individualism too often gets in the way. The result: we rush into rash ill-prepared activism. Growing God’s Family is marvelously well-researched — and deeply disturbing."-Robert Wuthnow,Princeton University
"This fascinating case study deftly captures the authentic spirit of so many American evangelical 'movements' for change, explaining with empathetic and fair but brutally honest criticism why and how religiously motivated people and activism can prove in the end to be ironically self-undermining and ineffective. A valuable contribution to our sociological understanding of American evangelicalism and religious movements and culture." -Christian Smith,University of Notre Dame
About the Author
Samuel L. Perry is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. He also holds a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary. His research explores the changing dynamics of religion and family life in the United States.