- File Size: 616 KB
- Print Length: 244 pages
- Publication Date: November 14, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MXHDBFD
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,207 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Each chapter tells real children's stories, struggles, heartbreak, smiles, resilient hope, sometimes tragic endings, and the many happy endings. It is a captivating read, one that grabs hold of your heartstrings straightaway, making it hard to put it down. Though the stories are often replete with tragedy, Eldridge writes from her heart, filling each page with a contagious hope that leaves the reader brimming, not with tears, but with overwhelming compassion and unswerving belief that "every life counts" and that we can, indeed, make a difference in the lives of orphans. It's love on every page.
This book touched my heart deeply with the stories of these beautiful children. By getting to know the heart of an orphan, my heart was transformed by the power of a love that transcends boundaries. I highly recommend this book to anyone who desires to grow in love and care for not just orphans, but all people everywhere.
The Heart of an Orphan is a very straightforward, easy-to-read narrative that explains the complexities of life as an orphan in China, the many challenges associated with trying to provide assistance, and also the stories of the individual children who inhabit this world. It is by turns uplifting, hopeful, and heartbreaking. It is honest and real.
More importantly, The Heart of an Orphan is a beautiful, heart-wrenching, challenging answer to the questions I will ask myself for the rest of my life. How could God let this happen? What can I do to help? Have I done enough? In a moral sense, I would stand this book up next to The Brothers Karamazov and the Biblical book of Job. In this simple, straightforward narrative, Amy tackles some of the most difficult questions we will ever face with grace, humility, and fortitude. To distill the major point: the key question is not "How could this happen," but "What am I going to do about it?" The burden rests not with God or the world, but with us. What now?
Amy provides not only a moral framework, but does it in such a way as to be encouraging. I'm actually reading this book with my seven year old now, because Amy's perspective on suffering and compassion is exactly how I want my children to see the world. We're crying together, yes, but we're also learning how to push through that sorrow toward love.
I admit that I have allowed the overwhelming enormity of suffering in the world to make my heart hard. This book shook off that crusty outer layer and reminded me that we will always have the poor with us - that is the nature of life. And though we may not be able to solve all of the world's problems, we can always, ALWAYS help just one child.
Every. Child. Counts.