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Orphan Justice: How to Care for Orphans Beyond Adopting Paperback – March 1, 2013
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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.”
President, Focus on the Family
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."
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!"
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.
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."
Talk Radio Host of The Ken Coleman Show
Author of One Question: Life Changing Answers From Today's Leading Voices
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
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.
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."
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.
Psychologist and advocate for orphaned children
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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. ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have no doubt Carr loves the Lord but I took umbrage with his chapter on abortion. Carr derides the Saints who intervene on behalf of the babies outside abortion mills. Read morePublished 3 months ago by markfaherty
If you have a heart for foster care, adoption or feel the call to pure and undefiled religion, this book is a must read!! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sarah M. Walker
This book really took the blinders off my eyes to help me see what is really going on in the world of orphans. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book. Each chapter covers a different aspect of orphan care today. Addresses ways for all people to get involved. Author is humble and easy to understand.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you think you have a heart for orphans, read this book. If you're not sure, read this book. It will open your eyes, and perhaps your heart.Published 12 months ago by Kathleen Plesich
Thank you for writing this amazing book, Johnny Carr! The world needs to know more about unwanted children and our responsibility as Christians to take care of themPublished 13 months ago by Allie B.
As a single foster mom, this book hit the ball out of the park! I was not called to be a foster mom as part of a ministry, but rather out of the knowledge that I can't just do... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Joy shelton
Don't read this book.......unless you are ready to become very uncomftable, unless you are ready for some changes in your life. Great book. I'm in!Published 17 months ago by Drew