In Defense of the Fatherless invites readers on a journey through the Bible to understand God’s heart for orphans and widows. Designed as a practical resource for Christian families and churches, the book empowers and inspires Christian to reform international adoption and orphan care. In Defense of the Fatherless casts a powerful vision for the end of the orphan crisis, inviting Christians to protect and provide for orphans and widows in response to God’s mercy.
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Amanda Bennett is a lawyer living in in Kigali, Rwanda with her husband and son. She serves on the board of directors for Reeds of Hope, a non-profit serving vulnerable families and children in DRC.
Sara Brinton is a writer and social entrepreneur with a passion for reforming international adoption and orphan care. She lives in Austin, Texas with their four children, including daughter Gabrielle who was adopted from Uganda.
"...will challenge, convict and fuel a conversation that is much needed today for the church to move forward in international adoption and orphan care passionately, wisely, and ethically." - Jason Kovacs, Cofounder of Together for Adoption, Austin, Texas
"...makes us all ask the questions: are we, as the church, caring for orphans and vulnerable children well? And how can we be doing better?" - Megan Parker, Co-Founder, Abide Family Center, Jinja, Uganda
"...the book every adoption and family preservation advocate has been waiting to read." - Jessica Honegger, Founder and CEO, Noonday Collection
"...reveal some of the sobering and rather painful realities in overseas adoptions." - Bill Bertsche, Executive Pastor, The Moody Church, Chicago, Illinois
"This book should be on the 2015 reading list for all those in church leadership." - Steve Timmis, Executive Director of the Acts 29 Network & Pastor, The Crowded House, Sheffield
"Any couple thinking of adopting, any church wanting to be involved in solving this problem should read this book." - Mary Whelchel, Director of Women’s Ministries, The Moody Church, Chicago, Illinois
"Sometimes you read a book that offends you because it forces you to rethink your worldview on a key topic. If you read In Defense of the Fatherless with a willingness to struggle and admit past mistakes, as well as a desire to learn, you just might find a new way forward on what it means to care for the fatherless on a deeper, more holistic level." - Chris Marlow, Founder & CEO, Help One Now, Raleigh, North Carolina
"...you will find a wealth of wisdom and a clear challenge from God. Watch out. Your life may never be the same." - Phil Moore, Author of Gagging Jesus and Leader, Everyday Church, London
"Adoption is close to the Heart of God. This book presents a realistic and responsible look at how and why Christians should respond to international adoption. It is heart-warming to see how Christians have responded to God's call for justice." - Nola Leach, CEO, CARE, London