In Defense of the Fatherless

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In Defense of the Fatherless

Redeeming International Adoption & Orphan Care

Amanda Bennett, Sara Brinton

Pages: 304
Trim: Large trade paperback (216 x 138mm)
Isbn 13: 9781781915516
List Price: £8.99
Imprint: Christian Focus Adult Catalogue
Category: Christian Life > Practical Life > General

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Featured Reviews

...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, Co-founder 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, Austin, Texas

...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

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


Designed as a practical resource for Christian families and churches, the book empowers and inspires Christians 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.

About Amanda Bennett

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 the Democratic Republic of Congo.

About Sara Brinton

Sara Brinton is a writer and social entrepreneur with a passion for reforming international adoption and orphan care. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Mark and their four children, including daughter Gabrielle who was adopted from Uganda.

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... the inspiring and challenging stories of how the most vulnerable lives can be changed make this book well worth reading.

Evangelicals Now

This book offers careful research, sound theology, and practical resources regarding care for orphans, vulnerable children, and widows. It provides an important perspective on short-term mission trips and investigates some harmful international adoption procedures and practices.You'll be informed and inspired to care wisely for orphans and vulnerable families and celebrate amazing organizations empowering mothers to raise and provide for their children.

Lindsay and Justin Holcomb, Co-authors of Rid of My Disgrace and Is It My Fault?

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 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

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