Wednesday, April 2, 2014

KnowOrphans by Rick Morton

The title of this book reminds us that most orphans are unknown, voiceless. They are out of our sight and out of our mind. “Yet God says He is their defender, and He is awakening His church to join Him in that work.” (18)

Morton shares his own experience in the global orphan-care and adoption movement. He discusses how orphans are close to the heart of God and develops a theology of orphan-care. Adopting transracially affirms that we are all created in the image of God and in Christ there is neither Greek nor Jew. Differences in country and language are a result of the fall and adopting internationally affirms the triumph of the gospel.

He has suggestions for mobilizing churches, like Orphan Sunday. He writes about many organizations for potential church partnering. He encourages creativity and flexibility. He also notes that parents need to be equipped and supported during the process of adopting and raising the children.

He walks the reader through the entire process of transnational adoption – the preparation, journey, and arriving home. He also addresses issues adopted children experience. He answers criticisms of international adoption as well.

A program that offers possibilities to people who cannot afford the $30,00 or so for international adoption is one offered through Lifesong. It has a program in Ukraine where $500 will fund an indigenous adoption.

Morton believes there is a move of the Spirit right now in the area of adoption. This book is a great encouragement for individuals and churches to get involved. You can find out more at or

I am taking part in a blog tour of this book. You can read other reviews here.

Rick Morton is father to three transnational adopted children. He co-authored Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care. He and his wife are cofounders of international orphan-hosting ministry Promise 139, based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He and his family live in the greater Memphis area.

New Hope Publishers, 192 pages. You can purchase a copy here.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through a publicity group for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

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