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Orphan Justice for the (Un)adoptable

by Dan Cruver Published Mar 15, 2013

What should we do for those orphans (by far the majority) who are not, nor ever will be, adoptable? How’s that for a straightforward question right out of the gate? If “religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction” (James 1:27), then my lead-off question is not only one we must wrestle with, but also one we must answer and act upon.

If the previous sentence made you a little nervous or uncomfortable, that’s good. But don’t let it paralyze you into inaction. In Orphan Justice: How to Care for Orphans Beyond Adopting, my good friend Johnny Carr has wrestled long and hard with my lead-off question to help us answer and act upon it. That alone should be reason enough for Orphan Justice to fly off the shelves. If you still need a little more convincing to get yourself a copy, let me encourage you to read the interview that Jonathan Merritt recently did with Johnny about his book. It’s really helpful.

Orphan Justice is a book I am thrilled to endorse because it positions Christians to better address the global orphan crisis in all its complexity. Here’s the endorsement I submitted after reading a pre-release copy:

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. And then pursue justice for the orphan.

Even if you don’t buy the book, let me encourage you to visit the Orphan Justice website. It has a wealth of information and free resources.


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