Orphan Justice (Paperback)
How to Care for Orphans Beyond Adopting
B&H Books, 9781433677984, 224pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2013
Indeed, caring for orphaned and vulnerable children requires us to care about related issues from child trafficking and HIV/AIDS to racism and poverty. Too often, we only discuss or theologize the issues, relegating the responsibility to governments.
No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Based on his own personal journey toward pure religion, Johnny Carr moves readers from talking about global orphan care to actually doing something about it in Orphan Justice. Combining biblical truth with the latest research, this inspiring book:
• investigates the orphan care and adoption movement in the U.S. today
• examines new data on the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children
• connects “liberal issues” together as critical aspects or orphan care
• discovers the role of the church worldwide in meeting these needs
• develops a tangible, sustainable action plan using worldwide partnerships
• fleshes out the why, what, and how of global orphan care
• offers practical steps to getting involved and making a difference
About the Author
Praise For Orphan Justice: How to Care for Orphans Beyond Adopting…
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