Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care is a great book. And it came to me (as an early birthday gift) at just the right time. Honestly, the "process" of my family's adoption is wearing on me. I'm a guy who likes things "wrapped up." I have trouble focusing when too many things are "unfinished." But, God is teaching me through this adoption to rest and trust.
This book has been a massive encouragement to me over the past few days. It is reminding me again that this is what God has called my family to and this is very close to His heart. I'm grateful for the authors' emphasis on our adoption by God as the motivation to adopt and care for children who are fatherless. All Christians are commanded to care for the fatherless (James 1:27). It's one of the clearest ways we reflect God's character. And, I'm grateful for the practical and specific application provided in this book. The personal stories alone have moved me in the core of my being more than once.
So, whether you are planning to adopt or not, if you want to follow Christ, this is a book worth reading. Whatever your circumstance in life, this book will help you discover how you can care for the 147 million orphans in the world today.