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Book Review: The House of Hope, God's love for the abandoned orphans of China by Elisabeth Gifford, Foreword by Steven Curtis Chapman

"It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving." Mother Teresa
The House of Hope is truly a love story! A love story not in the romantic sense, but in the most beautiful and perfect definition of love there is, agape love. The foundation and meaning of the Greek word agape, is in God and His love for us. As His children we are to love others with the love He has loved us with.
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34-35 ESV
"Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13 ESV
"Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us." 1 John 4:11-12 ESV
To say that we love someone is wonderful to hear. But it is love expressed in action, especially for those that require us to deny ourselves, that is the real demonstration of the word love. We deny ourselves when we radically place others above our wants and even needs. 

Robin and Joyce Hill and their blended family had lived in China because of Robin's job. When the company that Robin worked for was wanting to relocate him, Robin and Joyce instead made a decision that radically altered their life. Within a short period of time before the Hill's were to leave China they visited with friends a piece of land where a possible community project could be built. Joyce felt strongly that they should stay and build a home for medically needy children in China. They felt God's call on their life and they said yes.
At the time the book was written they had cared for over 1000 medically and or abandoned children.
The book shares several stories of the children that they have cared for including their medical problems. Also shared in the book are the hired women that are the hands on caregivers, the people that have adopted the children, physicians that have performed surgery on the children, and palliative care for children not expected to live.
What stands out the most in The House of Hope is the Hill's love for each individual child. They made the decision to love and care for each of the children as if they were their own. They went to any length to find help for their dearly loved children.

I loved this book! I did not love this book because it is a "feel good" book. But rather a call to me to step up to living a life radically affecting others by God's love. Am I doing all that the Lord has called me to do? Am I loving others with the love that He loves me with?

The book is about 15% biography of the Hill family, the rest is of the years spent devoted to caring the the children in China. 

Thank you to Kregel, Monarch and Litfuse for my free copy for reading/reviewing.

100% of the proceeds of the book go to support the work of Hope Foster Homes (please visit their site to learn more) - buy a book for yourself and everyone you know. This book is a gift that gives a gift.

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Published by Monarch Books and Kregel Publications October 6, 2011
224 pages
Christian Non-Fiction/Biography/China/Inspirational

Blissful Reading!


Becky said…
This book sounds great!