Thursday, 24 November 2011

Book Review: House of Hope by Elisabeth Gifford

About the Book: Robin and Joyce Hill lived in a gated community in Beijing. Their family’s life was marked by luxury and the security of Robin's job as an engineer. Then one day, as members of their church, they had a chance to tour a state-run orphanage. Haunted by the needs of the children they saw there, for the next four years they tried to help the institute in meaningful ways.

In 1998 the Hills planned to leave China, but instead felt a sudden call from God on their lives. They left their gated community--reserved for only non-Chinese residents--moved their family into a small apartment miles outside of Beijing and immediately began to take in foster children.

They took in any child, but especially those that needed extra care—terminally ill children that couldn't receive care elsewhere, and those that needed complicated and expensive surgeries that the Hills soon began to coordinate and sometimes pay for out of their own savings.

What began as Hope Foster Home is now New Hope Foundation. As they continue their work, the Hills enjoy support from major corporations and high-profile philanthropists as well as the trust of the Chinese authorities. The Hills' story is an inspiring example of God's care and provision for those whom society does not value. Learn more about Hope Foster Homes here:

"I strongly support Robin and Joyce Hill's New Hope Foundation which is saving so many orphan lives in China. Read this amazing story of God's grace and accept the challenge to make a difference!"
--Steven Curtis Chapman

"I had the privilege of going to China and witnessing the work that God is doing through Robin and Joyce Hill. They are wonderful servants of God who lovingly care for the 'least of these.' I hope that many will read this book and consider their example."
--Francis Chan, author of Crazy Love

My Thoughts: This was an incredible book, infused with the love of God shown by one couple's choice to devote their lives to caring for the least of these.

Story after miraculous story showed how God worked miracles in the lives of these precious children. Each one touched my heart as I was amazed by the tireless efforts of the Hills to put their faith into action and show that every child matters, no matter how hopeless the situation. Indeed that is the driving force behind the Hills efforts - knowing that each orphan is an individual child that has been uniquely formed in the image of God, just as we all are, and that is what makes them worthy to receive the same care, respect and love as those born into more fortunate circumstances.

Simply an amazing and inspirational story! I would recommend this without hesitation to anyone - but be prepared to be changed.

100% of the proceeds of this book go to fund the work at Hope Foster Home.

Giveaway: The publisher is sponsoring a $50 "Get/Give" Giveaway: One winner will receive a $50 gift certificate for themselves AND $50 will be given in the winner's name to Hope Foster Home.

To enter all you have to do is send a tweet using the hashtag #HFH about the House of Hope or share about it on Facebook! If you tweet your entry will be captured when you use #HFH. If you share it on Facebook just email and let them know.

Not sure what to tweet/post? Try this:

Twitter: Couple gives all to rescue babies in China! 100% proceeds go to #HopeFosterHome RT 4 $50 @amazon & $50 to #HFH

Facebook: The House of Hope: One couple abandons a comfortable life to rescue abandoned children. Robin and Joyce Hill have helped over 1300 Chinese orphans with severe medical problems. Purchase a copy for everyone you know - the book is a gift that gives a gift. 100% proceeds to help support the work at Hope Foster Home! Learn more here: Share this for a chance to get a $50 GC and $50 in your name to Hope Foster Home!

Thank you to Stephanie and Amy from Litfuse Publicity for organizing this tour and providing me with my complimentary review copy.

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