I am just finishing up one of the hardest books I have read in a very long time. “Orphans of the Living – Stories of America’s Children in Foster Care” by Jennifer Toth.
A few things you should know before you rush to Amazon and purchase:
- It is a VERY VERY REAL account of what the 5 foster kids went through – sometimes making the content hard and violent
- It is not a “Christian Book” and does not end with the hope that we know we have IN CHRIST to see redemptive work
- It was written 15 years ago, so there have been some reforms in the system since this book was written
- It was written by the same author that wrote “Mole People” -the book investigating communities of homeless people who live in the tunnels under NYC
- It takes 5 children’s stories and follows them through the system – including their parents homes, relatives homes, orphanages, group homes, foster homes, and on the streets
So, why do I suggest you consider reading it??? I think about Christ and how he looked right into the face of depravity and showed compassion. That is what we as his followers must do. We need to turn our blind eye and be willing to see the pain, so that we can move to compassionate action, knowing that there is HOPE IN CHRIST. This book will give you a bird’s-eye view right to the heart of the matter.
For those who choose to read it. I would love your feedback when you are done.
Wish I could sign off “Happy Reading” but it might should be “Reality Reading”