A Hope Deferred

 
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We use the word adoption very casually today. We speak of adopting pets, books, and highways. Yet the word has a far nobler significance. Adoption is the permanent placement of a child in a family with all its rights and privileges. God has forever placed us in his family. He has forever made us his children. He has forever changed our legal status. He has forever granted us an inheritance. He has forever lavished his love upon us. A Hope Deferred probes the depths of this wonderful reality by unfolding the six blessings of adoption as found in Romans 8. It intertwines these blessings with an account of one family s journey to international adoption a journey encompassing twenty years, four continents, and countless joys and sorrows. The result is a valuable glimpse into the essential relationship between adoption, affliction, and the fatherhood of God over his people.

"The book titled A HOPE DEFERRED by J. Stephen Yuille takes an unique approach in presenting its pages. The book starts out in the first chapter talking about the theology of how were are adopted into God’s family through Jesus Christ. Then the second chapter tells part of the story of the author’s own dreams and struggles in starting a family of his own. In cadence, the third chapter goes back to the theology of adoption followed by the fourth chapter and more of the author’s story. This pattern is followed for 14 chapters that make up the book. In the even chapters we learn how J. Stephen Yuille and his wife end up with a biological daughter first, and then after 5 1/2 years of working on an adoption abroad, got the call to come and pick up their baby. I really enjoyed this format. The odd chapters will fill your heart to overflowing when you are presented with numerous verses of God’s desire for a family, namely us, and how He redeems us back to sonship. This book put a big smile on my face as I saw the parallel between our being adopted into God’s family, and the orphan being adopted into J. Stephen Yuille’s family."

-Amazon customer review.

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