Thursday, March 30, 2006

Acres of Hope

Hat tip to Corrie for telling me about the book, Acres of Hope by Patty Anglin and Joe Musser (Foreword by Joni Eareckson Tada). Amazon is selling the book new for $19.99, but I notice there are used copies available as well and they are as low as .75 cents!

From Publishers Weekly:

This inspiring memoir by a mother who has adopted eight special-needs children calls readers to regard every child as precious in God's sight. Anglin and her husband, Harold, made a commitment, while fostering 50-odd children through the years, to adopt "the ones no one else wanted." These include two crack-addicted babies born to a 13-year-old prostitute; a son with severe emotional problems whose birth parents had tortured him with cigarettes and hung him upside down for punishment; a Nigerian boy born without lower arms and legs; and a five-year-old quadriplegic from India who weighed only 16 pounds at adoption. Anglin emerges not as a self-righteous attention-seeker but a woman of deep faith firmly committed to the individual nurturance of children. She tries hard not to judge the children's biological parents for their various faults, though her fierce mama bear instincts show clearly in harsh words for the social care system. In particular, she criticizes the growing practice of barring cross-racial adoption as a "a subtle form of racism," describing her tooth-and-nail custody fight against an insensitive case worker who, she says, almost sacrificed a child's life for an ideological principle. Today, the Anglins live and home-school their large family, which includes seven biological children, on a 200-acre Wisconsin farm called "Acres of Hope." Both full-time caregivers, they were able to purchase the $62,500 tract because a local bank president financed the entire amount, saying the community needed more people like them. That's an understatement. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.



Blogger Noel said...

from Talitha

that would be terrible if your parents tortured you and hung you upside down and made you smoke just to please them.
I would say those are the ones no one wants because they are so disformed.


4:20 AM  
Blogger VeeJay said...

Talitha, yes, it is very sad! Fortunately, there are people out there who love these children. It is also an encouragement to me that God says in the Bible that He does not judge the outward appearance like men do, but He judges the heart.


4:22 PM  
Blogger Noel said...

from Talitha

yes,you should never judge from the outside of someone but from the heart.
they may look weird,but they may be helpful in your life if you are struggling with your faith and they might be really strong believers.
yes,fortunately there are people who love these children.

9:58 AM  

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