Monday, November 21, 2011

Blog Tour: The House of Hope by Elisabeth Gifford


Robin and Joyce Hill and their family had a vision for taking care of sick orphans in China. Taking children into their home (in beds in the dining room) eventually turned into opening Hope Foster Home. Many of the children they took in were medically fragile and either needed someone to take care of them in the final days of their lives or until they were well enough to be adopted. To date, they have cared for over 1000 orphans.

What a great story about real people who overcame numerous obstacles to find their way to the ministry God had for them. The book begins by telling about the families that Robin and Joyce grew up in. Knowing their challenges makes you appreciate the way they have given their lives over to God even more!

I especially enjoyed the stories of the children they have cared for. Reading Katherine's story and how loved this dying little orphan-girl was was especially touching. Having worked in an orphanage myself and cared for a baby who died made this story all the more real to me.

More than just a moving story, though, this book will challenge you to examine your life and ask God what He is asking YOU to do. The Hills have an amazing testimony of faith and obedience. I can't wait to share The House of Hope with others!

An additional bonus of purchasing a copy of the book is that 100% of the proceeds goes to help fund the work at Hope Foster Home. Visit the website for more information.

Read what other bloggers are saying or go ahead and buy a copy of the book!

I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity and Monarch Books in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Book
One couple’s powerful ministry to some of China’s most vulnerable children.

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.

About the Author
Elisabeth Gifford is a journalist who has written for the London Times and the Independent Newspapers. She lives in Kingston, England, and teaches children with dyslexia.  

What Others Are Saying
"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

Giveaway
The publisher is sponsoring a $50 "GET / GIVE" GIVEAWAY. One winner will receive a $50 Amazon.com 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 #HFH) about The House of Hope or share about it on Facebook! If you tweet using #HFH, you'll be automatically entered. If you share on Facebook or your blog, email the publicist and let them know.

Easy peasy. Good luck!

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