Thursday, November 17, 2011

Blog Tour: The House of Hope (Review)

What would you do if you had wealth, a substantial job, a comfortable life as an ex-pat working in China and well, everything you could want in life?

What would you do if the still, quiet voice of God whispered in your heart that there was something more for you to do?

Could you walk away from the security of your job to take care of the "least of these" in a foreign country?

For Robin and Joyce Hill, the answer is a resounding yes.

Together, along with their children, the Hills have worked to bring one simple word to orphaned children in China - hope.

Along the way, their journey has led them to cross paths with many people - including Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman - and help hundreds of children.

In The House of Hope, journalist Elisabeth Gifford, tells their tale, and helps people understand just what it took for the Hills to accept the calling that God has placed upon their lives.

This book, written at times simply in a mater-of-fact style, takes the readers through a straight forward account of how the Hills responded to God, built and lost their first dream, and then, gained more than they could imagine.

Along the way, readers are invited to read the stories of several children who not only found the medical help they needed through the Hills' care, but also found their forever homes through adoption.

Because I read Mary Beth Chapman's memoir, I was familiar with how Maria's Big House of Love was established. What I didn't know, is role the Hills' had in its formation. Gifford's book brought new life - and understanding - into that story and more.

Jesus challenges Christians to take care of the "least" of these - specifically widows and orphans. Joyce and Robin Hill took up that challenge, and because of their hard work and dedication, countless children have been treated with love, respect and more.

On a scale of one to five, this book is a six. I simply couldn't put it down.

If you have a heart for children, are interested in adoption issues, or just simply want to see how people are doing amazing things in another country, then pick up The House of Hope. It just might challenge you to do something in your own backyard.

More About The Book
From the Publisher:
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: http://www.hopefosterhome.com.

"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

Take Note:
100% of the proceeds of the book go to support the work of
Hope Foster Homes (please visit their site to learn more)
- buy a book for yourself and everyone you know.
This book is a gift that gives a gift.

More 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.

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.

Online Resources
Buy the book at Amazon
See What Others Think: Follow The Blog Tour
Learn More About The Hope Foster Homes

It's A Contest/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 we'll capture your entry when you use #HFH. If you share it on Facebook or your blog, just email us and let us know (ckrumm@litfusegroup.com). Easy.

Not sure what to tweet/post? Here's an idea:

TWEET THIS:  Couple gives all to rescue babies in China! 100% proceeds go to #HopeFosterHome http://ow.ly/7qR3e RT 4 $50 to @amazon & $50 to #HFH

(must use hashtage #HFH to be entered)

FACEBOOK THIS: 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: http://litfusegroup.com/blogtours/text/13438821 Share this for a chance to get a $50 Amazon.com GC and $50 in your name to Hope Foster Home! Details: http://ow.ly/7qR3e.

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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