A Hope Deferred Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  October 14, 2013

A Hope Deferred by j. Stephen YuilleThis week the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for A Hope Deferred: Adoption and the Fatherhood of God by J. Stephen Yuille. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

A Hope Deferred is an excellent exposition of the biblical doctrine of adoption. Yuille’s ability to not only address the theological concerns of this doctrine, but perhaps more importantly, his wonderful inclusion of his own experiences with adopting a child, really bring home the message of what it means to have a new start. I encourage everyone to read this book as it will give you a great understanding and appreciation for what it means to be adopted into the family of God, something that has eternal ramifications.”
Reviewer: Michael Boling (IntelMin.org)
Rating: 5 Stars

“J. Stephen Yuille writes very pastorally, with brilliant exposition on every page and an appropriate amount of illustrations and clarifying examples. Scripture is exalted and informs every sentence. I also appreciated the frequency with which he quoted the Puritans. I would definitely say this book is worth re-reading. I’ve read Adopted for Life by Russell Moore and highly recommend it to every Christian, and I would put this book on the same level.”
Reviewer: Hope Henchey (recoveringwomanhood.weebly.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Yuille’s excellent treatise on adoption ably probes the doctrine of adoption while interweaving the author’s personal testimony in order to help his readers understand the essential relationship between adoption, affliction, and the fatherhood of God over His people. The best books are grounded in the Word of God, in personal example, and contain a good story of how God has worked a particular doctrine into their own experience. This book combines all three of these traits and thus is a must read and a resource one I highly recommend for those who were raised in broken homes or are interested in adopting a child.”
Reviewer: Dave Jenkins (ServantsOfGrace.org)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book.  It is a wonderful display of God’s love toward us blended together with the story of the Yuille family’s adoption journey.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker (parkerjreviews.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a book that is a wonderful read. It is a moving story of one couple’s struggle with infertility and adoption. Even more so, it is a book full of the truth, which is, God is our Father and we are His children.”
Reviewer: Joanne Viola (daysnthoughts.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you want to read on the doctrine of adoption while hearing the story of one family’s adoption story, this is the book for you.”
Reviewer: Chris Land (keepingthemainthing.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“J. Stephen Yuille’s honest and articulate recounting of his angst and sorrow are very impressive as he weaves together the story of his families attempt to adopt and God’s adopting of us. It really is very well done.”
Reviewer: Jon Roberts (GoodReads.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you’re looking for a book that deals with suffering and hardship from the theology perspective, A Hope Deferred fits the bill. It tackles a tough topic from one the richest chapters on adoption and our union with Christ in the New Testament.”
Reviewer: Matthew Sims (graceforsinners.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Half of the book is a journey through our adoption in Christ. The other half is Yuille’s story and what he gleaned from it spiritually. The two halves intertwine perfectly to create an amazing book that will leave you feel warm, fuzzy, and loved by God.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert (thetalbertreport.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book has two purposes. One is to celebrate our adoption by God, an act of unconditional love and unchanging goodness on His part. The second is to strengthen and encourage others in their struggles, especially those grappling with infertility and adoption issues.”
Reviewer: Beverly Terry (beverlylynnt.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is a Gospel-Centered book that happens to be both practical & theological. Mainly, this is a book about God and also you. Consider reading this book whether you are adopting or not…because if you are in Christ, you’ve been adopted. This is a book that will have an impact today & in the days to come…you’ll hear about this both now & decades from now.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc (louiszinc.tumblr.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a fantastic book that will be beneficial for many as Yuille unpacks the glorious mystery of adoption and the fatherhood of God.”
Reviewer: Andrew Bondurant (bondurantandbooks.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“The very basis of the book is laid on a bedrock of Scripture. Yuille sites countless verses in his desire to teach from the Word on any area he speaks about. This book without a doubt outlines the Scriptural point of reference for many of the attributes that our merciful God manifests toward His children, and is an excellent overview of those eternal and unchanging attributes.”
Reviewer: Rachel H. (GoodReads.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I requested this book because I have two adopted children and I expected to hear some great stories about adoption. Our road to adoption was a rocky one. The one adoption story that I really enjoyed reading was our adoption as children of God! That adoption process was not a rocky one but it came at a very high price! I am a part of a FOREVER family! The family of GOD! Now that excites me!”
Reviewer: Joyful Reader (thejoyfulbookcase.blogspot.com)
Rating: 3 Stars

“I read the words in my Bible that said, in Christ I am an adopted daughter and heir. I even believed those words, however, I did not understand the depth of those words until I walked through the process of adopting a child of my own. It is the most beautiful yet painful picture. This book paints the story of the author’s own personal journey through infertility and adoption while applying these concepts to God as our Heavenly Father whom we belong to by adoption. It was beautifully done.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley (refreshmysoulblog.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Even if adoption has not played a role in your life, you will be encouraged by meditating on and marveling at your adoption by your heavenly Father. I highly recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Persis Lorenti (triedbyfire.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Honestly, the first time I picked this book up I expected it to be filled with a beautiful story of how a family overcame infertility by adopting multiple babies, and how we all could experience the same blessings as well if we would just follow these same easy steps. However, Stephen’s book was a doctrinal smorgasbord that carried its readers through a rich exegesis of Romans 8. Consequently, not only do you get a wonderful story about the Author and his families dealings with the process of infertility/pregnancy/adoption, but you are also driven deeply into the text of Romans 8 and other places of Scripture where Stephen shows the reader the rich truths of adoption and what they mean for the Christian from a Biblical point of view.”
Reviewer: Josh Davis (BookReviews.ServantsOfGrace.org)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Stephen’s reminder of the work that Christ does on our behalf is both profound and illuminating for worship and work in this world.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummins (spencerdeancummins.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“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.”
Reviewer: Cheryl Frerichs (thykingdomcometoday.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would recommend this remarkable book especially to anyone who is longing for children and is considering adoption and is seeking encouragement from someone who has been there. I would also recommend this book to readers who are desiring to discover the Biblical truths in God adopting us as His children. I immensely connected with Stephen Yuille’s story and was inspired by his faithfulness in believing that God was able to provide them with children.”
Reviewer: Andrew Smith (runningtowardschrist.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I was blessed by reading A Hope Deferred. It is packed full of biblical truth, written in an accessible style. I think it would be ideal for a Christian at any level of spiritual maturity, but would be particularly helpful to a new believer or one struggling with their identity in Christ.”
Reviewer: Mandy Johnson (mandybakerjohnson.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

A Hope Deferred is one of the best books I have read in a long time, no doubt about it. Even if you aren’t an adoptive parent or adopted yourself, the beauty of the process complements the story of Christ adopting us so well! Definitely a must read!”
Reviewer: Kimberly Noble (handcuffstohairbows.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I love the picture of God adopting us into his family. The author talks about both this picture as well as actual, physical adoption. He juxtaposes his own story with Scripture (Romans 8) to bring, in my opinion, the beauty of adoption (and the Gospel!) to life. When I read that passage, tears of joy and relief come to my eyes. I read Mr. Yuille’s discourse with those same tears in my eyes and a full heart.”
Reviewer: Becky Norton (lookingaheadtobetterdays.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

Where to Buy:
A Hope Deferred: Adoption and the Fatherhood of God by J. Stephen Yuille is available at your local Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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