Monday, May 17, 2010
I finished a great book last night called Castaway Kid (click here for the Amazon link). It was given out for free at the Christian Alliance for Orphan conference last month and is published through Focus on the Family.
The book is about a boy named Rob Mitchell who was left at an Illinois orphanage by his mom when he was three years old. The first chapter is about this initial event and is very moving. You can Google the book and read the first chapter online.
His initial abandonment occurred in the late 1950's when there was no foster system. He ended up being raised in the orphanage until he graduated from high school. This was the last generation of orphanage kids in the U.S.
The story follows his life, his struggles, his painful loneliness, and ultimately his relationship with Christ. It is his relationship with Christ that finally allows the deep healing to begin. It is a moving story and is highly recommended. It helps to paint the picture, from a first-person point of view, of the pain and abandonment that an orphan suffers.