Friday, July 19, 2013

Adopting the Father's Heart

Adopting the Father's Heart
Kenneth A. Camp
(WestBow Press)
ISBN: 978-1449794866
July 2013/162 pages/$13.95

Adopting the Father’s Heart is a vulnerable and challenging look into God’s call to orphan care through one couple’s experience with adoption. Kenneth and Danielle were on a path to return overseas as missionaries when God redirected them—at least, temporarily. Both felt God leading them to foster children with the possibility of adopting. How did they start the process? What were the challenges and the rewards? Their story informs, convicts, and inspires others to care for the orphans in our communities.

“As a pastor who is trying to lead my church into ministry in the foster/adopt world, I am thrilled to have Kenny Camp’s book Adopting the Father’s Heart as a resource…I’ll make it required reading for both staff and volunteers who work in our foster/adopt ministry.” Dr. Will Davis Jr., Senior Pastor, Austin Christian Fellowship

Read an excerpt.


Kenneth A. Camp and his wife, Danielle were licensed to foster and adopt in January of 2011. Kenneth has served on church staffs as a youth pastor and most recently as a missions pastor. Kenneth currently blogs about missional lifestyle, including orphan care, at

In 2007, he and his wife lived in Thailand for six months as missionaries. While in Thailand, Kenneth and Danielle volunteered at a local children’s shelter. It was through these experiences that they both formed a passion for the orphan. Even though they never had children of their own, their motivation to foster was not solely based on that fact.

Kenneth and Danielle live outside of Austin, Texas, where Kenneth enjoys reading, playing basketball, and building community.


Informative, highly practical, and authentic in sharing both the ups and downs through the process of fostering and adopting a son, Adopting the Father's Heart is an invaluable resource and source of encouragement. While it is obvious that those who are navigating the fostering/adopting system (or considering it) will benefit from this book, the impact is much broader. Anyone who knows a fostering family will have a new understanding of ways to come alongside that family to provide support and encouragement in tangible ways. Adopting the Father's Heart is as much a spiritual journey as a familial one. Camp's open and, at times, gut-wrenchingly honest testimony of his journey will challenge readers to evaluate their own hearts and attitudes toward the least of these. Highly recommended!

I had the privilege of attending Kenneth A. Camp's book launch party and purchased a copy of this book. I am pleased to provide an honest review.


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Pat S. said...

Could not agree more!! Great book.

sara said...

I would love to read this book, especially now that I am fostering! On my way to look for it!