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No Higher Call: A Biblical Treatise on Adoption – Book Review


From the Cover of No Higher Call: A Biblical Treatise on Adoption by Bradford Smith:

“Where is your heart?

Nationwide, tens of thousands of children languish in the foster system, orphans with no hope, no family. Each year, thousands of orphans graduate the system into a life of struggle – poverty, addiction, incarceration…as the Church stands idly by. God’s word speaks clearly and decisively on the matter leading to one exacting question – where exactly is your heart?

From the pages of Scripture, Bradford Smith issues a surprising call, challenging God’s people to take action, to open their eyes to the affliction, to hear the cry of the orphan and to respond.

No Higher Call will absolutely destroy any preconceived notions you may have. Shocking, in your face, gut-wrenching – this book will pierce your heart. Absolutely DO NOT read it unless you are prepared for the bitterest of truths, the sweetest of graces, and the reminder that…there is No Higher Call.”



Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 2 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]

Our Thoughts:

Bradford Smith has written an incredibly thought provoking, Christ geared bible study style, book on adoption and foster care. This appears to be a great book if you are coming from a spiritual background. Smith has set the book up with his personal stories, biblical references to the different chapter topics, and then scripture with study questions. Smith’s personal stories enrich the book with real life accounts of emotions and feelings surrounding the foster care and adoptive world.

This book is perfect for a spiritual person interested in learning more about adoption and how the Church is called to care for orphans. Smith’s documentation of scripture based study and discussion is perfectly geared for an individual or a small group bible study setting. There are thought provoking topics and questions that will challenge you as the reader as well help facilitate small group discussions. While this book doesn’t relate to parenting techniques while your in the thick of it, it is a great starting place to gain knowledge, biblical truths, and facilitate thought provoking discussions internally or with others. People just beginning the process of learning more about foster and adoptive care as well as seasoned foster/adoptive parents, can utilize the information in this book for self reflection and spiritual growth.

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It’s Your Turn:

  1. What insights did you gain from this book?
  2. Where is your heart?


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