The Mother and Child Project: Raising Our Voices for Health and HopeChristine Caine, Kay Warren, Melinda Gates, William H. Frist MD
Dozens of influential leaders have heard the pleas of mothers and children in developing countries. Raising their voices to inspire a movement to increase healthy pregnancies and lower death rates, Melinda Gates, Kay Warren, Bill Frist, Kimberly Williams Paisley, Michael W. ... Read More
Fortunately, Hope Through Healing Hands, a nonprofit organization promoting awareness for healthy mothers and children worldwide, is already spreading the word. Not only can we save lives, reduce abortions, and decrease death rates, but also we can help build healthier, thriving families and bring stability and sustainability to families, communities and nations.
The question is, will you join them?
Page Count: 240
- Store Only: Yes
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Mar 31, 2015
- UPC: 9780310341611
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 240
- Publish Date: Mar 31, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "REL012000"
- ISBN: 0310341612
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- There is Hope and Help! by Vicki on 4/29/2015
This book, The Mother & Child Project, is chock full of heartbreak. But at the same time...it's overflowing with hope.
Within these pages you will find story after story of women and children in third world countries whose stories will leave you wondering, "Why am I so blessed?" And even more, "Why is this happening in the 21st century?" The statistics are staggering. Last year alone, more than 6.6 million children under the age of five died from preventable, treatable diseases. And this was mostly because the parents did not have access to basic medical care. Whether you agree with the insurance issues here in the United States, you will have to agree that we are blessed beyond measure. Our newborn babies have access to simple antibiotics, vaccines and other care necessary.
There are over 40 contributors to this book, from artists and actors, nurses and doctors, politicians and pastors, all partnering together to raise awareness and speak for those who don't have a voice. Why? Because in Proverbs 31:8, God tells us to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Consider these words from an Amy Grant song, 'Third World Woman':
What if I were that mother staring from my TV?
What if that were my brown-eyed baby
Hungry as she could be?
What if that were my family?
What if that was my world?
Waiting on water, waiting on a vaccine,
Waiting on someone to bring me a bag of beans.
Have you thought about that? What if it were you? These stories especially touched my heart as our church sent a mission team to Guatemala just this morning. We will be providing 20 families with enough food to last one month: 40 pounds of rice and beans. For about the price of a few Starbuck's drinks. Our team will minister to them and build houses for shelter. But for as many people as we help, there are thousands who don't get help.
Each section of the book starts with a personal story of a woman living in a developing country.You will hear her words and see her heart as she shares stories about her life, her marriage and her children. And when you think about her, you will cry. And then hopefully you'll get inspired to do something.
The goal of this book is that when people read these touching essays, they will be inspired to action. Hope Through Healing Hands, the compiler of the book, offers many options for you to help, from simply donating to actual volunteer opportunities.
- An Informative Book, by Amy on 4/24/2015
At night I watch the news and I see stories of women who are being mistreated because of their faith, and simply because they are women. My heart breaks for these women and mothers who are suffering in the most dangerous places on earth right now. But there are many more women who are suffering each and every day in almost every corner of this world and they are not being terrorized by ISIS, but by their own families in one way or another. In the book The Mother & Child Project,many big names such as, Hilary Clinton, Micheal W. Smith, Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, Natalie Grant and many others have come together and complied a collection of essays that help us to understand the dire situation for many women and children around the world.
Reading through this book is not emotionally easy. It gives dramatic details of how young girls are given as child brides at early ages of 13 or younger. It describes how many women die as a result of pregnancy that they were too young to carry full term. It gives statistics of how maternal death is a leading cause of death for girls between the ages of 13 and 19 around the world.
As I read through this book some of the main strategies that the authors were advocating I struggled with. I do not agree that hormonal methods of birth control OK to use. After reading the fine print on several types of hormonal birth control I believe that the slight risk of causing a fertilized egg to be prevented from implanting is enough of a problem to avoid the use of hormonal birth control. That being said, I do feel that this book gives many different alternative answers to the problems that are caused from early age pregnancies, and pregnancies that are too close together.
Even though this book advocates things I have a moral issue with, I approve of the over all message of the book. There is a huge problem in our world today, many women and children are dying, and we can not just sit by and watch it happen. We will be held accountable for not caring for these orphans, and widows, and even the women who are not widows, but who need our help. I recommend this book for a couple of reasons.
1. It is a wonderful resource for educating yourself about a very big problem in our world today.
2. It forces you to think about some delicate issues that the church has not always handled correctly.
Note: I received a copy of this book for review purposes from Family Christian. All opinions are my own.