Before I began reading J. Stephen Yuille's book A Hope Deferred, I would have told you that it's a book about infertility and international adoption, both of which are topics that I really care about, but neither of which I'm walking through right now. I thought it would be good for me to read so I could offer helpful counsel to friends in those situations, but I was certainly not ready for the depths of the Gospel that God would counsel me with in the pages to come.
The odd-numbered chapters address the six blessings of adoption in Romans 8, and the even-numbered chapters briefly share the Yuille family's story with a primary focus on things they learned about God in each part of the journey. I appreciate Yuille's frankness when talking about what it was really like to go through years and years and years of waiting and uncertainty, so much so that I sometimes thought "Is that really how a Christian should struggle?" because the pain was so real to him. But his grasp on the scriptures and the character and providence of God quickly silenced such thoughts. On the contrary, I appreciated the biblical truths even more given his decades of experience in trusting God's goodness and faithfulness amidst confusing circumstances. The things that I think take forever to come about (like these last couple months of pregnancy!) pale in comparison to, say, over five years of waiting for the adoption of one specific child (after they had already begun the process multiple times ten years earlier but were delayed for various reasons.) In other words, the Yuille family has certainly earned a platform to teach me about the fatherhood of God.
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.
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