Precious Children of India by Elizabeth Ann Carpenter ~ Book Review

Children around the world live in dire conditions without even the basic necessities of water, food, shelter, and love. They often suffer in silence, struggling just to exist among the unexplainable and irreversible conditions in which they find themselves. Many are so young they do not know what they lack – the love of a family and the comfort of a home. Survival is their only concern as they grow up in a world of adults who seem to have forgotten them or are so busy with their own survival that they really do not have time to care.

These first person narratives are compiled from conversations with dozens of boys and girls in India. They put a voice to the suffering that they and thousands more like them endure every day. Children bravely share their stories of being caste bound, trafficked, beggars, witnesses to murder, unwanted, and of suffering great loss. Each child is a witness to his or her own story of survival. From their voices can be heard the desperate plea for someone to care, and if not for themselves, then for those even less fortunate whose voices have not been heard.

About The Author

Bruce and Elizabeth Carpenter have been deeply touched by the desperate needs of children around the world. They answered God’s call to give these children a voice by gathering and sharing their stories. From this calling, His Precious Children: A Story-Sharing Ministry was formed. Their ongoing passion is to work with needy children around the world and empower them through sharing their stories.

Bruce and Elizabeth live in Columbus, Ohio, with their two dogs, Tippy and Zoey. They have two grown children, their daughter, Christina (husband Brian), and son, Zachary. They are part of the church family at Discover Christian Church in Dublin, Ohio.

My Thoughts

You will find this book to be a blessing, while touching your soul.  The subjects of Precious Children of India share their stories in their own words with the author adding her update on the successes brought about by Life Light Ministries and the individual attention of New Beginnings Children’s Home at the conclusion of each chapter.

Although this book is realistic in its descriptions of the poverty of these precious families, it is not graphic.  Because of that, I highly recommend Precious Children of India as a supplement to your personal or family devotions.  As an educator, I believe this book would be a wonderful tool to reveal the plight of families in India, educate on the caste system, and spark a passion of missions and ministry into young hearts. 

In this world of self centeredness, Precious Children of India will inspire you to support this ministry in prayer, finances, and get out of your comfort zone through personal involvement.  The hollow eyes of the dear child on the book’s cover throughout the pages of Christ changing testimonies will keep your heart giving thanks for your blessings and spur you on to become involved by “adopting” a child or monthly financially supporting these missionaries’ work.

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Thank you to author Elizabeth Ann Carpenter and Life Sentence Publishing for a free copy in exchange for this honest review.