A Hope Deferred

Author: J. Stephen Yuille
Paperback, 160 pages
ISBN 9781936908783

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About the book

We use the word “adoption” very casually today—we speak of adopting pets, books, and highways. Yet the word has a far nobler significance.

Adoption is the permanent placement of a child in a family with all its rights and privileges. God has forever placed us in his family. He has forever made us his children. He has forever changed our legal status. A Hope Deferred probes the depths of this wonderful reality and intertwines these blessings with an account of one family’s journey to international adoption. The result is a valuable glimpse into the essential relationship between adoption, affliction, and the fatherhood of God over his people.


“Stephen Yuille highlights with power and passion what adoption is from the human and divine perspectives—both of which are central to the Gospel. Stephen and Alison tell the great and sometimes difficult story of their journey to Emma—the fulfillment of a hope deferred. Readers wanting to understand adoption will certainly enjoy this book.”
—Rev. Scott Roley

“Adoption is a doubly-beautiful doctrine. Stephen Yuille looks to the Bible and explains the theology of adoption, and he looks to his own family to show adoption lived out. Read it and be blessed.”
—Tim Challies

“This book leads us on a journey that is full of twists and surprises. Woven into the narrative are the richly colored threads of a superb practical application of Paul’s teaching in Romans 8. A good read, a moving story, and a great help—all in one.”
—Sinclair B. Ferguson

“‘How long, O Lord?’ is the piercing cry which Stephen and Alison Yuille lived over many years of praying that God would give them children. This book is a precious mosaic of personal stories and biblical teaching that go straight to the heart.”
—Dr. Joel R. Beeke

About the author

Originally from Markham, Ontario, Stephen Yuille now resides in Glen Rose, Texas, with his wife Alison and their two daughters. He is the Preaching Pastor at Grace Community Church, and an Adjunct Professor at Redeemer Theological Seminary in Dallas. He is also the author of Longing for Home: A Journey Through the Psalms of Ascent.


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