Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Book Review :: Becoming Home by Jedd Medefind

Becoming Home by Jedd Medefind (with Re/FRAMES by Francis Chan, Jim Daly, Ruslan Maliuta, David Platt, and Carissa Woodwyk) is a small book (approx. 80 pages - 4 1/4" x 6 3/4") in the new FRAMES series by Barna Group. The FRAMES books are intended for those who want to take a quick look at a topic that is relevant to today's society.

The book is divided into 4 main sections: 'Infographics', 'Framework', 'The Frame', and 'Re/Frames'. 

The 'Infographics' section is small (4 pages) with a variety of infographics picturing various aspects of adoption and foster care. The infographics are full-color and easy to read. (In this book there is one infographic where the 'info' and the 'graphic' don't match up...a bar graph where a bar indicating a 28% involvement rate is shorter than other bars representing 25% and 23% involvement rates, while another 23% involvement rate bar is shorter still than the other 23% bar. I didn't notice issues with other Infographics in the book, just this one.)

The 'Framework' section is also short (7 pages) and focuses on some general statistics of adoption and foster care. There are a few more (full-color) infographics in this section as well. 

'The Frame' is the meat of the book, and this is where author Jedd Medefind comes in. (Previous sections were by Barna Group.) Here the author shares anecdotes that express how adoption and foster care have impacted his life and the lives of others. This section gives a realistic look at adoption and foster care (the benefits and the difficulties) and discusses the need for Christian action in these areas. It is a relatively brief explanation (less than 50 pages), but uses the space wisely to summarize the main ideas in the realm of adoption and foster care. There are, again, (full-color) infographics in this section.

The final section is 'Re/Frames', where a select group of people gives their take (1-2 pages) on the topic at hand (adoption and foster care). 

There are additional (generally 1 page) additions to the book - I really appreciated the 'About the Research' portion that explained how and when the research for this book was conducted.

I found this book to be easy to read, informative, well designed, and relevant.
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through BookSneeze®. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

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