Save My Children
by Emily Wierenga
This month, CFRB presents Save My Children: The Story of a
Father's Love by Emily Wierenga.
About the Book:
Save My Children is a fictional retelling of the true story of Harvey
and Elsie Jespersen, the founders of Bethany Homes for Children. The
Jespersens’ desire was simple: to provide a safe place for any child needing a
family. Save My Children traces the lives of battered and mistreated kids
who were cared for at Bethany Homes. From 1948-1991, the Jespersens fostered
over 800 children, taking up to fifty-five kids at a time. The Homes consisted
of old army barracks based on forty two acres of farmland. Through hard
work, determination and patience, the Jespersens transformed those barracks into
a place of refuge for generations of children. Refusing to take any payment
except what parents could afford, Harvey and Elsie depended on faith and the
generosity of others to see them through. Save My Children powerfully
demonstrates love's ability to transform brokenness into beauty.
About the Author:
Emily Wierenga is the author of Save My Children and Canvas
Child, a novel about Anorexia Nervosa which was short listed in 2006 for The
Word Guild’s Best New Author Award. Ms. Wierenga freelances for various
publications including Christia n Week,
Focus on the Family magazine and Faith Today. She also appeared on Canada’s most watched faith-based
television show, 100 Huntley Street, and was interviewed by the number one
spiritual talk-back show in the nation, The Drew Marshall Show.
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