Monday, October 24, 2016

book review of He Knows Your Name by Linda Znachko

He Knows Your Name: How One Abandoned Baby Inspired Me to Say Yes to God

This is the story of how Linda Znachko began an unusual and special ministry of providing honorable burials for unloved and abandoned children. It all began one night when the news carried a story of a deceased baby abandoned in a local dumpster. Linda's heart was set on fire and she sought to discover what was to happen to this small person who would not have the burial it deserved as a human being.
I thought the heart and motive behind this ministry worthy of note. Linda is acting completely selflessly in doing such things as she does in this ministry. At the same time, I didn't find the book as necessary as one would expect. It was a little long and repetitive for one not involved with the ministry. It wasn't quite like a book about adopting live children. In fact, not at all. The stories were not life-changing for most of us readers I believe. I found it a little dry and too detailed. However, this is a book with a good purpose.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

When the evening news reported a dead baby abandoned in a local dumpster, Linda Znachko's comfortable life changed. She was suddenly convicted--God was asking her to provide a dignified burial for this tiny lost child. Linda said yes. She had no idea where that first small yes would lead. Linda found herself in places she never dreamed she would be: at the graveside of the child of an abused mother; by the side of a mother fighting for her lost child; and at the funeral of a Texas stripper who died two days before her baptism but left a legacy of love behind. When Linda stepped out of her comfort zone and into these implausible places with people she was unlikely to otherwise encounter, she discovered the life she never knew she wanted--a life of saying yes to God whenever He asks.

Today, Linda has a ministry that gives children a name in life, and dignity and honor in death. When she shares her stories of broken lives redeemed, other broken people respond, and so the ripple effects of that long-ago yes continue to spread, touching lives that yearn for healing, and underscoring the fact that every life matters to God.
  When the evening news reported a dead baby abandoned in a local dumpster, Linda Znachko's comfortable life changed. She was suddenly convicted--God was asking her to provide a dignified burial for this tiny lost child. Linda said yes. She had no idea where that first small yes would lead. Linda found herself in places she never dreamed she would be: at the graveside of the child of an abused mother; by the side of a mother fighting for her lost child; and at the funeral of a Texas stripper who died two days before her baptism but left a legacy of love behind. When Linda stepped out of her comfort zone and into these implausible places with people she was unlikely to otherwise encounter, she discovered the life she never knew she wanted--a life of saying yes to God whenever He asks.