Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches
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Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches

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A stirring call to Christian families and churches to be a people who care for orphans, not just in word, but in deed.

The gospel of Jesus Christ-the good news that through Jesus we have been adopted as sons and daughters into God's family-means that Christians ought to be at the forefront of the adoption of orphans in North America and around the world.

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Paperback, 230 pages
Published April 8th 2009 by Crossway Books (first published 2009)
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Jung Sun
I'm not done with the book (Kindle version) yet, but I approached it with some caution. As an adoptee myself the merging of Christianity and adoption has been a struggle for me growing up. (Some times it still is) I'm not far into the book but Russell Moore made a statement that is most disturbing for any child born internationally/interracially. There seems to be an imbalance of spiritual nurturing and acknowledging the child's rights/needs for knowing, learning of their earthly background. Yes...more
Julia
Nov 09, 2009 Julia rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: extended family members who are Christians and have concerns about adoption
This book, written by an adoptive father, makes the case that adoption should be a priority within the Christian community, not out of sentimentalism or charity, but because it is consistent with who we are. Moore argues from theological ideas that Christians should have a culture where adoption is normal and accepted, that more Christian families should consider adoption, and that our faith communities should be more proactive in supporting both birthmothers and families built in non-traditiona...more
Diana
Extremely helpful way of contextualizing adoption in the Gospel.

My only concern, mentioned by others, was his seeming minimalizing of human culture in early chapters. Although he later talks about personality being formed by genetics, environment, and personal choice, in early chapters he seemed to suggest that adoptees (international, especially) not have exposure to their culture of origin following their adoption, because they were now grafted in to a new family culture. He based on the fac...more
Briannaheldt
So I waffled between giving this book two or three stars. It had some good stuff in it, but I disagreed with a lot of what the author said too. (Mostly in regard to his kids' birthcountry, etc.) Some of it seemed a little insensitive to the fact that his children had a life and a story prior to becoming his sons.
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Adopted for Life
Feb5 by theodidaktos

As promised, here is my book review of Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches. I must admit… this is a harder book review to write because I listened to it. I don’t have pages to flip through to refer back to or quote from. However, I will do my best.

“Adoption is a great idea; it just isn’t for me.” Russell Moore refutes this idea clearly. If you are an obedient follower of Christ, you are such as...more
John Gardner
This is a book I never thought I’d read. Now I can’t imagine how a book exactly like it wasn’t published long before 2009! In his first chapter Moore explains why you ought to read the book, even (and especially) if you don’t want to… and I’m ashamed to admit that this probably described me.

There are plenty of “how-to” books regarding adoption. There are plenty of books describing the great need for adoptive families felt by orphans all over the world. There are plenty of books examining the the...more
Nicole N.
I first saw this book when Pastor Mark Driscoll said he recommended it to those who thought about adopting, was adopted, or know people who are adopted. So, being the one who wishes to adopt children, I got this (well, technically, my fiance bought it for me, but who's counting?).

Let me start off by saying that this book is good. I am unfamiliar with the author, Russell Moore, and this was the first book I read about adoption. There are many things I liked in this book but many things I didn't l...more
Mark
It's funny how you choose to study certain topics of Scripture, and how some topics seem to "choose you." Adoption is certainly one of the latter instances for me. I have always admired the idea of adoption and for many years I have considered it as an exciting option for growing my own family. This book was recommended to me as an "everyone should read this book" kind of way, and I would whole-heartedly agree with that recommendation. Since my wife and I are expecting our first biological child...more
Mark A Powell
Genuine adoption is an inseparable blend of doctrine and process, a flesh-and-blood reality of the spiritual adoption all who are in Christ have received. As such, Moore argues, Christians must be at the forefront of adoption, either opening their own homes to orphaned children or making it possible for other to do so. By engaging in adoption in this way, the gospel of Christ is more clearly communicated to others and understood by us. Highly recommended.
Indira
I first heard about this book when my husband and me relocated to Kentucky to attend seminary. I hesitated to read it for over a year. I thought that somehow God would give us biological children and I wouldn't have to.

I am truly grateful for Dr. Moore's passion and his ability to explain biblical adoption. It is easy to see why it is adoption is beautiful picture of our own adoption into Christ's family.
Rebecca
This book is a must-read for Christians. As one who has adopted, I felt like I had to read it, but I believe it's applicable for anyone who aligns themselves with Christ and his work here on earth. Moore mines the bible for the theology behind adoption--and his thoughts and conclusions were quite new to me. The book is a compelling and thought-provoking read and I highly recommend it!
Cori-lynn Schuurman
Absolutely loved this book. Every chapter was more amazing and just reinforced my desire to adopt
Ryan
Moore communicates a powerful vision of adoption for the church and for individual families, grounding adoption in our very identity as Christians. I found this grounding most helpful, and Moore returns to this point repeatedly in the book. Moore is a skilled writer and I was both encouraged and challenged by his call to create a culture of adoption in the Christian church. This book contains practical advice and encouragement to families that are considering adoption. (I trust the advice is hel...more
Jerry
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear,
but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons,
by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” --Romans 8:15


The paperwork is in order. We have been visited, called, chosen and bought with a price. The Spirit of adoption has been earnestly deposited. And yet it’s not complete. Christians are an adopted people, and a people longing for the completion of that adoption: “we groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemp...more
Andrea
I appreciated this book for how it solidified the connection between the biblical doctrine of adoption and the earthly ministry of caring for orphans. I would recommend it for anyone considering adoption, anyone who knows someone considering or affected by adoption and for any Christian who wants to understand how our adoption as Sons of God should influence our responsibiltiy to care for the fatherless. Moore outlines initiatives for people who can be involved in the ministry of adoption in way...more
Steve
Russell Moore does a great job of relating our identity as adopted children of God to the adoption of orphans. His passion is very evident and contagious, the theological side is fairly well-developed, and the call to truly incorporate adopted children into the family as "your own" is sure to make most readers contemplate how they might've viewed adoption before. Adding his personal story and struggles really gives credence to his viewpoint as well as allowing readers to relate to him as an auth...more
Dan Winnberg
Moore states that the purpose of this book “calls us to look forward to an adoptive-missional church. In this book I want to call us all to consider how encouraging adoption—whether we adopt of whether we help others adopt—can help us peer into the ancient mystery of our faith in Christ and can help us restore the fracturing unity and the atrophied mission of our congregations.” (p. 18)

Overall an excellent resource. I thought the chapter on "Don't you want your own kids" is worth the price of th...more
Megan Larson
As many reviewers have said, this book is a lovely blend of Dr. Moore's theological exposition of the Christian doctrine of adoption, a transparent accounting of his own experiences being an adoptive father, and a pastorly advice-book about some of the practical choices adoptive parents, family members, and churches must make. And, before I venture to say anything more specific than that, I really like Russell Moore. He manages, for me at least, to do something very difficult, and that is to let...more
Gil Michelini
Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches is considered one of the foundational books of the Christian Orphan Care movement and author Russell Moore as one of the pioneers. Moore is Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as a preaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is also the adoptive father of two boys from Russia.
Thi...more
Alexis Neal
A decent enough book on the importance of adoption for Christians--part memoir, part practical guidebook, part theological text. Nothing terribly earth shattering, though. Moore clearly has a passion for adoption, and encourages others to consider adopting, primarily as a result of our own adoption in Christ. And he makes several excellent points along the way--we do get fixated on the value of having our "own" children and are willing to pursue any possible means of "acquiring" them. We can vie...more
Travis
Russell Moore has become the go-to voice for issues related to adoption in the Southern Baptist Convention and in evangelicalism in general. Dr. Moore, who serves as dean of the school of theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, is the proud father of four boys, two of whom are adopted from Russia. Perhaps it is these two roles, theology professor and adoptive father, that make Adopted for Life such a powerful wedding of doctrine and family.

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Dr. Moore us...more
Jason
Book Review
By
Jason Scott

Adopted for Life
By
Dr. Russell Moore

“Adoption is not just about couples who want children—or who want more children. Adoption is about an entire culture within our churches, a culture that sees adoption as part of our Great Commission mandate and as a sign of the gospel itself.” Pg 19

This book serves as a reminder to Christians that adoption ought to be a priority of the church. It needs to be a priority first because all who are in Christ have been adopted by God the Fa...more
Keren Threlfall
I always marvel at the way my reading is often connected in themes. I began going through this book while still working through Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just, and was thankful for how the two books intersected in topics. The most valuable aspect of this book to me was picture it painted of who we are in Christ now that we are sons of God, and who I was before: helpless, orphaned, outside of the family of God.

Some parts of this book seem to biblicize the Moore family’s personal...more
Mathew
You can see more reviews at www.grace4sinners.blogspot.com

There's recently been a firestorm about the word “religion” and whether we should hate religion or embrace it. A day prior I had posted on that very topic (providence anyone? Religion: The New “Four-Letter” Word). My goal was to frame the conversation around what the Scripture says. James says,

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from be...more
Peter Krol
Great book on the need for adoption and the vision behind it. In the intro, Moore disclaims that he's not giving a "how-to" book on completing an adoption, but I was surprised at how thorough his details ended up being.

Well grounded in Scripture, and passionate for the glory of Christ. I wish we had this book when we adopted our twins. At the time, we could only find secular books which needed serious filtration to be of much use.

My only hesitation with this book was that numerous times Moore pr...more
Beth Anne
Martin and I just finished listening to this audiobook read by the author himself. It was an excellent book built around the thesis that adoption is both spiritual and physical. If you remove the spiritual element from a physical adoption, you are leaving out the entire aspect of God's adoption of each one of us. If you make adoption only about the spiritual, however, focusing only on God's adoption in salvation, you will miss the call to be a father to the fatherless. You can't effectively have...more
Karen
Great book!! Moore shares his personal experience of adopting his two oldest sons from Russia. But the overall theme of the book is relating the process of adoption to the gospel of Jesus, and what a tremendous job Moore does of that!! This book is not just for couples considering adoption, but would be beneficial for every member of the universal church. Moore spurs us on toward good deeds that are rooted in the gospel and the Great Commission. He also supplies some great ideas for those wantin...more
Nathan
This book is an instant favorite. Moore has written a theology of adoption, addressing the social issue through the spiritual reality that all of us have been adopted (trans-racially!) by the Father as we are grafted in through His Son. This reality that each of us have experienced must influence us to see adoption as a Great Commission priority and a beautiful way to image the Gospel to our culture. Thus adoption should be a priority for the Family of God - whether supporting or actually partic...more
Morgan
Aug 20, 2009 Morgan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Morgan by: Chuck Weinberg
Shelves: 2009
We recently received this book from a friend who is becoming passionate (to say the least) about adoption. Having been increasingly interested in adding to our own family through adoption, I was interested to read it but honestly, had pretty low hopes for it.

I was pleasantly surprised.

While this is not the best book I've ever read, Dr. Moore presents a theologically driven view of adoption that is quite engaging. I really was already fired up about the church increasing in it's care for orphans...more
Nicki
I thought this audio would be a lot more interesting, especially as it claims to be a book for everyone, and not just people going through the adoption process. However it has not come across that way to me at all. I was surprised that there was so much practical advice, as the author says that everything changes quickly in that respect, so there would be no point including practical ‘how to’ bits‘. To me that’s mostly what this book contains.
Although on the whole the author narrates his book v...more
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Russell D. Moore is President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral, and ethical concerns.

Dr. Moore earned a B.S. in history and political science from the University of Southern Mississippi. He also received the M.Div. in biblical studies from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary,...more
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