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Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & 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.

Russell D. Moore

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Kindle Edition, 235 pages
Published (first published 2009)
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Jung Sun
Jul 12, 2009 Jung Sun rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
John Gardner
Feb 22, 2010 John Gardner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nicole N.
May 22, 2012 Nicole N. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
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
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Diana
Nov 09, 2012 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: integration
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
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Ryan
Dec 19, 2015 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely superb book. Would highly recommend to anyone thinking of adopting, or anyone who knows someone who is adopting and are wondering about how they could potentially help out. It is very Christian focused but it would still be valuable for people who are not Christians.
Jeremy Runk
I got way more out of this book than I ever thought I would. I approached the idea of adoption as the only way I'd ever expand our family. I came to realize god brought me to adoption because it was his purpose. there's a baby out there (or yet to be born) that's meant to be my son/daughter.

I'd highly suggest this book if you're considering adoption. it's totally reframed my understanding and beliefs about adoption.
Kayla
Sep 21, 2011 Kayla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Mark
Oct 19, 2009 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Vincent
Mar 30, 2015 Vincent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super helpful in thinking through adoption. This book gives a strong theological grid for one to think through adoption. Russel Moore intertwines his personal adoption story with a clear gospel presentation throughout the book. His writing is very concrete, specific, and vivid. Read this book if you are considering adoption. Give this book to your parents/friends/church to educate them on adoption!
Indira
Jan 06, 2013 Indira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mark A Powell
Aug 25, 2012 Mark A Powell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ruth
Feb 29, 2016 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An articulated theology of adoption, grounded in personal experience. I find myself humbled and moved not just by Moore's personal account of what he, his wife, and their family experienced throughout the adoption process but also by the realization of my own condition as an adopted heir in the family of Christ. Recommended.
Rebecca
Nov 27, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Donald Hart
It was a good book. I like a lot of what he has to say but I think he makes some theological assumptions without biblical support.
Cori-lynn Schuurman
Absolutely loved this book. Every chapter was more amazing and just reinforced my desire to adopt
Mathew
Jan 12, 2012 Mathew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rachel Jones
Jan 31, 2017 Rachel Jones rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm in the process of adoption and was anxious to read a book from a religious viewpoint. I promptly stopped reading and threw the book across the room when I read the following...

"As another Christian ethicist puts it, many of these technologies, such as IVF, result in an objectification of the body and of the child, turning our bodies into instruments rather than creatures. These technologies turn the child into a commodity rather than a gift. This is not simply a Christian concern, ... (other
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Lacey Michael
Feb 22, 2017 Lacey Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I appreciated Moore's theological take on adoption- it was so encouraging to me. I also appreciated that he kept reminding the reader that a lot of the book was his opinion, as I frequently disagreed with some of his conclusions. I would love to hear about adoption from him now that his kids are older.

Good resource.
Karen Cockerill
Had to skim through some sections which I felt was targeted at ministers. Great for creating awareness of some of the problems one may face when adoption
Caren Michael
Mar 16, 2017 Caren Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! A must read for any Christian esp those considering adoption.
Heather
Oct 17, 2016 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, audio
This is a great theological case for how adoption shows a real life picture of how we are adopted in Christ into God's family. Moore also makes a strong argument that if we truly care about the sanctity of life in regards to the hot button political issues of our day, than we should be the first ones lining up to adopt foster children in this country and children from orphanages around the world, even, and maybe even especially, if they come with disabilities or serious emotional challenges.

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Gil Michelini
Mar 05, 2011 Gil Michelini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adoption, orphan-care
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.
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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
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Courtney
Good book for those who are personally considering adoption or if someone in your family is considering adoption. As the book says, if we aren't adopting children, believers should be helping others adopt children or advocating for orphans through some kind of support.

Adoption isn't Plan B. It's part of THE Plan.

Some good points and stellar quotes. Some information is take it or leave it regarding advice on how you want to parent your adopted child after they are home.
Travis
Oct 23, 2011 Travis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Positives

Dr. Moore us
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Andrea
Sep 25, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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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,
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