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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
Jul 12, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 09, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Aug 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Nicole N.
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Christians are adopted into the family of God and called to love the least of these. Those are just two of many reasons that the church should make adoption a priority.
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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
Alexis Neal
Feb 22, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Oct 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jeremy Runk
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 29, 2016 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.
Nov 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. Every chapter was more amazing and just reinforced my desire to adopt
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a lot I liked about this book. Dr Moore gives good theological and personal reason for families to consider adoption, and although he suggests at the beginning of the book that it's not a "how to" guide, sections of it read a bit like a "how to" guide. By and large though, the book is well thought out and presented, with helpful personal anecdotes. Personally, some of the most memorable and helpful sections for me were the theological discussions of adoption, particularly our eternal son ...more
Gil Michelini
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Becky Ames
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book especially for anyone considering adoption. I love how it compares adoption to our adoption to Christ.
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
I enjoyed this book. Provided a lot to think about. I didn't agree with everything that he stated regarding how to teach your child about their (original) culture/country, but I did like how he presented the Christian case for adoption and how to fully see God's character and our salvation in this process. I also like how he talked about the importance of community in adoption and child-rearing, as well as how when one member starts to adopt, many others sometimes start to in their church/commun ...more
Megan Larson
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-reading
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
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I first heard of Russell Moore's "Adopted for Life" several years ago while I was in seminary and have been interested in reading it since reading David Platt's "Radical" around the same time; however, I did not get around to reading it until my wife and I made the decision to pursue international adoption a few months ago. Soon after making this decision, I suggested that we make this our first read on the topic of adoption. As a result, I can't offer much by way of comparison to other books on ...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,
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