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

Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches
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Moore, Russell D.


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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 does not shy away from this call in Adopted for Life, a popular-level, practical manifesto for Christians to adopt children and to help equip other Christian families to do the same. He shows that adoption is not just about couples who want children—or who want more children. It is about an entire culture within evangelicalism, a culture that sees adoption as part of the Great Commission mandate and as a sign of the gospel itself.

Moore, who adopted two boys from Russia and has spoken widely on the subject, writes for couples considering adoption, families who have adopted children, and pastors who wish to encourage adoption.

About the Author

Russell D. Moore serves as Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also served as the first Executive Director of the Carl F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement. He contributed a chapter on Christian political thought to Looking into the Future and coedited Why I Am a Baptist.

Book Details

232 Pages
Publisher: Crossway/Good News Publishers
Publication Date: May 2009
ISBN 10: 1581349114
ISBN 13: 9781581349115

This is THE book I will give to anyone with questions about adopting. As an adoptive parent, I have been searching for a distinctly Christian articulation of my experience. This book definitively answered that need. With compelling personal stories and the most exciting biblical exposition I can remember, Russell Moore shows adoption to be a reflection of the gospel. As one “adopted” by God, I was repeatedly surprised and thrilled by insights into my own salvation. As an adoptive parent, I was counseled and instructed with clarity and wisdom. This is an incredible book. I can’t thank Russell Moore enough for writing it."
- Jim Weidenaar, Manager, Westminster Bookstore

"We often forget that the Christian walk is not merely about getting us into heaven, but it is also about getting heaven into us. This is why our Lord gave us the Beatitudes, the Sermon on the Mount, and the parable of the Good Samaritan. Thus, it is no surprise that the apostle James offers this injunction to the Early Church: 'Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world' (James 1:27, kjv). In this wonderful monograph, Adopted for Life, Russell Moore offers to the Christian world a compelling account of these and other lessons of Scripture so that our communities of faith may put them into practice and become more like that 'shining city on a hill' of which our Lord spoke."
- Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, Baylor University; author of Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice

"Russell Moore's life has validated every word he has written. But most especially, his father's heart has been vulnerable and broken. In this book he speaks from his heart, mind, and life to ours about the possibility of incarnating adoption as a fleshed out reality in the world of our own families."
- Michael Card, musician and Bible teacher

"Russell Moore reminds us in his powerful book Adopted for Life that the true Christian family reaches far beyond the biological. The poignant tale of the adoptionof two Russian orphans by him and his wife Maria grows into a metaphor of Christian salvation. This book offers both practical advice and courage to every couple considering adoption. For all readers, it shows how the act of adoption actuallyreveals core truths about the gospel of Christ."
- Allan Carlson, President, the Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society

"Russell Moore, who is one of the bright young leaders in the Christian world, combines his own experience of adopting sons with a powerful message to the church about the key role it can play in promoting adoption. This is a wonderful book in which Russell very effectively weaves in mankind's own story of adoption by God. The personal accounts are particularly moving. To be pro-life, you have to be pro-adoption."
- Chuck Colson, Founder, Prison Fellowship

"The older I grow, the more I am personally convinced that the church is our Lord's answer to the adopting of so many precious children who so desperately are in need of a good home. Dr. Russell Moore has done the church a tremendous service by reminding us in this writing of the call of God to meet the ever pressing needs of these little ones. Read with the intent to obey."
- Johnny Hunt, President, The Southern Baptist Convention

"Russell Moore is a gift of God to the Christian community and a gift of the Christian community to the nation. His writings on questions of the most profound human and moral significance never fail to instruct and inspire. In Adopted for Life, Dr. Moore draws on his family's own experience with adoption to help othersunderstand that by adopting orphaned or abandoned children we can grow in love of God and neighbor and come to appreciate more deeply our own adoption into the family of God through the life, teaching, death, and resurrection of Jesus."
- Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Idealsand Institutions, Princeton University

"Adopted for Life is truly an incredible book of hope in so many ways. I know of no other book that is so biblically rich, so very practical, and so authentic and heart-felt about the beautiful gift of adoption as this one. It a powerfully insightful book of how adoption is a beautiful act of love and mission for the gospel. I pray that God uses this book to encourage and impact many, many lives."
- Dan Kimball, author of They Like Jesus but Not the Church

"Russell Moore has out of personal experience and with biblical accuracy produced in this work an understanding of God's purposes in adoption and its connection with gospel compassion. Every pastor should consider the responsibility he has in making adoption a priority for the church as a viable representation of the gospel doctrine of adoption."
- John MacArthur, Pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA

"Thankfully, there are good books on adoption and good books on the gospel. But until the arrival of Adopted for Life, there has never been a book that puts the adoption of children so clearly within the context of the gospel of Christ. Adopted for Life is one of the most compelling books I have ever read-both deeply touchingand richly theological. You will never look at adoption or the gospel in quite the same way after reading this book. How could the church have been missing this for so long?"
- R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Adopted for Life is the fruit of deeply felt personal experience shaped by prolonged theological reflection. Without by any means answering every question we might raise, Russell Moore invites readers to learn to think of adoption in the light of Christian faith. This is a book not only for those who have adopted, those who may adopt, or those who have been adopted, but for all who know themselves to have been freely adopted by God's grace."
- Gilbert Meilaender, Professor of Theology, Valparaiso University

"The care and honesty that Russell Moore demonstrates throughout Adopted for Life should inspire every believer to consider God's heart for children without a family. It is adoption that demonstrates our Heavenly Father's desire to know us intimately and personally. He could have called us, forgiven us, justified us, and sanctified us without adopting us. Just like a parable of Christ, the adoption of an orphan provides a lost world the powerful picture of God's personal love for his children. The church must take the lead in caring for orphans and at-risk children, so that adoption is once again united with the message of the Christian gospel."
- Mark Tatlock, Provost and Senior Vice President, The Master's College

"This book is for all who have been adopted by God. With remarkable narrative flow Russell Moore illumines the beauty and wonder of our adoption in Christ and its profound and necessary implications for orphan care and the earthly practice of adoption. If you want to deepen your worship of the God who adopts and who has revealed himself to be a 'Father to the fatherless,' Adopted for Life will serve you exceptionally well."
- Dan Cruver, Director of Together for Adoption