Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father
Cruver, Daniel (Editor); Piper, John; Smith, Scotty; Richard D. Phillips; Kovacs, Jason
“As the US head of an organization that ministers to thousands of orphans and vulnerable children around the world each year, I was deeply impressed by Reclaiming Adoption’s excellent Biblical exposition and call to action on behalf of the least of these.’ Dan Cruver has assembled an impressive group of authors who challenge us to fully embrace God’s adoption of us and from that foundation to work in tangible ways to bring more fatherless and motherless children into loving and committed families. I highly recommend this book to all who have a heart or want to have a heart for the world’s orphans.”See All
US President and Global Executive Officer, Food for the Hungry
“Younger evangelicals have taken the lead in putting pro-life convictions into practice by leading the way in the modern adoption movement. While this is obviously a cause of rejoicing, even better is when the motivation is not moralistic or sentimental but profoundly Gospel-driven and theologically-grounded. Dan Cruver and his fellow contributors write to reclaim adoption in such a way that the imperative of adopting is grounded in the indicative of God’s adoption of us in Jesus Christ. The result is a Gospel-drenched book that leads us toward active care for the world’s orphans and unwanted in response to the often surprising and always transforming grace of God. Not to be missed!”See All
Sean Michael Lucas
Senior Minister, The First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, MS
“This book can make you come more alive to the heart of the gospel and the mission of the gospel. Reclaiming Adoption says better in 100 pages what many have attempted to say in 1,000 pages. This is a fresh telling of the best news in the universe, good news that changes everything: the fatherless receive a Father!”See All
Pastor, San Francisco Bay Area; author of BuzzardBlog.com
“Reclaiming Adoption won’t guilt you into doing one more thing for Jesus. It merely wants to celebrate the forgotten truth that changes everything: you’re adopted! This book will flood your heart with gratitude, which if you’re not careful, might inspire you to do something really special for Jesus.”See All
Professor of Systematic Theology, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Cornerstone University; author of Don’t Stop Believing: Why Living Like Jesus Is Not Enough
“The authors have done an impressive work reminding us of the centrality of our spiritual adoption through faith in Christ. Exploring the extravagant and unmerited love of our Heavenly Father, they inspire a reexamination of the importance of adoptionboth in the spiritual and human realms.”See All
Vice President of Community Outreach, Focus on the Family
“The wonderful good news of our adoption by God is such an important truth for Christians today. Too many of us believe we will be acquitted on the last day, but in the meantime we live as slaves, distanced from God because we do not embrace him as our loving Father. As a result our obedience is reduced to mere duty instead of being animated by joy. How can we put this right? This book is a great place to start. Enriching theology and missional application are beautifully interwoven. The result is a book that will warm your heart and might just change your life.”See All
“Reclaiming Adoption is the best kind of theological work: it sings and it sends! As I read, I wanted to praise the Triune God for his great love. Then I felt the urgency of the call to live that love among the world’s orphans. Completely accessible and appealing to ordinary Christians, Reclaiming Adoption is thoroughly grounded in Scripture and flows from the great heart of the Church’s historic understanding of the Word. The authors have uncovered new depths and fresh passion in expressing how adoption clarifies the meaning of our union with Christ. Too much evangelical theology today is shallow and powerless because it arises from an abridged gospel. Reclaiming Adoption expands our vision to the fuller glory of the whole narrative of Christ’s work. Thus, this book can transform the worship, education, and mission of any church bold enough to explore its truth.”See All
Teaching Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Baton Rouge; author of Jesus Ascended: The Meaning of Christ’s Continuing Incarnation.
One of the ambitious dreams that Reclaiming Adoption and its authors share with the Apostle Paul is that when Christians hear the word “adoption,” they will think first about their adoption by God. As it now stands, Christians usually think first about the adoption of children. Reclaiming Adoption sets out to change this situation by providing breathtaking views of God’s love for and delight in His children—views that will free you to live boldly in this world from God’s acceptance, not in order to gain it.
Reclaiming Adoption begins by examining Jesus’ Parable of the Prodigal Son because it ultimately puts God the Father’s love on display—a love that embraces the younger son with uninhibited joy (Luke 15:20) and goes out to entreat the self-righteous older son to come join the celebration (Luke 15:28). Reclaiming Adoption believes that behind the Parable of the Prodigal Son(s) is Scripture’s teaching on adoption. The story of the Bible is that God the Father sent His only true and eternal Son on a mission, and that mission was to bring many wayward and rebellious sons home to glory (Hebrews 2:10), to adopt them into His family. That is the Story behind the story of the Prodigal Sons. That is the only story that gives our stories any meaning or significance.
Dan Cruver and his co-authors are convinced that if Christians learn to first think about their adoption by God, and only then about the adoption of children, they will enjoy deeper communion with the God who is love, and experience greater missional engagement with the pain and suffering of this world. That's what this book is about. What the orphan, the stranger, and the marginalized in our world need most is churches that are filled with Christians who live daily in the reality of God’s delight in them. Reclaiming Adoption can transform the way you view and live in this world for the glory of God and the good of our world’s most needy.
- Scotty Smith
- John Piper
- Richard D. Phillips
- Jason Kovacs