Adopted for Life (Foreword by C. J. Mahaney): The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches [NOOK Book]

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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, ...

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Adopted for Life (Foreword by C. J. Mahaney): The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433520549
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 4/8/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 631,210
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

RUSSELL D. MOORE is dean of the School of
Theology and senior vice president for academic administration at
the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
He is the author of The Kingdom of Christ and is a senior
editor of the journal Touchstone. He and his wife, Maria,
have four children.



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Table of Contents

Foreword by C.J. Mahaney 13

1 Adoption, Jesus, and You: Why You Should Read This Book, Especially If You Don't Want to 15

2 Are They Brothers? What Some Rude Questions about Adoption Taught Me about the Gospel of Christ 23

3 Joseph of Nazareth vs. Planned Parenthood: What's at Stake When We Talk about Adoption 59

4 Don't You Want Your Own Kids? How to Know If You-or Someone You Love-Should Consider Adoption 85

5 Paperwork, Finances, and Other Threats to Personal Sanctification: How to Navigate the Practical Aspects of the Adoption Process 115

6 Jim Crow in the Church Nursery: How to Think about Racial Identity, Health Concerns, and Other Uncomfortable Adoption Questions 147

7 It Takes a Village to Adopt a Child: How Churches Can Encourage Adoption 167

8 Adopted Is a Past-Tense Verb: How Parents, Children, and Friends Can Think about Growing up Adopted 189

9 Concluding thoughts 215

Acknowledgments 219

Scripture Index 222

General Index 227

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  • Posted May 28, 2009

    Despite what you may think, you need to read this book!

    Ostensibly, this is a book about adoption, but it is NOT limited to prospective parents and their relatives. This is a book that should be read by ALL Christians, single, married, with or without children, young, old, and in between because it is relevant to each of us.

    In the context of recounting his own journey to adopt two boys from a Russian orphanage following three miscarriages by his wife, Moore takes the reader through some unexpected and profound discussions on such topics as the doctrine of adoption in and through Jesus Christ, financial stewardship, Christian parenting, the ethics of reproductive technologies, the reduction of children to commodities, the Church as true community, spiritual warfare, issues surrounding adoption and infertility, and mission.

    Of particular value to the average person in the church is what to say - and what not to say - to those who who are considering or have already adopted, and to those couples who have miscarried or are struggling with infertility. Moore is calling for a greater sensitivity and openness in our churches on these issues.

    Like Martin Luther did with justification by faith, Moore has rediscovered a long neglected Christian doctrine - that of adoption - and from his exposition of it recasts a vision of the church as a community that ministers to the teenage mom, the orphan, the widow, and the stranger. Perhaps the greatest gift of this book is to remind the reader that we are all orphans adopted into the family of God by grace and thus heirs to the Kingdom with Christ as our brother.

    The temptation will be to file this book under "Parenting" where it will likely remain unread but for a select few; the challenge is to use it for a church wide study on ecclesiology that will cause a major rethink and reorientation of the Church back to the community God intended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Ok book

    The author does a great job of describing how churches should view adoption. I thought some of the information he shared about adoption and infertility were his personal bias and not based on any current research.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Biblically sound and convicting

    This book has opened my eyes to the reasons to adopt in a more biblical sense. My husband has already adopted my son and we are hoping to adopt more children already. But this book spoke volumes to me and was so very well written. Thank you Dr. Moore for sharing this with the world.

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