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 the church, a culture that sees adoption as part of the Great Commission mandate and as a sign of the gospel itself.©2009 Russell D. Moore (P)2010 christianaudio.com
"Adopted for Life is a well-written rooting of adoption in biblical theology. Moore, who weaves in the story of the two Russian children he and his wife have adopted, shows how churches should view adoption as part of their mission. He shows what a difference it would make if Christians were known once again as the people who take in orphans and make them sons and daughters." (Marvin Olasky, Editor-in-Chief, World; Provost, The King's College, New York City)
My husband and I have been thinking and praying about adoption. We recently met up with some friends who adopted a little girl from Europe. They recommended this book to us and I am so very glad they did. I have been so encouraged listening to this book. I am looking forward to the possibility/ hope of expanding our family through adoption!
As a prospective adopting parent I was really looking forward to a book written by a man about his experiences with adoption. I was hoping for all sorts of stories and insights about the adoption process, meeting the kids, learning from them, teaching them, growing with a deeper understanding of their culture... Forget it! This book is like a doctoral thesis on religion. I'm a believer so I should have been a bullseye for his target audience and I hated this book. Kept listening to it for awhile, put it away, try it again. If you are an avid Audible listener you know what I mean--you hate to admit you wasted your hard earned money and were fooled by the previews. It happens. I'd recommend something else but Audible doesn't have much on this topic. The Gathering, another book on adoption, is read by a woman who is just plain annoying so I would avoid that one too.
A former globetrotting surf punk turned homeowner with ecclectic tastes. Classics, horror, crime, biographies or lectures? Yes please!
This book definitely has useful perspectives and points of consideration for a Christian considering adoption, but, honestly there are too many little "social war" bunny trails and it ends up becoming both insulting and annoying. This is a problem frequently in Evangelical writing circles, and the basic issues that are force-crammed into any narrative, whether they fit or not, typically include: legalized abortion (and Planned Parenthood); feminism; evolution (or "Darwinism"); and suspicion of science (in terms of having the potential to be a tool of big government or amoral atheist activists). This book was no exception.
On the one hand, I appreciated some of the author's points about things to consider when adopting; his arguments that there is actually a higher calling to adopting (and generally taking social responsibility for the abandoned and vulnerable); and I very much liked the parallel to our spiritual adoption by Jesus. However, he also went on to make several insulting, provincial, ignorant comments that detracted from the stated theme of the book and began to irritate me.
Whether or not you support Planned Parenthood and think they should be defunded, it is overkill to compare them to "the Priesthood of Molech" and not the best way to reach out to women that may have had abortions and now regret that decision. It is also not necessary to think that the Earth is 6,000 years old and that the Genesis story is a literal account in order to recognize the importance of children and adoption, that is like saying "I like oranges, because planes fly fast.".
I also think he should consider what he is saying and how insulting it is when he alludes to something as straight forward and common as IVF in terms of a "Frankenstein technology." There is certainly not a Christian consensus that a human being is created at the exact second a sperm cell is inserted into an egg, nor is there a consensus about using donors being a violation of the "exclusivity of marriage." It is fine to believe that and outline those arguments, but the presumption of consensus in the context of a book about something completely different is presumptuous.
I find it interesting that so many small churches that do not believe in submitting to a formal external leadership structure, believe they have the definitive position on so many issues that they can speak in a callous, potentially insulting way about them. Additionally, even if an author prefaces a statement with "look, I don't want to be judgmental," of course it doesn't immunize them from BEING judgmental in whatever they write after the inevitable "but". I pulled some useful knowledge out of this one, but I have to imagine there is a MUCH better book out there that just focuses on the subject being advertized.
I thought this audio would be a lot more interesting, especially as it claims to be a book for everyone, and not just people going through the adoption process. However it has not come across that way to me at all.
I was surprised that there was so much practical advice, as the author says that everything changes quickly in that respect, so there would be no point including practical 'how to' bits. To me that's mostly what this book contains.
Although on the whole the author narrates his book very well, I did at times find his attitude partronising and sensationalist. However, I did enjoy hearing about the journey him and his wife have taken into adoption, which has been shared very openly.
This is definitely a very helpful book for those considering adoption and for friends and family too.
Thanks to christianaudio.com reviewers program for the copy of this audiobook.
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