Adopted For Life/Book Review
“Not everyone is called to adopt… But all of us have a stake in the adoption issue, because Jesus does.” Moore. Everyone should read this book — I wish these words were enough to convince. No matter where you fall on adoption, the bottom line is this: orphans are the responsibility of the Church. So, if you are a part of the Church, this book has something for you. It has offered a great amount of insight for me on many levels.
I want to start by saying I learned who Dr. Russell Moore is by picking up Adopted for Life. In following him on Twitter and seeing a little of his humor through tweets like “My car was robbed, with my iPod among items stolen. Whoever listens to that music is either going to get saved or get drunk.” and seeing some of his personal life like a picture of his boys when they were adopted from Russia to a blog post he recently wrote on immigration, I have come to one conclusion: I heart Dr. Moore.
While Adopted for Life is laced with the Moore’s personal experience with adoption, it is more gospel-saturated with what adoption means for us as believers. Dr. Moore says, “Adoption is on the one hand, gospel. In this, adoption tells us who we are as children of the Father. Adoption as gospel tells us about our identity, our inheritance, and our mission as sons of God. Adoption is also defined as mission. In this, adoption tells us our purpose in this age as the people of Christ. Missional adoption spurs us to join Christ in advocating for the helpless and the abandoned.”
Moore also addresses many practical aspects of the process including tough questions that will be asked, paperwork, finances, health concerns, transracial adoption and how to know if you or someone you love should consider adoption. He offers a great amount of information while wrapping it in the Father’s great love for us in adopting us into His family.
I don’t know if you are being called to adopt. Maybe you’re being called to assist another family in the adoption process. But, as Christ-followers, we can all be praying about our role in the lives of the fatherless.