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Adopted For Life [Paperback]

By Russel D. Moore & C. J. Mahaney (Foreward By)
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Pages   230
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2009
Publisher   Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN  1581349114  
EAN  9781581349115  

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A manifesto calling Christians to adopt children and to equip Christian families going through the process. Offers biblical foundations for adoption and identifies adoption as a Great Commission priority in evangelical churches.

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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.

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Russell Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination. The Wall Street Journal called him "vigorous, cheerful, and fiercely articulate." He is the author of several books, including the Christianity Today 2016 Book of the Year, Onward: Engaging Culture without Losing the Gospel. He and his wife Maria are the parents of five sons. Visit to learn more.

Andrew T. Walker serves as Director of Policy Studies at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He and his wife Christian live in Franklin, TN with their two daughters.

Russell D. Moore has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Gospel for Life

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Dangerous Arrogance  May 17, 2010
Adopted for Life disturbs me (as an adult adopted person) very much. Russell Moore adopted two boys from Russia and weaves his story (NOT theirs) into a rambling Biblical justification and call for evangelicals to save unwanted orphans from abortion by wholesale adoptions. Two excerpts:

"That's adoption. We're part of a brand-new family, a new tribe, with a new story, a new identity.
As Maria and I went through the adoption process, we were encouraged by everyone from social workers to family friends to "teach the children about their cultural heritage." We have done just that.

"Now, what most people probably meant by this counsel is for us to teach our boys Russian folk tales and Russian songs, observing Russian holidays, and so forth. But as we see it, that's not their heritage anymore, and we hardly want to signal to them that they are strangers and aliens, even welcome ones, in our home. We teach them about their heritage, yes, but their heritage as Mississippians. They hear, then, about their great-grandfather, a faithful Baptist pastor from Tippah County... They learn about their people before them in the Confederate army and civil rights movement.

"Yes, I'll read Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy to them one day, I suppose, but not with the same intensity with which I'll read to them William Faulkner and Eudora Welty. They wouldn't know an arrangement of "Peter and the Wolf" if they heard it, but they can recognize the voices of Charley Pride and Hank Williams in seconds. When we sit at the table for our holiday meals, they don't eat borscht. They eat what we eat- red beans and rice or fried catfish.... They share our lives, and our story. They belong here. They are Moores now, with all that entails." p.36

And as to their previous identities -

"I remember standing in that courtroom in Russia, giving the judge there the new names of our boys. The court was issuing new birth certificates, with these new Americanized names.... These names were, legally now, who they were. But they didn't know it.

"We knew these boys were adjusting to their new identity when they started turning around when we said "Benjamin" or "Timothy." There came a day when one could cry out "Maxim" or "Sergei" and no one would respond. Those old names now meant nothing to them. They seemed to them to be someone else's names, and they were.

"Some people would think we've done something wrong by renaming these boys. One book for adoptive parents advises against it because it can "interfere with the continuity of the child's life" or "interfere with their sense of self" We didn't agree.

"... A name is important to one's identity. And that's why in the story of our fathers and mothers God keeps changing people's names." - p.40

I find this attitude terrifying. In his absolute certainty that the Bible justifies his behavior, Moore believes he is on a holy mission to rescue orphans and lead them to his God. He is willing to dismiss the advice of professionals because he only believes in his own interpretation of the Bible. Not only is he so "convicted" of his beliefs himself, he urges others to follow in his footsteps.

Most of the book is a concantenation of Scriptural verses chosen to "prove" his point- a method that I find difficult to follow. In my religious traditions, Scripture is read in entire parables or sections, placing it in context. I am often baffled by the ways in which some preachers grab a verse from Psalms, a half verse from Romans, a snippet from Deuteronomy and a phrase from John to illustrate an obscure part of Revelation - I consider it extremely selective editing, which often changes the entire meaning of Scripture. Using this method, any point can be justified, especially when no one dare question the sources as unerring Truth. Even more dangerous, Moore appears to come to his conclusions first, then go in search of supporting Scripture passages; I find that an arrogant usage of the Bible.

I don't personally believe that every adoption is totally good or totally evil; every situation is unique, as are the individuals involved. That is not to say that practices and actions cannot be improved upon; I don't wish that I had grown up in St. Anthony's or other orphanages. Nor do I believe that my parents did not sincerely love me and do the best they knew to raise me. But this book represents a return to the worst practices and beliefs of the past; it perpetuates the idea of children as "blank slates," and sees adoption as only a cure for infertility and a way to combat abortion.

Even worse, this deliberate blinding to reality is being applauded throughout the evangelical community. This is the justification which Laura Silsbey and her ilk used to defend their attempted kidnapping of Haitian children (none of whom were truly orphans) and which celebrities use to gather praise and publicity for their international adoptions.

I have friends who have adopted children internationally. But they are very ethical people, and received their children as caretakers from the mothers themselves, and return with their children to the Adean village where their children were born - another family brought their girls back to India, found their children's birth parents, and telephone weekly with them. Both of these sets of adoptive parents truly want their children to have complete knowledge of their birth countries and families - theirs are ethical guardianship of human beings, not self-righteous saviors or purchasers of living property.

We Americans tend to have a smug arrogance that Happy Meals are better than rice or borscht, that no child could possibly prefer a rural hut or teeming slum to Fox Run subdivision, and that two parents - or in many cases, a nanny and boarding school - are superior to growing up surrounded by those who share culture, appearance and genetic ties even if it means living at a subsistence level. The Carpenter from Nazareth indeed called us to care for widows and orphans, but He didn't demand that we change their names and hide their origins from them.

For generations, we only heard adoption praised by agencies and adoptive parents (those who gained), but those who lost (birth parents and adopted children) were told to keep silent, be grateful and pretend it didn't happen. Criticism of adoption as practiced was denounced as ingratitude or sour grapes, signs of maladjustment or even of mental illness. Only in the last few decades have adopted persons and birth parents found the courage to speak out of their experiences and tell their side of the losses involved to a world which had largely assumed that the myths were unchallenged truth.

Adoption is not a cure-all, win-win solution to end abortions, cure infertility or the problem of parents who are unable to care for their children; it is a compromise in which some gain while others lose. To portray it in terms of a holy crusade or salvation ignores the problems it can (and often does) create. If Mr. Moore's children grow to become healthy, happy, well-adjusted adults he then may be qualified to offer his advice, but there is a long time between now and then, and many shoals to navigate through first.
A book that will change many lives  May 5, 2010
This is a book I never thought I'd read. Now I can't imagine how a book exactly like it wasn't published long before 2009! In his first chapter Moore explains why you ought to read the book, even (and especially) if you don't want to... and I'm ashamed to admit that this probably described me.

There are plenty of "how-to" books regarding adoption. There are plenty of books describing the great need for adoptive families felt by orphans all over the world. There are plenty of books examining the theological doctrine of spiritual adoption. This, to the best of my knowledge, is the only book that combines these three in a manner that shows how these issues absolutely cannot be separated.

Russell Moore is a professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, but he writes this book as both an adoptive father and an adopted son of our Heavenly Father. His book argues that the Bible does not draw any lines between theological adoption and practical adoption, so Christians should not, either. The Bible tells us over and over what it means to be adopted into the family of God, as sons of the Father and co-heirs with Christ. It also tells us that pure & undefiled religion requires the care and rescue of orphans, just as Christ did not leave us as orphans.

Moore does not assert that all Christian families are called or equipped to adopt, but he DOES assert that EVERY Christian has a responsibility to be involved in adoption, whether through becoming adoptive parents, helping others to adopt, or working to create and/or support an adoption ministry in the local church. After reading this book, I am 100% convinced that this is absolutely true. After your Bible, I don't know that there is a more important book that I could commend to you than this one.
Excellent, Thought-Provoking Read!  Apr 13, 2010
I have always believed that the church should involve itself more in adoption, but Russell Moore's perspective on how adoption mirrors the gospel changed my perspective on how adoption ought to fit more in with the church's Great Commission involvement.

It was an EXCELLENT read, and will challenge you personally in considering what your role in adoption ought to be!
Wonderful Book  Apr 1, 2010
The BEST book I've read in a few years. It is a theological look at adoption. Dr. Moore looks at the steps and challenges facing families that adopt, and in the process shows the beauty and wonder of the spiritual adoption accomplished by the work of Jesus Christ on his people's behalf. Excellent book. Very moving. Highest recommendation possible, even if (like me) you are not currently thinking about or pursuing adoption.
One of the Best Books of the Year  Mar 18, 2010
There seems to have been a lot of excitement surrounding this book which is, frankly, surprising for a book on adoption. I expected this to be a niche book, consumed by those contemplating adopting a child or by skeptical family members trying to understand the motivation for choosing to adopt. Moore's book spans the gap between personal vignette and theological treatise. Any book on adoption is going to be intensely personal, and Moore doesn't spare any tears in describing the process he and his wife went through before the Lord impressed international adoption on their hearts. And yet, I didn't turn the close the back cover of the book thinking about what a wonderful story it was about the Moore family. Rather I closed the book thinking of how great a God we serve to have adopted us into His family.

And that's why this book is truly something special. Rather than argue from a "this is what my family did and you should too" perspective, Moore spends the first three chapters of Adopted for Life passionately explaining our adoption as sons of God. God could have planned to justify us, sanctify us, and glorify us without making us members of His own household, Moore argues. But that isn't what He has done. He has made us his legal and relational family, meaning that we are co-heirs with our Brother, Christ Jesus. As such, the gospel is all about adoption. The good news is about God adopting wretched sinners into His own family. The church is not like a family. The church is our family.

I'm not typically an "everybody needs to read this book" kind of person. I think it's the height of arrogance to assume that everyone is going to be transformed by what God has recently revealed to me. There are many others who are already much further along the path. But I've never read a book that has so clearly and so freshly explained the relationships within the family of God before. The first three chapters of this book are relevant to absolutely every churchgoer. We don't talk about adoption much within the church. But it's one of the cornerstones of our hope in and love for our Father.

Moore refers to the idea that adoption is plan-B, only for those who cannot have children on their own. Wrapped around his own testimony of committing "genetic idolatry," he states, "The protection of children isn't charity. It isn't part of a political program fitting somewhere between tax cuts and gun rights or between carbon emission caps and a national service corps. It's spiritual warfare." And again, "Not every believer is called to adopt children. But every believer is called to recognize Jesus in the face of his little brothers and sisters when he decides to show up in their lives, even if it interrupts everything else."

The remainder of the book discusses different challenges in adoption, from interracial differences to the legal ramifications of domestic adoptions. Throughout the whole the process, each issue is continually examined from through the light of what Christ has done for us and the eternal realities that surround adoption. It certainly is a messy process, but then again so was our adoption into the family of God.

One great blessing God brought into my own life was being able to watch as a young student my college discipler and his wife adopt a baby boy from Uganda. Pictures of unwanted babies in flea-ridden Russian orphanages and undernourished orphans in Ghana easily become guilt-laced white noise under the sheer feeling of helplessness to make any kind of difference. But putting a face and a personality behind the concept of an orphan child rescued and adopted into a fiercely Christ-centered home strips away that feeling of helplessness. Meet Moore's children in this book, and the self-deceiving lie of helplessness to make a difference will dissolve very quickly.

My appreciation for this book is probably evident from what I've already written. As a church, we're called to be at the forefront of adoption. This book would be a good place to start for anyone who wants to know how he or she can respond being an adopted child of God. Not everyone is called to adopt. But we're all called to participate. As Moore writes, "The Father adopts children, and we're called to be like Him. Jesus cares for orphans, and we're being conformed into His image. If you're in Christ, you're called to be involved in this project somehow."

Nate Brooks

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