This week, I plan on posting a series of book reviews for all the "fun books" I was able to read over Christmas break. It is now time for my husband and I to begin another semester at our seminary, so I know my time for reading "fun books" will be eliminated for a few months (not that my required seminary reading isn't loads of fun!) All of the books I got into were excellent, and I hope you'll be able to read a few of them as well.
ADOPTED FOR LIFE - By Russell Moore
- I purchased this book on my Kindle when I saw it on sale for $3.99 back in October, and it was the first book I read once classes were out for Christmas break. It's an excellent piece that gets to the heart of Christian adoption.
- I appreciated Moore's first chapter, "Adoption, Jesus, and You," very much. He does a great job of showing how adoption is a beautiful picture of the gospel, and he drives home the truth that, as believers, we are all adopted as children of God.
- I also appreciate Moore's personal anecdotes of his own adoption of his two sons. His stories are humorous, heart-warming, tear-jerking, and honest. He also tells other humorous tales of rude personal questions, awkward adoption moments, and he and his wife's sad experiences with infertility.
- This book is not really a guide to adoption, but Moore does detail some of the basics of what one can expect when adopting. He also gives some practical advice for living as a multiracial family, for the church stepping up to support adoption, and for knowing if adoption is right for your family.
- The best thing about this book is that it is really a book about missions. I heart missions!
"Adoption is not just about couples who want children--or who want more children. Adoption is about an entire culture within our churches, a culture that sees adoption as part of our Great Commission mandate and as a sign of the gospel itself."
"What do we say about ourselves when we know the layout of a house on a television drama better than the layout of our next-door neighbor's home?"
"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."
"Missionaries often say--and rightly-- that the question one should ask is not whether he is called to missions but how."
"Adoption is evangelistic to the core. When a Christian family adopts a child, that family is committing to years of gospel proclamation, of seeking to see this child come to faith in Christ."
"Adopted is a past-tense verb, not an adjective."
Katie @ Adopting From Bulgaria also posted a review of this book on her blog last week. Here's the link to her review. Plus, she has a pretty cool adoption blog too. Check it out!
Thanks for reading,