Adopted For Life: : The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches by Russell Moore

There have not been many books that I am aware of written on the spiritual / doctrinal aspect of Adoption. In fact I have read only one other book that is even close to this one some 11 years ago; From orphans To Heirs by Mark Stibbe.

What this book does so well is intertwine Moore’s own experience of adopting two boys from Russia with theology about adopting. There is a stigma about adoption especially for those who are struggling to conceive naturally. There is a sense that an adopted baby is not really ‘yours’. Moore bluntly asks one couple who he was counselling whether their reticence to adopt was because they wanted to propagate their DNA rather than be parents. Moore himself has felt the discrimination of adoption when he was ‘told’ that he must of course be proud of his son. When the inquirer was told he was proud of all his sons, the reply was, ‘but especially Sam as he is your own flesh and blood.’

While Moore touches us with his own story, and educates us with a theology of adoption, he also challenges us both individually and as a ‘Church’ to consider adoption. Moore writes Adoption would become a priority in our churches if our churches themselves saw our brotherhood and sisterhood in the church itself rather than in our fleshly identities.

While millions of dollars a year are spent on IVF treatment, babies lie languishing in orphanages around the globe. For the cost of one IVF treatment, which may or may not work, a couple could adopt TWO children and give them homes filled with love.

Moore’s challenge is: [what  would it mean if ]our churches and families were known as the people who adopt babies – and toddlers, and children and teenagers. What if we as Christians were known, once again, as the people who take in orphans and make of them beloved sons and daughters?

Highly Recommended.


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