Book Review: Adopted for life
I have never read a book that’s main theme was adoption. However with the growth of the ‘adoption culture’ in South Africa and having heard good things about it from my wife, I decided to give Russel Moore’s book Adopted for Life a read.
You might wonder why someone like you should read this book; adoption may be far from your mind, you might still be single, you might not want kids, or maybe you are in the twilight of your life and adoption doesn’t seem a viable decision. But keep reading, because Moore’s goal is not just to get eligible families to adopt children. Moore says, “In this book I want to call us all to consider how encouraging adoption—whether we adopt or whether we help others adopt—can help us peer into the ancient mystery of our faith in Christ and can help us restore the fracturing unity and the atrophied mission of our congregation.”
It is the gospel that provides the motivation for adoption, but the gospel also teaches us how to better understand adoption; Moore puts it like this, “as we become more adoption-friendly, we’ll be better able to understand the gospel.”
This is not a how-to book, although it does give some general guidelines and provides some practical advice. Having never adopted I am not entirely sure how helpful some of this is in a South African context, however much of it is general enough that I reckon it would still be helpful. (Having said that if you have any questions regarding adoption in South Africa, why not mention it in the comments section below; I will try and do a post answering as many as I can find the answers for).
Moore defines his intention when he write, “I want to ask what it would 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...