Book Review – The Gospel and Adoption

Title: The Gospel and Adoption (The Gospel for Life Series)
Author: Russell Moore and Andrews Walker (editors)
Publisher: B&H Books
Publishing Year: 2017
Pages: 128
My Rating: 5 out of 5 (1 meaning I hated the book, 5 meaning I loved the book

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.

It was many years ago at a Texas Roadhouse in Janesville, WI that my wife and I, at the urging of our pastor, began to serious consider adoption.  For years we had struggled through infertility and wasn’t quite sure why God was putting us through that. At that meeting we were urged to read the book Adopted for Life by Russell Moore.  That was the beginning of our journey that led to the adoption of our two children (and two more to come). We owe quite a bit to Dr. Moore’s book.

This book is much shorter than Adopted for Life but is jammed-packed with Biblical and practical considerations concerning adoption.  This book features bit-sized chapters from several authors, such as Russell Moore and Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, that focus on a foundational, Biblical philosophy on adoption and then backs up to give practical considerations for both individuals and churches as a whole.

One thing I especially find helpful about this book is its honesty.  The authors do not sugar-coat anything. Adoption is sometimes seen as romantic – a gracious couple willing to rescue a poor orphan who then will be forever grateful.  It is NEVER that simple. Every adoption involves tragedy, heartache and unknown amounts of baggage. It is difficult and often awkward. The church needs to protect its sheep and sometimes that means telling a family they may not be equipped or ready to adopt.  While the ought to look for ways to care for orphans, it is not God’s will for every couple to adopt or enter the foster care system. Yet, the blessings of adoption are worth the struggles and reflect the heart of gospel and God Himself.

Here are a few helpful quotes from the book:

“Adoption helps explain how people from across the globe and across history become the family of God.  Adoption is an expression of the sheer willpower of God to create a family unto Himself that he’s proud to call children. (John 1:12)” – page 1

“Physical adoption is a reflection of God’s work of spiritual adoption in the lives of His people.  It is a reflection of a people who are living out the supremacy of Christ in a fallen world.”- page 20

“Adoption in Scripture is not an adjective in the Scripture – it’s a past tense verb.  God doesn’t say to some Christians, “I love you, and you are Mine,” and then turn to others and say, “I’m glad you’re here, but you’re just not as special” – page 33

“Far more than a requirement, caring for orphans is first a response to God’s love.  Its not just a mandate, but a mirror of God’s character.” – page 65

There’s much more worth reading so I would urge you to pick up this book for yourself.  If you are considering adoption, know a family that has adopted or is in a church that focuses on adoption – this book will be a help and blessing to you.  In short, this is a great book that should be found on your bookshelf.

Purchase the book for yourself here.

One thought on “Book Review – The Gospel and Adoption

  1. A couple thoughts for ya: I’ve never read this book, but I am glad it didn’t sugarcoat things. The saying a child will be forever grateful is, for lack of better words, complete bullshit (pardon my French). I was adopted and am deeply involved in the community… this forever grateful thing is often a said/unsaid pressure among adoptees, which many times results in not feeling good enough. Not every child who is adopted is an orphan, I’m not, in fact I have a better relationship with my birth family today than my adoptive one. We don’t like the term being rescued or saved, because even if the situation before adoption was not the best, we will always have that longing to know and be with our first family, specifically the mother. I’m glad this book helped you, but I would also encourage you to listen and talk to adult adoptees! They/we offer a real perspective that often goes unheard and it can help out perspective families immensely!


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