Our pastor recently pointed us to this book: "Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches" by Russell D. Moore. While we are only in the process of reading it, we are excited enough about it to recommend it to others. Here are a few exerpts from the first chapter to help you figure out if the book may be helpful. We've also included a few of the chapter titles.
"The gospel of Jesus Christ means our families and churches ought to be at the forefront of the adoption of orphans close to home and around the world. As we become more attuned to the gospel, we'll have more of a burden for orphans. As we become mroe adoption-friendly, we'll be better able to understand the gospel" (p 18).
"Adoption is not just about couples who want children-- or who want more children. Adoption is abotu 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. This book is intended for families who want to adopt and wonder whether they should. It is also intended for parents with children who've been adopted and who wonder how to raise them from here. it is for middle-aged fathers and mothers whose children have just told them they are thinking about adoption" (p 19).
"... let me tell you what this book is not. It is not a step-by-step guide to navigating the adoption process, complete with legal advice and agency recommendations..." (p 20).
Chapter 2 - Are They Brothers?
What Some Rude Questions about Adoption Taught Me about the Gospel of Christ
Chapter 4 - Don't You Want Your Own Kids?
How to Know If You- or Someone You Love- Should Consider Adoption
Chapter 6 - Jim Crow in the Church Nursery
How to Think about Racial Identitiy, Health Concerns, and Other Uncomfortable Adoption Questions
Chapter 7- It Takes a Village to Adopt a Child
How Churches Can Encourage Adoption