Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father, by Dan Cruver, John Piper, Scotty Smith, Richard D. Phillips, Jason Kovacs
Endorsed by Russell Moore, Ed Stetzer, Sam Storms, Tim Chester, J.D. Greear, Darrin Patrick, and more.
One of the ambitious dreams that Reclaiming Adoption and its authors share with the Apostle Paul is that when Christians hear the word adoption, they will think first about their adoption by God.
Reclaiming Adoption is premised on the belief that behind the Parable of the Prodigal Son(s) is Scripture’s teaching on adoption. The story of the Bible is that God the Father sent his only true and eternal Son on a mission, and that mission was to bring many wayward and rebellious sons home to glory (Hebrews 2:10) in order to adopt them into His family. That is the Story behind the story of the Prodigal Sons.
If Christians learn to first think about their adoption by God, and only then about the adoption of children, they will enjoy deeper communion with the God who is love, and experience greater missional engagement with the pain and suffering of this world. Reclaiming Adoption can transform the way you view and live in this world for the glory of God and the good of our world’s most needy.
Dan is co-founder of Together for Adoption, and owner and curator of the @JRRTolkien Twitter account. He and his wife, Melissa, are parents of a multi-ethnic family of three children.
“Enriching theology and missional application are beautifully interwoven.”
The following is just a sample of the dozens of glowing endorsements for Reclaiming Adoption from Russell Moore, Darrin Patrick, Sam Storms, Burk Parson, Ed Stetzer, Shaun Groves, and more.
“Reclaiming Adoption is the best kind of theological work: it sings and it sends! As I read, I wanted to praise the Triune God for his great love. Then I felt the urgency of the call to live that love among the world’s orphans. Completely accessible and appealing to ‘ordinary’ Christians, Reclaiming Adoption is thoroughly grounded in Scripture and flows from the great heart of the Church’s historic understanding of the Word. The authors have uncovered new depths and fresh passion in expressing how adoption clarifies the meaning of our union with Christ. Too much evangelical theology today is shallow and powerless because it arises from an abridged gospel. Reclaiming Adoption expands our vision to the fuller glory of the whole narrative of Christ’s work. Thus, this book can transform the worship, education, and mission of any church bold enough to explore its truth.”
—Gerrit Dawson, Teaching Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Baton Rouge and author of Jesus Ascended: The Meaning of Christ’s Continuing Incarnation.
“The wonderful good news of our adoption by God is such an important truth for Christians today. Too many of us believe we will be acquitted on the last day, but in the meantime we live as slaves, distanced from God because we do not embrace him as our loving Father. As a result our obedience is reduced to mere duty instead of being animated by joy. How can we put this right? This book is a great place to start. Enriching theology and missional application are beautifully interwoven. The result is a book that will warm your heart and might just change your life.”
—Tim Chester, thecrowdedhouse.org, theporterbrooknetwork.org
“The authors have done an impressive work reminding us of the centrality of our spiritual adoption through faith in Christ. Exploring the extravagant and unmerited love of our Heavenly Father, they inspire a reexamination of the importance of adoption–both in the spiritual and human realms.”
—Kelly Rosati, Vice President of Community Outreach, Focus on the Family
“Reclaiming Adoption won’t guilt you into doing one more thing for Jesus. It merely wants to celebrate the forgotten truth that changes everything: you’re adopted! This book will flood your heart with gratitude, which if you’re not careful, might inspire you to do something really special for Jesus.”
—Mike Wittmer, Professor of Systematic Theology, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Cornerstone University, and author of Don’t Stop Believing: Why Living Like Jesus Is Not Enough
“This book can make you come more alive to the heart of the gospel and the mission of the gospel. Reclaiming Adoption says better in 100 pages what many have attempted to say in 1,000 pages. This is a fresh telling of the best news in the universe, good news that changes everything: the fatherless receive a Father!”
—Justin Buzzard, pastor, San Francisco Bay Area, author of BuzzardBlog.com
“Younger evangelicals have taken the lead in putting pro-life convictions into practice by leading the way in the modern adoption movement. While this is obviously a cause of rejoicing, even better is when the motivation is not moralistic or sentimental but profoundly Gospel-driven and theologically-grounded. Dan Cruver and his fellow contributors write to reclaim adoption in such a way that the imperative of adopting is grounded in the indicative of God’s adoption of us in Jesus Christ. The result is a Gospel-drenched book that leads us toward active care for the world’s orphans and unwanted in response to the often surprising and always transforming grace of God. Not to be missed!”
—Sean Michael Lucas, Senior Minister, The First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, MS
“ As the US head of an organization that ministers to thousands of orphans and vulnerable children around the world each year, I was deeply impressed by Reclaiming Adoption‘s excellent Biblical exposition and call to action on behalf of the ‘least of these.’ Dan Cruver has assembled an impressive group of authors who challenge us to fully embrace God’s adoption of us and from that foundation to work in tangible ways to bring more fatherless and motherless children into loving and committed families. I highly recommend this book to all who have a heart or want to have a heart for the world’s orphans.”
—David Evans, US President and Global Executive Officer, Food for the Hungry