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Adopted for Life

The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches

Author Russell D. Moore
Narrator Russell D. Moore
Runtime 7 Hrs. - Unabridged
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Release Date October 15, 2009
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The gospel of Jesus Christ—the good news that through Jesus we have been adopted as sons and daughters into God’s family—means that Christians ought to be at the forefront of the adoption of orphans in North America and around the world.
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The gospel of Jesus Christ—the good news that through Jesus we have been adopted as sons and daughters into God’s family—means that Christians ought to be at the forefront of the adoption of orphans in North America and around the world.

Moore does not shy away from this call in Adopted for Life, a popular-level, practical manifesto for Christians to adopt children and to help equip other Christian families to do the same. He shows that adoption is not just about couples who want children—or who want more children. It is about an entire culture within the church, a culture that sees adoption as part of the Great Commission mandate and as a sign of the gospel itself.
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must read -or must listen :)
This is a fantastic book on the topic of adoption, and not only for those interested in adoption! It sits high on my list of "everyone ought to read" books :)
Review by / (Posted on 11/22/2013)
So far so good
As someone who has adopted 3 times now I was really interested to read this book. I found the things written about adoption interesting and helpful in a ready, accessible form as the author moved effortlessly from autobiography to theology. There are plenty of useful encouragements for all parents to let their theology inform and shape their parenting. However, it gets' three stars from me because the title is unhelpful - perhaps it's premature. It appears that his children have barely reached their teenage years and he's writing about 'adoption for life' I wonder if it might more accurately have been 'Adoption for childhood'. It sounds as though he's laying an excellent foundation for life but surely the greatest issues of identiy for all his children are still ahead of the family. So far so good but at moments I found myself hoping he would still write the same book in 10 years or when he's a grandparent.
Review by / (Posted on 3/9/2011)
A Persuasive Joy
In narrating his book, Russell Moore sets forth the practical application of Christian doctrine on adoption. As one listens, one can hear how he wrestled with the deep truths of what the Bible says about adoption as well as how he has experienced the joy of living out the consequent implications of those truths. One quickly realizes that this audiobook is partly autobiographical and partly pastoral. Moore's authenticity is important as he calls for all Christians to be more involved in the adoption process. Listening to this book was a persuasive joy and has moved my family to seriously consider our involvement in the adoption process. T.D. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine
Review by / (Posted on 3/3/2011)
balance of theology and practical
As an father about to adopt internationally I have read from many books and gone to much training. This book is a great introduction to the biblical view of adoption. It is great for those just starting to contemplate adoption. It is also a good book for soon to be adoptive couples to give to family and friends to help them understand some of the issues behind adoption.
Review by / (Posted on 2/25/2011)
Every Christian needs to read this, to consider our role as God's people in care for orphans... adoption legally or care for those who will never be adopted all over the world!
Review by / (Posted on 2/25/2011)
I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, so much so I went out and purchased a hard copy of it. I love how Moore makes the connection between our adoption in Christ and the earthly adoption of children by Christians. I also very much appreciated when he spoke on infertility in chapter 4 as this is something my husband and I have struggled with. Excellent book and I would recommend it to everyone! Soli Deo Gloria
Review by / (Posted on 2/24/2011)
I was introduced to this book...
I was introduced to this book within hours of asking God for confirmation of what my husband and I believed to be His call to adopt a child. Over the next few days I listened voraciously. I found Dr. Moore’s book to be engaging, easy to understand, and very informative. Dr. Moore also did a great job of narrating his own work. His views on adoption opened my eyes to its deeper meanings and I loved that he included specific and practical advice for Christian parents going through the adoption process. However, this book isn’t for prospective adoptive parents alone; every Christian could benefit from Dr. Moore’s eloquent and thorough teachings on God’s adoption of His children as well as his plea for the church to foster a culture of adoption throughout the Body of Christ.
Review by / (Posted on 9/23/2010)
I had the privilege of listening...
I had the privilege of listening to Adopted for Life by Russell D. Moore.

When I saw this title I thought it sounded interesting and reading the blurb about the book made me want to find out more, so I requested it.

The author explains why as Christians who are adopted as sons and daughters of God we should be leaders in the adoption of children into our families. I enjoyed the stories he told about things he has faced with the adoption of two of his boys.

I found this book to be appropriate for Christians, preachers, those considering adoption, or those who know someone considering adoption. Also it is appropriate for those who would like to help others adopt. I appreciated how the author focuses a lot of the time on comparing our adoption as Christians to the adoption of a child into your family. The reader (who is the author) was easy to listen to in my opinion.

This book was provided through christianaudio Reviewers Program.
Review by / (Posted on 8/24/2010)
One of my favorite professors at...
One of my favorite professors at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is Dr. Russell Moore. In recent years, Moore has written what will likely become what he will most likely be remembered for. The book is called Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches. As the title suggests, this is a book about adoption, but as the reader turns through the pages, it becomes clear that this book is about so much more.

What makes this book different than other books isn't his advice or the common caricatures of adopting he decimates, but the theology behind it. Moore believes that the doctrine of adaption (that we were stranged from God, but through the reconciliation brought about through Christ we have become adopted sons and daughters of God) should compel us to mimick the example of God the Father into adopting other orphans and widows.

In other words, this isn't a book for the infertile or for social gospel proponents. Rather, this is a book about the gospel. Though there is a lot of advice, testimony, shared stories, correcting false ideas and statements about adoption throughout the book, Moore's purpose is to move us from merely believing the gospel into living the gospel.

I think this is what has made the book so popular. Moore makes the connection that so many other Christians have failed to make. We should follow the example of our father and I believe that the increasing adoptions among Christians is reflecting of Dr. Moore's influence on this issue.

This book is not just for those considering adoption or for those wanting advice on how to go about adopting. There is a lot of information in here dealing with those issues. Instead, this is a book that every Christian should read. Adoption is a gospel issue and it is time for Christians to consider it as a gospel issue.

I was fortunate enough to receive a free audio copy of the book via The quality and production of the book was professional and the narrator (who was the author) was well received. I enjoy listening to authors read their own books. Though they are not "professional narrators," the authors always bring a certain presence to the audio that I like. For anyone interested in the audio version of this book, I would recommend it as much as I would recommend the book itself.

Go out and join the revolution!
Review by / (Posted on 8/18/2010)
After I picked up Adopted for...
After I picked up Adopted for Life I discovered I would be taking an online class from Russell D. Moore. I don't think this disqualifies my opinion, but I figured I'd better disclose that prior to giving this book a positive review.

The book is practical, theological, and above all, pastoral. Moore elevated the importance of the ministry (yes, I said ministry) of adoption in the church by connecting the practice with the theological reality. For those of us who've been converted to Christ, we were adopted by God. Moore links the two together painting a picture using the Word of God as his easel and helped me understand the biblical text better than I ever have before.

But this book is not just about theology (though I would argue that everything is theology). Moore talks about the practical issues relating to adoption and attempts to answer, or at least, provide the framework for finding an answer to the questions people ask about adopting. From the perspective of the children, to the parents, to the community, Moore nails it and nails it well.

Moore narrates the book, which presents it the way he intended, and despite the occasional pause or a moment of non-fluidity, he does an exceptional job. I highly recommend the book to anyone considering adoption or to anyone who knows someone who has. And if you aren't considering, you may want to consider. I'm thinking about getting it for a coworker, so my recommendation should carry a little more weight.
Review by / (Posted on 8/17/2010)
In Adopted For Life, Russell Moore...
In Adopted For Life, Russell Moore outlines what the bible says about adoption and the case for Christians to care about the issue.

It is logical to assume that this would be a book for people who plan to adopt or have already done so. People in this situation will no doubt find the book very helpful. I read the book as someone with no plan or possibility of adopting any time soon because of how highly I had heard it recommended. If you are also not a prospective adoptive parent, you can still benefit and learn from this book.

One of the aspects of the book which will be applicable to all Christians is the discussion of how God adopts us into his family. I had not realized the bible had so much to say on the topic. I definitely gained a fuller understanding of what it means to become a child of God.

Another way the book could be beneficial to everyone is in helping us think more accurately and biblically about adoption. It should help dispel some of the questionable media portrayals of adoption we see, whether that be of a misfit adopted kid or the gossip magazine tales of adoptions by celebrities. He also shares a lot about his own experiences of adopting two children from Russia which was really interesting.

I reviewed this book in audio format. I liked that it was narrated by the author but the somewhat fast reading pace took a little while to get used to.
Review by / (Posted on 8/9/2010)
I’ve had my eye on Adopted...
I’ve had my eye on Adopted for Life for some time now, and having been offered to review the audio book version by I can say that author Russell Moore has more than met my expectations.

For the past two weeks I’ve listened to the author’s voice reading his own work warmly, with a depth and authenticity that his own journey through adoption has lent to his work. I’ve wept tears into my dishwater as I’ve let myself be absorbed by his thoughts, both theological and practical on the nature of adoption and its important to Christians.

Our family has had a heart for adoption for sometime, but various circumstances in our life have temporarily (I hope) placed it outside of possibilities for our family. It’s my prayer that God is only preparing our family for a time when we too can add children who are currently fatherless into our own household.

Whether you are like us, or are wondering how to support and understand adoptive families in your church or family, are struggling with infertility, want to spearhead an adoption ministry in your church, or just want a clearer image of how physical adoptions mirror the spiritual reality of our own spiritual adoption – then this is a book for you.

Though only seven-hours in length, there is an immense wealth, breadth, and depth of information contained in this work – you won’t find agency recommendations or country-specific regulations here, those change too quickly, but you will find nearly everything else.

Incredibly inspiring, incredibly moving, and incredibly convicting, Adopted for Life is a title I highly recommend for everyone, whether an adoption is imminent in their near future or not.
Review by / (Posted on 8/9/2010)
Thanks to’s reviewer’s program for...
Thanks to’s reviewer’s program for the copy of this audiobook.

I thought this audio would be a lot more interesting, especially as it claims to be a book for everyone, and not just people going through the adoption process. However it has not come across that way to me at all.

I was surprised that there was so much practical advice, as the author says that everything changes quickly in that respect, so there would be no point including practical ‘how to’ bits‘. To me that’s mostly what this book contains.

Although on the whole the author narrates his book very well, I did at times find his attitude partronising and sensationalist. However, I did enjoy hearing about the journey him and his wife have taken into adoption, which has been shared very openly.

This is definitely a very helpful book for those considering adoption and for friends and family too.
Review by / (Posted on 7/30/2010)
Paradigm Shifting! Read this book! Whenever...
Paradigm Shifting! Read this book!

Whenever I read a book for the purpose of writing a review, I do some preliminary reading on the back cover and in the first few pages. While reading the blurbs on this book, I began to think that what was being said about the book was too much. Words like “compelling,” “powerful,” “wonderful,” “tremendous,” “incredible,” and “remarkable” were being used over and over again. I truly thought that these comments must be over the top. I could not have been more wrong. Turns out, they forgot to use a word—”phenomenal”. Dr. Russell Moore has written a phenomenal and worldview changing treatise on adoption for all of Christendom.

This book is a must read even if you are not considering adoption; after all, he tells us that not everyone is called to adopt just like not everyone is called to go on the mission field. But, just as we are all called to be a part of missions work, we are called to be a part of adoption. Every pastor must read this book. I dare say that anyone who calls upon the name of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior needs to read this book. Never before has the glory of the doctrine of adoption been laid out in such practical terms of the adoption of children. I personally believe this book is the beginning of a work of God to move His bride back toward a pure and undefiled religion (James 1:27). Evidence of this is his resolution On Adoption and Orphan Care that Dr. Russell Moore has submitted to the Resolutions Committee of the 2009 Southern Baptist Convention.

The audio is a pleasant surprise as Russell Moore narrates his own book. More often than not, this does not work so well, but his clarion voice is pleasant to the ear and his emotion as he recollects the past could not be duplicated.
Review by / (Posted on 7/19/2010)
Russell Moore has become the go-to...
Russell Moore has become the go-to voice for issues related to adoption in the Southern Baptist Convention and in evangelicalism in general. Dr. Moore, who serves as dean of the school of theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, is the proud father of four boys, two of whom are adopted from Russia. Perhaps it is these two roles, theology professor and adoptive father, that make Adopted for Life such a powerful wedding of doctrine and family.


Dr. Moore uses his experience of adopting children to help believers see just how glorious it is that God has adopted us as his very own. Many adoptive parents are saddened when people label their children as “adopted children,” as if such a label makes the children somehow less legitimately theirs. Dr. Moore has seen how adopting his children truly made them his very own children, and he takes that picture along with solid doctrine to show us that God makes us his very own in Christ—even though we could never deserve such loving treatment from our Heavenly Father.

Another of the myriad positives of this book is simply how it will make a couple truly consider adoption. Children all over the globe are in desperate need of parents. Even more importantly, those children are also in desperate need of the gospel. Dr. Moore’s work helps Christian parents to recognize that, by purposefully taking in children from cultures where there is little gospel witness, parents can both save young lives and bring the gospel to the nations.

Dr. Moore realizes that not all couples are going to be able to adopt. He wisely calls for Christians who cannot themselves adopt to pray for and find ways to support other Christians who are trying to adopt. Some ideas for supporting others considering adoption include financial support, prayer support, and even the simple love of baby showers.


I struggle to come up with negatives to consider in this work. Perhaps, if a couple wants to adopt, they will wish that this book gave more practical, “how to” steps to let families know what they must do to start the process, to choose the right agency, etc. However, this book was not intended to be a how-to-adopt manual. Dr. Moore wanted his readers to see the beauty of adoption, and thus this negative is not even a strong negative.

Without question, there are places where this book is hard to read. When Dr. Moore tells us of the deplorable conditions in some international orphanages, it can be tough to hear. When he tells us of the horrible life that awaits some orphans who are not adopted, it can be very painful. It is, however, good for us to look the truth of these things in the face in order to see the genuine need for believers to take a call to adoption seriously.


I highly recommend Adopted for Life for any believer of any age. Because the book paints such a beautiful picture of God adopting us, all believers can benefit from the work. For couples who might consider growing their family, this book is a must-read. Dr. Moore has done a great job touching readers’ hearts and their minds with a glorious, Christ-centered picture of adoption.


I was graciously given an audio copy of this book to review from The audio is clear an understandable, though I would prefer the words to come a little quicker. Dr. Moore narrates his own work, and this can often be a difficult task for an author to do—Though in defense of Dr. Moore, he does a far better job narrating his own work than does Mark Driscoll.
Review by / (Posted on 7/19/2010)