I should maybe call this a sort-of review, because it is pretty much unabashed in its praise. I know there is supposed to be criticism as part of any book review, but I got my copy for free. So I can't even complain about the price. Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches by Russell Moore is, without question, the best book I have ever read on adoption. It is the only book I have ever read on adoption so maybe I should offer some other praise. Adopted for Life is one of the best books I have ever read about parenting. (In case you are wondering, the best book about parenting is Shepherding a Child's Heart)
I read this book in audiobook format. That means that I was driving, or mowing the yard, or cleaning the house as I listened to it. I obviously didn’t take notes while listening so this is not as complete a review as I would normally write.
The thesis of Adopted for Life is that physical adoption is a picture of the doctrine of adoption. The book is an encouragement for every Christian and every church to be involved in adoption either by supporting those who seek to adopt or by adopting. Moore would say that adoption is ultimately an issue of evangelism.
The book is, however, not entirely about theology. Much of the book is dedicated to the practical issues that are bound to come up in adoption. Moore has two adopted boys and he draws heavily from his experience with the adoption process and with raising adopted children. He is open about his own feelings in every area of the adoption process. I obviously have not been though the adoption process but I can not think of an issue that he does not cover.
I read the book because my brother and his wife are beginning the adoption process. I will recommend it to them and to my parents, and to anyone in their church. This book has my highest endorsement. I have nothing but praise for Adopted for Life.