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I thought I’d throw out a few book recommendations.  Some are about adopting children, and some about the doctrine of adoption.  I’m distinguishing them so you can pursue your own interest.  Russell Moore’s book, Adopted for Life, which I reviewed earlier, crosses back and forth between the two (sample pages).

Adoption

  • Helping Your Adopted Child: Understanding Your Child’s Unique Identity by Paul Tripp.  This is a booklet to help adoptive parents navigate some of the sticky wickets regarding your child’s sense of self (sample pages).
  • A Mother’s Ordeal: One Woman’s Fight Against China’s One-Child Policy by Steven Mosher.  We read this while adopting from China.  If you want to see the cruelty of population control, read this.  Most of you will cry at times.
  • Adopting for God: A Guide for People Considering Adoption by Jorie Kincaid.  It is pretty helpful for understanding a number of the issues related to adoption.
  • A Hope Deferred: A Couple’s Guide to Coping with Infertility by Jill Baughan.  I bought it at a discount for friends, and kept one for myself for when I had to counsel couples struggling with this.  Little did I know…
  • Fields of the Fatherless: Discover the Joy of Compassionate Living by C. Thomas Davis.  His premise is that a Christian’s joy and fulfillment are found in places people are unlikely to look.  They are discovered when we pursue the things God pursues.  Scripture paints a picture of a compassion that seeks the most vulnerable members of society, particularly (widows and) orphans.  He is inviting others to open their hearts to the fatherless and discover godly joy and fulfillment in that unlikely place.

 

Doctrine of Adoption

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Here are a few links to some sermons on adoption:

Together for Adoption 2009 Conference featuring Scotty Smith, Ed Stetzer, Scott Roley, Russell Moore and more

John Piper  Adoption: The Heart of the Gospel

John Piper Predestined for Adoption to the Praise of His Glory

John Piper What Does it Mean to Live by Faith in the Service of the Fatherless?

C.J. Mahaney  The Doctrine of Adoption (Galatians 4:1-7)

David Fairchild  Kaleo Church in San Diego  Predestined for Adoption

Steve Cavallaro (yes, me) Adoption- The Height of the Gospel (and another version)

Mark Renfern  Heritage Baptist Church From Adopted to Adopting (I haven’t heard this, but like the title)

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