Adoption: What Joseph of Nazareth Can Teach Us about This Countercultural Choice

By Russell D. Moore


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Adoption: What Joseph of Nazareth Can Teach Us about This Countercultural Choice

By Russell D. Moore

Joseph of Nazareth was a good and honorable man. The adoptive father of Jesus, he stood by his wife and raised her son—even when it appeared that she had betrayed him. Such is the love of adoption. But this love stands in stark contrast to what we see in our world today: on-demand abortion, unreported abuse, and widespread neglect.

Adapted from Russell Moore’s influential book Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches, this short volume calls Christians to seriously consider adoption for their own families and thus take a stand for children—born and unborn.


Russell Moore (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the eighth president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation's largest Protestant denomination. A widely-sought commentator, Dr. Moore has been called "vigorous, cheerful, and fiercely articulate" by the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books, including Onward, The Kingdom of ChristAdopted for Life, and Tempted and Tried, and he blogs regularly at and tweets at @drmoore. He and his wife, Maria, have five sons.


"The older I grow, the more I am personally convinced that the church is our Lord's answer to the adopting of so many precious children who so desperately are in need of a good home. Dr. Russell Moore has done the church a tremendous service by reminding us in this writing of the call of God to meet the ever pressing needs of these little ones. Read with the intent to obey."
Johnny Hunt, Former President, The Southern Baptist Convention; Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Woodstock, Woodstock, Georgia

"Russell Moore shows how churches should view adoption as part of their mission. He shows what a difference it would make if Christians were known once again as the people who take in orphans and make them sons and daughters."
Marvin Olasky, Editor in Chief, WORLD Magazine

"This is a powerfully insightful book of how adoption is a beautiful act of love and mission for the gospel. I pray that God uses this book to encourage and impact many, many lives."
Dan Kimball, Pastor, Vintage Faith Church; author, They Like Jesus but Not the Church

"This book is for all who have been adopted by God. Moore illumines the beauty and wonder of our adoption in Christ and its profound and necessary implications for orphan care and the earthly practice of adoption. If you want to deepen your worship of the God who adopts and who has revealed himself to be a 'Father to the fatherless,' Adoption will serve you exceptionally well."
Dan Cruver, Director, Together for Adoption; author, Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father

"The Bible tells us that pure religion is caring for widows and orphans. Dr. Russell Moore challenges Christians to an aspect of Christ's Lordship that many have never considered. His remarkable way of putting our salvation into the context of being adopted into God's family brings a new perspective on being the recipient of undeserved mercy and grace."
Jerry Rankin, Former President, International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention

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Table of Contents:

Introduction: Joseph of Nazareth

  1. Adoption and Spiritual Warfare
  2. Adoption and the Image of God
  3. Adoption and the Walk of Faith



Category: Christian Living
Culture & Social Issues
Marriage & Family
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 64
ISBN-10: 1-4335-4991-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-4991-5
Size: 4.25 in x 7.0 in
Weight: 1.9 ounces
Published: June 30, 2015