The new year brings new books, and one of the first to be published in 2011 is Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living through the Rediscovery of Abba Father. Edited and largely written by Dan Cruver it is scheduled for release this Saturday, January 1.
I’ve known Dan since my early days at Heritage. He was my predecessor as Pastor of Youth and Young Adults and had a central role in developing my philosophy of youth discipleship. Dan currently serves as Director of Together for Adoption, an organization that provides gospel-centered resources to help churches care for orphans. He wrote the first four chapters of Reclaiming Adoption; the last four were each written by a different author (John Piper, Scotty Smith, Jason Kovacs, Rick Phillips).
I had the privilege of reading an advance copy of the book and offered the following endorsement:
One might assume that a book entitled Reclaiming Adoption would be seven-eighths application, with a heavy emphasis on the Christian’s responsibility to care for the world’s astonishingly large orphan population. But one would be wrong. In fact, only one of the eight chapters is devoted to horizontal adoption. Reclaiming Adoption is all about our great and glorious God who graciously condescends to include fallen humans like us into his eternal communion. Consequently, it is not merely for adoptive or prospective-adoptive parents; it is for all who believe the Gospel. And don’t let its brevity fool you; the book is a mini-theology of the Trinity, the Incarnation, and the Gospel, packaged together with a missional thrust that shows believers how we participate in Christ and his mission. I’m confident you will find Reclaiming Adoption to be as joy-, wonder-, and thought-provoking as I.