Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father
by Dan Cruver, editor. Contributors: John Piper, Scotty Smith, Rick Phillips, Jason Kovacs
ďI canít recall ever hearing about, much less reading, a book like this before. This remarkable volume fills a gap in our understanding of both Godís adoption of us and our adoption of others. I highly recommend it.Ē
-ó Sam Storms, Pastor, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City and author of numerous books
One of the ambitious dreams that Reclaiming Adoption and its authors share is, that when Christians hear the word adoption, they will think first about their adoption by God - as the Apostle Paul taught us to think of it. As it now stands, Christians usually think first about the adoption of children. Reclaiming Adoption sets out to change this situation by providing breathtaking views of Godís love for and delight in His children ó views that will free you to live boldly in this world from Godís acceptance, not in order to gain it.
Reclaiming Adoption begins by examining Jesusí Parable of the Prodigal Son because it ultimately puts God the Fatherís love on display ó a love that embraces the younger son with uninhibited joy (Luke 15:20) and goes out to entreat the self-righteous older son to come join the celebration (Luke 15:28). The book is premised on the belief that behind the Parable of the Prodigal Son(s) is Scriptureís teaching on adoption. The story of the Bible is that God the Father sent his only true and eternal Son on a mission, and that mission was to bring many wayward and rebellious sons home to glory (Hebrews 2:10) in order to adopt them into His family.
That is the Story behind the story of the Prodigal Sons. It is the only story that gives our stories any meaning or significance.
Dan Cruver and his co-authors are convinced that if Christians learn to first think about their adoption by God, and only then about the adoption of children, they will enjoy deeper communion with the God who is love, and experience greater missional engagement with the pain and suffering of this world. Thatís what this book is about. What the orphan, the stranger, and the marginalized in our world need most is churches that are filled with Christians who live daily in the reality of Godís delight in them. Reclaiming Adoption can transform the way you view and live in this world for the glory of God and the good of our worldís most needy.
About the Author
Dan Cruver and his wife, Melissa, are parents of a multi-ethnic family of three children. Dan is the director of Together for Adoption, an organization that provides gospel-centered resources to mobilize the church for global orphan care. Dan is a frequent conference speaker and writer. He has a M.S. in Counseling and 90+ hours toward a Ph.D. in Theology. Prior to directing Together for Adoption, Dan was a college professor of Bible and Theology and a Pastor of Family Ministries.
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