Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Orphan Summit: Reclaiming Adoption (a giveaway)

“The main reason we gather here is not first because we have adopted, but because we are adopted–because we’re in God’s family” (Jedd Medefind, President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans).

Yesterday, in a pre-conference gathering, Dan Cruver took that to an even deeper reality, that adoption is anchored deeply within the internal relationships of the three Persons of the blessed Trinity.

Jesus said, “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be  with me  where I am,  to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me  before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24).

There was never a moment when the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit did not exist. There was never an eternity when they did not exist–eternity past, eternity present, and eternity future did not, cannot, and will not exist without them. Not only did all three Persons of the Trinity preexist the sending of the Son and the Spirit, they preexist and transcend time itself. They are, after all, the very foundation of the universe and the intelligent reason for its existence. Without them, nothing else ever could or would exist. God’s perfectly enjoyed and unbroken communion of love existed forever before anything was made!

“I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them” (John 17:26).

So, as wonderful as the story of our adoption is, it is the Story of the Trinity behind it that gives God’s work of adoption its ultimate meaning, beauty, and significance. As John Piper has said, “Adoption is bigger than the universe.” How is that true? Because the eternal communion of our triune God is behind, beneath, beside, and above the Universe and is the ultimate reason and cause for our adoption.

When we adopt, we are reflecting the love of God. Adoption may lead us into harder relationships than we expected. But then, God’s adopted children aren’t so loveable either. He loved us before we ever cared anything about him and he sticks with us even when we look away from him.

May the love with which the Father loved the Son be in us.


Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living through the Rediscovery of Abba FatherThe quoted paragraphs are from Reclaiming Adoption, by Dan Cruver.

Here’s what you can do to be eligible to win one of 7 copies of Reclaiming Adoption that Dan has provided.

  1. Leave a comment at this post.
  2. Leave just one comment.
  3. Do it before midnight this Sunday, May 15.


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92 Responses to “Orphan Summit: Reclaiming Adoption (a giveaway)”

  1. We have adopted three boys, and would love this book.

  2. We have two adopted children and hope to adopt more. I would love to read this book and pass on to others.

    God Bless,

  3. Jessica Hunter

    How wonderful it is to be adopted children of God! After living in Haiti the summer after the earthquake, all the orphans who just wanted to be loved captured my heart. My husband and I are newly married and are already talking about adoption.

  4. Lance Skifter

    We are in the process of adopting twins. This book would be a tremendous blessing.

  5. We are in the process of adopting from Russia. I would love to get a copy of this book. Also, I plan to put a link to this article on my blog. Thank you!

  6. Alisha Jenkins

    Would love a copy of this book!

  7. […] this week and giving away 7 free copies of his book. To register for your chance to win, check out this blog post and leave a comment. I’m hoping to win a copy. If I don’t, it is definitely something […]

  8. Thank you so much for this post Noel. I am especially grateful for the last paragraph when you write: “Adoption may lead us into harder relationships than we expected. But then, God’s adopted children aren’t so loveable either.”

    I work with so many people who narrow down their willingness or back out of the process all together because they are scared the children will be difficult. They are lacking a firm understanding of our rebellion and of God’s unceasing love of His rebel children. I hope what you’ve said here sinks into the hearts of many.

    Blessings to you!

  9. We are so blessed with our two adopted sons! My passion is to help many more children in need of parents get matched with their forever families and vice versa. Thank you!

  10. I am someone who was adopted at the age of four and my husband and I are now adopting a toddler from Ethiopia. I would love to have a copy of this book!!!

  11. I would love to read this book!

  12. Throw my name in for the free copy (Or maybe loan me your copy :)
    glad you are there.

  13. I would love a copy of this book! I have heard great things about it. We are in the process of adopting a sibling group from Ethiopia as well!

  14. My husband and I have two sons, adopted from Ukraine in 2007 & 2010. We pray that God will allow us to adopt again in the future. Would love to have a copy of this book!

  15. My husband and I just starte the adoption process. This is a book I’ve been wanting to read!

  16. Would love that book!

  17. It’s amazing to think of how terrible it must have been for Jesus to be separated from the father on the cross in our place. What a sacrifice for Jesus who has always been in perfect community with the Father and Spirit. Praise God!

  18. thanks so much for posting from the conference…would have loved to have been there!

  19. We are in the process of adopting and would love to read this book!

  20. I LOVED “Adopted For Life” and have given that book to others, who have given it to others. It sounds like “Reclaiming Adoption” is another great one to help shape our hearts and minds in this area.

  21. My husband and I have a heart for adoption. I would love to read this book!

  22. We have multiple children by birth and are hoping to adopt one or more children in the next few years. Right now we’re just trying to figure out when and how. We would love to read this book.

  23. I have adopted 1 daughter and am fostering 4 other girls at this time. This book is on my short list, I would love the opportunity to read it. Thanks!

  24. My husband and I adopted a 16 year old Ukrainian boy coming out of a disrupted adoption. I read any adoption books I can, especially those recommended by people’s opinions I value, such as yours not only for myself but also to refer to clients as I also work at an adoption agency. I would LOVE to have this book to share with others as a resource!!

  25. I am an adoptive dad, and have a passion for my church to embrace God’s mandate to care for the orphan. I would love to have this book to work through with my pastor. I so wish I was in Louisville today at Summit… My prayers are with all that could be there, and with all those caring for orphans in myriad ways who couldn’t. Thanks!

  26. Would love this book~ I’m a grandma to three (and in process for a fourth!) adopted children.

  27. We are starting the process of adopting our first child. I have this book on my ‘to do’ list.

  28. I would love to win one! :)

  29. I have a 4-yr-old son who came into our family through adoption and we’re in the process of adopting again. This book would be a great resource to read and share with others.

  30. I grew up for 8 years without a father, then my mother got married. My (step) dad adopted me when I was 11. My husband and I are somewhat newly married and are also interested in the idea of adoption. I would love to read the book!

  31. Duane Spangler

    Thanks for sharing Dan’s thoughts. I agree that human adoption is one of the clearest and greatest tangible examples of God’s reclamation of humanity to Himself. When a family accepts a child – with all the fagilities and imperfections that life has imbedded – this is a profound reflection of His unconditional love for humanity. As an adoptive dad, I am in awe of the expanse of God’s love for each of us – as I fail so many times to patiently practice His brand of care and love. But I remain challenged to live out in my own small way His wonderful way of claiming each of us as His own.

  32. I just found this website and I am already blessed! As a mom to 5, most of whom are adopted, the encouragement is really great! Thank you for entering me into the drawing for the book!

  33. I’d love a copy!

  34. LOVE THIS: “Adoption may lead us into harder relationships than we expected. But then, God’s adopted children aren’t so loveable either.”

  35. I have been wanting to pick up a copy of this book for some time now. Our family has just begun the adoption process.

  36. My sister has adopted and is in process of adopting a second. She and her husband are attending the Summit Conference. My family is also considering the adoption path. Thanks for being an advocate of adoption!

  37. God has put adoption on the hearts of my husband & I. We are trying to discernwhere God is leading us. We would love this book!

  38. Have a desire to adopt and currently seeking out options for our family to do this! This would be a great resource!

  39. When we adopt, we are reflecting the love of God. Adoption may lead us into harder relationships than we expected. But then, God’s adopted children aren’t so loveable either. He loved us before we ever cared anything about him and he sticks with us even when we look away from him.
    and thus is the challenge…We can adopt, foster, and mentor until we reach our breaking point. Yes that is where satan himself desires us to be,,,then our gospel is meaningless. Help church help me!

  40. Andrea Gustaff

    Since my dad was adopted I have always thought it would be good to adopt. Now that I am a believer in Christ I know the privilege of parenthood goes far beyond the joys and experience of being a mom. My husband and I, by Gods sovereign will, have not been blessed with our own children. Sometimes it grieves me but I am reminded that while I was a vile sinner, God saved me and adopted me into His family. What an awesome gift it would be to adopt a child and emulate my Savior! I will be praying about this!!!

  41. Jennifer Russell

    So grateful that we have been adopted into God’s family as well as that we have had the honor of adopting 3 precious ones. Love what you are doing!!!!


  42. I am so glad to find your blog! Love it! On kid #5, adoption #3. Thanks for the focus, the encouragement, coming along side and spurring us on to do whatever God would ask of us.

  43. Feel called to adopt but am nervous. Would love to read this book.

  44. We have our first weekend visitation with two teenagers tomorrow! I love the reminder in this write up that it may not be an easy road, but that the rest Of God’s adopted children (us!) aren’t always so lovable or easy either. Would love to read the book!

  45. I’m at the conference, too! My husband and I are just beginning the adoption process! I would love to win a copy of the book.

  46. Wonderful thoughts. Thank you for sharing.

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    He is I AM i am not.

  48. Well, here is my comment: I would love to read this book. We are in the process of adopting a little girl in China and just recieved a referral last week. If all goes well and the Lord does in fact want us to have this child, I have pictures of our new daughter. : ) Awesome, knowing it is Christ who orchestrated this, and scary having no control over this situation, all at the same time! Thank you for your posts.

  49. Adopted thru Christ, adopting 2 boys from Ethiopia any day and trying to get an Orphans Ministry going at our church. This book might be a great resource for us to look at together!

  50. We are starting the fost-adopt process this week!!

  51. what a beautiful quote: not because we have adopted but because we are adopted. As part of an “adoptive family” both spiritually and earthly, we would love to have a copy of this book to read and share with others. Thank you!

  52. Praying about adopting! Would love to read this!

  53. I’m hoping to win a copy! 1 sweet Ethiopian daughter and one on the way!

  54. Thank you for this blog.

  55. Michael Hallas

    Love the blog and a chance for a book.

  56. Our adoption journey was an incredible learning time in our faith. We saw God’s grace manifest in HUGE ways. And, the Lord really reminded us of a huge purpose Christians should be adopting when our daughter made a profession of faith in Christ. What an incredible thought to see how He brought her to our family and used us in a small part to share Christ with her. And, I know that has been multiplied in many many families. I’d love a copy of this book.

  57. I would LOVE to read this! Thanks for the chance!

  58. I would to add this book to our library of adoption books. I know it would provide us with additional tools we need in our ministry.

  59. Wacky Dave Perrin

    Since we have been involved in orphan ministry, God has drawn us more deeply into relationship with him – deeper and deeper. I’ve learned to appreciate His adoption of me so much more. And I’m compelled to love Him thru service more and more. How great it is to be redeemed and living more like we were all designed to live – in relationship with Him and working to glorify Him. Thanks for your encouraging words that form the foundation of our service to orphans.

  60. Vicki Neidhardt

    I would love to read this and learn more about adoption. Thanks for the opportunity.

  61. my husband and i do foster care (with the hopes of adoption). we would love to win a copy!

  62. Would love to win this book, sounds like a great book of theology as well as Adoption! If I don’t win, I’ll head to the library to read it myself!

  63. HOW GREAT IS HIS LOVE THAT WE SHOULD BE CALLED HIS CHILDREN & “…that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them” (John 17:26). THE SAME LOVE CAN BE IN US & PORTRAIT HIS GREAT LOVE TO A WORLD IN DARKNESS!

    Rika – South Africa

  64. Thanks for this post! Would love a chance for a copy!

  65. Would love a chance for a copy!

  66. I haven’t heard of this book, but it sounds very good! Thanks for the chance to get a copy!

  67. Carol Schneider

    Because Christ first loved us!

  68. Christie Vaughn

    We would have loved to be at the conference but were unable to attend because of scheduling conflicts. One of the conflicts being we are taking classes to become certified to foster and adopt through the state. We would love to read this book. We have already read Adopt for Life. Do you have any book recommendations?

  69. Meredith Wilson

    Thank you, thank you Lord for adopting me!!!

  70. Krissy Fulton

    My heart is with all of you at the conference!

  71. Whether I win this book or not I plan to read it.

  72. I love this! My husband and I have been discussing some of the challenges of adopting older children (we are waiting for a older child or sibling group from Ethiopia…16 months in the process). How true that we are unlovable and God loves us anyway! It puts perspective on parenting in the tough times! Thanks for this post!

  73. Adoptive mom of a 3 month old baby girl. Would love to read Dan’s book and a little envious that I’m not exeriencing The Summit with all of you!!!

  74. My grandfather was a pastor and he used to say “The most dangerous prayer you will ever pray is for God to use you to do His will”, as this prayer will change your life. Well, that’s just what we started doing 3 years ago, which led to a calling to adopt one of HIS children, our son Elijah, from Rwanda. I still pray that prayer, and pray that He will guide us in his ministry, because our responsibility to God’s orphans does not stop with our beloved son. I would love to read this book.

  75. Sounds like a great book!

  76. The Lord is calling us to adopt and this book would be a much needed resource.

  77. Thank you for blogging from the Summit. I am following from home.

  78. After losing our little boy 6 months ago, the Lord has confirmed that His desire for our family is to adopt a Bolivian child, since we are in Bolivia as missionaries. I would love to have a better perspective of the Lord’s purposes in our adopting!

  79. I just finished reading Mary Beth Chapman’s “Choosing to SEE” and feel that God has opened my eyes to seeing, for the first time, adoption as a possibility in our family. Praying for discernment to know the next steps that God is leading our family to take.

  80. Would love to read this book!

  81. I would love to read the book and learn more about this!

  82. Can’t wait to read it!

  83. I would love to read Cruver’s book! Orphans and orphan care has been on my heart–I have so many friends adopting and am praying about it.

  84. My husband Greg and I have 5 biological children. Several years ago God gave us a heart to adopt from foster care. We knew we were called to adopt a sibling group of 3 or more. Most large sibling groups end up split. We had many struggles due to our “already large family” but on March 8, 2010 we adopted 4 siblings. To say it has been easy would be a lie. But God has so blessed us in ways we never dreamed. Things have happened that were humanly impossible, but with God nothing is impossible. I am reminded of the potter and the clay. God is patiently molding us each day into His image. As their mom I pray God will help me take the clay that the world has beaten down and cast aside and aide in sculpting someone for His glory! We would love to adopt more and are praying God will once again open the doors. I would encourage people to also read Karyn Purvis book, The Connected Child. Thank you for taking the time to post for those of us who were unable to go.

  85. Susan Lancaster

    Abba’s Child

    I am adopted.

    I was an orphan…. waiting for adoption.

    I was predestined from eternity to be adopted as a child of God through Christ.

    This adoption was solely the work of God’s love and grace.

    When I came to Christ I was not only forgiven……..but adopted.

    I am no longer an orphan with no hope……but an adopted child with no fear.

    God didn’t just cleanse me……….he did more.

    He didn’t just set me free………..he did more.

    He adopted me.

    I am Abba’s Child.

    Mom to 4 child…2 born in China and 2 born in Ethiopia

  86. Noel,
    We haven’t adopted. We do have four biological children of our own, two who are just not too far away from leaving the nest. But I found myself resonating with the quotes from the book..who knows what God would have for us in the future. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!


  87. this book sounds incredible!

  88. Hi Noel! We have two bio daughters and a son that the Lord perfectly grafted into our family from Thailand in 2009. My husband and I are seeking Him about adding a second son from China. I’m working to come along side my sister in law who has started a non profit grant agency for adopting families. I love to read about all things adoption and appreciate the opportunity to win a copy of this book!
    Because of Jesus~

  89. Noel,
    My husband and I were at Summit but didn’t get a chance to hear Dan speak – SOOO many great speakers & information to soak in. We are going to be “processing” our first summit experience for awhile now. We have adopted domestically and are wondering if God will have us stepping out into the world of international adoption soon. We would love to add this book to our resources to draw from.
    – Janna

  90. We are fostering to adopt and were at the Summit too. What a blessing! Thanks for sharing this.

  91. Blessed to have 3 children – one by birth and two adopted from Ethiopia. Still the greatest of all blessings… I am ADOPTED – a daughter of the Most High God!

  92. […] be eligible to win one of 7 copies of Reclaiming Adoption that Dan has provided, go to my website and follow the instructions […]

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