Furthermore...

The internet is burning up this week with increasingly volatile feedback on this book:

I'm about a third of the way in, and though I can't fairly assess the work as a whole, so far I can tell you that Kathryn Joyce's basic purpose is to pose a secular critique of the Christian adoption movement. It's stirring up a storm amongst believers, adoptive parents (Christian and non), and those who are adamantly opposed to any part of the evangelical adoption world.

Thoughts coming on that entire book just as soon as I can soak it all in. For now, I can say that one positive by-product of the work is that all eyes, ears, and voices are trained like lasers onto examining and promoting ethical adoptions. That is a good, good thing, y'all.

Let us remember that even if the attention originates out of hate or condemnation for what many adoptive parents do in the name of Christ, the Lord can and will and IS using all of this scrutiny for good...for the protection of children who are wrongly taken from their first families.

Here are a few more links I've taken in the past several weeks/months that have been very helpful in analyzing the complexities of adoption as well as specifically working to understand and promote purity in adoption experiences for all parties involved: the child, birth family, adoptive family, agency, attorney, governmental organization, etc.

John Piper: Disavowals and Affirmations for Christian Adoptions

My Fascinating Life: The Wall of Adoption Ethics - Part 1 and Part 2

Jen Hatmaker: Part 1 and Part 2

May we continue the discussion, pick apart every move of every adoption experience we pursue, and hold above all the best interests of vulnerable children and impoverished birth families first in our minds and hearts.

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