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Overview In this theology of adoption, Stevenson-Moessner argues that while the church has long understood the grounding self-concept of a Christian as a "child of God, " it has failed to underscore that all people come into the family of faith by adoption.
In this heart-felt theology of adoption, Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner argues that while the church has long understood the grounding self-concept of a Christian as a "child of God," it has failed to underscore that we all come into the family of faith by adoption. She explores adoption as a central theme in Scripture, as a doctrine of faith, and as a theological metaphor. Further, in using her own experience of adoption to inform her scholarship, Stevenson-Moessner offers help to all those touched by adoption, including adoptive parents. By beginning with chapters on barrenness, conception, and expectant waiting, and moving to discussions of the developing years, the search for identity, and challenges in the adoptive family, her writing begs a wide audience. Including case studies and interviews with adoptive parents, "The Spirit of Adoption" will be embraced by scholars, counselors, adoptive parents, and adopted children alike.
Awards and Recognitions The Spirit of Adoption: At Home in God's Family by Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner has received the following awards and recognitions -
Book of the Year - 2004 Winner - Top 10 category
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.88" Width: 6.4" Height: 0.45" Weight: 0.52 lbs.
Release Date May 31, 2003
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 0664222005 ISBN13 9780664222000
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More About Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner
Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, Dr.Theol., is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and Professor of Pastoral Care at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas.She is ordained in the PCUSA.
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This is a "must have" for pastors Jan 9, 2007
As the pastor of a church, and as one who has adopted two children, I have come back to this book again and again. It not only combines biblical and theological issues pertaining to adoption, but takes a look at the emotional and psychological issues as well. I have loaned or given this book to a number of couples (and some single individuals) who are in the process of adopting, and they have found it to be quite helpful.Part of the book's strength is that though the book is written by a scholar (a seminary professor of pastoral care), much of the book simply tells the stories of a wide range of people who have gone through the adoption process--sometimes successfully, and sometimes unsuccessfully. Particularly poignant are the sections that deal with "barrenness," the terribly difficult realization that a couple is not able to conceive biologically. Though the "shame" of infertility is not as great as it was in biblical times, there is still great pain that is often not talked about or acknowledged. Several couples said it was good to know that they were not alone in their pain and grief, and this book helped them deal with that. Another couple said it gave them "permission" to finally put their efforts to conceive aside and move ahead towards adoption. It's a book that clergy should have, and the author has done us a great favor in compiling these stories, both biblical and contemporary.
Somewhat one-sided Dec 17, 2006
I think some people will find this book very meaningful, and chances are better than even that they will be adoptive parents. I am both an adoptive parent and an adoptee, and the book spoke to my experience of adopting much more than my experience of being adopted. From the adoptee's perspective, the author's insistence on minimizing the losses involved in adoption undermined some of the other points she was making. This is clear from the start of the book: "Whereas many social workers emphasize the elements of grief common to birth parents, adoptees, and adoptive parents, I focus also on the reality of gift, which is as consistently a life-long companion as the grief." And most of the "grief" that is acknowledged in the text is the grief of the adoptive parent (such as the grief of what the author calls a "miscarried adoption," in what I think is a bizarre phrase).
The author has compassion for those with different roles in the adoption story, but perhaps her own adoption experience was still too fresh (she is an adoptive parent) for her to give others an equal voice. This would be fine if the book were written for adoptive parents, but it is aimed at a wider audience.
The explanation of the New Testament metaphor of God as an adopting parent is very well done and its interest is not limited to those who have adopted, or who have been adopted, themselves.
Readers who feel comfortable within the Reformed tradition will find much of value here, but it is not a book I would recommend for those who are just beginning to experience or deal with grief issues.
A Theology of Adoption from the Heart May 6, 2006
I know Dr. Moessner personally and studied her book for a class. She is a warm and caring person with a deep personal faith that really shines through in this book. If you are wondering about adoption from a Christian faith perspective including all the really difficult, heart-wrenching things this is truly the book to own. For adoptive parents, birth parents, children and intersted persons this book will help you understand the perspective of each person in the adoption -- their feelings and struggles as well as joys. This book will also help those who are not adopted understand God better - God who adopts us into the eternal. I highly recommend this book.