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We use the word adoption very casually today - we speak of adopting pets, books, and highways. Yet the word has a far nobler significance. Adoption is the permanent placement of a child in a family with all its rights and privileges. God has forever placed us in his family. He has forever made us his children. He has forever changed our legal status. He has forever granted us an inheritance. He has forever lavished his love upon us.
A Hope Deferred probes the depths of this wonderful reality by unfolding the six blessings of adoption as found in Romans 8. It intertwines these blessings with an account of one family's journey to international adoption - a journey encompassing twenty years, four continents, and countless joys and sorrows. The result is a valuable glimpse into the essential relationship between adoption, affliction, and the fatherhood of God over his people.
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Vendor: Shepherd Press
Publication Date: 2013
Yet the word has a far nobler significance.
Adoption is the permanent placement of a child in a family with all its rights and privileges. God has forever placed us in his family. He has forever made us his children. He has forever changed our legal status. A Hope Deferred probes the depths of this wonderful reality and intertwines these blessings with an account of one family's journey to international adoption. The result is a valuable glimpse into the essential relationship between adoption, affliction, and the fatherhood of God over his people.
"How long, O Lord?" is a piercing Biblical cry which Stephen and Alison Yuille lived over many years of praying that God would give them children. In the end, God granted them two daughters, and a deeper knowledge of His fatherly love in Jesus Christ. This book is a precious mosaic of personal stories and biblical teaching that go straight to the heart.
---Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
Originally from Markham, Ontario, Stephen now resides in Glen Rose, Texas, with his wife Alison, and their daughters Laura and Emma. He is the Preaching Pastor at Grace Community Church, and an Adjunct Professor at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas. He has also ministered in churches and seminaries in Canada and Portugal. He has a Ph.D. in historical theology from the London School of Theology. His other books include The Inner Sanctum of Puritan Piety (2007), Puritan Spirituality (2008), Trading and Thriving in Godliness (2008), Living Blessedly Forever (2012), Looking Unto Jesus (2013), and A Labor of Love (2013).
GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Twofold story of adoption and our adoption by GodOctober 15, 2013GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4"God's love is never self-serving. That means he doesn't need to love us, nor does he need us to love him. Simply put, he doesn't gain anything from loving us. That realization shouldn't disturb us or offend us. On the contrary, it should comfort us, because that's the kind of love we need [unconditional]. We need someone to love us that actually doesn't need us [conditional].
God has that kind of love in himself. And here is the wonderful thing: he lavishes it upon his children. We don't need to earn God's love. We don't need to merit God's love. We don't need to worry that God's love for us will change. We don't need to worry that God's love for us is contingent upon our performance. Why? God's love is merciful, and it's the whole reason why he adopted us."
When the author and his wife discovered they may never conceive a child, they decided to adopt one or more children. But the process was not without its twists and turns and what should have taken only a couple of years stretched out for 17 years. These experiences inspired J. Stephen Yuille to explore the parallels and contrasts between human adoption and our adoption by our heavenly Father. So this book has two purposes. One is to
celebrate our adoption by God, an act of unconditional love and unchanging goodness on His part. The second is to strengthen and encourage others in their struggles, especially those grappling with infertility and adoption issues.
God has purposely placed us in His "family" with all the rights and privileges of that family. The author explores the six blessings of our adoption into God's family according to
Romans chapter 8. In the even numbered chapters of this 14 chapter book, he and his wife recount their extended adoption story. In the odd numbered chapters, he uses the space for exegetical exploration of each of the blessings. In light of the first blessing he ponders how God could "turn a depraved sinner into a privileged son", then delves into Romans 8:1-4 --how our sins are cleansed. He follows suit with the five other blessings in the remaining chapters.
Mr. Yuille's writing style is more like a Bible lesson in lecture format than it is prose. His strength is not so much as a storyteller but as an excellent Bible teacher. For such a small book, only 151 pages, the author packs quite a wallop into each of his expositions. Each chapter is only about five pages long on average but is packed full of pithy biblical truth. He uses examples such as C.S. Lewis' character of Eustace in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, an unexpected pregnancy, or a rock making ripples in a pond to illustrate his point or to show us God's unchanging goodness. He quotes from quite a few sources which he lists at the end of the book in the Notes section.
Fortunately, our adoption from God is not very much like human attempts to adopt children. While on the surface they may seem similar, the likeness is shallow. Human
adoption can be a harrowing experience. And while we may search everywhere else to find fulfillment except the adoption into God's family, when we finally lean completely on Him, He makes it easy for us to be adopted because He has done all the work. We can trust Him completely. The gratification we receive from our adopted family members is warm and satisfying, but it is only a shadow of the completeness and joy we experience when we are adopted by God. I find that immensely comforting.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews and Shepherd Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."