Book Alert: Heirs with Christ: The Puritans on Adoption

Title: Heirs with Christ: The Puritans on Adoption
Joel Beeke
Reformation Heritage Books
Release Date: June 3, 2008
Pages: 134
Format: Hardcover
ISBN 13-digit: 9781601780409
Retail Price: $13.00
Table of Contents: YES (below)
Intro: YES

From RHB:

The Puritans have gotten bad press for their supposed lack of teaching on the doctrine of spiritual adoption. In Heirs with Christ, Joel R. Beeke dispels this caricature and shows that the Puritan era did more to advance the idea that every true Christian is God’s adopted child than any other age of church history. This little book lets the Puritans speak for themselves, showing how they recognized adoption’s far-reaching, transforming power and comfort for the children of God.

RHB for $10.00
Amazon for $10.00
Monergism Books $9.88
Westminister Bookstore $9.88
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Table of Contents:

1. Introduction: Correcting a Caricature
2. The Greatness and Comprehensiveness of Adoption
3. Adoption Compared in the Two Testaments
4. What Adoption is Not
5. The Westminster Assembly’s Definitions of Adoption
6. The Transforming Power of Adoption
7. Pastoral Advice in Promoting Adoption
8. The Marks of Adoption
9. Transformed Relationships in Adoption
10. The Privileges and Benefits of Adoption
11. The Responsibilities or Duties of Adoption
12. Motives for Pursuing the Consciousness of Adoption
13. Warning, Invitation, and Comfort

Scripture Index


Calling for Truth recently had a show on “Together for Adoption” where Joel Beeke, along with Russell Moore and Dan Cruver were guests. You can download (MP3) the show by clicking here.


“Dr. Beeke is well-known for his landmark work setting the record straight on the Puritan doctrine of assurance. Now he comes to our aid again with a superb treatment of the Puritans on adoption. I welcome his expert entry into this important field, and commend his keen insights and careful analysis to all who are interested in knowing ‘what the Puritans really said’ about adoption.”

Ligon Duncan

“In this short but spiritually substantive book, Dr. Beeke—a wise and careful ‘pastor theologian’ in the best sense of both words—introduces us to the Puritans’ comforting and transforming work on spiritual adoption. More than just historically informative, this volume should be warmly welcomed by all Christians who want to learn more about this crucial aspect of our identity as sons of God and joint-heirs with Christ.”

Justin Taylor

About the Author:

Joel R. Beeke is pastor of Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and a prolific author.

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2 Comments on “Book Alert: Heirs with Christ: The Puritans on Adoption”

  1. Dan Cruver Says:

    Westminster Bookstore has provided a pdf of the Table of Contents, Foreword, and Chapter 1 here:

  2. Thanks for the links and info Dan!

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