Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Cradle My Heart: A Book Review and Tour

About The Book:

Abortion continues to be a hot topic in politics, women’s rights, and medical practice. But for the eight to ten million American Christian women who have had one, abortion is a spiritual issue as well, raising questions of life and death, heaven and hell, grief and loss.

Writing from her own experience, Kim Ketola sheds light on one of the darkest and most neglected personal issues of our time: the widespread need for healing and spiritual recovery after abortion. “After abortion brought the worst trouble into my life I had ever known,” writes Ketola, “I just couldn’t see my way free to believe in God’s love.” 

With a compassionate heart, Ketola offers ten true stories of healing promise from the Bible to help women answer the most common spiritual torments they face: Is abortion a sin? Does God hate me? Where can I turn in my shame and distress? How could I ever tell anyone the truth? And more.
Inspired by Romans 6:4--“just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life"--this is a definitive resource to help women see themselves and God anew and--finally--to find spiritual healing.


About The Author:

Kim Ketola is a sought-after writer and motivational speaker with the Ruth Graham and Friends conference. After thirty years in the broadcasting industry, she founded a nonprofit organization through which she presents professionally accredited conferences to equip counselors and help individuals recover from the emotional and spiritual wounds of abortion. Kim lives in Atlanta, Georgia.  

Visit her website: www.cradlemyheart.org


You can check out the stops for the rest of the blog tour for Cradle My Heart here.


In coordination with the launch of their fall releases, Kregel will be hosting a live webcast event on September 20 at 8 PM EDT featuring authors Kim Ketola (Cradle My Heart), Teske Drake (Hope for Today, Promises for Tomorrow), and Dawn Scott Jones (When a Woman You Love Was Abused). The webcast will allow women to come together to share their struggles and fears in order to move toward healing and hope. Women will able to support one another and discuss shared experiences in a non-threatening, open and loving environment. 

Cat Hoort of Kregel says, ""We are seeking to provide safe means for Christian women to be vulnerable with each other, to seek help and guidance from authors and counselors, and to find encouragement from those who have shared similar experiences. Our hope is that the Women Redeemed webcast will become a forum for hurting women as well as for those who can help. Kim, Teske, and Dawn are all survivors and their stories will surely inspire and equip other women to move toward healing and hope."

To register for the event, just click here.


My Review:

Abortion has been an issue that has been around for years, and has much controversy surrounding it. It is also one of the social issues that the Church has been involved for almost as long. As much as the church fights abortion, the one thing that I think is lacking, is the care given to those who have had an abortion. Often times people can be very harsh when a woman admits to having had an abortion (be it within the church or not), and this is not what women in this situation need. They need compassion, a listening ear and someone to tell them that God loves them regardless of the choice they made. 

Cradle My Heart: Finding God's Love After Abortion is a must-read for all women who have gone through abortion, as it shows them that forgiveness is part of the journey to complete healing in Christ after abortion. However, the book is also necessary for all Women's Ministry and Abortion Healing groups in churches. It is a quick read about a difficult topic but one that needs to be read by all.

I love that each chapter has a section for reflection, with scripture to mediate on and and response section to help the reader work through the journey from abortion. The book also includes a fantastic appendix of resources about abortion and a fantastic study guide for small group study purposes. 


I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase Cradle My Heart at Amazon or at your local bookseller from Kregel Publications.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity and the publisher, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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