In my experience the American church holds two sins on unforgivable pedestals: abortion and homosexuality. Christians can forgive pedophiles, murderers, thieves, drug addicts, liars, men who beat their wives and public menaces to society. If you willfully kill your unborn child or are attracted to the same sex, however, you might as well have leprosy. This is not right.
I am not saying that it’s okay to do these things, but neither is it okay to limit God’s grace. Sadly, that is what I’ve seen the church do for decades. Longer, really. This is why I am so excited about a brand new book by Kim Ketola.
We all make mistakes, some bigger, some smaller. Some with lasting repercussions, visible and not. Cradle My Heart addresses women who have experienced abortion. It details the healing God’s love can provide and the hope these women need. It offers a path to self-forgiveness and reconciliation with faith and Father.
In bullet form it looks like this (taken from the back of the book):
- Face yourself and face God
- Forgive and be forgiven
- Repent and accept God’s love
- Grieve and find an end to sorrow
Oh, but there’s so much more in this book. She talks about Heaven and mourning the lost child. She discusses cultural inconsistencies that circle the definition of life. With vulnerable glimpses into her own experiences, she tackles the issues of blame, guilt and relational reconciliation (both to the other people involved and to faith). The text overflows with compassion and understanding. It’s peppered with Scripture and solid doctrine. The back of the book provides loads of extra resources and reading suggestions. This book offers a path to renewed wholeness, all by the immeasurable love of our God and Savior.
Those are my thoughts. I would love to get the book into the hands of those who need it. If you or someone you know could benefit from the message held within these pages, go HERE to purchase the book. If money is an obstacle, please contact me. We’ll find a way to get you a copy.
Here is what the publisher says.
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 mylife 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
A Live Webcast Event Featuring this Author:
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.
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