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Above all, don’t give up hope! You are not alone. There is help and hope for lasting healing and peace with God.
The reality is the majority of those “choosing” abortion today are men. Most abortion decisions are driven by men who sponsor it, pressing and paying for the procedure to be done. According to research from afterabortion.org, in 95% of cases the male partner played a central role in the decision.
At the other extreme are those men who are edged out of the decision altogether. They literally have no voice–no legal standing to override a woman’s decision. Even spousal consent laws for married fathers-to-be have been ruled unconstitutional. These men are forced into the heartbreaking role of bystander to the death of their wanted offspring.
Somewhere between these two groups lie a great number of men who suffer because they abdicated, having believed the culture’s lie that abortion is strictly a woman’s choice.
In these ways, abortion either hardens a man’s heart or leaves him heartbroken over the loss of his child(ren). But there is hope for every man who needs to know God’s love after abortion.
In Ezekiel 36:26, God says, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Someone Stronger, Helping Men Take Heart after Abortion is designed to help heal the hearts of men who have been hurt by abortion. Here you will find help to meet the spiritual challenges of life after abortion. Be encouraged. We have Someone strong enough to help us in our time of need.
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I offer this short book in hope that God will speak to you or the man in your life who needs it to begin to break through the pain and anger abortion brings. Please freely share this with men who need to know God’s love for them after their involvement with abortion. Restoring lost manhood–the role of leading, protecting, providing–seems to me the greatest need men face in the aftermath.
What do you think is the greatest spiritual need of men impacted by abortion?
I wasn’t trying to probe into anyone’s past or coax out a confession.
In fact, I was so new to this church that I was reluctant to share something so personal. Yet, when I disclosed an abortion in my past, I heard from several other women in our thirty-member Bible study group who had also lost a child to abortion. Perhaps these women were relieved to hear someone, anyone, bring up the subject at church. Maybe I just seem like a safe person since I mentioned having written a book about spiritual recovery after abortion. But each one eagerly shared her secret with me that day.
And each story was as different as the woman who told it.
I want to recommend Kim Ketola‘s book Cradle My Heart to you. In working directly with the pro-life movement over the last few years, I have seen the incredible need for a book such as the one you hold in your hands. Through powerful, real stories, many of them from her own life, Kim graciously communicates the love and hope Jesus brings to hearts wounded by abortion. May God continue to bless and lead your ministry Kim! —Rebecca St. James, singer, author, actress
In Cradle My Heart, you will experience release and encounter wholeness that only comes from God‘s forgiving touch. Too many people in our culture treat abortion as a political, medical choice. It is far more. Kim Ketola takes this issue away from politicians and doctors and elevates it tenderly to a spiritual level to open eyes and hearts to the amazing grace and redemption of a loving heavenly Father. —Ruth Graham, author of In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart, daughter of Billy Graham, and president of Ruth Graham and Friends
The estimated one in every five Christian women who have experienced abortion will experience the love of the Lord through this beautiful, insightfully-written book. Kim relates stories of those with broken hearts who encountered Jesus, and she bravely shares her own experience of repentance and meeting his comfort and healing after abortion to deliver a personal, intimate, and hope-filled read and resource. —Peggy Hartshorn, PhD, president of Heartbeat International
With candid honesty, Kim Ketola helps readers heal from the suffering after abortion. Prayers and practical steps at the end of every chapter provide guidance in transforming hurt into hope. And thoughtful reflections and biblical insight help readers find Christ‘s restoration the minute they open their hearts and give him permission to forgive and heal.—Theresa Burke, Ph.D., author of Forbidden Grief, and founder of Rachel‘s Vineyard Ministries
Kim Ketola‘s discerning creativity translates biblical stories into practical help for those struggling after abortion. Sharing her personal walk from shame to new life, she writes from the heart and offers hope, forgiveness, and help for strengthening faith in this awesome book! —Georgette Forney, Co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign
The Christian Booksellers Association featured Cradle My Heart in the August issue of Retailers + Resources magazine.
And reviewer Ruth O’Neil said the book is “a must-read.”
For the one who’s had an abortion, this book can help them realize that God still loves them and that there’s no sin that’s unforgivable. God’s waiting with open arms. This book is a must read for those who have struggled by the loss of abortion. While the Bible doesn’t specifically speak of abortion, Ketola modernizes biblical stories of hope, healing, and forgiveness in Christ.
I’m also grateful that my article “Listening to Abortion” appears in the same issue. It tells the story of a time when I disclosed my abortion in my Bible study group at church and heard from several other women who had been suffering in isolation and pain after abortion. I hope this review and article will open our eyes to the need for help and care–the mission field–that exists within the church.