Aug 29, 2012

Cradle My Heart by Kim Ketola

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.

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.

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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. {}

Do you ever wish you could turn back the clock and make different choices? Unfortunately, that is not an option for women who have had an abortion. Feelings of deep guilt and sorrow linger on and just don't go away.

If you know someone who needs to find healing and closure after an abortion, Cradle My Heart is the best resource dealing with post-abortion I have ever found. Early in the book there is a quote that really impacted me. On page 25, it says "Do you want it?" It is so incredibly simple yet profound. If we want to get well emotionally and spiritually, this book has the answers.

Kim Ketola has been there, and she shares her story with tenderness and honesty. At one point, she describes a beautiful painting called Be Not Afraid by Greg Olsen, which depicts Jesus standing on a rock in a shallow canyon of rushing waters. He holds an infant high on his left shoulder as his strong right hand powerfully pulls a young girl from the rushing waters beneath his feet.

These are her words, "Not only are we forgiven, but we are given this exceedingly great and precious gift--a child, our child held safe for us within his strong embrace." This is a beautiful image that anyone who has lost a child will treasure.

Cradle My Heart is filled with courage and hope, and the truth in this book will set you free ... if you want it to.

Disclosure: Review copy received through Litfuse Publicity Group, in exchange for my honest review.

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