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"I want to recommend Cradle My Heart to you. In working with the pro-life movement, I have seen the incredible need for a book such as this one. 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 God’s forgiving touch. Kim Ketola elevates the issue 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

“Two perspectives make this book meaningful: Kim’s empathetic personal journey to healing and Jesus Christ’s grace and truth.” Rev. James Lamb, national executive director of Lutherans for Life

"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... a personal, intimate, and hope-filled read and resource."--Peggy Hartshorn, PhD, president of Heartbeat International

"A compelling, powerful, honest account of accepting forgiveness and experiencing the miraculous, healing power of God. A powerful reminder that God wants to redeem pain in our lives and use it for his glory."--Dr. Wess Stafford, president and CEO of Compassion International, and author of Too Small to Ignore and Just a Minute

"Well researched and scripturally rooted, Cradle My Heart is an excellent ministry resource. Kim has been where her readers are. Her meditations remind us that Christ's mercy is greater than our weakness, lending courage to be at peace with ourselves and to help others on this painful journey."--Father Frank Pavone, Priests for Life

"Kim Ketola's discerning creativity translates biblical stories into practical help for those struggling after abortion. Sharing her personal story, she writes from the heart and offers hope, forgiveness, and help for strengthening faith in this awesome book!"--Georgette Forney, cofounder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign

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Working on Cradle My Heart was a spiritual journey in itself--separate from the healing journey outlined in the the book. I really wanted to tell the stories of people who encountered Jesus and walked away healed. The Bible accounts don't provide a lot of detail in many cases, but I can vividly picture these people and I wanted to paint them as portraits of hope.

I'm also humbled to have known the women whose stories appear here representing the many challenges to spiritual growth after abortion. The telling comments they made speak volumes. They too represent illustrations of the healing mercy of Jesus Christ which is so real in our world today.

He is the way, the truth and the life to help us out of the pain of abortion and into a new life now.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825439280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825439285
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kim Ketola is a storyteller at heart. Cradle My Heart, Finding God's Love After Abortion (Kregel, 2012) was a Finalist for the 2013 ECPA Book of the Year Awards, the highest award for excellence in Christian publishing. Host of the weekly broadcast Cradle My Heart Radio, she entered the Minnesota Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2013 for her work while known as Kim Jeffries. Her debut EP as singer-songwriter, Let Love Love You releases October 2014.

Kim's passion is giving voice to God's love. The riddle she's trying to solve is how brokenness reveals life's beauty through the love of Jesus Christ. This mission has found expression in conference workshops for recovery after abortion, in college classrooms teaching storytelling, in prison day rooms sharing prayers, and in singing to lonely hearts tucked away in nursing homes. The story told in all these places is that God's love heals our hearts as soothing medicine after fatal mistakes of our own making. She truly believes the story of his love will actually heal our wounded world one heart at a time. Visit | |

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chels on August 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
Kim Ketola addresses women who've made the impossible decision to abort a child. The book first asks if the reader is searching their hearts and minds trying to heal. The end of the introduction is heartening to readers. She reminds us that we can entrust our hearts to Jesus; we can't "hide" our thoughts or faults from Him. Quoting John 6:37 and Heb 13:5, she comforts us with words showing God's eternal care for those who turn to Him.
Ketola offers 3 "tools" at chapter ends to help the healing process - reflection on Bible passages, prayerful requests, and ways to respond using exercises and steps that aid in spiritual growth.
Although I haven't experienced the pain of abortion, I knew girls who did. The ones that spoke about it to me were ashamed, heartbroken, and grieving. I think that this book would have helped them. Although I cannot relate to the author's saying that the morality of the abortion did not enter into her thoughts at the time, she is bravely honest to report that she was primarily thinking of her career, her reputation etc... This book is about healing; there is no distraction with discussion of the abortion issue as political policy.
Women who need to heal after grieving this impossible choice will benefit from Ketola's telling of others in similar situations, from support from God's Word, and from suggestions for healing.

*Complimentary copy received for review, this does not affect my opinion in any way*
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joanne on September 18, 2012
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This book is truely heartfelt. Anyone reading this book will feel no condemnation, only love and forgiveness. This book gives personal testimony and practical steps to help the reader understand God's grace and his amazing love. I would recommend this book to anyone who is searching for truth and healing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By One Desert Rose on August 27, 2012
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The angst that follows an abortion is seldom, if ever, addressed at the abortion clinic or in the news. Though I've not had an abortion, I do know women who have, and the guilt and shame are sometimes overwhelming. Some drown it in work, alcohol, or drugs, while others suffer with depression and/or anxiety.

Kim Ketola, the author of Cradle My Heart, has had an abortion. She shares her life transparently in hopes of helping other women who've had an abortion get the healing she has received. She acknowledges it isn't an easy or fast process, but through faith in Jesus Christ, healing can come. Though abortion is a physical action taken, it affects your spiritual and emotions parts more drastically. Only God can heal the spiritual aspect.

Cradle My Heart is divided into three parts:

Your Heart: examination; invitation; open conversation
God's Heart: demonstration, realization; restoration; jubilation
The Whole Heart: consolation; dedication; celebration

In her book, Kim will share with you how to:

Face yourself and face God
Repent and accept God's love
Forgive and be forgiven
Grieve and find an end to sorrow.

I found Kim's book to be full of love, hope, grace and mercy, all of which stem from God through His Son, Jesus. You won't hear condemnation from God.

She gives Timeless Truths that resonate Jesus' love to and for you. She also includes a Reflect area where you meditate on Scripture that pertains to the chapter issues she writes about. The Request section is a personal prayer about learning to trust the Lord and thanking Him for His help. You can use that specific prayer or use it as a springboard to to pour out your own soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karla Hanns on August 25, 2012
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Abortion, in recent years, has become an answer for many women, to unwanted pregnancies. What many are not aware of is, that there are consequences of making that choice for many years. Kim does an excellent job in this book of raising the spiritual issues involved and how to heal oneself. This one choice made involves grief , loss, guilt, and unhappiness.One wonders if God hates them for killing an unwanted child, can He ever forgive them, can one forgive oneself?

Kim asks and answers all of these questions in this book in a tactful , caring, spiritual way that leads to the healing that is needed. I was so impressed by Kim's feelings of empathy and understanding of the hurt these women are going through. In each chapter, there is a subject addressed, then ideas for reflecting on the suggestions. A prayer request is then printed that can be repeated by the reader. Lastly, each ends with ways to respond to the ideas, in order for healing to start and then continue to the next step.

This book is truly one which exhibits God's power to forgive and redeem pain in lives and use it for Him. Something that many of us must be frequently be reminded of. The wounds of abortion are described in such detail and in such a way that you feel the ache and pain of these poor women. It made me think, how would I have reacted in such a situation? What choice would I have made and what would my consequences have been.
This is a fantastic study book for all who have experienced abortion.

A much needed aid to spiritual wellness in this day and age.
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