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Product Details

  • Paperback: 377 pages
  • Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press (April 4, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569552924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569552926
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

In Life-Giving Love, Kimberly Hahn invites all families to embrace Catholic teaching on life issues. With personal testimony and practical advice, she shows that God’s design for union and procreation in marriage far from being a rigid, burdensome law is really a truth that allows us to be all we were created to be. The book opens readers to appreciate the beauty of God’s plan for married life.

About the Author

Kimberly Kirk Hahn speaks frequently on marriage and family topics and is co-author with Mary Hasson of Catholic Education: Homeward Bound. She and her husband, Scott Hahn, co-authored the bestseller Rome, Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism. They live with their six children in Steubenville, Ohio.

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I give this book as a wedding gift for newly married couples.
Bobby Bambino
If you've ever been perplexed by the Catholic Church's stance on birth control - THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU.
Michael Barber
God has chosen a beautiful person to write about this topic; Kimberly Hahn is a very graceful writer.
Sister of Moses

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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful By thehomefront on April 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
I've been waiting years for someone to write this book -- a book that gently but irresistably makes the case for the Catholic Church's teaching on marriage and family life. Kimberly Hahn has made it worth the wait. I could call this book an encyclopedia of Catholic family life -- it's that complete! -- but that would give the wrong impression. This book makes its points, makes them clearly, and makes them with real-life stories that are far more vivid than any strings of quotations from Vatican documents could ever be. LGL's recurring message is this: living a faithful life may be difficult at times, but it makes for a happier marriage. This is my own experience. I've seen it borne out again and again in my friends' marriages. Mrs. Hahn captures this joy that's hard-won, but lasting: "it's not simply a command to be obeyed, but it's a truth to be lived." People like to gripe about Christ's teaching, especially in the area of sex, but it's the only teaching that's true, and so it's the only one that works. The alternatives are dreadful -- witness the epidemics of divorce, STDs, and broken hearts.
I don't want to give the impression that this is yet another tome about sex. It's much more than that. It's a way of life. One remarkable appendix offers detailed lists of things we can do to help mothers, from early pregnancy through birth. Other lists suggest helps for "When Dad Travels," "After a Miscarriage," and "After Adoption." This is a powerful, practical guide to Christian friendship.
Another useful and unique feature is Mrs. Hahn's chapter on infertility. As someone who suffered four years waiting for my first pregnancy, I can't thank the author enough for what she's done here.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Michael Barber on October 23, 2002
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Kimberly Hahn has captured the essence of the Church's teaching on marriage and on contraception. If you've ever been perplexed by the Catholic Church's stance on birth control - THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU. Easy to read (full of interesting stories). Theologically precise (an exceptional explanation of the theology of marriage; Hahn also shows how marriage can be understood in connection with other doctrines, e.g., the Trinity, the Eucharist, etc.). Rooted in Scripture. Full of profound insights.
This book will profoundly affect your understanding of marital life and the importance of the family in God's plan. Pick it up today or for someone you know.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sister of Moses on April 6, 2003
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A beautifully written book about God's awesome plan for marriage. Full of heartwarming stories, biblical references, and loving encouragement. God has chosen a beautiful person to write about this topic; Kimberly Hahn is a very graceful writer. I highly recommend reading this book, as my husband and I both found ourselves more prepared to stand up for what we believe in after reading our thoughts and emotions put into such eloquent words. Thank you, Scott and Kimberly Hahn, for not only being influential writers during our conversions to Catholicism, but also for reminding us that we're not alone, and that God's truth is in fact incredibly beautiful.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shana M Buck on August 29, 2002
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Confused about what the Catholic Church actually teaches about marriage, family and sex? Ever wish that you could explain to your sister, friend or spouse why the Church says birth control is wrong? Do you find yourself wondering how you should respond to snide comments made about your growing family by strangers, family members--or even clergy? Does your doctor and his nurses try to push sterilization and you feel pressured to say yes? What do you say to someone who has just lost a child? How can you encourage life in a culture so wrapped up in promoting death? If you are looking for answers to these difficult dilemmas (and many more!) on marriage, love, sexuality, and family - Kimberly Hahn has written a book that lays it all out in a clear and sensible fashion.
In six well-researched chapters, Hahn deftly explains why God's design works best. Using Scripture, mystic theology, Papal Encyclicals, scientific research and numerous personal testimonies, she unfolds the Lord's blueprint through the teachings of the Church, and makes it understandable and realistic.
This book covers a wide range of topics; the Trinity as family, the call to sacrificial living within marriage, Holy Communion and Intimate Union, NFP, contraception, pornography, abortion, childbirth, miscarriage, stillbirth, self image after pregnancy, infertility and sterilization, sin and repentance - among many others! Also included are many practical ideas and lists of resources that can be utilized to help families in difficult situations, such as a mother confined to bed during her pregnancy, the birth of a new baby, and supporting families that have lost babies in miscarriage or stillbirth.
Each chapter compliments the next, although each can stand on its own.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2002
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After having read through Life-Giving Love, I would recommend Kimberly Hahn's new book to anyone who is seriously searching for the meaning and purpose of marriage and spousal love as God has intended it. Mrs. Hahn, in this extensive and thoroughly researched book, presents a directive for healthy and happy marriages in line with the wisdom and guidance of the Catholic Church. In today's society, and even amongst members of the Church itself, there is widespread confusion and ambiguity on so many of the major issues that are crucial to strong and stable marriages and families. These would include abortion, artificial contraception, sterilization, Natural Family Planing, etc. In this book Mrs. Hahn clarifies authentic Catholic teaching concerning these issues supplimented with many real life testamonies to the truth of the teachings of the Church in these issues. Mrs. Hahn has masterfully integrated Catholic teaching and the personal experiences of those who have followed these teachings and have found peace and happiness in their marital and family life.
Throughout the text Kimberly Hahn builds off of the foundation of "love." This is highly important for it is only within the context of love that we can come to see the truth. She lays this foundation and continuously returns to it throughout her book, showing that authentic Catholic teaching is based on love and that it is not a hirarchical institiution of arbitrary "rules and regulations." Mrs. Hahn shows that it is authentic love that leads to healthy marriages and families. That is love in imitation of the self-sacrificing, life giving, incarnate Love--Jesus Christ.
Mrs. Hahn deals with the issues that are an offense to love (abortion, artificial contraception, sterilization, etc.
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