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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: TKS Publications (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983190305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983190301
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,283,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is a must read for anyone serious about ending abortion and restoring dignity to the human race."

Keith Mason
Co-Founder Personhood USA

"Dan Becker's book is a great blend of prudence, pragmatism and principled politics; it is certain to cause us to rethink prolife strategy in the 21st century." --Dr. Donald Wildmon
Founder and Chairman Emeritus of American Family Association and American Family Radio

"I just got around to reading your book tonight, and I think I won't stop until I am done. It is the finest pro-life work I have read, period." --Gualberto Jones
Executive Director
Personhood Colorado

"The push for personhood across the United States is motivating the prolife movement while also inspiring others to take up the cause. Dan Becker has been out front in leading the personhood charge and his book gives special insight on how we can all work together to make the US a true prolife nation." --Tom McClusky
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council Action

"'Personhood' is at the very heart of the 21st Century Civil Rights Movement. My Uncle Martin once said that to deny a person is " to say that he has no right to existence." Whether it is Dred Scott, Sojourner Truth, 1968 Sanitation Workers, or a baby viewed in a 3D Ultrasound, from conception until natural birth, a person is a human being, entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This right to personhood is a civil right. So, this book is an essential tool for these times." --Dr. Alveda C. King
(Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
King for America and Priests for Life

"All believers in God should insist, without compromise, that the human law must always treat every innocent human being as a person entitled to the right to life. Dan Becker courageously affirms this truth." --Professor Charles Rice Emeritus, Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame

"The field of bio-science brings a host of unforeseen public policy issues that adversely impact our "unalienable right to life." Legal Personhood is at the root of all dialogue and debate. The prolife movement can no longer focus solely on abortion, but must expand to include the new challenges brought on by the emerging technology of the twenty-first century.

I commend the Personhood movement and its political successes as a consistent and promising approach to restoring respect and effective legal protection to all innocent human life from its earliest biological beginning until natural death." --Morton Blackwell, Founder, Leadership Training Institute

"Dan Becker's book provides a much needed challenge to those in the pro-life movement who are content with the status quo; it is a strong reminder that we should never compromise principle when defending what Pope John Paul II described as "the inviolable right of every innocent human being to life." --Robert J. Muise, Senior Trial Counsel, Thomas More Law Center

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Daniel Becker, President of Georgia Right to Life has challenged the prolife movement to re-think its educational, legislative and political strategy and adapt it to meet 21st century needs. Using the last decade of prolife victories in Georgia as a case study, Becker proceeds to chart a course for national prolife victory . . . state by state.

This book attempts to define and answer many of the questions being asked by prolife activists and supporters today concerning Personhood: What is it? Why is it necessary? Can the strategy win? Is the timing right? How can I start a movement in my state? The answers will challenge you to embrace a deeper faith in God's power as He works through us in prudential and pragmatic ways to effect change.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Greenewald on April 25, 2011
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Personhood: A Pragmatic Guide to Prolife Victory in the 21st Century and the Return to First Principles in Politics by Daniel Becker

Reading Personhood - A Pragmatic Guide to Prolife Victory in the 21st Century and the Return to First Principles in Politics by Daniel Becker has been a genuine pleasure!

Instead of the contemporary political approach of seeking legal limits and regulation of abortion, Daniel Becker proposes a strategy for prolife activism that is based on an uncompromising biblical principle, known as "Personhood".

Personhood is defined as:

"... the recognition by our culture and our government that each individual human life has an `unalienable' right to life from its earliest biological beginning. This right to life extends to natural death, regardless of one's disability, gender, race, dependency or manner of conception. The `unalienable' right to life comes from God by virtue of the fact, that we have been created in His image and are thus imbued with a unique worth and dignity not found in the rest of creation." (24)

Daniel Becker asserts that Personhood is defined by God (not governments) and is based on divine law, which declares that God is the creator, sustainer and ultimate determiner of when life begins and ends. Divine law is contrasted with natural law, which "... draws its authority on a presumed absolute demanded by Reason and supposedly shared by all humans, not on a moral absolute whose authority is God the Creator." (37)

The book presents a history of Personhood from the first century onward, noting legal and theological literary sources.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By chetgallagher on May 10, 2011
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Dan Becker, a man with an uncompromising, Biblical worldview presents an articulate and principled path to victory in the battle for the life of every innocent person. This this is without exception the very best prolife work I have read in over 20 years of Christian, prolife ministry and activism. Every believer, pastor and prolife activist should "gift" this book to a bible believing legislator/statesman. They will be inspired and provided with the tools to move now to END, rather than to continue the incremental heresy of "regulating," preborn baby butchering. Utilizing the sound, historic and Biblical strategies in this book could rescue America from the impending judgment of a Holy God. Please, LORD, let it be so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brigid Yeager on September 12, 2011
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"Personhood - A Pragmatic Guide to Prolife Victory in the 21st Century and the Return to First Principles in Politics" is a double-whammy for the pro-life activist - an honest and truthful look at why moral compromise is not an option and the practical real-life history of how this approach can succeed.
Becker discusses the history of pro-life activism and why the "lesser of two evils" strategy in American politics has resulted in a practical failure of the goal of making abortion illegal as it was for the majority of American history. So is there a possibility of victory after 40 years of legalized abortion? The legal definition of `personhood' is the answer, as Becker defines as the `biblical' definition of personhood - that all human life is sacred, in that all human life bears the image of God, the Creator.
A veteran of Georgia state politics, Becker traces the history of the pro-life movement in the state, including his own run for office and his controversial campaign strategy, as well as the re-dedication of the movement to a no compromise stance for all incumbents and candidates and the subsequent legal successes in the state to date since pursuing the establishment of biblical `Personhood.'
This is a practical and inspiring must-read for all those who work for the protection of the lives of the unborn in America.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Williams on July 20, 2011
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The reason I call Daniel Becker's directives fail proof is because he calls on us to have a simple faith in the faithfulness of God and His word. As president of Georgia Right to Life he has paved the way to pro life victory after pro life victory by an uncompromising stand upon Scripture and Him who inspired it.
Daniel Becker to me is one the people Leonard Ravenhill spoke of when addressing ministers stated: "One of these days some simple soul is going to pick up God's word and read it and believe it and then we are ALL going to be embarrassed! We have adopted the convenient theory that the Bible is to be explained, whereas first and foremost it is to be believed and then obeyed!"
Read "Personhood" It cleared up my misconceptions about this stratagy. In fact I bought 45 copies to give out.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Catholic Psychdoc on April 7, 2011
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This book is a must read for anyone who is interested in the prolife strategy of protecting all human life from its earliest biological beginning until natural death.

While I gave it 5 stars, I am concerned about how Personhood strategists are going to avoid the birth control and IVF issue.
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