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The Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life by the Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind Paperback – October 25, 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition (October 25, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089526174X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895261748
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Terrence J. Sexton on February 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
Imagine you are an abortionist, responsible for the deaths of hundreds, or even thousands, of human beings. How will you tell your story to others?
Perhaps, in an effort to ease your burning conscience, you will write a rambling, disjointed rationalization of your own behavior. Perhaps you will denounce those who disagree with you, resorting to ad hominem attacks.
Or perhaps you will write the kind of book Bernard Nathanson did. Perhaps you will undertake a serious examination of conscience, admit your grievous errors, and dedicate the rest of your life to saving the lives of those whom you have placed in danger.
Nathanson has seen abortion from the inside. He led the crusade to make it legal and pervasive. He performed abortions himself and taught others how to do them. He knows firsthand how this gruesome procedure affects the mother, the doctor, and most importantly, the baby. His credibility and standing on this issue are unparalleled.
I cannot recall reading another book, apart from St. Augustine's Confessions, in which the author has so thoroughly cataloged his own failings and his efforts to ameliorate their effects. This type of candid reflection is painful for the author, but enormously valuable and instructive for the rest of us.
I highly recommend this book, both for its analysis of abortion and its illuminating honesty.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Charles J. Rector on October 25, 2005
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In the early 1970's, Dr. Bernard Nathanson was the leading provider of abortions, both legal and illegal, in the USA. When Roe v. Wade was issued, Nathanson was perfectly positioned to make a killing. However, he did not expand his abortion operation. Instead, he curtailed his abortion practice and eventually came over to the pro-life side. This was because Nathanson discovered that the fetus, as it matures, looks a lot like a born baby. He did not know this until he first saw the results of early ultrasounds.

This book is a work of a man who, when confronted with scientific evidence, changed his mind on abortion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Z. on December 8, 2012
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The Hand of God is a memoir from a former abortionist who was pivotal in legalizing abortion in America. Dr. Bernard Nathanson was a cofounder of NARAL, now the NARAL pro-choice America, formerly the national Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws. Nathanson campaigned to make abortion legal and then ran one of the biggest abortion clinics in the country. After working at the clinic for many years, and supervising all the doctors, as well as performing many abortions himself, he became convinced that abortion was the taking of a life. Breakthroughs in fetal development research and embryology drove his conversion, which was not motivated by religious teachings. He became a famous pro-life activist, and produced the movie The Silent Scream, which showed an unborn baby being aborted in the womb, recorded on ultrasound. The film was very controversial and converted many peoples of the pro-life cause. It can still be found online in various places.

In this book, Dr. Nathanson talks about his life, from his childhood to his adulthood. Since in another book, Aborting America, he chronicled his fight to legalize abortion and his work at the abortion clinic, he only brushes over that in this book. He talks more about his pro-life conversion and his pro-life activities. He discusses filming the silent scream, and describes what it was like being in the pro-life movement. It's more of a memoir than an actual pro-life book I thought, it is more of a biography or autobiography rather. Dr. Nathanson converted to Catholicism several years before he died. Therefore, he discusses his conversion in his book and gives his reasons for becoming a Catholic. He believes that God drew him into the Catholic fold, but the religious content of the book is not too overpowering.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By lor369 on February 4, 2004
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This book was about an doctor who performed many abortions until he had a change of heart and became pro-life. In the process, he finds God through the Catholic church.
This book is very honest about how he performed many abortions, including one on his own child. It takes great courage for someone to stand up and admit he is wrong to commit such a terrible crime against humanity.
This book gives a lot of background on his growing up years and medical training. This book also details the abortion procedure and how it can be harmful to the women who have them.
However, this book was hard to read. Clearly, this man is intelligent and well-educated, but I personally don't have his vocabulary. I did not know what a lot of the words he used meant and had to guess at what he was talking about through the context in which he was talking about.
I also would have liked to have found out more about his son and his wives, and how being an abortion doctor affected them.
This is a good book for research on the abortion issue. I would recommend that book for that purpose, but personally, I preferred "Won by Love" by Norma McCorvey and "The Atonement Child" by Francine Rivers. Those books are much easier to read and get the point across just as good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ninsuna on February 13, 2012
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As a dedicated prolifer all my life, I attended many prolife events over years, both local and national, and heard Bernard Nathanson speak more than once. But mostly, I'll never forget, decades ago, at a rather small venue (probably no more than 200 people) in Silver Spring, Maryland one evening, when Dr. Nathanson was the keynote speaker for a Maryland Right to Life event. What he said when he closed his talk will be forever with me, as will the audience reaction. "My intellectual odyssey," he said, "is nearing its end.... but my spiritual odyssey is just beginning... and I may need your help." Everyone in the room gasped, leapt to our feet and erupted in wild applause, and I doubt there was a dry eye in the place. I know mine weren't, nor my sister's, who was beside me there. To my knowledge, it was the formerly-atheist Dr. Nathanson's first public acknowledgement that he was indeed beginning to find God. I remembered having said to my sister quite awhile before that night that Dr. Nathanson's gradual transformation from abortionist to prolife champion would almost certainly lead him to God eventually, but that such a transformation would be too painful for any human to process quickly. That room in that moment was electric with the Spirit of God, and I will never forget it.

I only just learned tonight that Dr. Nathanson passed away in February 2011 at age 84. Surely Heaven welcomed him as a faithful servant, and his dark past which haunted him and for which he deeply repented, was forgiven. Surely he was welcomed as a faithful servant who did so much good for the unborn once he awakened to the truth. May God rest his soul and may he know the perfect peace that eluded him in this life.
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