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Cradle My Heart: Finding God's Love After Abortion Paperback – July 1, 2012
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“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
From the Author
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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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*
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderfully inspiring book. Well written and easy to understand. The author uses her own experience to help cope with the pain and aftermath of an abortion. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amanda
Cradle My Heart: Finding God's Love After Abortion reaches its hands into the secret places of your heart--feeling around in the crags and cracks so deep, hidden, and dark you... Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by Wayne Stiles
Let me preface this review by saying I have never had an abortion, and I only have known someone minimally who did. She never talked much about it. Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by Ruth A. Hill
As a Regional Coordinator for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (an international outreach to post-abortive men and women) I have the privilege of helping women who are just... Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by Joan Canning
Kim has contributed a great addition to the literature of this tender issue with this new book. Having written a book on this topic myself, I am in a position to judge this to be... Read morePublished on September 26, 2012 by Teri Reisser
With compassion and personal insight, Kim Ketola tackles a hard but important issue in CRADLE MY HEART. Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by W. Terry Whalin
In my experience the American church holds two sins on unforgivable pedestals; abortion is one of them. Read morePublished on August 30, 2012 by Tanya Dennis
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. Read morePublished on August 29, 2012 by Janet Ruth
An abortion recovery book for Christian women? It sounds like it must be a mistake. Sadly, it's true. Read morePublished on August 29, 2012 by Sonora Mama