- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Kregel Publications (July 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0825439280
- ISBN-13: 978-0825439285
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cradle My Heart: Finding God's Love After Abortion Paperback – July 1, 2012
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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
From the Author
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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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. It's a great starting place to check out your own feelings and state your desires to the Lord. The Respond section shares ideas of how to grow in the Lord, develop relationships, and richly care for yourself as you reflect on God's love for you despite having an abortion.
To find a place to assist you in healing, she has a list of places to call for free and confidential assistance and referrals. To find healing and peace, please make a call today if you are grieving the loss of your child(ren). You are important to God and He wants to see you whole. My hope, after reading this review, is that you will find the acceptance and forgiveness that you are searching for. Check out and read Cradle My Heart.
This book was provided free by Amy Lathrop of Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
This entry was posted on August 27, 2012 and tagged Abortion, Christian non-fiction, Forgiveness, God's love, grieving, hope, Jesus Christ, Kim Ketola.
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.