Writing from her own experience, Kim Ketola sheds light on one of the darkest and most neglected personal issues of our time: the widespread need for healing and spiritual recovery after abortion. “After abortion brought the worst trouble into my life I had ever known,” writes Ketola, “I just couldn’t see my way free to believe in God’s love.” With a compassionate heart, Ketola offers ten true stories of healing promise from the Bible to help women answer the most common spiritual torments they face: Is abortion a sin? Does God hate me? Where can I turn in my shame and distress? How could I ever tell anyone the truth? And more.
Inspired by Romans 6:4--“just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life"--this is a definitive resource to help women see themselves and God anew and--finally--to find spiritual healing.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Opening Eyes and Hearts by Ruth Graham 11
Introduction At the Heart of Things 13
Part 1 Your Heart
1 An Examination Do you want to get well? 19
2 An Invitation What are you thirsting for? 37
3 An Open Conversation Who are you listening to now? 53
Part 2 God's Heart
4 A Demonstration Do you believe your heart can change? 73
5 A Realization Can you believe this forgiveness? 91
6 A Restoration Can you love again? 107
7 A Jubilation Can you believe your baby is in heaven? 123
Part 3 The Whole Heart
8 A Consolation Where have you laid him? 139
9 A Dedication Will you rise again? 157
10 A Celebration What would you give out of love? 175
Appendix A Helpful Resources 197
Appendix B Study and Discussion Questions 203
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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. Abortion is something I feel very strongly about. I am completely against it under any circumstances. And I suppose that because I feel this way, I would not be the best one to counsel or speak with one who has had an abortion. This book does what I could never do--speak to those who have had abortion with mercy, grace, and love. The author herself speaks from experience. She had an abortion, and she knew it was wrong. It is something that she had to deal with through her life, and God has given her amazing ministry. I was impressed with the very spiritual and Biblical way the author treated this topic. She answered the difficult questions--is my baby in heaven, can God forgive me, etc. And she uses Bible stories in ways I have never seen. In fact, she retells them in a very readable fashion that speaks to the women to whom she is ministering. I also loved all the practical information she gave her readers. I appreciated the fact that Kim Ketola researched her facts and shared information that kind of shocked me concerning abortion. I don't want to give everything away, but I had no idea what the real statistics are concerning abortion were. And I have never considered all the reasons someone might get an abortion. This was truly an eye-opening book that was well-written and heartfelt. It is a definite read for anyone who has ever had an abortion. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
The angst that follows an abortion is seldom, if ever, addressed at the abortion clinic or in the news. Though I’ve not had an abortion, I do know women who have, and the guilt and shame are sometimes overwhelming. Some drown it in work, alcohol, or drugs, while others suffer with depression and/or anxiety. 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.
Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite Author Kim Ketola knows about abortion first hand. Years ago, when she was of college age, Kim found she was pregnant and discovered that her then boyfriend wanted no part of her pregnancy. So she went through an abortion and suffered the depression and agony caused by what she had done for years. Then she returned to God and found the healing she craved. Now, in "Cradle My Heart", she reaches out to readers and especially to those who have gone through an abortion or maybe several abortions. She is now a speaker with the Ruth Graham and Friends conference and she assures her readers of God's forgiveness for what has happened in their lives and to find an end for their sorrow. "Cradle My Heart" is a Christian-based book that needed to be written as author Kim Ketola experienced abortion herself and had first-hand experience about the grief, the sorrow and the self-loathing that women who have undergone abortions face. But Ketola goes beyond what she calls this "dead-end thinking" to encourage the reader to face the truth and have a deep desire to do the right thing for oneself and for others, perhaps fostering a child in need in another country. Each of the well-written chapters ends with a section for reflecting, a prayer and a response. Ketola does not play around with "feel good" platitudes. One of her chapters is entitled "Can You Believe Your Baby is in Heaven?". She suggests that if the readers who have had an abortion still suffer from depression they seek help and so offers an appendix that gives resources and groups to contact. She also offers study guides and notes that are invaluable. "Cradle My Heart" is a must-own book for readers everywhere as it is estimated that one out of five Christian women undergo an abortion.
Kim Ketola addresses women who’ve made the impossible decision to abort a child. The book first asks if the reader is searching their hearts and minds trying to heal. The end of the introduction is heartening to readers. She reminds us that we can entrust our hearts to Jesus; we can’t “hide” our thoughts or faults from Him. Quoting John 6:37 and Heb 13:5, she comforts us with words showing God’s eternal care for those who turn to Him. 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. Four Stars