Meet six hurting women, brought together in a post-abortion support group, who gather the courage to share their secrets and their hearts.
Liz-owner and barista of Over Coffee-hosting the group while harboring her own bitter secrets.
Mariah-shy, sweet, victim of abuse-wanting a better life for herself, but unsure how to get there.
Emma-sassy and opinionated-looking for love in all the wrong places but finding true love, at last, in Jesus.
Susan-a single mom with broken dreams-trying to forget the past and help her kids move into their future.
Annie-director of a pregnancy center-seeking to help others avoid the costly mistakes she made as a young woman.
Carly-young wife and mother, facilitator of the group-leading the meetings with sensitivity because she's been there.
As you read their stories, experience right along with them freedom from guilt that only God is able to offer. Then, rejoice with them as they learn how to forgive themselves and trust God . . . Over Coffee.
|Publisher:||WinePress Publishing WA|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Julie and her husband Dick live in Milwaukie, Oregon, and have been married for over 40 years. Their two married daughters and four grandchildren live nearby. The Johnsons have been active in Clackamas Bible Church for over 30 years where Dick has served as an elder and Julie is involved in women's ministries. Julie is currently at work on her next novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you or someone you know has had an abortion, you may be aware of the inner struggles many women face as time goes on. However, in our present culture, it's not politically correct to admit post-abortion pain and regret. Over Coffee (We Shared Our Secrets) opens the door to a frank discussion of abortion from the mouths of women who chose abortion as a means of escaping painful situations only to discover that their choice resulted in even greater pain. Yet in their willingness to discuss their lives with others who have been there, they find help and healing. Over Coffee (We Shared Our Secrets) shows readers how to find similar support groups (offered in confidential settings at no charge to the participants) all over the country.
This is a great eye-opener to those who otherwise would not touch this subject or look at it in their own life. The book is fiction, but the Bible study that it mentions for post-abortive women is a real Bible study that has impacted my life the lives of many that I know. I love the author's approach of telling each woman's story- because we all have a story and more of us should tell them- especially when they relate to the awesome healing and work of God!
Over Coffee We Shared Our Secrets, by Julie Surface Johnson, 2008 Winepress Publishing, 2008, 224 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1579219734, $12.95
When her last ¿chick flew the coop,¿ Julie opened a coffee shop in Oregon. Regulars soon asked her for motherly advice. Liz served her counsel like her coffee: ¿strong, like a French Roast, somewhere in the middle, like a good Colombian, or mild as Costa Rican.¿
Mother of two grown daughters, Liz recognized pain in some expressions when children were nearby. Her best friend Annie told her post-abortive women view children as painful reminders. It wasn¿t until Annie joined H.E.A.R.T, an abortion support group that she learned how to be forgiven and set free from anniversary dates and tormenting sounds.
In this nonfiction book, join Liz and six women on their personal journeys of repentance, healing and forgiveness. You¿ll get to know Liz, who struggles with a bitter secret, Mariah, an abuse victim, and Emma, influenced by her peer group. You¿ll also meet Susan, a mom with broken dreams, pregnancy center director, Annie, and Carly, who believed Planned Parenthood¿s lies.
Johnson¿s honest, sensitive writing style reveals the personal heartache of abortion. I recommend it without reservation for schools, churches, and home libraries.
I thoroughly enjoyed "Over Coffee We Shared Our Secrets." I felt part of the group of women who met and ultimately opened their lives to each other within the warmth of a coffee shop. They shared the circumstances and choices of their lives as well as the hurts and desires of their hearts. Their journey from regret to redeption is portrayed as each woman finds the healing power of God working within the security of honest friendships. As each story unfolded and I was drawn in, I found something in each woman's life that touched my own. Julie Johnson has dealt with sensitive issues with compassion and wisdom in the context of a good story. I'm looking forward to future books from this author.