Wednesday, January 22, 2014

5 Favorite Pro-Life Books

Today marks the 41st anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision.

We were planning going up to D.C. for the March for Life this year, but we ended up foiled by the flu. 

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Okay, okay...the snow and the cold was  a bit of a detriment too....we're not as hardy as these folks.

This is the one time of year I write about abortion on this blog....usually I tend to shy away from REALLY controversial topics. Last year I wrote about Unplanned Joy.

This year, I'm just going to direct you a few of my favorite books that deal with the topic of abortion or life before birth or crisis pregnancy or anything remotely related to that. 


by Madeline Pecora Nugent
(who happens to be my mother, but nepotism played no part in the choosing of this book).

Even though this book was published almost 20 years ago, it still has relevance today.  While some of the resources in the appendix are out of date (it was written before wide-spread Internet use), the encouragement and information contained within is timeless.  Written in an easy-to-read style, it contains many short quotes and stories from countless women who have experienced crisis pregnancies.   It is written in a very compassionate and loving way towards women who are dealing with crisis and would be a great help to anyone who is dealing with a crisis pregnancy or helps women in crisis pregnancies. 

Just to give you a hint of the awesomeness contained within, I present to you my favorite quote.

M.D. does not stand for Mostly Divine. - M.P.N.

How can you NOT love a book that has a quote like that in it. 


Also By Madeline Pecora Nugent

This book is written for parents who have received a serious prenatal diagnosis...perhaps they were told that their child had a genetic disorder, perhaps they were told that their child would not live long outside the womb. Most likely there were told to terminate the pregnancy. 

This much needed book contains countless stories and inspiration for mothers who desire to continue their pregnancy and allow their child to live as long as matter how short or long that might be. 

While the stories contained within are sad...they are also inspirational..  This is a book that will touch your heart and probably make you cry...but in a good way. 


by Regina Doman
Illustrated by Ben Hatke

This is a beautiful children's book...the pictures are gorgeous and it is a great view of life before birth. 


I checked this book out of the library and devoured it rather quickly.  It is an easy read, and is both fascinating and interesting.  It gives an interesting view point from someone who has been on "both sides".  My only complaint is that I felt the book ended rather abruptly.  Maybe because Abby Johnson's story is still unfolding, but the book felt unfinished to me. 


by Marvin Olasky

To be honest, I haven't read this book, but Ben read it and he highly recommends it, so that's good enough for me to include in my five favorites.  It is a very balanced view of the history of abortion, without any bias from one side or the other.  All stories are backed by historical evidence and written within the framework of a Judeo-Christian value system which was in place in America at the time.  I don't think this is an easy read, it is a more academic book, but if you like that thing and are interested in the history of abortion in America, this it the book for you.

Linking up with Hallie for Five Favorites and Jessica for what we're reading Wednesday.
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  1. The thing I like about Olavsky's book is that he documents a strong history of abortion in America, whether legal or illegal and ignored, tracing its dual philosophical peaks in the 1860s and 1960s. Basically he makes us honestly examine the war with tons of original research from the Library of Congress annals, and not lazily claim this was some phenomena that started only in the last 40 years. Still, he is on the side of the angels, reminds us of the urgent need to fight abortion, and commonsensically recommends the reader (no matter what his persuasion) to get involved with crisis pregnancy homes so that abandoned expected mothers are treated as humanely as possible.

    I've also thought Dr. Nathanson's "The Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life by the Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind" was a good read.

  2. #2 reminds me of my friend's ministry to support couples' with pre-natal diagnoses:
    And I love that your husband gave expanded coverage to #5! I might have to get a copy of #3 for Jill as she still seems incredulous to her impending big sisterdom.

  3. Thanks for sharing! That children's book looks beautiful - we also love Baby Margaret Mary (a baby's journey to birth).

  4. Great list! I just put the children's book on hold at the library, so thanks! I want to read Abby Johnson's book now as well.

  5. I loved unplanned when I read it, really made me think

  6. Angel in the Waters is really good. I need to check out Unplanned. Thanks!

  7. I want to know more about your mother, the pro-life author! How cool. Thank you for the recommendations, and thanks for writing about this important topic today. :)

    1. If you look up her name on can see all the other books she has published (a book on St. Anthony, a book on St. Clare, a book on praying the Divine Office, a book on being loveable).


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