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A surrendered life : a thoughtful approach to finding freedom, healing and hope after abortion
Layton, Patricia K.
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Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
Physical Description:
154 pages : 22 cm.
General Note:
Originally published in 2012 by CrossBooks as: A surrendered life : finding freedom, healing and hope after abortion.

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HQ767.25 .L39 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HQ767.25 .L39 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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An estimated one in three women of childbearing age has had an abortion. You probably know at least one of them. She may be your sister, your daughter, your friend or even your mother. She may be you. After an abortion, many women carry a heavy burden of silence and heartache. Some struggle for years with repressed memories, guilt, shame and depression. Others feel they are not allowed to talk about their experience, especially in church. But healing can happen when the painful secret of abortion is surrendered to God for His glory. In A Surrendered Life, you will: Understand why women and men make the choice for abortion, Learn how post-abortion heartbreak can show up in your life or the lives of your loved ones, Discover the eight steps to healing from an abortion, Get practical tools to guide a discussion about abortion, Find out how to make a difference for women and children in your home, church and community, Thousands of women around the world have found healing from the emotional, spiritual and even physical scars abortion leaves behind. This unforgettable book will guide you or someone you love to surrender the secret and find hope for the future. Book jacket.

Author Notes

Pat Layton is Founder and President of Life Impact Network, one of the nation's largest Sanctity of Life ministries, as well as a speaker and life coach. She is also the author of the Surrendering the Secret Bible study, which has launched an international post abortion recovery ministry. Pat and her husband, Mike, have three children and five grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Introductionp. 13
1 A Surrendered Lifep. 15
2 Sharing the Secret: Going Backward to Move Forwardp. 32
3 What Is the Truth?p. 44
4 Like Drinking Poisonp. 58
5 Forgiveness: The Golden Key to Freedomp. 69
6 The Great Exchangep. 81
7 The Peace of Releasep. 94
8 Passing It On!p. 105
Epiloguep. 117
Sharing the Secret with Your Childrenp. 118
From a Father's Heart: Men and Abortionp. 125
Couples and Abortionp. 147
About the Authorp. 155