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One of the great cornerstones in the history of Christian thought, The City of God is vital to an understanding of modern Western society and how it came into being. Begun in A.D. 413, the book’s initial purpose was to refute the charge that Christianity was to blame for the fall of Rome (which had occurred just three years earlier). Indeed, Augustine produced a wealth of evidence to prove that paganism bore within itself the seeds of its own destruction. However, over the next thirteen years that it took to complete the work, the brilliant ecclesiastic proceeded to his larger theme: a cosmic interpretation of history in terms of the struggle between good and evil. By means of his contrast of the earthly and heavenly cities—the one pagan, self-centered, and contemptuous of God and the other devout, God-centered, and in search of grace—Augustine explores and interprets human history in relation to eternity.
Originally published in 1728 at the beginning of the Enlightenment, when rational criticism of religious belief was at its peak, William Law’s work succeeded in inspiring the most cynical men of the age with its arguments in favor of a spiritual life. Proclaiming that God does not merely forgive our disobedience, but directly calls us to obedience and to a life completely centered in him, Law declares, “If you will here stop and ask yourself why you are not as pious as the primitive Christians were, your own heart will tell you that it is neither through ignorance nor inability, but because you never thoroughly intended it.” Law’s prose is packed with vivid imagery and illustrative anecdotes that both reveal what it means to lead a Christian life and unmask the perversion of Christian tenets by secular and spiritual establishments. This challenge of conventional piety and emphasis on Christian perfection directly influenced literary critic Samuel Johnson and historian Edward Gibbon, as well as Cardinal John Henry Newman. John Wesley called Law’s work one of three books that accounted for his first “explicit resolve to be all devoted to God.” Charles Wesley, George Whitefield, Henry Venn, William Wilberforce, and Thomas Scott each described reading the book as a major turning point in his life.
This completely revised and updated edition of Why Pro-Life? offers factual answers to the central issues of the abortion debate in a concise, non-abrasive way. Infused with grace and compassion, and grounded in medical science and psychological studies, Randy Alcorn presents a solid case for defending both unborn children and their mothers.
Chapters such as, “What Makes a Human Life ‘Meaningful,’” “Is Abortion Really a Women’s Rights Issue,” and “How Can I Help Unborn Babies and Their Mothers” help readers to look at the many sides of this polarizing issue. For those on the fence in the midst of the abortion debate, this book will be a great resource as it clearly and thoroughly examines the pro-life position. For those who are pro-life already, this book is an encouragement to be intelligently and graciously informed.
Of the 1.2 million abortions performed annually in the U.S., more than 500,000 are performed on college-aged women. They make up 44% of all abortions in the country.
So it is not surprising that there is a large, thriving network of pro-life groups on college campuses. The most prominent of these is Students for Life of America, which has 637 pro-life student groups on college campuses in forty-eight states. These groups serve to advocate for pro-life and educate other young people about the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual effects that abortion has on women.
While there are online guides and booklets on the topic, there are currently very few—if any—books that are specifically geared for use by young advocates for this cause. Now there is Stand for Life, a “manual” that addresses tough questions in a format that is concise and straightforward.
We Choose Life is a collection of compelling stories from men and women who are dedicated to rescuing babies, mothers, and fathers from abortion. Though sometimes heartbreaking, this book reveals examples of forgiveness, healing, and hope. We Choose Life brings light into the enveloping darkness of the culture of death.
Each year 44 million babies are killed from intentional abortion around the world and 1.29 million babies are aborted in the United States. However, progress against abortion is being made. Movements of optimism are taking place in the pro‑life cause, mostly led by young people. We Choose Life seeks to bring awareness to real stories of people who are doing something— individuals such as Ramona Trevino and Jewels Green, who found grace and forgiveness after they quit their jobs at abortion clinics. In these powerful true stories about forgiveness and hope from people of a variety of backgrounds, readers will see that their stories can also make a difference.
In this grab bag, we have 6 e-books from the Elsie Dinsmore Series which were written by Martha Finley and published by Hendrickson Publishers.
Answering the Call is designed to help Christians take the initiative and reach out with compassion and sensitivity to those who find themselves on the difficult road of unplanned pregnancy. With new and updated scientific wisdom, practical application, theological foundation, and compassionate understanding, this powerful little book is a call for pastors, church leaders, and Christians everywhere. Formerly published by Focus on the Family.
“As you read this book, you will discover that John Ensor combines several very special qualities: a pastor’s heart, an activist’s motivation, and a Good Samaritan’s compassion…Will you spend a few moments with John, hearing his heart as he points us to the Father’s heart on the important biblical principle of the value of all human life? I promise you’ll never be the same.”
—From the Foreword by Julia A. Parton, PhD