Pro-Life Summer Reading List

It is that time of the year where we all go to the beach, the mountains, take a flight to another city, picnic in the middle of nowhere, and going where the roads will lead us.

I have put together a top 10 (plus a few honorable mentions) pro-life summer reading list that can help keep promoting and learning from many pro-life heroes of the past while also polishing up on pro-life dialogue and also learning how to defend life form the moment conception until natural death.

Meanwhile, reading about how prominent pro-choice figures walked to the other side and build a culture of life. Not only did I include anti-abortion stories, but I have included books that cover every life issue. After all, we must be consistent if we are pro-life by remembering the marginalized, victims of war, immigrant, and even wrongly convicted criminals imprisoned and or on death row.

1) Persuasive Pro-Life Trent Horn

Published in 2014 and using his first-hand experience during campus visits, CatholicAnswers.com’s own Trent Horn shares first hand some of the dos and don’ts in engaging and challenging pro-choicers’ viewpoints.

2) Unplanned Abby Johnson

Once a rising star for Planned Parenthood, Abby Johnson saw firsthand a defenseless life being killed by an ultrasound-guided abortion in 2009. She recalled the times she saw volunteers for 40 Days for Life pray in front of her work at Bryan, TX. It would soon lead her to be a pro-life advocate and a Catholic convert.

3) Single Candles Brendan Lyons

West Chester, PA native Brendan Lyons writes a series of narratives from a chain of events that link several characters, all of whom demonstrate compassion and bravery in their commitment to the sanctity of life. In one piece, a senator defies his own political party; in another, a neonatal surgeon is asked to compromise her principles. Although the stories are fictional, the passion that informs the characters’ conviction is very real.

4) Rising with Roses Monique Ruberu

Dr. Monique Ruberu thought she was pro-life until she realized that she was prescribed birth control. Because of the help of many pro-lifers in Philadelphia, she reverted back to her Catholic faith and now promotes Natural Family Planning.

5) A Voice for Victoria: A memoir of healing from post-abortion trauma- Geraldine F Jacobs

A Voice for Victoria shares the author’s journey toward understanding how childhood messages and current events played a part in her abortion decision and path to healing from post-abortion trauma through God’s forgiveness.

6) The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Neil Gorsuch

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch thoroughly assesses the strengths and weaknesses of leading contemporary ethical arguments for assisted suicide and euthanasia. He would argue against the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide while using Netherlands and Oregon as prime examples. 

7) Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo

This anti-war novel, written in 1938, shares how a WWI soldier who wakes up from his hospital bed with no limbs and half destroyed face. After his wishes of showing the country of the horrors of wars, he reflects on the realities and myths of war.

8) All Quiet on the Western Front-  Erich Maria Remarque

A German veteran of WW1 recounts the physical and mental stress while fighting in the war. It also shares how to detach from civilian life they were following the war’s end. 

9) Racketeer For Life Joe Scheidler

A former monk recalls his early involvement in the pro-life movement. He has debated media personalities, politicians, abortion workers, and even fought the culture of death at the Supreme Court.

10) Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer- Ann McElhinney

Ann McElhinney details everything that happens inside of Kermit Gosnell’s house of horrors in the Mantua neighborhood of West Philadelphia. Even advocates on both sides were horrified at the heinous committed by the most notorious serial killer of the abortion industry.

Honorable mention:

Love Unleashes Life Stephanie Gray

Stephanie offers a fresh approach to abortion dialogue. This time reaching the heart and minds of abortion-minded people.

You Carried Me: A Daughter’s Memoir Melissa Ohden

Melissa Ohden shares first hand how she survived a saline abortion attempt. Learning at the age of fourteen, she went on a journey to search for her biological parents. She would soon have a change of heart.

Bernard Nathanson

Aborting America- shares how he changed his views on abortion.

The Hand of God- Dr. Nathanson hared how he found God and began promoting life after performing 61,000 abortions, including his own son.

The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity- Carrie Gress

It’s been 50 years, if not more since liberal feminism has given way to the slippery slope to our culture. The author exposes liberal feminism and how it has destroyed marriages, families, and even the use of sex.

40 Days for Life- David Bereit

Started as a small group outside of the Planned Parenthood in Bryan, TX, this life-changing endeavor recalls how it has converted workers, changed hearts, and shut the doors of abortion facilities with prayer, love, and fasting.

Humanae Vitae- Pope Paul VI

Written in 1968 and celebrating over 50 years, the encyclical Humanae Vitae is an eye-opening read written by Pope Paul VI as he foretells the repercussions of a society that accepts sexual promiscuity, abortion-on-demand, and artificial birth control.

Hard list to put together, for sure. However, there are many pro-life books to read such as anything written by Scott Klusendorf, Ron Paul, Fr. Frank Pavone, Janet Morena, Janet Smith and so many more.

Teenager Makes Viral Response to Miley Cyrus with Message of Adoption

Adoption Cake

Photo courtesy of Hannah Rickords Facebook page

By now, many of us are outraged by the stunt pulled by pop and teen idol, Miley Cyrus.

Does she realize that she is part of the problem of how many people are being exposed to the promiscuity in our culture?

Recently, Hannah Rickords, a young woman in her late teens countered Miley’s Facebook sharing her adoption story.

Read below:

Miley,

You teamed up with Planned Parenthood to share a message…

Here’s mine.

20 years ago, my biological mother walked into her Planned Parenthood pregnant and not sure where else to go. Measuring over 20 weeks, she was told they could move forward with termination. When she explained she wasn’t there for that kind of procedure, it was explained to her that was all the only help she could receive there.

My birth mom wrote:

“All I wanted was help. For someone to see me for the terrified young woman I was. I wanted someone to hold my hand and tell me everything was going to be okay. I quickly learned that this was not the place for that kind of reassurance. The woman quietly, but firmly, said she was sorry she couldn’t help me.”

If that day she had chosen abortion as her plan, I would not be here today. Regardless of what argument you could have of when life truly begins, if that day in that Planned Parenthood, a young girl was swayed to terminate, I would not be here.

Miley, what about my healthcare? What about the millions of people that will never see the light of day because “abortion is healthcare?”

As an unborn child, there wasn’t much I could do to contribute to society, but now as a 20-year-old being, I have been able to touch the lives of hundreds through a conference I held and my original music.

I am grateful every single day that my birthmother chose another plan for me.

I am grateful every single day that an adoption is an option.

Take action by sharing her photo on her social media platforms today. Adoption Story

Student for Life of America Student Retreats

For the first time ever, Students for Life of America will be offering special Leadership Retreats as an opportunity for pro-life students to grow in their skills as young leaders. These regional events have specially tailored the meet the specific needs of the students in that area – infanticide response for the D.C. area, city activism in Texas, sidewalk counseling & Gosnell visits in Philly, and campus abortion pill action in California.

These retreats are coming this summer, and though the finer details are still being worked out, we wanted to let you know about them so you can plan accordingly! Stay tuned for more details – we hope to see you there!

 

Capital Area (VA, DC, MD)

Theme: #ResistInfanticide

Dates: Early August, dates TBD

Expected Events: Apologetics Training, Activism in D.C., Door-Knocking with SBA List

Visit the website HERE to see more details and to register.

Regional Coordinator to contact for more info: Stephanie Schmitt, sschmitt@studentsforlife.org

 

Philadelphia

Theme: TBD!

Dates: June 23-29

Expected Events: See Gosnell’s facility, Sidewalk Counseling at Planned Parenthood, Apologetics Training, Educational Activism at Creation Fest Northeast

Visit the website HERE to see more details and to register.

Regional Coordinator to contact for more info: Liana Hollendonner, lhollendonner@studentsforlife.org

 

Texas

Theme: Rock the Pro-Life Movement, Shake the Abortion Industry

Pick up: Houston, Dallas or San Antonio

Dates: July 28-August 4

Expected Events: Outreach at Rock the Desert, Sidewalk Advocacy, City activism, special projects for PRCs and maternity homes, pro-life movie screening in a city park, abortion worker outreach, and hands-on training to take your pro-life leadership to the next level this upcoming school year!

Visit the website HERE for more details and to register.

Regional Coordinator to contact for more info: Sarah Zarr, szarr@studentsforlife.org

 

California

Theme: West Coast Stop Campus Abortions Mission Trip

Dates: June 23-28

Expected Events: Stop SB-24 through rallies, lobbying, and protests. Also, will be visiting a pregnancy center and sidewalk counseling

Visit the website HERE for more details and to register.

Regional Coordinators to contact for more info:

Katie Lodjic: klodjic@studentsforlife.org

Anna Bakh: abakh@studentsforlife.org

Breaking Through the Abortion Distortion Barriers: Pro-Life Defense 101 with Teresa Tomeo

Whether it’s NPR insisting a baby can’t be called a baby until after it’s born or Hollywood celebs demanding abortion on demand without apology while at the same time insisting McDonald’s end it’s “cruelty” to chickens, the abortion distortion is now out of control.
Despite the huge disconnect and the shocking rhetoric, the language of lies provides huge opportunities for people of life to speak the truth.  Never before, since the 1973 Supreme Court decisions that gave us abortion through nine months of pregnancy, has this issue been discussed. We need to use this as a Romans 8:28 situation and turn obstacles into opportunities to change hearts and minds on the most pressing issue of our day.
Join Teresa Tomeo and her guests, including Fr. Frank Pavone, as they provide simple and effective tools that can be used to defend life. To sign up for the event, Register Here

Pro-Life Essay Contest for local students

Are you a student, or know of students, who would like some spending money this summer? If you have an interest in the right to life, then write for cash!

The Respect Life Committee of Saint Maria Goretti Parish is sponsoring an essay contest for Greater Philadelphia region middle school and high school students!

This year’s essay question is: “What are your thoughts on abortion after a baby’s heartbeat can be detected?”

Judging will be based on Judeo-Christian Ethics relevant to this subject.

Current federal law prohibits destroying the egg of a bald eagle with the punishment of several thousand dollars or a year in jail. Florida law prohibits taking or destroying the eggs of sea turtles. If there are protections for animals, should there also be the same (or more) protections for human beings? Express your personal opinion according to your USA Constitutional rights of free speech.

There are two divisions:

  • Junior Division—Any student in grades 6 through 8
  • Senior Division—Any student in grades 9 through 12

Each division will be awarded the following cash prizes by June 15th:  

  • 1st Prize—$300
  • 2nd Prize—$200
  • 3rd Prize—$100

Word Count:

  • Junior Division—Essays should be 500 words or less.
  • Senior Division—Essays should be 1,000 words or less.

How to Submit Your Essay:

Mail or send your entry to St. Maria Goretti’s parish office address:

Saint Maria Goretti
Attention: Respect Life Committee
1601 Derstine Rd.
Hatfield, PA 19440

Note: Please include your name, grade and contact information.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Bob McCormick by email at bobmcc52@verizon.net.

 

Purchase A Timely Book with Focus On Catholic Teachings

Within the pages of Ordinary Brother’s new book, Get Married and Save the World, readers will find a doctrinal and practical guide to the main elements of the Christian marriage union. It is also a call to Christians to live fully in the Holy Spirit and reject the flesh, in our families and our homes.

Get Married and Save the World will appeal to readers who know the Church has turned away from God’s Word and is soaking in carnal goals. Its readers should take away a broad and deep understanding of marriage and be confident in their own marriages to bless the world.

Marriage is a broad subject, and there are many topics within the book that can interest your readers. These include the relationship between husband and wife, the role of the homemaker, the lifelong nature of the covenant, the home liturgy, Christian education, and the importance of blessing the world with children, and raising young souls up in the faith.

While the author is not a Catholic, the book contains some teachings strongly aligned with Catholic pro-life work, including that contraception, is wicked, and that it is strongly linked to abortion. I make mention of the early Church teaching, of Humane Vitae, and list several Catholic ministries he follows in the appendices. It is not uniquely on the subject of pro-life ministry but certainly is pro-life in that it supports the family, which protects countless children from harm, and teaches clearly and at length against contraception and abortion.

Ordinary Brother earned a BA in Writing from St. Edward’s University. He lived overseas for twelve years and came to faith at age 31 in Krakow, Poland. He’s since been sharing the Gospel and held many jobs, including teacher, travel writer, and street performer.

Purchase the book here: Get Married and Save The World

How to Approach Someone Who is Post Abortive

What do you say to someone you encounter that is post-abortive?

In this video from the Culture Project, Kiki shares how she was spared from abortion. Later she learned that her older siblings were killed and what her response was to her mother. Click on the link below to view the video.

When Someone Tells You They Had An Abortion

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