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.

The Litany of Life from The Catholic Feminist

Lord Jesus. Lord and giver of life, Hear me.
The unborn children who will lose their lives today, Save them, Jesus.
The millions of people trapped in the chains of slavery, Save them, Jesus.
The elderly around the world who are neglected and ignored, Save them, Jesus.
The souls on Death Row who will soon have their lives taken, Save them, Jesus.
The women considering immoral means of achieving a pregnancy out of a true,
good desire for children, Save them, Jesus.
The people around us who silently struggle with mental illness and depression,
Save them, Jesus.
The mothers who are suffering from postpartum depression and contemplating
suicide, Save them, Jesus.
The refugees caught in warzones with little hope of escape, Save them, Jesus.
The homeless who live on our streets and don’t know where their next meal
comes from, Save them, Jesus.
The nurses and doctors who prescribe contraception and perform abortions, Save
them, Jesus.
The pro-choice advocates with a real heart for women’s issues, Save them, Jesus.
The politicians who consistently struggle with valuing the most vulnerable among
us, Save them, Jesus.
The patients in hospitals suffering from painful chronic diseases, Save them,
Jesus.
The disabled who suffer immensely and are often made to feel worthless, Save
them, Jesus.
The victims of violent crimes and the unborn children who are sometimes
produced as a result, Save them, Jesus.
From my own hardness of heart, Deliver me, Jesus.
From my selfishness and desire to store up treasure on earth, Deliver me, Jesus.
From my willful ignorance and lack of compassion, Deliver me, Jesus.
From my lack of understanding of complex societal issues, Deliver me, Jesus.
From my own pride, Deliver me, Jesus.
From my lack of trust in You and Your goodness, Deliver me, Jesus.

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The Planned Parenthood Truth Tour

The following is an email sent to me and supporters from Students for Life of America’s Director of Programs Lori Cascio.

If you have been putting off scheduling this display for your campus, consider this your nudge to get to it 🙂 All you need to do is contact your Regional Coordinator (text/call/FB message/email/carrier pigeon, etc) and tell them you want the tour. That’s it!

If you don’t know who your Regional Coordinator is, see below.

This semester’s tour is called The Planned Parenthood Truth Tour. The goal of this display is to call on our states to inspect Planned Parenthood. We don’t want another Gosnell situation! We want to expose America’s largest perpetrator of abortion: Planned Parenthood. Check out this sneak peek of one of our tour banners.

Planned Parenthood Truth explores the real facts about the abortion Goliath, from their consistent decline in non-abortive services to their disgusting facility health violations.

If you are a student in:

ME, CT, RI, VT, NH, or MA, contact Abigail Young.

NY or NJ, contact Kate Maloney.

OH, contact Klara McKee.

IN, contact Lily Hutkowski.

MI, contact Kaylena Wiederhold.

PA or DE, contact Liana Hollendonner.

KY or TN, contact Elizabeth Parker.

WV, contact Lori Cascio.

NC, SC, GA, or FL, contact Ryan Eyrich.

DC, MD, or VA, contact Stephanie Schmitt.

NE, KS, SD, or Western MO, contact Stephanie Lugo.

Eastern MO, contact Elizabeth Hill.

IA, contact Daniel Larkin.

IL, contact Sarah Minnich.

CO or NM, contact Christina Coffman.

OR or ID, contact Nichole Bentz.

WI, MN, or ND, contact Noah Maldonado.

WA, AL, or HI, contact Katie Lodjic.

Southern CA or AZ, contact Camille Cisneros.

Northern CA or NV, contact Anna Bakh.

TX or OK, contact Sarah Zarr.

AL, AR, LA, MS, MT, PR, UT, or WY, contact Nichole Bentz.

 

Recap On Trump’s State of the Union Address

90 minutes. That’s how long President Trump has spoken. He has made it an historical address. One that will long be remember by every pro-life advocate.

In his speech, President Trump has called out Governors Andrew Cuomo and Ralph Northam for their support of infanticide and late term abortion.  In his words:

“There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days.

Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth. These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world.

And then, we had the case of the governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth. To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.”

He goes on to encourage a culture that embraces all life because: “all children are made in the image of God.”

Sadly many members of congress, a majority of them women, were wearing white pantsuits to support woman. They seem to have forgotten the many women who have been aborted worldwide in countries like China, India, and North Korea.

 

SOTU

In addition to slamming the recent infanticide bills, President Trump took time to honor Joshua Kaufman (man saluting a soldier waving), a survivor of the Dachau Concentration Camp.  He also acknowledged the presence of two survivors of the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting last October. One was Judah Samet. Samet was no stranger to survivor as he also survived the Jewish holocaust during World War II.  The other survivor was Timothy Matson, a member of the Pittsburgh Police Department who helped saved dozens of lives during the heinous hate crime that fateful day.

It is time to take to heart our president’s words to build a culture that respects and nourishes life from the moment of conception until natural death.  It will be a long and challenging task at hand, yet love, truth, and mercy is on our side. We must not lose sight of hope in the culture of despair and death.