I used to have quite the collection of pro-life books. I’ve been into this issue since I was a very young teenager. Now, I’ve thinned down my collection and have a few definite favorites. For anyone out there who’d like to increase their knowledge or expand their thinking on the issue, here are my reviews and recommendations:
The #1 Book Out There Award goes to Why Pro Life? by Randy Alcorn. This is an incredibly easy-to-read, yet appropriately detailed and informative book. It’s thin and small, so anyone can read it. It’s even available in an audio-CD format. I’ve talked about this book before, and I highly recommend that you grab a copy. When I was the spokesperson for Colorado’s 2008 Personhood campaign, Randy Alcorn mailed us copies of this book for free so we could hand them out. I rate this an absolutely invaluable resource!
Third Time Around by George Grant (free online copy) is a wonderful history of the pro-life movement. I’m going to guess that most of you had no idea the movement started so early or in such interesting ways. I certainly had no clue. If you’ve ever been curious about the Christian church’s involvement (or lack of involvement) on this issue over the centuries, if you’ve ever wondered about what early pro-life heroes did, if you’ve ever wished for a basic history of the movement…this is the book for you.
A Perfect Persecution by James R. Lucas. Can I say amazing? This book is a heart-stopping thriller of a novel. It takes the reader into a not-so-difficult-to-imagine world where the pro-choice position has taken over the U.S.A. (Now, I didn’t say I believe this will ever happen—I don’t! But it’s not hard to imagine what kind of a world that would be.) The really cool thing about this novel is that it is believable. It’s not a sci-fi, pie in the sky, fake world book. It’s the real thing. Don’t pick up this book unless you want to be more motivated than ever to stand up for innocent life.
Make Me Your Choice by Cheryl Chew is written by a mother who had two abortions. She shares–through multiple personal accounts–the impact of abortion on women’s mental, physical, and emotional health. She believes abortions also negatively affect women’s relationships, their life purpose, and the world as a whole. And she certainly speaks from experience. This book is an insightful view from a woman on a women’s issue.
Gianna by Jessica Shaver and True to Life by Janet Folger are two books about two wonderful women. One miraculously survived an abortion attempt because she was “too far along” to die; one survived a car bombing attempt; both are pro-life activists. If you’d like to get into the mind of pro-lifers, these books are the way to do it.
Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions? by Randy Alcorn. (You can download this book for free.) Ah yes, the question that never goes away. What’s a pro-lifer to do about birth control? What’s the pro-life position on birth control? Get your questions answered with this simple and informative book. If you haven’t guessed it yet, I really love Alcorn’s style. I find it incredibly helpful and very convincing.
Why Can’t We Love Them Both by Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Willke. This is the classic pro-life book, recognized and loved by many in the movement. This book appropriately portrays pro-lifers’ concern for women and their babies. This book goes to the very heart of the movement in many ways and is a must read.
The Miraculous World of Your Unborn Baby by Nikki Bradford is designed to be read by pregnant women, as it advises them of the changes going on in their body and their baby’s body during the pregnancy. However, this book is a great science resource as well, and it definitely gives a “window to the womb.” Truly, it’s a miraculous world in there!
LifeNews Note: Kristi Burton Brown is a pro-life activist in her home state of Colorado, a pro-bono attorney for Life Legal Defense Fund, and a stay-at-home mom. This column originally appeared at the Live Action blog.