Talking Points: Abortion (ebook)

Talking Points: Abortion ebook

Christian compassion, convictions and wisdom for today's big issues

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Helps Christians to think biblically, speak wisely and act compassionately on the complex issue of abortion.

Part of the Talking Points series.

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Helps Christians to think biblically, speak wisely and act compassionately on the complex issue of abortion.

Our culture is locked in a battle between two opposing worldviews on abortion. How can we help those who are struggling with the emotional and spiritual fallout from abortion? How should Christians advise those who are feeling pressure to abort their child? What should we be saying in the public arena, and how should we conduct ourselves in conversation?

In this short book, Lizzie Ling and Vaughan Roberts survey the Christian worldview and help us to think biblically, speak wisely and act compassionately as we engage with the people, the questions and the heartache surrounding abortion, in a society with very different values.

Dr Lizzie Ling was a GP for many years, and worked in Southern Africa for over 10 years supporting local churches as they cared for those affected by HIV/AIDS. Vaughan Roberts is the pastor of St Ebbe’s church, Oxford, and an author of many books, including the other books in this highly regarded ‘Talking Points’ series that help Christians think, talk and relate to others with compassion, conviction and wisdom about today’s big issues.

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Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Where are we?
  • 2. Who are we?
  • 3. When are we?
  • 4. Convictions
  • 5. Consequences
  • 6. Compassion
  • Discussion guide

Specification

Author Dr Lizzie Ling, Vaughan Roberts
ISBN 9781784985066
Format Digital Download
First published April 2020
Language English
Pages 96
Publisher The Good Book Company
Commendations

There has not been a more divisive social issue in the west in the last half-century than the issue of abortion. For those of us who care about human dignity and see humanity in the unborn, this is a fight worth having. And yet as we advocate for the life of the unborn, we also advocate for the flourishing of the mother. The abortion industry preys on both child and mother and leaves a trail of sorrow. This book skillfully, simply, and biblically helps believers think through the complexities of the abortion debate and offers the gospel as the only hope for reconciliation and redemption. It will help God's people engage the issue with compassion and courage and will motivate a new generation to speak up for the most vulnerable.

Daniel Darling

VP of Communicaitons for ERLC, and author The Dignity Revolution and The Characters of Christmas.

There are few topics that divide our society, and indeed, our communities of faith, quite like abortion. Whether you follow Jesus or not, this is an important and timely book on the very real human issues surrounding abortion and its impact on our lives and our culture and what we can do to respond in a gracious, Christlike way while standing firm on both Biblical truth and scientific evidence. I often say that I am not just pro-birth, but pro-life, from conception to the grave, valuing every moment of the gift of life from God, and my friend Lizzie and her wonderful book have helped me to grapple with and to stand for that belief in the beauty and sanctity of life in a constantly changing world of opinion and soundbites on abortion. I urge you to read, share, engage, wrestle with, and most importantly, listen to this book's message of truth, redemption, and grace in the midst of one of the most crucial debates of our lifetime.

Tre Sheppard

Teaching Pastor Causeway Coast Vineyard

Lizzie Ling and Vaughan Roberts have written eloquently on a very difficult subject. They have brought their expertise and experience to bear on it in ways that are respectful to the unborn but also of those women and men who have had to make agonizing decisions.
The book is prayerful and practical with stories of real people with whom the reader can empathize. There is a great deal of sound advice here about where to get help for counselling, safe houses, resources for family life and much else besides. They show a way of interconnectedness and mutual responsibility which doesn’t leave those in crisis out in the cold.
Having said that, they are not afraid to point out the root causes of abortion and its consequences for future well-being, including false views about our bodies and militant feminism. They point out that changes in terminology such as the ‘termination of pregnancy’ or ‘emptying of the uterus’ shield us from the stark reality of killing the unborn and of dehumanizing them. Medical intervention here is the exact opposite of what it is usually: it is life-taking rather than life saving. It is contrary to the natural course of life and has adverse physical, psychological and social effects, not only on individuals but on families, communities and society as a whole.
They are clear that their view of personhood is that it is inherent and not conferred on us by society at some arbitrary point. Although we may not know exactly when there is a person, we should always act on the precautionary principle that there is one (or more than one) from conception onwards. Any natural wastage in the process cannot be justification for deliberately ending the journey of growth and development.

There is a good discussion guide for church and home discussion groups. The good book company is to be commended, once again, for bringing us a starter for discussion, even if there is much more to be said and done.

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali

Director, The Oxford Center for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialog

Customer reviews

“An excellent resource on abortion”

(Review written for 'Talking Points: Abortion')

As a woman who has experienced abortion and been involved in leading Biblical abortion recovery programmes in the UK for the past twenty years, I highly recommend this little book. It is a quick & easy read and would be great to use in Church small groups. Every believer should be equipped with this book and with bulk orders making it as cheap as £1 each, there’s no excuse really! We need to reclaim the conversation around abortion, especially within the Church family of believers. We have no need to fear the media and our voices, clothed in love and compassion, should be heard. How else are women going to hear the truth about abortion? The walking wounded of abortion are sitting in our Churches right now and don’t know who to turn to for help. A conservative estimate is that every abortion can affect approximately 45 lives: the mother of the aborted child, the father, grandparents, existing or future siblings, future partners or spouses, friends, family, work colleagues, Clergy, counsellors, medical staff and so the ‘ripple effect’ spreads through society. We kid ourselves if we think abortion does not concern us nor will it impact our lives nor the communities around us. God has placed your Church, in your community to reach the lost. How are you doing on reaching the abortion affected in your Church? In your community? Pastors are you preaching on the subject? Are you supporting your local Pregnancy Resource Centre? Are you offering abortion recovery Bible Studies for men & women affected by abortion? There is hope, help and healing to be found in Jesus and many different Biblical tools at the Church’s disposal. I would urge you to use them. I applaud Lizzie & Vaughan for compiling this comprehensive resource on abortion. Buy it. Read it. Use it. Act on it. Give it.


10/02/2020

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