Gianna: Aborted and Lived to Tell About It
Jessica Shaver Renshaw
Summary: One spring day, a frightened, pregnant young woman stepped off the bus and into a building with the caption Avalon Hospital above its doors. "It's the best thing. We know, We've walked in your shoes before," she was counselled. The young woman donned a gown and awaited her turn to see the doctor. In a few hours it was supposed to all be over. But the abortion failed. Instead, a tiny, premature little girl was born, wailing. Little Gianna has grown up and is a huge advocate for life. She attends pro-life rallies, counsels other young pregnant women, appears as a guest on talk shows and makes appearances in schools. The gospel is her primary message with a plea for the unborn coming secondary.
Personal Thoughts: The real clincher to this story occurs upon the revelation of the birth mom's complete story--one you don't get to read about until near the end. This is when Planned Parenthood is exposed as the heinous organization that it is. Aside from the unborn children, how many women's lives have been destroyed by the foundation of lies this company is built upon?
Quote: "I picture the Lord's strong hand always covering me and not letting me be harmed," Gianna said of her biological mother's abortion. "Her sin nearly killed me, but my sin did kill Jesus, and I've been forgiven on the cross, so I can forgive her also." --pg 189
Summary: Meet Mary. Every Wednesday you will find her walking up and down a small strip of sidewalk in front of an abortion clinic. She is praying ceaselessly and faithfully engaging prospective clients seeking to end their babies' lives. On sunny days she is there. On rainy or windy days, she is there. The work is often a lonesome work. It is a tolling work and often a discouraging work. But God's goodness shines in the darkness, and the Lord has used Mary to save the lives of many children in the last 20 years. Read of her experiences. Read of her observations. Let your heart be stirred afresh by the horror that goes on behind the walls of an abortion clinic. Please....read this book!
Personal Thoughts: I hope a lot of people read this book. This lady is on the front line on the battlefield and yet she gives herself absolutely no credit. I found it incredibly interesting to read of the different types of women and attitudes that she encounters. I also deeply appreciated the help she offered the women who DID go forward with the abortion. These women are usually deeply wounded individuals who will walk through life with immense pain. They also need our love and care.
Quote: "Lord, this has been a hard morning. I'm a little uncertain about what to do with the rough-looking man standing in the doorway of the clinic. I greeted him when he brought his girlfriend in. He had such kind eyes that I felt I could see into his soul. It unnerved me to connect that way with a stranger. But what were those eyes saying...please help us or leave us alone in this crisis? As he smokes his last cigarette before the abortion I have a final chance to touch his heart. But not without Your help, Father. Give me courage as I try one last time to discern how I can help."