Each year one Sunday in January is designated as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SOHLS). On and around this day, many churches and other organizations sponsor activities and events to focus on the intrinsic value of human life and the fundamental right to life. The day is scheduled in connection with the January 22 anniversary of the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, which were handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973. (Read more about SOHLS here and the preciousness of life here. Watch a video about the sanctity of life here.)
In honor of Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, here are three books that honor life.
Proclaiming the Pro-Life Message by Larry L. Lewis, editor
January 22, 1973, truly was a day of infamy for the United States of America. On that day the U.S. Supreme Court, in the Roe v. Wade decision, opened the floodgates of the evils of abortion throughout the country. Since then, millions of innocent babies have died at the hands of abortionists.
Evangelical Christian leaders at first were slow to respond to this tragedy. But when they did, the Evangelical community became the most potent force in the fight against abortion and other anti-life positions being advocated by the abortionists.
Proclaiming the Pro-Life Message draws together the very best of what has been written and preached by these Evangelical leaders during the past 26 years. The editor, Larry Lewis, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Home Mission Board, led the charge against abortion in the SBC.
The list of authors reads like a Who's Who Among Evangelicals in the Pro-Life Movement: Chuck Colson, W.A. Criswell, Jimmy Draper, Carol Everett, Gerald Harris, O.S. Hawkins, Jim Henry, Ron Herrod, Junior Hill, Anthony Jordan, D. James Kennedy, Beverly LaHaye, Adrian Rogers, George Sweeting, Kristen White, and Sylvia Boothe. Each articulates his or her perspective on what being pro-life today means and what Evangelical Christians must do to eradicate this evil from our land. All royalties for the sale of this book go to Alternatives to Abortion at the SBC's North American Mission Board.
Gathering the Missing Pieces in an Adopted Life by Kay Moore
(Now available as an ebook for Kindle, Nook, and iPad)
Even surrounded by the love and security of the only family she had ever known, Kay Moore wondered constantly about her unknown past. Her search for information and connection led Kay to other adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth families. She discovered that her feelings were the shared legacy of people everywhere who want the whole truth about who they are. Their stories, told here, yield a wealth of inspiration and practical direction, which Kay presents with a sensitivity possible only from one who has "been through it" herself.
In the book, the author knows what questions you'll need to answer for a successful search and includes a listing of resources you can use along the way. You'll see just how to pull together the missing pieces in your own past and fully discover your God-given heritage.
Reporter Kay Moore’s three-part newspaper series on finding her birthfamily was a widely read installment in the Houston Chronicle and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Kay has spoken widely on the subject of adoption. She is a graduate of Baylor University. She and her husband, Louis, are parents of two children.
Adopting Darrell by Carol V. Weishampel
Carol Weishampel joyfully opens her heart and home to angelic-looking Darrell—a "shaken", abused baby, whose horrific injuries leave him blind and retarded.
But adopting Darrell quickly becomes an hourly, uphill struggle, even for this seasoned mom and professional educator, who holds a doctor of education degree. This single parent and her other, subsequent adopted children literally are held hostage by Darrell's violent temper tantrums and untrainable behavior.
What difference can Weishampel possibly make in the life of this uncommunicative boy? What purpose do those such as Darrell have on earth? Weishampel's poignant search for answers to these and other profound questions leaves a helpful legacy of hope for anyone who has ever had responsibility for such a child.