Saturday, June 30, 2012

South Dakota Screens Women for Coercion Prior to Abortions

South Dakota is taking an important step in preventing abortions beginning July 1st. Although abortions are still legal, they are holding abortion clinics responsible to screen women for psychological factors that may indicate that they are being coerced to have the abortion by someone else.
Please check out this link from After Abortion.org:


Pre-Abortion Screening Law to Take Effect in South Dakota

A federal court has dissolved an injunction against enforcement of a new law in South Dakota that requires abortion doctors to screen women for coercion and other factors that increase the risk of psychological complications after abortion.
Beginning July 1, physicians must screen women for coercion and other risk factors for psychological complications before scheduling an abortion.
The law contains elements of the Elliot Institute’s model legislation, which was the first in the nation to create civil liability for abortionists who fail to screen women for coercion and other risk factors.
“This is an important step forward in protecting the rights of women who are facing unwanted, unsafe, and unnecessary abortions,” said Dr. David Reardon, a leading researcher in the field of abortion complications and director of the Elliot Institute.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Book Club Members! Discussion Questions Chapter 3-5

Hi Readers!
Below you'll find the discussion questions for Treasuring Grace, Chapters 3-5.  As before, I have posted just the questions below,  for those of you who are reading TG for the first time.  Following that you'll find a big SPOILER ALERT section which has the questions followed by the author's insightful answers... We hope you enjoy this special look at a great read.

1) In Chapter 3, Jake says, “Sometimes laws and justice conflict with each other.”  For a conscientious rule-follower, this is a pretty strong statement.  He also mentions slavery and despite its obvious evil now, he contends that you would have faced moral objections had you tried to argue against it when it was legal.  What is bothering him?
 
 
2) At the end of Chapter 4 there are 2 journal entries.  In the first Liz is thrilled about a new job.  In the second, she is devastated because the job has been cancelled.  She mentions her sacrifices and her lost faith.  Even Alyssa accuses her mom of overreacting.  Why is she so upset about losing the job?
 
 
3) There is one journal entry in Chapter 5.  What “would have been today”?
 
 
4) In Chapter 5 when Liz sneaks into the bedroom, what does Alyssa overhear without realizing it?
 

SPOILER ALERT SECTION


 
1) In Chapter 3, Jake says, “Sometimes laws and justice conflict with each other.”  For a conscientious rule-follower, this is a pretty strong statement.  He also mentions slavery and despite its obvious evil now, he contends that you would have faced moral objections had you tried to argue against it when it was legal.  What is bothering him?
 
Well, obviously he can’t speak out against abortion this early in the story without giving too much away, but that’s what he’s alluding to.  If he’s been to a life rally, he’s familiar with the parade of lies that are routinely used to justify killing unborn babies.  Unfortunately, his comparison to slavery isn’t entirely appropriate.  Whereas that practice was no doubt driven by greed, it was sustained by ignorance.  No new enlightenment is on the horizon to abate the practice of abortion.  The feet on the cover tell the story: it’s a baby.  If that isn’t an adequate deterrent, it’s hard to imagine what will be.
 
2) At the end of Chapter 4 there are 2 journal entries.  In the first Liz is thrilled about a new job.  In the second, she is devastated because the job has been cancelled.  She mentions her sacrifices and her lost faith.  Even Alyssa accuses her mom of overreacting.  Why is she so upset about losing the job?
 
She’s not upset about the lost job.  She’s upset because she aborted Grace in anticipation of the job.  She didn’t think that she could handle a baby and the new job.  That is the sacrifice she made.  She’s not thinking of her schooling.  She’s lost her faith and trust because she can’t forgive herself, can’t believe that God could forgive her, and she’s angry.
 
3) There is one journal entry in Chapter 5.  What “would have been today”?
 
2/20/2002 was Liz ’s due date for Grace.
 
4) In Chapter 5 when Liz sneaks into the bedroom, what does Alyssa overhear without realizing it?
 
You have to read ahead to Liz ’s journal entry in the next chapter, but she is sitting down on Grace’s bed, giving her a hug and a kiss, and telling her that she loves her, etc. 


Start Reading Chapters 6 and 7

 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Laying Down Your Life for that of Anothers: The Truth of Life

Read this article on Lifenews.com and was reminded of what sacrifice and Motherhood is really about. What a great role model this woman is, and a true believer in the meaning and value of life. Although her choice was a difficult one and her family would be grieving her loss, she also left them a beautiful gift and legacy: Read on...

Mother Dies Who Spared Her Baby From Abortion When Cancer Struck

by Elizabeth Scalia | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 6/24/12 8:03 P
28 year-old Chiara Corbella has died and at her funeral in Rome, there was joy amid the sorrow. In fact, there was a kind of triumph, of love over life and life over death — one of those contradictory signs that makes no sense to an efficient world but is transcendently reasonable to the mind of faith:
Chiara was happily married to Enrico Petrillo. They had already suffered the loss of two children [born with birth defects] in recent years. . .The couple became popular speakers at pro-life events, in which they shared their testimony about the few minutes they were able to spend with their children, David and Maria, before they died.
In 2010, Chiara became pregnant for the third time, and according to doctors the child was developing normally. However, Chiara was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and was advised to begin receiving treatment that would have posed a risk to her pregnancy.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Treasuring Grace BookClub Discussion Questions Chapter 1 and 2

Hi Friends,
We hope you have enjoyed the book club thus far. Below are the discussion questions for chapters 1 and 2. If you have gathered your friends together to enjoy the book as a group, begin your discussion!

If you are reading the book for a second time, you'll appreciate the notes from the author in the second "SPOILER ALERT" section of the posting. Here you will find Rob Plumley's discussion questions (same as in the first section) along with his insights ... but be warned! Reading the second section may give away some of the secrets of the book if you haven't discovered the treasures of Treasuring Grace already!

Discussion Questions for Chapter 1 and 2

1)       What is the pin?  If you’ve read to the end, you know what the pin is. 
2)       What do you think the voice of Liz’s grandfather represents?
3)       In Liz’s journal entry at the end of Ch 1, why won’t Grace ever wear the sweatshirt? 
4)       Describe the relationship of Liz and Scott.  Has it changed?  
   
SPOILER ALERT:  QUESTIONS WITH AUTHORS INSIGHTS

1)       What is the pin?  If you’ve read to the end, you know what the pin is.  Look at the back cover of your book.  Do you see how it might be mistaken for an angel’s wings or a butterfly especially if you didn’t want to believe what it was?
2)       What do you think the voice of Liz’s grandfather represents? Throughout the book his voice represents her conscience trying to guide her to the truth.
3)       In Liz’s journal entry at the end of Ch 1, why won’t Grace ever wear the sweatshirt?  As Liz falls asleep, she’s still mourning the loss of Grace.  But notice that she’s deluded in her sleep and has already convinced herself that Grace is alive and needs a swimsuit for the trip.  Scott accepts it as meaningless sleep talk.
4)       Describe the relationship of Liz and Scott.  Has it changed?  They were probably newlyweds for a long time.  Their relationship is still pretty good.  They laugh together.  They love each other.  Liz makes cookies, leaves notes, and recognizes the goodness in Scott.  Scott worries about Liz being taken advantage of on the trip.  He credits her with their wonderful kids.  But there is a gap growing between them.  Neither knows the origin, but both recognize it.  For example, it might have been nice for Liz to wait up for Scott, and maybe she would have if he’d called.
  

Start reading Chapters 3, 4 and 5! 

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Message and A Prayer from Treasuring Grace

I hope you are enjoying Treasuring Grace and have laughed through the first two chapters.  Rob with his witty way of writing helps keep the story light and humorous.
 
Many of you know that Treasuring Grace is inspired by a dream.  On the morning of October 19, 2007 I awoke from a vivid dream.  It was as if I were watching a movie.  I got up and jotted down the main ideas while they were still fresh in my mind.  I felt compelled to share the message of the dream with others.
 
Thanks to the collaboration with Rob Plumley, the first copy of Treasuring Grace was printed exactly 3 years after the date of the dream.  Coincidence?  I don't believe so!
 
Enjoy reading,
Tracy
 
A prayer from St. Teresa of Avila
 
Lord,
 
Grant that I may always allow myself to be guided by you, always follow your plans, and perfectly accomplish your will.  Grant that in all things, great and small, today and all the days of my life, I may do whatever you require of me.
 
Help me to respond to the slightest prompting of your grace, so that I may be a trustworthy instrument for your honor.  May your will be done in time and in eternity - by me, in me, and through me.
 
Amen
 
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Friday, June 15, 2012

Great Message Supporting Fathers: California Billboards Campaign

Check out this article from Lifenews.com about an ad campaign that was promoted in California. A quote from the article is perfect for this weekends Father's Day Holiday " When a child is conceived, a Father is born...

Fatherhood Begins in the Womb, New Pro-Life Billboards Say

by Steven Ertelt | Sacramento, CA | LifeNews.com | 9/14/11 10:55 AM

 A new pro-life billboard campaign in California has a clear message for the African-American community:  Fatherhood begins in the womb. That’s what a group of black pro-life advocates want people to know.
Walter Hoye, a pro-life African-American pastor, teamed up with Radiance Foundation founder Ryan Bomberger, a LifeNews blogger who is a black pro-life and adoption advocate, for the new professional billboard campaign.
The Radiance Foundation, partnering with the Issues4Life Foundation, announces a powerful new billboard/web campaign to illuminate the crisis of fatherlessness. The new TooManyAborted.com billboards, “Fatherhood begins in the womb”, have been placed in Sacramento, California, the state that has aborted 214,190 of its children in the last reported year, Bomberger says.
“When a child is conceived, a father is born,” Bomberger told LifeNews.

Follow this link to the full article on lifenews.com : http://www.lifenews.com/2011/09/14/fatherhood-begins-in-the-womb-new-pro-life-billboards-say/

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Treasuring Grace Virtual Book Club Starts Today!

Hi Friends!
Today is the first day of our Virtual Community read of Treasuring Grace.  Start reading chapters 1 and 2 this week and next week we will post some discussion questions for you!
Enjoy!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Treasuring Grace Online Book Club

  Join us on a summer reading adventure!  Together we will read through Treasuring Grace by Rob Plumley and Tracy Roberts (books may be purchased online from Healthy Life Press or Amazon).

    Treasuring Grace, a novel inspired by a dream, shares a story and a secret that will touch your heart.  You will come to know the characters and gain insight as the authors share their thoughts along the way.

    Begin reading on Wednesday, June 13.  The following week you will get discussion questions for chapters one and two.

    Pick up your copy of Treasuring Grace and join us on this journey!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Treasuring Grace E Book Winners Announced

We are excited to announce our winners of Treasuring Grace e books!

Congratulations to Jennifer Maas Murvich and Rita Edberg!  We ask that our winners contact our publisher David Biebel at dbbvl@aol.com to get your ebooks.

Thank you to our publishing company Healthy Life Press!

Treasuring Grace book club begins on Wednesday, June 13.  We hope that you are ready to read along with us!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Don't Miss Your Chance for a Free E Book Copy of Treasuring Grace

Tomorrow we will be drawing names for three free eBook copies of Treasuring Grace in preparation for our summer guided book reading!  Comment here or on our Facebook page to have your name put in for a drawing for one of three copies so you can be ready to join in on the fun!

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Men's Rights: Pro Life Resources for Men

Although the pro life cause is often thought of as a woman's issue, men's rights and emotions are equally complex and important. Whether it is post-abortion healing that needs to be addressed, or help planning a discussion with a girlfriend or mate, there are numerous resources for men to help. In honor of the upcoming Father's Day Holiday, I thought a list of some of the available resources might be useful.

Life Issues Institute offers a listing of articles, bible studies and books on the subject:
http://www.lifeissues.org/men/resources.html

Guys For Life is a comprehensive website that offers mentoring and plentiful resources for men in need.
http://www.guysforlife.org/

Men and Abortion Network offers help and healing for men who have lost children to abortion


http://www.menandabortion.net/

The Unchoice has a good listing of resources focused on the needs of men affected by abortion.

http://theunchoice.com/men.htm

Pro Life Men of America is another website that provides resources, links and information relevant to men.


http://www.prolifemen.org/

This list is not comprehensive, but will give you a good start if you are looking for help.  Know of a good resource you'd like to share? please comment here.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Treasuring Grace Book Club Event! Be Part of It

Join us this summer in Reading Treasuring Grace! 

We will begin reading chapters one and two on June 13.  Discussion questions will follow so gather your friends and follow along.

You will become more acquainted with the characters of the story.  We will share insights about their feelings and perspectives on life.

Three free Treasuring Grace e books will be given away.  To be eligible for the random drawing please write a comment under this announcement on our Facebook Page.  The winners will be announced on June 8th!

We look forward to reading with you,
Rob and Tracy

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