Books and Booklets
What Happens After an Abortion?
The other side of the story
By Jonathan Jeffes
Lean Press 2014
Abortion is widely accepted but rarely spoken about in our society. Although one third of all women in the UK will have an abortion in their lifetime, we rarely consider what really happens to women afterwards.
For twenty years Jonathan Jeffes led post-abortion recovery groups through churches in London. Based on his experience, this book aims to tell the other side of the story and address the following questions:
- Why do some women (and men) maintain a powerful connection to a past abortion? What impact does this have?
- What do men think about abortion?
- How can those who maintain an unwelcome connection to a past abortion find healing and restoration?
- How should Christians think about, and respond personally to, the issue?
- How can the church help and support those who have been impacted by a past abortion?
Jonathan Jeffes is a crisis pregnancy counselor and has led post-abortion recovery groups for women and men for over twenty years. He is a regular speaker in churches and theological colleges in the UK and is the author of two books on the subject of abortion.
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Talking with Teenagers
By Jonathan Jeffes
Published by Lean Press 2014.
Experience in the post abortion groups has shown that where a woman has had an abortion as a teenager, she often felt she should keep her pregnancy and subsequent abortion secret from her parents, whereas it would probably have been better to talk about it with them. This booklet has been written to encourage parents of young teenagers to think through the issue of an unplanned pregnancy and think about starting a discussion with their teenagers well in advance of any potential crisis.
The author comments: “If you are a parent of teenagers I would encourage you to start discussing this as a family. The main conversation that would be helpful is not so much the one with the teenagers as the one between the parents, or if you are a single parent perhaps with a trusted friend. What would you do if a daughter came to you and said “Mum (or Dad) I’m pregnant” (or if a son said his girlfriend was pregnant)? Would you be able to offer your unconditional support? Would you be able to say “we will take the child and raise it as one of our own?” What would be helpful is not so much to talk with teenagers about abortion as to encourage them to come and speak to you first, whatever the situation. Offer them your unconditional support and tell them whatever the situation you will get through it together. Actually the problem of teenage pregnancy is not as great as we think, but this may still pay off later in life should a crisis occur when they are in their 20’s or 30’s.”
This booklet has been designed to help facilitate this conversation both between parents themselves and also with a teenager. It is a finely balanced and practical resource combining information and practical advice that could help parents open the door of communication if it was ever needed.
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