We hope you’ve enjoyed this blog series as much as we have! In case you missed our earlier posts, check out the book recommendations from some of Canada’s Pro-Life leaders in Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3!
Now, in our final installment, we have one more recommendation + a number of ‘honourable mentions’.
Faye Sonier, Executive Director & General Legal Counsel of Canadian Physicians for Life
“My pick is a work of fiction: Fatherless by Brian J. Gail. The entire Fatherless trilogy is well worth your time. I’m not Catholic, but I deeply appreciate what Gail did in this pro-life and Catholic series – he educates and he entertains, and he does both with excellence. Over the course of the series, readers follow Gail’s characters as they experience their faith and convictions being met by an increasingly hostile culture. Some grow from the e xperience, others fall. Following t heir journey provides plenty of opportunity for reflection. Readers also learn much more than they’d ever expect about birth control, abortion, reproductive and genetic technologies, and ethics.”
The ‘Honourable Mentions’
We asked each of the leaders to share with us two recommendations, in case someone else had also listed the same book. The ‘runner-up’ book recommendations were so great that we decided we needed to share them too. So, without further ado, here are the runner-up book recommendations from Canada’s pro-life leaders!
Mike Schouten, Director of WeNeedALaw.ca
Common Ground Without Compromise, by Stephen Wagner (Stand to Reason, 2008).
“A short book that explores twenty-five questions on creating an effective dialogue on abortion with pro-choice advocates. A must read for anyone wishing to engage in the public discourse. Wagner explores various methods of focusing conversation on what we already have in common rather than on what sets us apart.”
Anastasia Pearse, NCLN Western Campus Coordinator, incoming Executive Director
“This beautiful kids story shows the timeless love and care we need to have for our family members at all stages of life.”
Maaike Rosendal, Campus Outreach Director of CCBR
Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets from the World’s Top Minds by Carmine Gallo
“As pro-life ambassadors we must be able to persuasively explain and defend our position. This can be difficult and overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be! Learn from those who have given some of the best TED talks, not because they were born as great communicators, but (as the author explains) because they learned and used the same simple, powerful techniques. “Talk like TED” is incredibly useful as it gives you the tools to engage in an effective manner, whether on stage or not. This is crucial when we speak on behalf of the pre-born; the more skilled we become, fewer babies die!”
Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Do You Call This A Life? by Gerbert van Loenen
“This is not a “pro-life” book but van Loenen effectively writes about the history and the development of euthanasia in the Netherlands and he focusses on the abuses and expansion of the Netherlands law.”
Jonathon Van Maren, Communications Director for CCBR
Amazing Grace, by Eric Metaxas
“For those who need hope for the pro-life movement, this biography of William Wilberforce is a must-read. Metaxas highlights two things beautifully: Why abolishing the slave trade was next to impossible, and how they did it.”
Rebecca Richmond, Outgoing Executive Director for NCLN
The Making of Pro-Life Activists: How Social Movement Mobilization Works, by Ziad Munson
“Munson’s research on the Pro-Life Movement in the U.S. sheds light on how social mobilization works. Other researchers have explained the Pro-Life Movement by saying that pro-lifers tend to be religious, conservative, of a particular class, etc., but Munson wants to explain why some people of that background become activists and why others – even if they share the same pro-life beliefs – never become activists.
A lot of the information is also contained in a paper he wrote specifically on mobilizing on campus, which you can access through his website . “
Andre Schutten, General Legal Counsel & Ontario Director for ARPA Canada
Pro-Life 101: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Your Case Persuasively, by Scott Klusendorf.
“This 70 page booklet shaped my basic pro-life apologetic. In an age of 30-second sound bites and arguments made with 140 characters or less, this book helps you cut through the distractions and get to the heart of the issue quickly and effectively. Logical, easily memorized, and extremely helpful.”
We hope you enjoyed this series! When you read one of these books, let us know! We’d love to hear what you think.