Thursday, January 3, 2013

Roe vs. Wade Anniversary Jan. 22; Timely Book Tells Former Abortion Advocate's Story of Changed Life, Hope, Healing

Expert Pat Layton’s Book ‘A Surrendered Life’ Offers Help for
Woman and Men Struggling With Post-Abortive Trauma

TAMPA, Fla. – Jan. 3, 2013 – As the 40th anniversary approaches of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion, author, speaker and post-abortion trauma and recovery expert Pat Layton offers practical help for affected women and men in her new book, A Surrendered Life—Finding Freedom, Healing and Hope After Abortion.

“I know firsthand the destructive effects of abortion on women, men and families,” said Layton, who has been helping people deal with abortion since 1986. “A Surrendered Life shows, through my own story and God’s story in the Bible, that help and hope is available to everyone.”

Layton’s eight, biblically based steps for dealing with emotional, physical and spiritual post-abortion trauma come from personal experience. Since the 1973, Roe vs. Wade decision an estimated 55 million unborn children’s lives have been claimed by abortion . . . one of those unborn children was Pat Layton’s. A 23-year-old, soon-to-be-married single mom found herself pregnant, underwent an abortion, suffered immediate life-threatening physical complications and later life-devastating emotional effects. At age 30, and a new Christian, Layton found help, hope and healing through the Bible, through sharing her secret and finding forgiveness.

From CrossBooks, a division of LifeWay, A Surrendered Life adds a vivid personal dimension to Layton’s exploration of practical biblical principles dealing with abortion. It forms a companion to her Bible study guide Surrendering the Secret also from LIfeWay. The works are timely and vital. Consider the following facts on the wide effects of abortion:

Since Jan. 22, 1973, and the Roe vs. Wade decision, an estimated 55 million abortions have taken place, now averaging almost 1.5 million abortions a year.
It’s estimated that 43 percent of women under age 45 in the U.S. have had an abortion.
SOURCE: Abortion Data from Reports of the Alan Guttmacher Institute:

92 percent of woman experience emotional deadening after an abortion.
86 percent of women deal with post-abortion rage.
Over half suffer from nightmares or feel suicidal.
SOURCE: Medical Report/Women’s Health/Abortion … Is There a Connection?

There have been more than 100 million parents of aborted children since 1973, many suffering silently with emotional pain and shame.
Layton is an experienced voice on the subject of abortion and its effects. In speaking, interviews and A Surrendered Life, she brings a compassionate, knowledgeable perspective to a powder-keg issue, and offers understanding, hope and help.

Layton’s book also is the basis for an online reality TV series about an abortion recovery group of women going through the Surrendering the Secret Bible study, called Surrender the Secret, which will air its first episode on Jan. 22. (

About Pat Layton
Speaker, author and ministry leader, Pat Layton writes for newspapers, blogs, newsletters and ministry media, including Lifeway, Focus on the Family and Proverbs 31 Ministries. Layton founded and leads Life Impact Network and hosts Imagine Me . . . Set Free women’s conferences at churches and other locations nationwide. A member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, she served on the Florida Governor’s Media Service Review Team for the Abstinence Education Plan and Governor’s Partnership for Adoption. The Florida House of Representatives recognized Layton with the Promise of Excellence award.

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