HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Students for Life: Answering the Call, Making the Case, Saving Lives
Authors: John Ensor and Scott Klusendorf
Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, 2012
Related website: http://johnensor.com (author), http://www.prolifetraining.com (author), http://www.studentsforlife.org (organization)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Ensor, John, and Klusendorf, Scott. Students for Life: Answering the Call, Making the Case, Saving Lives (published in 2012 by Hendrickson Publishers Marketing LLC, P. O. Box 3473, Peabody, MA 01961). I am unabashedly pro-life. I don’t even mind saying that I am anti-abortion, although there is much more to being pro-life than just that. This book came to me as a result of a donation that I made to a pro-life organization, Students for Life of America. It is an edition intended by that organization primarily for its members of Stand for Life: A Student’s Guide for Making the Case and Saving Lives by the same authors. The book is like a “manual” that addresses tough questions in a format that is concise and straightforward with the design of educating young people about the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual effects that abortion has on women. Basically, it all boils down to one issue. “Are the unborn, like toddlers, members of the human family?” All the available evidence says “YES!”
Of the 1.2 million abortions performed annually in the U.S., more than 500,000 are performed on college-aged women. They make up 44% of all abortions in the country. While there are online guides and booklets on the topic, there are currently very few if any books that are specifically geared for use by young advocates for this cause. Students for Life seeks to fill that gap. Topics include Defending your pro-life views in five minutes or less, Understanding the sanctity of human life, Simplifying the abortion debate, Developing a Christian response to abortion, and Keeping cool under fire. Some of the thorny issues discussed are unsafe “back alley” abortions, rape, abortion when mothers lives are at risk, “my body, my choice,” and more. It is extremely interesting and enlightening.