By Bonnie Finnerty, Education Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
Books have long been a friend to me. As a young girl, my best friend and I spent much time at our neighborhood library perusing shelves for hidden treasures. Thanks to my high school teachers’ artful explication of great literature, my love for books deepened.
My first career as an English teacher allowed me to journey through classical and contemporary literature with middle and high school students. A neighborhood book club, which I joined about 10 years ago, exposed me to books I most likely would not have selected myself but am glad to have read.
So when I walked into the Education Director’s office at the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation six months ago and saw a sizeable selection of books, something stirred inside me. The books seemed to demand action!
But what? I wanted to do more than read them all. I want to share them. Thus, Literature for Life, a pro-life book “club” was born, a club which anyone can join just by reading our seasonal selection.
The idea is to enjoin pro-lifers in a common conversation by reading the same pro-life book, discussing it with friends, church ministries, or a pro-life group. We will even try an online book chat, creating a virtual community of pro-life activists engaging in meaningful dialogue.
Years ago, Oprah united many across the country with her book club. Communities have done it on a smaller scale with variations of “One County, One Book” programs. Why not unite those of us in the pro-life movement by reading some of the best pro-life books out there, especially when there are so many stories that deserve our attention?
Not only will we readers expand our knowledge and strengthen our resolve, we will be better equipped in the battle to build a pro-life culture. We will be more informed, more articulate, and more committed, becoming agents of change in a world that so needs our voices and activism.
If you haven’t read our summer selection yet, there is still time.
Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer by Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer is a critically important book for us pro-lifers, especially relevant to those of us in Pennsylvania, as our state officials allowed unimaginable atrocities to occur under their watch.
Many have already seen the Gosnell movie and are familiar with his West Philadelphia “House of Horrors.” The book delves into greater detail, painting a fuller portrait of his employees and his victims, and it includes a compelling interview with Gosnell himself.
This is a book worthy of our time. It should be discussed and shared. For the sake of the babies and woman who were his victims, the tragedy of Gosnell must never be forgotten.
Please consider joining us on Skype for our on-line book chat on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 7-8 p.m. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to have a link for the on-line conversation emailed to you. Our book for Fall will be announced at that time.
Let us use books as a tool for uniting, broadening, and strengthening the Pro-Life movement!