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|Ardyce West's compelling narrative examines the grief, pain and regret suffered
by many who hide in the darkness of abortion, offering techniques designed for
self-forgiveness and spiritual healing.
|FROM THE PUBLISHER
While acknowledging the pointed issues and opinions of both pro-life and pro-choice,
West remains apolitical and non judgmental, conceding that many women and men
involved in abortion successfully move on comfortably resolved to their decision.
"I Never Heard You Cry" in fact never approaches political edict or social commentary
regarding abortion. West focuses rather on the substantial number of people who
struggle with complex and deeply emotional post-abortion issues.
In addition to relating the heartbreaking story of her own struggles and triumphs, West
interviews a number of abortion survivors who have transcended the emotional, social,
and political stigmas attached to this volatile issue. Interspersed are effective techniques
designed to achieve self-forgiveness and spiritual healing. Her suggested meditations and
self-reliance techniques apply to reconciliation of grief, depression, shame, regret and any
host of other debilitating emotions beyond just abortion – they are relevant to any issue
that holds us back from realizing the full potential for personal growth and happiness.
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|"There are topics that ignite courageous conversations and create controversy. The subject matter
of this book is one of those topics. Abortion has been and continues to be a “hot bed” of heated
discussion in numerous circles. There are groups of people with opinions that connect the choice
to have an abortion to morality. Other groups are adamant that a woman has the right to
choose what happens with her body. Still others are fighting for the rights for abortion for
medical safety of the woman.
According to statistics, nearly half of the pregnancies among American women are unintended,
and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion. Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies
(excluding miscarriages) end in abortion. From 1973 through 2008, nearly 50 million legal
abortions occurred. Each year, two percent of women aged 15-44 have an abortion and half have
had at least one previous abortion.
Ardyce West has written a deeply personal and important book with a message for anyone who
has ever had an abortion or experienced a loved one having an abortion. She invites us to
understand the long lasting emotional and psychological aftermath that comes from moving
through an abortion. She also invites us to replace fear with love. Through her personal story
and others sharing their stories, Ardyce invites us to move into a state of compassionate listening
and profound forgiveness. In fact, she asks us to move out of any form of judgment and open
our hearts to anyone who has ever had to experience the pain of abortion on any level.
I have known Ardyce for many years and her commitment to sharing this important message
has been unwavering. I have witnessed her deep dedication to supporting people in being
healthy and whole. That commitment and her personal work make this a powerful tool. This is
a book that will support healing and transform the way people look at abortion if they are willing
to suspend fearful concepts. I highly encourage you to read this book and share it with your
family, friends and even counseling clients. It will make a difference in how they view the
experience of abortion and hopefully encourage them to open their hearts."
-- Cynthia James
What Will Set You Free
Revealing Your Extraordinary Essence
Visit Cynthia's web site: CynthiaJames.net
|"For me, a great book is one that leaves me moved and
tingling when I complete its final passages. Ardyce West's
book, I Never Heard You Cry, did precisely that for me. Not
only will you be supported and inspired, you will find
numerous springs of healing in this book. It is poignant as
well as practical, offering compassion and insight in a
controversial and troubled arena. Read this book and let
your heart be touched."
--Dr. Roger W. Teel
Mile Hi Church
"Ardyce West courageously shares her vulnerability in
exposing her soul’s journey of healing after her experience
of abortion. Her insights give us all strength in moving
forward after irreplaceable loss into greater awareness.
'I Never Heard You Cry' is a significant and much needed
work that will heal lives."
--Rev. Christian Sorensen, D.D.
Seaside Center for Spiritual Living
|- "I Never Heard You Cry" moved me to cry, to question, to listen, to grow, to forgive, to look inward and
outward... The book is about so much more than the journey through abortion, it speaks to me on many
different levels about my own experiences in life. It is so rich and full, that I will indeed need to read it
- ...an amazing journey through the healing process. This book is filled with so many metaphysical and
spiritual principles, that it is a valuable resource for anyone moving through profound healing and/or
change...I would highly recommend "I Never Heard You Cry" for anyone facing a healing process or anyone
who works in an area of healing or spiritual counseling. I found it to be compelling, very well written and a
book that I'll refer to again and again for its insights and advice."
- "This book isn't about pro-life, pro-choice, politics or religion. It's about people. It's about the women and
men who emotionally struggle after they have aborted their child, and it's also about the vast majority of us
who understand that abortion is not a black-and-white issue that can only be addressed in absolutes..."
- "The varied stories give perspective from different points of view and how the individuals worked through
their silent pain. I appreciate that it does not promote either the political or religious views that cloud the issue
- "Ardyce West wrote such a beautiful, rich and full expression of her healing process through abortion. It
was like finding Spring water in the desert of judgment that surrounds abortion and other such life decisions
that many face in this complicated world. Although, I have not personally experienced abortion I have
walked other women through the process to know the agonizing guilt and stigma they have experienced. The
profound truth for me in this book is the statement that "we are each doing the very best that we can"
especially when we have only the tools that our past has given to us..."
- "Ardyce West has so courageously and tenderly shared with all of us an insightful pathway to approaching
the powerful emotional and spiritual territory that we must address if we are to move toward our collective
healing in a loving and balanced discussion of abortion...Anyone who has or anticipates having to deal with
abortion either personally or within their circle of family or friends, owes it to themselves and their loved
ones to read and share the wisdom held in this timely book. It has been written with such care and
compassion while elevating us beyond the false oversimplification of this being a matter merely of either
pro-life or pro-choice..."
|I Never Heard You Cry
A Compassionate Journey Through Abortion
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