Counselor Camille Cates points women who may be facing hurt, confusion, and unanswered questions after an abortion to finding grace and mercy in God’s love.
Even though each woman’s story is different, the challenges that follow an abortion can be similar. How can you find healing and renewal for where you are now? How do you process the variety of emotions you may be experiencing, such as anger, grief, or perhaps numbness?
Camille Cates has spent many years counseling women, helping them to answer those questions. In Moving Forward after Abortion, she helps you to see that God is forgiving, gracious, merciful, and loving, and offers comfort to those who come to him to experience restoration instead of brokenness. Reflecting on an abortion story can be intimidating, but you do not have to do it alone. God is near—and plans to use your story for good.
Camille Cates is a biblical counselor and a public speaker with a passion for ministering to women in crisis. She has written and spoken extensively on the topics of pregnancy care ministry, post-abortion trauma counseling, sexual abuse, and God’s design for sex and sexuality. She is the author of Moving Forward after Abortion and the minibook Pregnancy Crisis: This Wasn’t the Plan. Camille and her husband, Troy, have three adult children and reside in the metro Cincinnati, OH area.
“Moving Forward after Abortion is a window into how the Lord forgives, heals, and restores a woman after an abortion. This book is accessible and concisely written, offering a gentle balance of personal experience and biblical counseling. Camille's writing is clear and raw, and her transparency often led me to tears. This book spills over with Scripture, biblical wisdom, book recommendations, and hope. I have never read a book like this and cannot recommend it highly enough.”
Rosaria Butterfield, Former tenured professor of English and Women’s Studies, Syracuse University; author of The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, The Gospel Comes with a House Key, and Five Lies of our Anti-Christian Age
“I broke down crying multiple times as I read this book. It is moving, biblical, informative, tender, kind, and hope-filled. Moving Forward after Abortion is a balm to the broken soul and points us to the powerful grace of God in Christ Jesus. God does not want anyone living in the shackles of sin and shame. My heart is bursting with joy and my eyes are filled with tears as I reflect upon the stories and truth that Camille shares. I cannot recommend this book enough. I want everyone to read it.”
Sean Perron, Associate Pastor, First Baptist Jacksonville; ACBC certified counselor; coauthor of the Letters to a Romantic series, author of Should I Take the Pill?
“This book is a great resource for counselors, churches, and pregnancy centers for women and men needing hope and healing after abortion. The author shares her own journey of how she found true healing in Jesus and the Word of God. The reflective questions at the end of each chapter are great. I wholeheartedly recommend this book!”
MaryAnn Ambroselli, Former Executive Director and current board of directors chairperson, Ventura County Pregnancy Center; certified biblical counselor, Healing Hearts Ministries International
“Camille Cates has given us a wonderful way to walk and talk with those who are hurting from abortions in their past. This book is short but filled with wisdom and insights that only come from someone who has personally traveled this road. It’s filled with God’s Word and the heart and tone of a skilled caregiver who gently unpacks the confusion, guilt, shame, fear, and grief that so often accompany the pain of abortion. Additionally, it’s filled with the grace, truth, and transparency needed to walk others out of the dark and into the light of God’s forgiveness and freedom.”
Brad Bigney, Lead Pastor, Grace Fellowship Church, Florence, KY; ACBC certified counselor; conference speaker; author of Gospel Treason
“In Moving Forward after Abortion, Camille comes alongside readers as a wise Christian sister—one who knows what it’s like to wade through the tumultuous wake of grief and trauma. As she humbly recounts her own post-abortion journey, readers are graciously invited to embrace the same gospel-centered comfort that brought her aching heart healing and hope.”
Christine Chappell, Author of Midnight Mercies: Walking with God through Depression in Motherhood; host, Hope + Help Podcast, Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship; certified biblical counselor
“Saturated in Scripture, Camille’s book offers real biblical solutions for dealing with pain, depression, anxiety, anger, guilt, and grief that accompany abortion. She encourages readers to get to the root of their sin and enjoy the forgiveness and restoration found only in the gospel of Jesus Christ. God’s grace, mercy, and compassion alone offer true healing and hope!”
Georgia Purdom, Vice President of Educational Content and Director of Answers for Women Conferences, Answers in Genesis
“Moving Forward after Abortion is life-giving water for your parched soul. Camille helps uncover the lies post-abortive women and men believe and then replaces those lies with the truth. Take this little book and let it lead you to the One who is Living Water.”
Kathleen Shanks, Executive Director, New Path Pregnancy Resource Centers
“Camille has powerfully provided a gospel-saturated, healing resource for anyone carrying the pain of abortion. Her vulnerable story of trauma and choices, combined with a message of compassionate help and scriptural hope, will help readers exchange pain for God’s redemptive love to find freedom and restoration.”
Lisa Appelo, Author of Life Can Be Good Again
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