The Hand of God

A Journey from Death to Life by the Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind
Narrated by: Kevin Charles Minatrea
Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
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As director of the world's largest abortion clinic and the nation's most prominent abortionist, Dr. Bernard Nathanson presided over 60,000 abortions. As co-founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League, he helped make abortion legal. Then, in a conversion that made headkines and astonished both sides of the abortion debate, he renounced his profession to become a pro-life advocate.

But Dr. Nathanson's journey was not over. In this deeply personal memoir, he reveals what led a lifelong atheist and abortion crusader first to the pro-life cause, and finally to Christianity.

©1996 Bernard N. Nathanson, M.D. (P)2011 Alex Novak

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Incredible

Overall it's informative and brings a lot to light on the abortion industry. You can tell he's slanted to pro life but I appreciate how he explains pro life and pro choice thinking processes because he was so pro choice before.

In the beginning it has a lot of medical jargon so I had to pray I could get through it haha but then the author started to talk about how he grew up and talked about his experience becoming a doctor and going through college. Then I felt like I got sucked into the book.

He later describes more medical things so I was a bit confused from time to time but he still explained personal and public events powerfully.

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A Vast Perspective on the History of Abortion

This book is not easy listening, but it is important listening. Dr. Nathanson was a very erudite and educated man and his vocabulary and literary references are rich, but his story built my understanding of the thinking process that took place in the early days of legal abortion and how it became entrenched in the minds of Americans. It also covers the history of abortion from ancient times to the present and shows perspectives on both the pro-choice and pro-life sides. It was also difficult to listen to the parts of the book that dealt with the horrifying details of abortion techniques, but the truth of that must be told. I was especially interested in the story of Dr. Nathanson's lifelong quest for God, a quest he didn't even know he was on until very late in life. The happy ending of the story in St. Patrick's cathedral when he was baptized by Cardinal O'Connor brought a tear to my eye. What surprised and puzzled me the most about this book, however, is how anyone could still be in favor of legal abortion after Dr. Nathanson's story was made known in the 1980s. He was one of the people whose influence most turned the tide toward widespread abortion, but his voice was all but drowned out when he cried out to stop it. Overall, this was a riveting tale of a tragic life which ended in spiritual triumph.

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A Scientific and Spiritual Defense of Life

This book is a scientific & spiritual defense of life. For most pro-abortion activists this book will be ignored... for to read the truth will make their life a lie but for those with doubts, this book is a must read. For the believer of all life is sacred, this book is an affirmation of their beliefs and gives armor in the ongoing war against human life.

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Sensational but falls short

I am an evangelical Christian and a physician. I looked forward to this but was disappointed. Nathanson ignores much science on stem cells and for that matter the progress of science in defending as he calls it life. The arguments against use of one life regardless of age (i.e. Fetus) for another are clear. Using hyperbole is unnecessary and only weakens the point.

Moreover in the entire work I saw the ego of the man more than the Spirit of the Lord. In the end that's what limited my enthusiasm the most.

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Brilliant Physician finds the logic of life and God!

His conversion is similar to mine but he was of course much more accomplished, well known in medical community, and famous in political community. His life more dramatic and his intellect difficult to surpass. For these reasons he is the perfect one to write what others similarly experience. Science shows us all there is but scientists can not answer everything through it, and when we commit to it blindly we lose our logic. There is more to the formula. There is wisdom and the Truth of Wisdom can only be found in God who reveals Himself subtly at times such as when we marvel at the creation of an embryo and it’s development into fetus and baby. All obviously human from the point of fertilization and the end result a miracle we sadly often take for granted. Thank you so much for this book. We are all sinners. So flawed. It gives me such hope that the Lord wants us all! No matter the scars. He will heal us fully!

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Speak of transformation

Parts of the book were hard to listen, had to stop a few times, but in the end it was well worth the time invested in listening

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Difficult but gripping

I heard an interview with Dr. Nathanson years ago. My husband read this, but being visually impaired I could not read the print copy. I was glad to find this here on Audible. I knew of the rather primitive but telling film The Silent Scream. Dr. Nathanson was an early, aggressive doctor specializing in abortions. By his admission he performed more than 75,000 abortions, even ending the life of his own children. His journey from unapologetic abortionist and atheist to a Roman Catholic who worked to reverse what he helped set in motion is quite a story. It was not faith which changed him, but the film of an ultrasound of an 11 week baby. His narration of the film is very matter of fact. But that film, done out of curiosity and to further the cause he believed in so strongly began to change his mind. The book is straightforward, offering no apologies for who he was. The narration is also straightforward and I believe would have pleased the now deceased author. Wherever you stand on this issue, this book is informative and not at all preachy. It is one man's journey and change of heart.

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A Different Look

I thought the book would be real preachy, but it wasn't. Great memoir. There was a lot about how abortions are performed which I found interesting. Ironically every time I hear stories from former abortion workers my compassion & understanding of them grows.

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Excellent read to see many sides of the issue!

This is an excellent book..it helps the reader see many angles on the issue...and better understand why some were and still are pro choice while bringing the reader through a journey of one doctors conversion to pro life. I highly recommend this book if you want to think through many sides and issues related to abortion...from the harm of illegal abortion to the threat of fetus harvesting in third world countries connected to using aborted baby tissue in medical research..and the ethics related to that...I recommend this read!

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Written by M.D. student going into Ob/Gyn

Powerful reaffirmation to put first "whatever we hold most sacred" (Hippocratic oath).

Predictable storyline, but nevertheless I left wondering how one man could make the spiritual journey he did alone. But, in the end, he wasn't alone.

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  • 04-15-20

Great moving book

a very moving book . a story shows clearly why abortion is a crime and sin