Friday, October 7, 2011

Asleep in Heaven's Nursery: Why Every Christian Needs to Read This Book

“I believe in the traditional Baptist doctrine on that subject.”

That answer came from a pastor when I asked him what the Bible says about the age of accountability. He clearly had no idea what he believed, and instead of taking time to research the matter, he simply deferred to the Baptist doctrine.

Asleep in Heaven’s Nursery is not just for people who have lost children, although that is a major part of it. I want Christians to know why I wrote this book, and why I think it can be helpful to them. This might sound self-serving, like I am writing this to just sell books. But I never would have written the book if I didn’t think it would serve a purpose. And as a not-for-profit ministry, I don’t make a penny off of these books, so this is not about financial gain.

This book looks at the age of accountability to see if it is biblical. It also lists the major criticisms for the age of accountability and gives a rebuttal for them. For example, if Jesus said that no one gets to the Father except through Him, then how can infants get to the Father? People use this logic to refute Christian truth, so it is important to know their arguments and what the Bible says.

This book also looks at the very sensitive issue of when a baby is considered to be a life. Is it at conception, at birth, or somewhere in the middle? On this extremely important topic we must know what we believe.

Can people be forgiven for having an abortion? Is the baby punished for the mother’s sin? Can that mother go to heaven?

Is abortion ok if the mother was raped? What if her life is in danger? What if it was incest? What if the child will have a deformity?

Is adoption really a good option? Won’t these children have miserable lives in an orphanage? (By the way, as the world mourns the loss of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, did you know that he was adopted? He is even mentioned in this book)

What will babies look like in heaven? Will they be angels? Did you know that the overwhelming majority of mothers who have lost a child believe their babies are angels?

What should I say to my friend or relative who has lost a baby? Can I cheer them up?

These are all pieces of information that are good for Christians to know, even if you have not personally lost a child.

If you have not lost a child but know someone who has, buying them this book is a great way to show them the love of Christ. This is especially true if that person is not a Christian, because this book lays out God’s plan of salvation.

If you have lost a child, this book will hopefully answer every question that you have asked yourself.

Pastors and counselors, this book is a good resource to give out to people you minister to who have lost a child.

If you would like to donate a book in memory of or in honor of someone, you can do that through the Rachel Dowd Sponsorship Program for just $10. That will allow us to supply a book to someone who has just lost a child. This donation is tax deductible, and you can do that here:!rachel-dowd-sponsorship-program

From now through October 15th, 10% of book sales will go to the March of Dimes.

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(Read blogs about my other books Who is God? and All the Law)

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