New book, “Stand for Life,” a much-needed guide for students


stand-for-lifeA new book from Hendrickson Publishers is a breath of fresh air in the pro-life literature category. It provides college students with a point-by-point guide on how to address the real questions that are thrown at them by skeptical – or volatile – counterparts.

What about rape?

Don’t you think you should do something about capital punishment?

It’s my body—why are you trying to get involved?


John Ensor

It’s easy to freeze up and go blank when some arguments are pitched by pro-abortion and ambiguous students. John Ensor and Scott Klusendorf pair up to provide concise and poignant answers to these questions. More important than answers, however, is the authors’ striking appeal to logic. They outline how easily almost any pro-abortion argument can be shot down with a simple recourse to one or another logical principle.

Two of these principles are the “what is it?” and “toddler” arguments: any pro-abortion argument for the validity of abortion crumbles if: a) the opponent does not recognize an unborn child as what science recognizes him as: a human; and b) the opponent cannot affirm that whatever he believes should be permissible actions on an unborn child are also permissible to do to a toddler.


Scott Klusendorf

The book also provides honest insights into the way unplanned pregnancy and abortion affect the college demographic. These insights better-equip pro-life college students to act with the empathy and tact necessary to carry out effective pro-life ministry. The authors share real-life stories of women and families faced with unplanned pregnancies. They share the methods they used to assist families in choosing life, and they share anecdotes of how abortion decisions lead to tragedy.

Students at college campuses across America have needed a book like this for decades. The book has another unlikely quality: it’s short. College students today are swamped with academics, social lives, and extra-curriculars (like running their Students for Life groups!). Stand for Life is the perfect length for fitting into a crazy college life. Pick a chapter to read between classes, or at a Students for Life meeting.

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