Jerry & Margaret Choose Not To Abort Tommy
(Published on Priests for Life website, December 2010)
Many people spend their vacation sight-seeing, camping, fishing, or simply enjoying nature in general. Over the years, I’ve met many interesting and fascinating people in my travels. This last summer, I heard stories of courage, adventure, the power of forgiveness, and deep faith in the Lord.
Let me share the story of Jerry whom I met at a restaurant. Jerry is in his mid-20’s, married to Margaret, and they are the parents of Tommy. (Jerry gave me permission to write their story. Their names have been changed here to protect their identity.) Jerry told me that when he and Margaret decided to marry, they agreed that they didn’t want to bring any children into the negative environment in our society. To prevent an unplanned pregnancy, Jerry had a vasectomy, and Margaret used birth control.
A couple years into the marriage, they learned that they were pregnant. The pregnancy had one in millions of chances of happening. They seriously considered aborting the 8-week old baby. The websites on abortion that they researched used language that dehumanizes the unborn baby. “Abortion is no big deal.” “It is not a person but only a mass of cells.”
Jerry & Margaret sought the advice of a professional midwife, Theresa, who has been a long-time family friend. With the aid of sonogram, Theresa displayed for them on a large screen the image of their baby’s beating heart, and the early stages of his limbs. She asked whether they had chosen a name for their baby. Jerry said that her caring advice had a great influence on their decision to save the child. Jerry described how the next many moments became a life-changing experience for him and Margaret. Tearfully, they sat together talking about their baby, and what they wanted to do. They were happy to see the baby while at the same time they felt much shame at the thought that they had even considered ending the life of their unborn baby.
Jerry said, “I’m not a religious person but Someone up there was doing something special in our lives. He wanted us to have that child. Tommy is now our pride and joy. I can’t imagine myself living with regret had we decided to end the life of our baby. He is precious to both of us.”
As we were coming to the end of our conversation, Jerry said that he has advice for any couple thinking about an abortion. “They need to have a sonogram taken first. After they see the image of their baby on a large screen, they are in a better position to decide whether they want to abort the baby or not. Otherwise, they could live to regret their decision to go ahead with the abortion.”
You can view a sonogram of a 6-week unborn baby on the home page of www.priestsforlife.org. This story of Jerry & Margaret has been published on the Priests for Life website, which reaches readers internationally. This website also has photos of aborted unborn babies.
Our Troops Need Our Support
(Independent Record, December 2009)
We are currently witnessing a chapter in our country’s history that is filled with great tragedy, pain and sorrow, especially with the recent shootings at Fort Hood, Texas. Our focus and attention these past several years has been on the bloodshed taking place in our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to bring an end to terrorism.
None of us imagined that a psychiatrist in American military service would be so mentally unbalanced that he would go on a shooting spree on our largest Army base that left 13 dead, and nearly 30 others wounded. The psychiatrist is a Muslim that had connections with fanatical Muslims, according to news reports. We need to remind ourselves that not all Muslims are extremists. I have met moderate Muslims over the years, and they are peace-loving people. The role of a military psychiatrist is to bring mental and emotional healing to returning service men and women from the battlefield.
Veterans Day on November 11 gave us as a nation an opportunity to express our appreciation to the thousands of men and women that served our nation with great loyalty, distinction, and sacrifice. Thousands of men and women shed their blood for this country so that you and I can live in freedom and with hope. Our nation has been blessed by God in many ways to the admiration, envy, and resentment of other nations.
We dare not take God’s blessings for granted, nor take the sacrifices of our veterans and present military service men and women for granted. The families of our veterans and military service men and women also have made great sacrifices, and are making great sacrifices for our country. We owe them a great debt of gratitude. You have a right to be against the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we must never be against our warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A couple months ago, over 700 Wyoming Army National Guard Soldiers were departed from training in Fort Hood, Texas to begin their year-long deployment in Kuwait and Iraq. Among the dead and wounded at the Fort Hood shootings, some could have been friends of Wyoming Soldiers. Of these 700 soldiers, 150 are single. Often times, single soldiers deploy without a strong support network which potentially leaves them without folks at home to send cards, letters, e-mails, care packages, and certainly someone to meet them upon their return home.
Would you be interested in “adopting” a single Wyoming Soldier who has answered our nation’s call of duty over the next year? Your commitment to sponsor- ship may include: regular communication through letters, cards, notes, e-mails, care packages, and/or anything else you care to do to support these single Soldiers. If you are willing to show support, please feel free to contact the Wyoming Army National Guard’s Yellow Ribbon staff: Tyler Stone at email@example.com or Tiffany Thomson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 1-866-992-7641, extension 5457.
Where was God when the tsunami hit?
(Western Nebraska Observer, February 2005)
One question that has been asked many times since the tsunami is, “Where was God when the tsunami struck those twelve countries? The answers that have been given have varied from people saying that God loves His people not matter what, to god cannot be blames for destructive occurrences. One young man said to me during a long distance phone call that God was punishing the Indonesians with a tsunami by hitting the center of a massive illegal drug producing operation.
To ask the question, “Where was God when….?” is an expression of faith. First of all, I am admitting to myself that I believe that God exists. There are other aspects of a belief in God expressed in the question. I am saying to God and admitting to myself that I believe that God was able and very capable of intervening in nature to protect all people, animals, other living things, and property in the path of the tsunami. Asking this question says that I believe in a God who does not carry out evil acts.
God doesn’t will such death and destruction upon His people. However, He allows us the forces of nature to act independently of mankind. A tsunami, a volcanic eruption, a hurricane, an earthquake, a drought, massive floods, and other activities within nature can cause us humans to feel powerless, helpless and inadequate. God is still in control of all these situations, and He is still in control of the universe in the midst of all the chaos.
When God seems to step back, we are faced with the ‘absence’ of God. While going through this spiritual dryness or dark night of the soul, God doesn’t seem present in the world, or present in my life. Experiencing depression and the inability to pray while in this dark night of the soul is common to many people. Turning to pills immediately to get rid of the depression is not the answer. While in this state of spiritual dryness, the human spirit begins to hunger for knowledge that God exists, and to thirst for the consolations of God.
In Catholic Tradition, we believe that the Lord has given us the Body of Christ to satisfy that spiritual hunger, and the Blood of Christ to quench our spiritual thirst. Some people turn to food, money and other material things to satisfy their spiritual hunger. That leads to eating disorders, power struggles or possessiveness. Then the problem is no longer what you eat but what is eating you.
To quench their spiritual thirst, some turn to alcohol or some other drug. Alcohol and other drugs medicate the pain and hurt of the lonely soul, but eventually they lead one to an addiction. Those who are involved in a 12-step program of recovery for alcoholism or some other drug addiction, gambling or eating disorder learn that God has to become the Higher Power in the addict’s life. The 12-step programs are spiritual programs that lead one onto a road of recovery where they can find God in their lives.
When you feel tempted to become depressed over the tsunami, think of the thousands of victims who lost family members, homes, all possessions, their sources of income, and their feelings of security. On Judgment Day, we may ask god where He was while thousands of lives were lost in the midst of all that death and destruction caused by the tsunami. My guess is that God will then ask us where we were and what we did to help the victims of the tsunami to rebuild their lives, their homes, their communities, and their countries.
Ascending the Lord’s Holy Mountain
(Star Herald, August 2004)
Perhaps we are taking the Rocky Mountains for granted. The Rockies can teach us much about God, and the Rockies can help form and shape the people who live near and along the mountain ranges. The Rockies have a greater influence upon our lives than perhaps we realize. The Creator of the Rocky Mountains speaks to the created as mountains are an image of God’s immensity and majesty (Psalm 36:6-7).
All Christians are called by the Lord to a life of holiness. The task of every Christian is to seek God and His will for one’s life. Holiness of life is achieved through a process of being purified in mind and heart. In the Scriptures, this search for God and His ways is expressed in the image of going up to the mountain of the Lord’s House. The image of heaven is also described as being on the Lord’s holy mountain (Psalm 48:2).
The Prophet Isaiah foretells of a spiritual hunger among God’s people which will lead them on a journey towards God’s holy mountain. “In days to come, the mountain of the Lord’s House shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills. All nations shall stream toward it; many people shall come and say: ‘Come, let us climb the Lord’s mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths’” (Isaiah 2:2-3).
God speaks to His people on mountain tops in profound ways. Moses encounters God on Mount Horeb, the mountain of God, in the burning bush, which is a manifestation of God’s presence (Exodus 3:2-10f). God makes a covenant with the Israelites in giving the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai (Exodus 20:1-17). The apostles Peter, James and John are given a glimpse of the glory of heaven as they witness the transfiguration of Jesus in the presence of Moses and Elijah on Mount Tabor (Mark 9:2-8).
God continues to speak to His people through the rugged landscapes that He has created. Standing on any peak of the Rocky Mountains can give one the sensation of having been lifted out of this world of noise, busyness, distress and distractions, and having been placed into a world where God is more easily found. Feeling detaching from the things of this world in order to contemplate things of the Other World, even if for only a few moments or a few hours, is a retreat experience. The mountains can help lift mind and heart to God.
On a mountain-top, God’s majesty and glory can more easily be seen and appreciated. On a mountain-top, one can stand momentarily between heaven and earth, or maybe receive a glimpse of heaven on earth. From a mountain-top, the valleys in life seem easier to conquer. Driving over a mountain pass at night in a whiteout can instill a deep respect for mountains, and inspire a total dependence upon the Creator.
In mid-July of this year, a book on the spirituality of mountains was published. These are a series of meditations by Pope John Paul II that he developed over the years while spending his vacations in the Alpine Mountains. The book, “John Paul II Amid the Mountains” was written in Italian.
The spirituality of the Rocky Mountains needs to be discovered, developed and shared. This spirituality can unite the urban dwellers and the country folks who live on either side of the Rockies, which includes the Canadians who live near the Rockies that extend deep into the heart of Alberta. In this spirituality, the Creator continues to speak to His creatures through the mountains.
What’s God’s role in politics?
(Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, April 24, 2004)
One topic that has been heatedly debated in recent years is whether God has a place in the political arena and in matters of the state. Strong opinions have been expressed from differing viewpoints. Perhaps we can gain insight by researching this topic from the perspective of some leaders at the beginning of this great nation.
As you walk up the steps of the Capital building in Washington, which houses the Supreme Court, you can see displayed near the top of the building a row of the world’s lawmakers. Each one faces a figure in the middle that faces forward with a full frontal view—it is Moses with the Ten Commandments!
As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on the lower portion of each door. As you sit inside the courtroom, you can see, on the wall directly above where the Supreme Court justices sit, a display of the Ten Commandments!
There are Bible verses etched in stone all over the federal buildings and monuments in Washington.
James Madison, the fourth president, was known as the father of our Constitution. Madison said, “We have stake the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
Patrick Henry, a patriot and founding father of country, said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Every session of Congress begins with a prayer by a paid preacher whose salary has been paid by the taxpayers since 1777.
Fifty-two of the 55 founders of the Constitution were members of established Orthodox churches in the colonies.
Thomas Jefferson worried that the courts would overstep their authority and instead of interpreting the law, would begin making a legal oligarchy—the rule of few over many.
The very first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay, said, “Americans should select and prefer Christians as their rulers.”
Share this information with your elected officials on the federal, state and local levels. Tell them that you expect God to have the same role in the political arena and in matters of the state today that was intended by the earliest leaders of our nation.
The Problem of Misuse and Abuse of Alcohol
(Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, October 2003)
We owe a debt of gratitude to those who contributed stories on the problem of alcohol abuse in Wyoming that were published in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle these past couple months. Education is one way of trying to prevent the misuse and abuse of alcohol and other drugs, and, hopefully, to work towards a cure of the problem.
During the past several decades there have been major shifts in attitudes in America towards the use of alcohol. Perhaps the greatest shift in attitude and with the greatest negative consequence has been the purpose for using alcohol. At one time, people would get together for social activities, and alcoholic beverages would be served within that social setting. Now, people are getting together for the sole purpose “to get high,” “to get drunk.” This attitude is more prevalent among minors.
Another shift is that today alcohol is recognized as a drug of choice, and that it is one of many drugs available. The misuse of alcohol is the first step towards the use of harder drugs. Alcohol is being mixed with other drugs to get a greater high. The helping professions agree that addiction to alcohol or other drugs is no respecter of persons, regardless of age, creed, sex, or profession.
Addiction counselors are telling us that addicts are faced with one of only two choices: to stop the use of alcohol or other drugs completely, or to face either death or insanity. This is a matter of life or death for the addict. The addict needs to turn to God as his Higher Power for help in his recovery.
The third shift in attitudes is that secularists are trying to strip our culture of the right to worship God openly, or to give God a prominent place in our culture. This puts more pressure on the addicts who want to turn to God as their Higher Power. Addicts can’t expect secularists to help them with their addiction problems.
The fourth shift started in the 1960’s when popular psychology was telling us that we have a right to vent our anger and rage on people, and that we don’t have to worry about the consequences. This has led to many resorting to uncontrollable anger, which has resulted in “road rage,” “school shootings,” and people going “postal.” A combination of alcohol or other drug use with uncontrollable anger creates a highly volatile situation.
Fifth, there is a commonly held belief that building more prisons and sentencing inmates to longer prison terms will solve societal problems. The prison population today has a higher percentage of crime that are alcohol and other drugs-related, and where uncontrollable anger was a major contributor to the crimes. Not every prison system is involved in trying to rehabilitate the inmates so that they can be returned back into society with skills where they can become productive members of society.
Some prison systems are doing mere warehousing of inmates, which is providing a place where inmates must serve their sentence before they are released back into society. Prison systems involved in rehabilitation will provide anger management classes, 12-step programs of recovery, and other programs of spirituality.
The sixth shift in attitudes is a positive step in the right direction, I believe. Many states have passed laws that can old responsible the establishments that sell alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person, and who later is involved in an accident.
A couple months ago, Fox News reported that dozens of university students in South Bend, IN received notice this spring that they were being sued by a South Bend bar for $3,000.00 apiece. The suit is part of a phenomenon that has become increasingly common. Fox News said, “Bars caught serving underage patrons are turning the tables on their busted clientele, suing for damages they incur from fines and loss or suspension of liquor licenses.”
We need preventative and curative approaches to solving problems with substance abuse. The media usually don’t carry stories of the many lives, marriages, and homes that are destroyed by addiction to alcohol and other drugs by a family member in the privacy of a home.
(Pine Bluffs Post, March 2003)
One day while visiting by phone with a Hindu friend who is a medical doctor in Missouri, he was saying that he was feeling distress. He said that the feeling of distress began while he was listening to a speaker give a teaching on the topic of detachment. I admitted my lack of knowledge of the Hindu under- standing of detachment. I then shared with him the Christian understanding of spiritual detachment.
The thought of being asked to give up all one’s material possessions, friends, and plans for one’s future can be very scary. We all have a basic need to feel secure in life and we don’t want anyone or anything to threaten our security. My friend felt that his security was being threatened by what the speaker had said about detachment.
In spiritual detachment, one’s security isn’t threatened but rather one’s security is reinforced. Spiritual detachment speaks about depending upon the Lord for our every need, and using everything we have with a sense of dependence upon the Lord.
One of the guiding principles of being a Christian is to seek the Lord’s will for one’s life in all situations. I can trust and believe that the lord will provide for my needs according to His will. I need to use and to develop the gifts, talents and abilities that He has given to me to help meet my needs and the needs of the community. I can trust that the Lord will do His part in supplying for my needs. “Seek first His kingship over you, His way of holiness, and all these things will be given you besides” (Matt. 6:33).
We need to see that whatever we have and whatever we receive as coming from the Lord to carry out His purposes. If we don’t see the material things that we have as for serving the Lord’s purposes, the temptation is to become possessive of them and to use them to serve our purpose only. “Avoid greed in all its forms. A man may be wealthy, but his possessions do not guarantee him life” (Luke 12:15).
As we seek God’s will for our lives, we need to let go of the security we find in persons and things, and seek our security in the Lord alone. Jesus promises us that “Everyone who has given up home, brothers or sisters, father or mother, wife or children or property for my sake will receive many times as much and inherit everlasting life” (Matt. 19:29).
We surrender our jobs, our finances, and our future into the Lord’s hands without worrying about tomorrow. In spiritual detachment we don’t expect the Lord to give us a blue-print for our lives. We walk by faith and not by sight. To worry is to express a lack of faith in the Lord. “Enough, then of worrying about tomorrow. Let tomorrow take care of itself. Today has troubles enough of its own” (Matt. 6:34).
The spiritually detached person becomes grateful to the Lord for His many blessings. We become stewards of the goods and things that the Lord entrusts into our care while on this brief earthly journey. We can be assured that eye has not seen, ear has not hear, nor has it entered into the heart of any of us what things God has prepared for those who love Him.
A Spiritual Journey
(Pine Bluffs Post, August 2002)
All Christians are called to a life of holiness. Through our baptismal promises we make a commitment to Jesus Christ, pledge to seek God’s will for our lives, and place ourselves under the guidance and protection of the Holy Spirit.
Since the beginning of salvation history, men and women have felt called to serve the Lord. This calling from the Lord is primarily to seek the Triune God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Response to the Lord’s call has varied form person-to-person throughout the history of Christianity. Some have felt called to live a hermit’s life of prayer and sacrifice. Others have preferred to live in a religious community, such as a monastery or convent. While the majority of Christians have embraced the married state, a relatively small number have made a life-long commitment of celibacy to the Lord.
Ordained ministry demands special duties and responsibilities of those who follow this call. The ministries that don’t require ordination are also very important to Christian community. All spiritual gifts and ministries are a means to holiness; they are not a sign of holiness.
The on-going task of all Christians on a spiritual journey is to strive for perfection (to become Christ-like) through purity of mind and heart. St. Paul says that we are to take our minds off the things of this world and to “put on the mind of Christ.” The Lord wants to change our stony hearts into hearts of flesh.
None of us will ever fully achieve spiritual perfection in this life. We will always be in need of our Redeemer and Savior. Only in eternity can we receive all that we hoped for in our earthly journey. Jesus promises us that eye has not seen, that ear has not heard, and nor has it entered into our hearts the things that the Lord has prepared for those who love Him and are faithful to Him.
All of us are sinners and are in need of the Lord’s forgiveness and mercy. We need to remind ourselves from time-to-time that God’s mercy is always greater than any sin that we are able to commit. We can never ‘out-sin’ the mercy of God.
The women and men who achieved a high degree of holiness of life did so by their faithful search for the Holiness of God. They discovered within themselves an ability to take their focus off themselves and they made the Lord the center of their lives. They experience a God Who is merciful, gentle and compassionate.
“A Journey toward Hope and Healing”
by Father Hugo L. Blotsky, O.S.B.
(March 5, 2010)
One goal in the lives of adults is to be able to leave behind many happy memories for family and friends to enjoy when the time comes for them to enter into the Next Life. Without even trying, an infant creates many happy memories for loved ones to enjoy even if the child’s earthly life ends before his first birthday. Dallas Jonathan O’Brien died September 18, 1995, when he was merely six months old.
Dallas’ grandparents, John and Patty O’Brien from northern California, were in the process of moving to Thermopolis when Dallas was born March 5, 1995. Dallas’ parents, Keith and Amy O’Brien, also lived in northern California. Dallas had two older siblings: Jessica and Ashley.
Dallas seemed to have been a healthy baby for the first week after birth. Symptoms quickly surfaced showing that he had multiple birth defects that were life-threatening. He was hospitalized in a pediatrics intensive care unit in Sacramento where he was placed on life-support systems. His doctor determined that Dallas would need at least nine surgeries, but he couldn’t guarantee that Dallas would survive the first surgery. Dallas was baptized in the hospital under emergency circumstances.
Since the doctors weren’t able to keep Dallas alive medically, Keith and Amy took Dallas home. The love and care that he received from family members and other relatives kept Dallas alive much longer than what his doctors thought was medically possible.
During the illness, Keith wrote songs and sang them to Dallas to comfort him. Some of these songs are now a part of the repertoire that Keith sings in a dance band of which he is a member.
Before the on-set of this family crisis, John and Patty were both retiring from their jobs in northern California. They had purchased R V Park in Thermopolis which they intended to manage in their semi-retirement.
By phone, John and Patty stayed in steady communication with Keith and Amy to give whatever support they were able from a distance. The O’Briens were new to the Thermopolis community. They said that the prayers of members of St. Francis Church, of which they were members, and the prayer support of other churches in the community were of great comfort and support to them.
When Dallas died on September 18, the O’Brien Family used the funeral services as an opportunity to share their happy memories of Dallas, but also, to help them grieve his loss. Even at that young age, Dallas left behind many happy memories for his family to enjoy. Later, Grandpa John and a hunting guide named a canyon in the Northwest Territories after Dallas: D.J. Canyon. This Canyon is now on the map.
More than 14 years have passed since Dallas’ death. Reflecting on this experience of loss, Patty said, “Dallas is now okay, but it was so hard to see Keith and Amy struggle through all this.”
John added, “I can accept death, but it is so hard to accept that a father can’t do anything for his son when they head in that kind of situation. It is such a feeling of being helpless. All I could do was be there for them.”
The words of the song, “Dallas” that Keith wrote and sang to Dallas express the pain of a father’s broken heart at seeing his son’s life slowly slipping away. “Questions go unanswered, No one can seem to tell me why, My heart is torn between what’s right and wrong, It seems all I do is cry.”
“Dallas, know I love you, And you’ll never leave my mind, The time we’ve spent together, Is not the last we spend you’ll find, For now we’ll have to be apart, I guess there’s just no other way, And, Dallas, please remember, I’ll catch up with you some day.”
A Short History of the Mass by Father Alfred McBride, O.Praem.
Father McBride expertly guides us through the history of the Mass--the meaning of each element, the saints who illumined our understanding of it, the church and political influences that challenged it. With dozens of illustrations, McBride offers a clear explanation for those new to the Mass and a deep revelation for those well-acquainted with it. 119 pages. St. Anthony Messenger Press, Cincinnati, Ohio (pub. 2006) Recommended
Fighting Cancer with the Help of Your Catholic Faith by Lorene Hanley Duquin, a cancer survivor.
While some 1.4 million people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer annually, it's always an individual who hears the words, "You have cancer." It's always that person's loved ones whose lives are so affected. Here is solid, encouraging, practical help and support for anyone who has cancer and for his or her family members and friends. 57 pages. Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, Huntington, Indiana (pub. 2005)
Managing Stress with the Help of Your Catholic Faith by Mary Lou Rosien (Lorene Hanely Duquin, Series Editor).
This booklet helps readers confront, understand, and overcome challenges. Through the teachings and Traditions of the Church, it explores the causes of stress, explains ways to identify personal stress triggers, and delivers realistic, helpful tools for coping. Discover the stress-reducing impact of receiving Christ in the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Written for individuals and support groups. 62 pages. Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, Huntington, Indiana (pub. 2006)
The New Catholic Answer Bible (New American Bible).
Translated from the original languages with critical use of all ancient sources. Inserted between the pages of the Bible are pages with 88 questions about the Catholic Faith with answers that are based upon Scriptures, Tradition, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Fireside Catholic Publishing, Wichita, Kansas (pub. 2005)
The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guide to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints by Ralph Martin.
Drawing upon the teaching of seven mystical Doctors of the church, he presents an in-depth study of the journey to God with great insight and after much prayerful reflection. He develops a mystical language to speak about an intimate relationship with God. He invites the reader to learn the language of the heart while on this journey to God. Ralph Martin is Director of Graduate Programs in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit and Assistant Professor of Theology. He continues to head the Work of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic Renewal and Evangelization. Emmaus Road Publishing, Steubenville, Ohio (pub. 2006) Highly recommended
Unmasking the Jezebel Spirit by John Paul Jackson.
With keen insight, Jackson peers through the enemy's smokescreen and exposes one of the most deceptive snares used to try to destroy the Church. This fascinating book is based on Scripture, many years of pastoral experience, and much thoughtful reflection. 187 pages. Streams Publications, North Sutton, New Hampshire (pub. 2002) Highly recommended