Thursday, January 23, 2014
12:45 pm EST - 1:45 pm EST
What would you do if you knew your unborn child would be born with a serious birth defect? That’s the question that was fasing Chad and Ashley Judice when their unborn son was diagnosed with spina bifida in a 16-weeks ultrasound. If brought to term, the child could be paralyzed from the waist down. He would probably have little or no control of his bowels or bladder. And he could have any number of learning disabilities associated with a related birth defect. When the doctor gave the judices the diagnosis, she expressed her sincere sympathy, then proceeded to ask Ashley if she wanted to terminate the pregnancy. The medical literature on this birth defect indicates 80 percent of parents who are given this diagnosis do chose abortion. Ashley and Chad did not want to be in that number. Instead, they would pray for a miracle.
Eli’s Reach is the sequel to the inspiring, heartwarming book, Waiting for Eli: A Father’s Journey from Fear to Faith. The first book told the story of a couple, Chad and Ashley Judice, and their second son, who came into the world with a dreaded birth defect. The sequel describes how Eli’s story has rekindled the dormant faith of some and drawn them into a life with more room for God and family. This book also shows how Eli’s story has brought many to a keener appreciation of the value of all human life, including the lives of the most vulnerable among us. Eli’s Reach takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride, from the frightening times when Eli is gravely ill to a most exultant moment when he is delivered from a life-threatening medical situation–through what the author and others believe was a bona fide miracle.
Chad Judice, Eli’s father and author of Waiting for Eli: A Father’s Journey from Fear to Faith and Eli’s Reach will be speaking at the CIC about his powerful journey of faith.
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