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Surrender the Secret


Surrender the Secret
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Vanessa, a wife and mother of four, seems guarded and nervous as she sits in the driver’s seat, her eyes focused ahead as she merges into traffic. The camera focuses on her Bible in the console, and a book titled Surrender the Secret: Healing the Heartbreak of Abortion. Vanessa explains, “I’m about to go to Jill’s house and … dive into a pretty intense Bible study. I’m excited about it because it’s getting me in the Word, but it’s a very personal thing. Typical Bible studies are … overall God’s Word, but this ... is a Bible study for women who are dealing with post-abortion issues.”

Surrender the Secret is a reality-style series set to launch on KnockTV.com on Jan. 22, the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which forced states to legalize abortion. It follows five post-abortive women over several weeks as they seek to find God’s healing for the guilt and shame that has haunted them for years. The content of their study was created by Pat Layton, a champion of pro-life causes who has worked with Lifeway and Focus on the Family.

Based on the first episode, it’s viewing that draws you in. That’s no surprise with Cecil Stokes, an Emmy award-winning producer, at the helm. As co-producer of October Baby, a recent movie about the survivor of an abortion, Stokes managed over $5 million of box-office receipts, despite a small budget and negative critical reviews.

However, Surrender has at least one major drawback. Unlike most reality shows, these women aren’t shown in the totality of their family and work lives. Instead, they spend most of the show in a semi-circle in someone’s living room, leaving the impression that viewers are watching someone’s Bible study, not a reality show.

That said, it’s exactly the sort of Bible study a lot of Christians—especially those dealing with abortion—will want to watch (and perhaps host themselves). With the damage Roe has done over the past 40 years, even a modest presentation of such raw emotion and healing may have a dramatic impact.

Listen to Emily Whitten discuss Surrender the Secret on WORLD’s radio news magazine The World and Everything in It.

Emily Whitten

Emily is a book critic and writer for WORLD. She is a World Journalism Institute and University of Mississippi graduate, previously worked at Peachtree Publishers, and developed a mother's heart for good stories over a decade of homeschooling. Emily resides with her family in Nashville, Tenn.



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Sue Tartol

Thank you for your courage Bonnie!  Praise God for the healing He has done in your life! 


For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 (KJV)
Many thanks to you Bonnie, and the many others that are telling the truth about abortion. God bless and keep you all.


I am post abortive. Became a member of the Silent No More campaign in 2003 and have gone through Forgiven and Set Free. It was after being a Christian for over 10 years before I would realize the Gospel was available to a sinner such as I. I was only a shell of a person going through the motions of Faith until I brought my sin and laid it at the feet of a Savior who could fill me and the void in my heart. Post Abortion Counseling Education (PACE) classes, in my opinion, are the only way to truly dealing with past abortions. Not unlike prison ministries, alcohol/drug addiction and divorce recovery, PACE classes deal with the very specific pain and damaging life styles that come from having murdered your own child. That guilt takes special human help. Praise God for these poeple willing to make a TV show that is certain to garner critical feedback and probably not win too many awards. Thank you.