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To the Heart of the Matter is the pro-life devotional for busy people. It can be used during Lent, 40 Days for Life, or any time of year.

Where do we Begin?

We live in a culture of death with almost daily attacks on life and the family. But we are also busy. We have work, families, house repairs, and sick in-laws.

We want to join this important work for life but how do we begin? Where do we start? It is easy to feel overwhelmed or have difficulty discerning where to focus our efforts to fight off the onslaught of attacks in our culture.

Bestselling author, Shawn Carney, takes us through a 40-day journey, each day containing hard-won wisdom from his years fighting for life, as well as a prayer and daily intention. This book gets to the heart of the matter of our culture war by highlighting the small and large ways we can help build a culture of life in the life we live every day. From combating the current moral attacks on the family to changing diapers, this 40-day journey inspires the reader to really live that culture of life daily and change the world by doing so.


What people are saying

To the Heart of the Matter is an important devotional that leads us to recognize the power of prayer, the importance of life and the call we all have to defend the most innocent among us. Carney's work encourages us to foster a culture of life - something that's desperately needed in this day and age.

Billy Hallowell

Director of Communications & Content for PureFlix.com

To the Heart of the Matter may be the first-ever public work that articulates what this spiritual response is - what it is to be pro-life in daily living. It's a response that is fresh and integrated and strikingly bold in its simplicity. It's way that is new, and yet as old as the Christian life. As one who has lived the pro-life cause from the inside out, Shawn knows where its power lies: in the little things. Whatever we do with love and prayer - no matter our state in life - can and is building a culture of life. We matter. Our prayer matters. And what we do with our love matters.

Mother Agnes Mary Donovan

Superior General, Sisters of Life

At the heart of our culture war is a timeless battle between good and evil. To the Heart of the Matter gives us a tangible guide on how we can and are winning this battle with the simplicity of doing everything in our life for God. This insightful tool is so needed in our noisy world.

Ramona Trevino

Former Planned Parenthood manager, Author of Redeemed by Grace

Shawn Carney, not unaware of the current challenges of building a culture of life, takes us literally to the heart of the matter. Jesus wants to redeem and sanctify the big and small events of our daily life! So, for everyone who wants to do much to safeguard the dignity of the human person, Shawn offers encouragement. In 40 short chapters, he provides practical ways for us to create a space for the Lord to live in and through us, and thereby making each moment an opportunity to allow the Lord's own love and life to take root in the world.

Sr. Peter Marie Chrismer

O.P. Vocation Director for the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia

By weaving together the powerful Word of God and the small events of daily life, Shawn Carney explains in To the Heart of the Matter that we can walk the way of Christian perfection in the pursuit of holy virtues by defending the fundamental building block of life: the little baby in its mother’s womb. This is a must-read for all those who want to give witness to the Truth, Jesus Christ, with joy and hope in their hearts so that one day (only God knows when) our society is restored to sanity and once more recognizes the dignity of the little ones, who are made in the image and likeness of the Almighty.

Fr. Philomeno James

Franciscan friar and 40 Days for Life campaign leader in England


Meet Shawn Carney

Shawn Carney is the co-founder, CEO, and president of 40 Days for Life. He began as a volunteer in the pro-life movement while still in college. During this time he helped to lead the first-ever local 40 Days for Life campaign. After graduating from college, Shawn was asked to serve as the executive director of the Coalition for Life, a local pro-life organization in Texas made up of more than sixty churches.

In 2019, Shawn and his wife Marilisa were portrayed in the movie Unplanned, for their role in helping former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson during her conversion. Abby was the twenty-sixth out of more than two hundred abortion workers to date who have reached out to 40 Days for Life.

Shawn is a regular media spokesperson, and his work has been featured on hundreds of outlets including NBC News, Fox News, Fox & Friends, the Glenn Beck Show, the Laura Ingraham Show, BBC, the Drudge Report, The Guardian, USA Today, and Christian media, including The Christian Post, National Catholic Register, Sirius XM Catholic Radio, EWTN Radio, and Focus on the Family.

Shawn is one of the most sought after pro-life speakers today, addressing audiences coast-to-coast and internationally. He has executive produced and hosted award-winning pro-life documentaries and is the host of the weekly 40 Days for Life podcast. Shawn is the co-author of 40 Days for Life: Discover What God Has Done . . . Imagine What He Can Do and the author of the national best-seller The Beginning of the End of Abortion. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Shawn lives in Texas with his wife and eight children.