Preemptive Love

It was about a year ago at a dinner party when I met Jeremy Courtney. He was visiting to speak at our church, and we were invited to our friends’ house to enjoy a community dinner and get to know this young guy who was in town from Iraq, of all places.

We sat by each other at the dinner table, so we got quite a bit of time to talk. Turns out we were both from the Austin area originally, and since we’re the same age, we had a pretty similar upbringing. We had each also recently lived in Turkey. In fact, our families were both slated to be in Austin about a month later, so we scheduled a playdate at a park. We’ve kept up ever since.

Jeremy, his wife, and his two young kids live in Iraq running their organization, Preemptive Love. Their mission is To eradicate the backlog of Iraqi children waiting in line for lifesaving heart surgery in pursuit of peace between communities at odds.

Jeremy Courtney

See, there’s a ridiculously long line of children waiting for heart surgery in Iraq. 13 years of sanctions by the United Nations impoverished the state of Iraq, leading to a complete collapse of its excellent but highly centralized medical system. Embargoes on medical supplies and equipment for rebuilding hospitals exacerbated the problem and prevented Iraqis from slowing the effects of sanctions and warfare.

Preemptive Love

So instead of 30 years of growth, the last three decades years of Iraqi medical care have been deterioration, destruction, and decay.

This inability to treat even the most normal case load of patients–combined with higher rates of birth defects in Iraq and the naturally long course of congenital heart disease–has led to a bottleneck of children who need lifesaving heart surgery.

Preemptive Love

Preemptive Love calls it The Backlog, and they live and work in Iraq equipping Iraqi heart surgery teams until they’re able to do it alone.

Preemptive Love

Jeremy’s book is called Preemptive Love: Pursuing Peace One Heart at a Time. It invites you to walk along the front lines of the struggle for peace with Jeremy in a firsthand account of his team’s quest to mend hearts and save lives in the world’s most notorious war-torn country.

Preemptive Love

Preemptive Love

Preemptive Love

Preemptive Love

In the heart of conflict, there is only one kind of love big enough to change a nation: a love that strikes first.

Seriously, you guys—this is an incredibly powerful read. Jeremy’s family continues to inspire me, partly because they’re so normal. They’re just an average family, living out their calling in war-torn Iraq. I love that that their lives truly reflect what they believe: to love first and ask questions later.

Giveaway

Preemptive LoveJeremy is giving ten Art of Simple readers a free copy of his book Preemptive Love! To enter, simply leave any comment on this post (though I’d love to hear why you’d like to read it).

If you’re reading this via email or RSS reader, please click on the post to leave a comment directly on the blog.

This giveaway will end tomorrow, January 24, and we’ll announce the winners soon after. I hope you win!

218 Comments

  1. Megan

    Incredible. I am a physical therapist who works with children, so this is dear to my heart. Would love to read this book.

  2. Jennifer

    Wow, what a life mission!

  3. Kristy

    My oldest daughter had open heart surgery when she was 4. We were so grateful for the excellent care she received. She is 8 now and visits her cardiologist twice a year still and short of a miracle she will need another surgery. This is a topic near and dear to our hearts. I would love to read this book.

  4. Barb

    What a wonderful family. So inspiring. I would love to read this book and share this cause!

  5. Sarah M

    I love encouraging reads like this. I read a lot of nonfiction, and it can get depressing at times…so many negative statistics and cultural trends. Although this topic is also a sad one, this book seems to carry hope inside it, too. We need to hear stories like this. I’d like to a hear a story like this.
    Sarah M

  6. Liza Gonzalez

    I would love to win this book. He is doing such wonderful work. God bless his team.

  7. Kristen

    I love reading the life stories of people who live “it” out — what an amazing thought: a love that strikes first.

  8. Katie R

    I would love to read this book because I would love to learn more about this remarkable cause.

  9. Jennie

    I would love to read this – I have a genetic heart condition myself (not that serious- thank God), so the subject is near and dear to my heart as well.

  10. KJ

    Thanks for introducing us to the Courtney family and their ministry! I’d love to read their story. It’s encouraging and inspiring to read real stories of people giving of themselves for others, especially in hard places.

  11. Katie di Filippo

    This is so inspiring. This family seems to be living out the ideal that I try to live by, through love and not hate or fear. Love it! I would love to read more

  12. Jessica

    Oh my gosh, this book sounds amazing! I totally need to find this book even if I don’t win!

  13. Nicole Latulippe

    So inspiring! I can’t shake a nagging feeling that our family may end up in mission work some day. With no medical training, I’m not sure how wet would relate but I’d love to read this book!

  14. Sara Mohan

    Incredibly powerful! I will add this to my reading list!

  15. Catherine

    Wow, that sounds so inspiring. Would love to read this!

  16. Kristin

    What an inspiring ministry. I would love to read this book, and learn more about what this family is doing.

  17. Sheila @Momfessions

    I live in Turkey so Iraq is my neighbor, so I’d love to read this fascinating story!

  18. Jane L

    This is so inspiring! I would love to get my hands on a copy of this book. Hope I find my life’s mission like them.

  19. Kelly

    What a fascinating book and an important cause!

  20. Library Momma

    I would love to hear Jeremy’s story, plus I work with students fromIraq and this might offer an amazing understanding of some of their struggles.

  21. Annie

    I’ve added this to my list of books to read!

  22. Julie

    So inspiring! I would love to read this.

  23. Deb B

    Great story! I would love to read this book to read about another positive change that is happening in Iraq.

  24. Amy

    This book looks amazing. Through my church, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Iraqi refugee families living in our area. Because of them, that part of the world has become more than a headline or a news story. I’d love to read more about the important work the Courtneys are doing there.

  25. Jennifer Ott

    Wow; I would love to read this! Thank you for highlighting things like this that sometimes escape our attention in this busy world.

  26. ellen

    I would love to read this! I’d also love to add it to our shelves, which we want to fill with valuable reading material for our kids as they grow.

  27. Danielle

    Wow. This sounds like an inspiring read and I would love to add it to the stack on my nightstand!

  28. Katie @ The Very Hungry

    How amazing! Of course I would like to read this. Talk about important work… Thank you for sharing!

  29. Candice

    I’m always fascinated with this area of the world. I’d love to know even more.

  30. Brittnie

    Would love to read this. . . sounds inspiring on so many levels!

  31. Sarah

    Wow.

  32. Kelly

    I would love to read this simply because it sounds like a powerful, inspiring story.

  33. KristiM

    Thanks so much for sharing about this!

  34. Shana

    Thank you for this opportunity. I’m trying to develop a method to my family’s charity living…and I’m looking for causes that speak to us all. I’d be very interested in reading about this venture.

  35. Anne

    I am a librarian, so I’d like to read this book in order to consider it for our collection. If I add it, many others will read it, too.

  36. Valerie

    As a fellow expat and a nurse as well, I’d love to be inspired by this family’s story!

  37. Bree

    Why wouldn’t I want to read this? It sounds amazingly nspiring and important. I’m quite excited to read it…

  38. Jane

    This is actually on my “to read” list already – I would love to read it because my son had open heart surgery in china when he was 5 months old – so it is a topic very close to my heart. Also it is so inspiring seeing a family like this make such a positive impact!

  39. Erin

    I’d love to read this book. I just finished “Half the Sky” and am in awe of what good can be done by regular people pursuing something all the way to the finish line.

  40. Laura

    Thanks for the giveaway! Would love to win!

  41. Sara

    I work in a heart transplant clinic and am excited to read this book and more about the organization.

  42. Christina

    Wow! What an amazing family! I’d love to read the book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  43. Ann R

    This book sounds awesome! What an inspiring story!

  44. Corey

    Inspiring and important. Would love to experience this book and share it with my daughter who plans to study the modern Middle East in college. Thanks!

  45. Breanne

    Crazy inspiring story. Love ordinary people who are doing extraordinary stuff that really any of us could do.
    We would love to live overseas one day and learn and love the cultures but in the meantime we’re here loving this culture and trying to make God’s difference in lives.

  46. Carrie

    My son died within a day of being born due to medical issues, and my heart is just so soft for anything related to children’s health. This family is such an inspiration and I would love to learn more about their work.

  47. Shay

    I’d love to learn more about this organization and read the book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. Deanna

    What a fascinating ministry! The book sounds great. It is always motivating to see how other people are following what God has called them to do.

  49. Sara

    Wow , love wins! This sounds like such a beautiful read!

  50. Gretchen

    Sounds so inspiring and humbling. Who couldn’t use a dose of both? 🙂

  51. Sarah

    I could use a good read about good people right now. This book sounds fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway.

  52. Janice

    Fascinating. It’s so interesting to hear what things people are doing in places that seem so difficult. My own son was born with a heart defect requiring multiple surgeries. He had his first at 7 weeks old, but didn’t survive. So as a parent who knows how to long for the medical help their child needs, I would love to read this book.

  53. Lindsay S

    I heard of this book last year and have been waiting to read it. What an inspiring family for taking steps of faith to love. That’s something we all could be encouraged to do more of. I would love to read it soon!

  54. Stephanie Parsley

    Great story, so inspiring! I’d love to read it.

  55. Missy June

    It sounds like such a tangible and practical way to care!

  56. Megan

    Wow! What a beautiful story. Would love to read it.

  57. Linda R.

    As both a Christian and a medical professional (and a mother of three), I would love to hear more about this organization. Thanks for getting the word out.

  58. Heather C

    What a beautiful story! I’d love to read it!

  59. Lisa

    I’d love to read this book! I find I’m struggling to find space in my life for ongoing education about global issues and what my lasting contribution to this world will be. I’d love to both learn about the circumstances in Irag and how Jeremy’s family to working to make this world a better place.

  60. Erin

    This sounds like a powerful and eye-opening story. I would love to read it!

  61. Melissa Jones

    I lived in Iraq (Baghdad) for just over a year in 2003 and 2004. It is a land that continues to hold a large part of my heart. I am so glad to know that there are people who are still at work there. Organizations who are not afraid to be where the help is most needed. And people who will support the church by loving people into it! Saddam was the embodiment of evil and Iraq will suffer the effects of that for generations to come. Praise the Lord for redemption and healing!

  62. Jane

    I try to read as many social justice books as I can–for my benefit and to pass along to my daughters–and this issue/organization is a new one to learn about.

  63. Lisa

    I love real life inspirational books of people living courageously. I would love to read this and learn more.

  64. Jennifer

    I would love to read this book, and have my family read it as well. I am always so glad to find inspiring stories about people to spur myself and my children to find ways to get involved in helping others!

  65. Aileen

    Sounds like a beautifully powerful book. I can’t wait to read it. I hope I win!

  66. Kirsten

    I’m waiting for just the right book to come into my life, to inspire and uplift. This just might be the one.

  67. Erica

    What an inspiring family! My oldest son had open heart surgery at the age of 3 almost a year ago. We were blessed with an outstanding medical team and I cannot imagine knowing that your child needs heart surgery and not being able to receive the care necessary. Kudos to the Coutney family for ensuring the health of others! I would love to read the book and find out more about their journey.

  68. Hillary

    How inspiring! I have a dream to someday take my family and do something bigger than us. Would love to read his family’s journey.

  69. Rebecca

    I will read either way, but am thankful for a chance to win one, thank you for bringing this into my world.

  70. Rebecca

    Wow, I can’t wait to read this book to our children! We are very involved in orphan care and know that there are so many children around this world who need life-saving and life-sustaining surgery. Praying this book reaches millions to make a huge difference for so many children and families.

  71. Kristi

    Amazing. I would love to read this book just for the understanding of others that go through struggles completely different than anything I have dealt with and by the grace of God wont have to.

  72. Caroline Starr Rose

    This is beautiful. Having lived in Saudi Arabia as a girl, I have a special love for the Middle East. Thank you, Jeremy, for the work you’re doing there.

  73. Tara

    This book sounds amazing! I’m putting it on my must read list for this year!

  74. Betsy

    Thanks for the opportunity to win what sounds like a great book. I tend to get so focused on things going wrong in my life, this book is a great reminder of how lucky I really am.

  75. Jessica

    Wow, that is SO inspiring! I need a little inspiration in my life and would love to read the book!

  76. Kristin

    Sounds like a fantastic read. My family befriended a 3 generation Iraqi refugee family here in the area so I’m regularly looking for ways to understand their culture more.

  77. Sarah

    Wow I had no idea about these issues. Thanks for sharing. I am definitely putting it on my reading list!

  78. Leah

    I’ve worked in the medical field for a number of years and would love to learn more about this.

  79. CariP

    What a wonderful ministry!

  80. Sharlene

    This family is truly a gift on this earth! I have had open heart surgery 4 times – twice as a child and twice as an adult. Without the advancements in technology and the dedication of everyone in the medical field, I may not be here today. Thank you to the Courtney family for their selfless love and dedication. They are changing the lives of so many people. I will read this book whether I win it or not!

  81. Laura

    I love to read about how people are making a difference around the world. I would love to read this book!

  82. Catherine

    What an inspirational story. I have two internationally adopted children and feel called by the children of the world. One of my greatest wishes is to participate in some way to this kind of cause later in my life. I would love to read this book.

  83. Kelli

    What a cool story! Would love to read this!

  84. Katie D.

    I would love to read this book! Our Wednesday night Ladies Class at my church is doing a study on love, and I want to read others stories about how they love, and what their love produces.

  85. Bridget Stevens

    I really enjoy reading stories like these!

  86. Marisa

    Wow! What an inspiring family. I have seen this book pop up on IG, FB and now your blog…I think I need to add this to my must read list!

  87. Stephanie

    I’d love to read this book. I love reading about how God works through people to do big things!

  88. Sherrilynn Bair

    Such inspiration for all of us. Reading this book will inspire others to follow their dreams as well. Thanks for sharing such valuable information.

  89. Crystal

    This is so inspirational… putting this on my list to read!

  90. Amy Richards

    Sounds amazing. I really need some inspiration right now and would love to win the book!

  91. Jess

    wow, i hadn’t realized there was such a medical crisis in iraq. i am interested to hear & learn more. blessings to jeremy and his family

  92. Lisa

    The book sounds so interesting. First of all, I had no idea that so many children in Iraq suffered from heart problems. I wonder if it’s because of the stress in their area of the world! Second, to think that Jeremy and his family are willing to live in such a volatile place to be able to take care of the littlest citizens shows both compassion and bravery. I’m sure we could all learn a lot from them! Even if I don’t win, I plan to read the book. Thanks for sharing!

  93. Natalie

    I’d love to read this book! It sounds like an amazing and inspiring story and I’d really love to know more!

  94. Lee Wilkins

    I used to volunteer for Love Without Boundaries, a non-profit dedicated to providing medical care, foster care, nutrition and education to orphaned or impoverished children in China. I would love to read about this man’s passion for healing the hearts of Iraqi children.

  95. Kristi C

    Pretty sure I’ll cry reading this…but it’s this kind of thing that makes me still have hope for this world. Praise God for these people who are working for Him even in tough circumstances!

  96. wendi

    I’d enjoy reading this book because I love to witness the creativity of God. He uses such cool ways to allow us to share His love.

  97. Ana

    What a fascinating family! Would love to read more about what it takes to do what they do!

  98. Holley

    Thanks for the giveaway, and I pray that God may bless them, in this amazing redemptive love that they are pouring out.

  99. Betsy W

    my first time hearing about this ministry; it is only God’s grace my son was born in US so that he could have life-saving heart surgery.

  100. Stephanie A

    This sounds like an incredible testimony and one I’d love to read and share with my children.

  101. Kristin thomas

    I would love to read this book! I find inspiration and drive from families like theirs and would love to read more about what they do.

  102. teresa

    I have always wanted to”change the world” so until I can do that myself I love to read the encouraging words from others that it is possible.

  103. Jessica

    This sounds wonderful! I will definitely read. As a nurse who has worked abroad I am fascinated by medicine in different countries!

  104. Tiffany

    I would love to have a copy of Jeremy’s book! I heard him speak at the. Kilns last Fall, but was unable to purchase the book. Looking forward to reading it and going deeper into the idea of love striking first 🙂

  105. Caitlin

    Tsh,
    I just really look forward to your posts each day, and this is yet another one that inspires me to LIVE! The quote, “Love first and ask questions later,” really leaves a imprint on my heart. I am inspired! Gonna pin the link to his book on Pinterest so I can read about the life his family leads. Thank you for sharing, and the chance to win a copy!
    Caitlin

  106. Emily

    Added the book to my reading list. I love being able to hear stories of people living out love in all parts of the world. Thank you for sharing!

  107. Melissa Ogden

    Thank you for sharing Tsh. I am looking forward to reading about Jeremy’s organization and his mission of love.

  108. Sara H.

    Sounds like an amazing testimony of a family living out their crazy jesus calling!

  109. Rachel H.

    How very brave of them!

  110. Jenn

    Thanks for sharing about this incredible project! Love to read about people just going out and doing GREAT things, esp. when it highlights our shared humanity with the world.

  111. Erin

    What an amazing cause! I would love to read the book and learn more.

  112. Emily

    This inspires me and gives me hope that there are good people making a difference and I can do the same, as incapable as I feel. My work often seems just like a drop in the bucket of life but thank God there are ripples that affect those I cannot see.

  113. Maryellen

    I am a retired nurse and have been involved in mission work in Honduras for 20+ years. Would love to read this inspirational book!

  114. Maryellen

    My email had a typo! Sorry!

  115. Kjersten

    Reading books like this open my eyes to what incredible need their is in the world. So often I remain unaware of the problems and the people who are working to fix them.

  116. Alyssa

    I think this would be a great read. I’m not a huge reader but it’s always to read about people that inspire. Also people that are normal doing the extrodinary!

  117. Michelle

    Sounds like a great organization.

  118. Jennifer

    Raising a child with severe congenital heart defects has given our family a lot of compassion and gratitude for those who serve these kiddos. I’m so thankful for the Courtney’s ministry!

  119. Kristen

    Sounds like an awesome read! I’m interested in hearing what it is like to live in Iraq as Americans coming in peace, and with a young family.

  120. Adelle F.

    Wow, what an incredible mission! I would LOVE to read about it!

  121. Brooke W.

    I would *LOVE* to win this book. It sounds incredible – the work that Jeremy and his wife are doing. Even if I don’t win, I think I have to buy the book now. Thanks, Tsh!

  122. Beth Yager

    Love reading stories of people doing amazing things like this

  123. Jessica

    I would love to read this book. Our son Asher was born 10 months ago with HLHS, a severe congenital heart defect that requires surgery at two days old and at 3 months. He will still need at least one more surgery around age 3. We are grateful every day for our access to amazing doctors, surgeons, and nurses that have allowed us to have this little miracle in our family.

  124. Angie L.

    The title of this book alone is gripping. What an incredible story!

  125. Kate

    I’d love to read this just because it sounds so inspiring!

  126. Katie

    This sounds so incredible. I would love to win a copy and read more.

  127. Katie

    This sounds like a book both my husband and I would enjoy!

  128. ariana

    I’d love to win!

  129. jessica barahona

    Looks like a great book, i would love to be able to raise awareness and pass it on when I’m done!

  130. Enid Melanie

    Very very moving. It seems like my little daughter is looking at me through the eyes of those little kids.

  131. Natalie

    This book sounds fascinating! I would love to read it and then pass it on to my daughter, who is a cardiac care nurse. She hopes to get involved with medical missions and we both enjoy non-fiction books about world changers 🙂

  132. Victoria

    What a wonderful life mission! I’d like to learn from them how to follow your calling!

  133. Emily C.

    I love inspiring stories and since it seems like I’ll never leave North American this would be a great way to gain further insight into the Middle East. Thanks!

  134. Stephanie Page

    This is a beautiful story that resonates with my own sense of life purpose. Thank you for sharing.

  135. Angie

    Tears! I want to read about this Normal Family serving. Sometimes I feel that I’m not special enough to do something so high. Your post is a good reminder that all who serve are Normal, but also hard at work.

  136. Tiffany

    I have a friend who has a “heart baby,” knowing the great treatment that has been available to them and it still being an emotional battle makes my heart break for other children in this world who don’t have help available to them.

  137. Erin

    There are things that make your heart jump, and that’s what this post did for me. I’d be honored to add this book to my shelf.

  138. Susan McAlinden

    Would love to find out how a normal family lives an extraordinary life doing extraordinary things in a place that most people would want to avoid (while raising a family)

  139. Julianne

    This looks amazing. I’m tearing up as I read this. Our son was born with a CHD, tetralogy of Fallot. He had life saving open heart surgery last august at 5 months of age. He is doing awesome now. I would love to read this book.

  140. Sarah H.

    Would love to read, sounds fascinating!

  141. Tera

    Sounds inspiring! I would love to read this book!

  142. Alana Puskarich

    My husband and I lived for three years in Kathmandu, Nepal doing social business. I LOVE to read stories like this and be inspired once again.

  143. Kim

    Sounds fantastic! I love stories of ordinary folks doing extraordinary things.

  144. Ann

    My son has suffered with severe ear problems, which have thankfully been corrected through surgery. As we struggled to make decisions regarding his care I reminded myself again and again how blessed we are to live in a country with excellent, easy to access medical care. If we lived in another country his story may have had a very, very different outcome. It has forever changed my perspective on healthcare.

    This book, and the work this man is doing, sounds incredible.

  145. Stacy

    I love reading stories about people loving and helping others!

  146. Kali

    I can’t wait to read this! Inspiring love in action!

  147. Megan

    What an incredible family with a powerful life mission. I have chills reading this post and cannot wait to read this book….giveaway or not. 🙂

  148. Heather M

    I would love to read this. I love reading about people who are making a difference!

  149. Katie May

    I would love, love, love to receive a copy of this book! My husband is faculty at a Christian family medical residency that specifically draws residents who want to use their medical ability to serve the world. I’d love to read this family’s story and share it with those around me!

  150. Nycole

    This book sounds amazing. I have a daughter with medical needs that we adopted from another country. Learning about & visiting medical facilities outside the US is humbling. We have so much. Looking forward to learning more about Iraq.

  151. Nichole

    This is simply an empowering and incredible post. Thanks for sharing Tsh! It lights a fire under me to hear stories of average families making such dramatic, positive change in the world. I’d love to win a copy of his book to learn more!

  152. Kimberly Fasolino

    This book sounds fascinating. I would love to know more about life on the ground in Iraq.

  153. Sarah Westphal

    Reading about someone else’s life changing and life giving journey only encourages YOU to find your own.

    Looks good!
    Sarah

  154. Fawn Carriker

    How wonderful that he isn’t waiting for the conflict to end, he is just saving these little lives as quickly as he can. I would love to read his story. – Fawn

  155. rachel

    So cool

  156. Logan

    I am new to the blog and already have been inspired by many of its good reads. Currently, I am working on my masters degree at the University of North Texas. As a Senator in the Graduate Student Council and personal trainer for campus recreation, I spend a lot of my time reaching out to my student body on campus. Usually, our conversations consist of anything from current events, spirituality, and seeking the common good. I have noticed the majority of the people I encounter on campus are one side or the other on the political spectrum. It seems Mr. Courtney’s book expresses a need for awareness that surpasses my student bodies political affiliations and allow us to relate on a similar plain. It would be useful read and a good tool.

  157. Gina

    Wow – what a family! My good friend’s daughter is studying to be a surgeon. I think she would love this book!

  158. Lindsey

    I would love to read this book because I’m very interested in families that work together to change the world. We have two small children and have been considering what our life calling is.

  159. Tehila

    I would love to read this book! Sounds so inspiring… Thanks for the opportunity, Tsh :-).

  160. kathy w

    What a wonderful way they are giving to others, such an inspiration! Would love to share this with my Bible Study
    group.

  161. Heather Y

    I would like to read this because honestly, my heart needs constant softening. And I love the tag to “love first and ask questions later”. I believe it although I don’t always practice it.

  162. su

    Wow.

  163. Jenn M.

    What wonderful work! I also work with children and worked in a children’s rehab hospital so would be very interested to read his story. Thank you!

  164. Stephanie G.

    What an incredible ministry! I would love to read more about it.

  165. Emily Falke

    It really sounds like a wonderful story. I wish them all the best!

  166. Esther Van Epps

    I would love to read about what he is doing in Iraq! humanitarian efforts fascinate me and I hope one day to do a trip with my own children!

  167. Kally Manos Bradshaw

    What an amazing young man with an amazing calling! I have worked with special ed children and wouldn’t love to learn more about this young man and his family!

  168. Carol

    I want to win this book so I can read it and then pass it on to a friend who is a Canadian pediatric heart specialist.

  169. Lisa

    WOW! Incredibly inspiring story!

  170. Denise White

    I am amazed and humbled by his courage and dedication. I can’t wait to read his story.

  171. Susan NC Price

    Good friends spent years doing healthcare-related mission work in Afghanistan. This sounds like a truly amazing way to show love!

  172. Feda

    Would love to read about the work of this family. They are truly making a difference in people’s lives, something that other’s are often too scared to do. Would love to learn more about it.

  173. Rachel

    Sounds fascinating, and like it will make me cry, in a great way.

  174. Anna

    Just beautiful! As a nurse it just makes me cry, hearing peoples needs taken care of. I love it!

  175. Angie

    Sounds like an inspiring read!!!

  176. Kathy

    I am awed by this wonderful organization intent on saving many children awaiting heart surgery. The Preemptive Love will bring many lives stability and also foster goodwill between Iraq and the USA. May we employ all our resources to help children maintain their health through the needed heart surgery. I pray God would continue to bless the staff as they employ their skills and God’s love to all their endeavors.

  177. Sandi

    I have a friend where I live who’s a doctor(who’s been on many medical missions trips), he has been encouraging EVERYONE to read this book for weeks now. I would love to get my hands on a copy, I know it will be life changing.

    Can’t wait to read it, it’s on my wish list.

  178. Kristen

    Wow. This looks incredible! What a story wud loveto read!

  179. Julie

    Would love to read this. Have friends with a
    Child with heart problems. Would love to read it and pass it on to them.

  180. Melissa

    Jeremy’s wife Jessica was one of my college roommates at Howard Payne. I remember their very first date. Isn’t life odd? I’m so proud to be able to call these two friends.

  181. Nancy

    Wow–the hands and feet of Jesus, meeting a need that few of us, if any, were even aware. May God bless this family as His ambassadors!

  182. Lisa

    I am enjoying a lot of recent books about the passionate missions God is laying on people’s hearts to do something for him. It is very inspiring to me. I would love to read about something like this.

  183. tishaira

    I am a respiratory therapist, and my life long dream has been to go on a medical mission. Particularly involving children. So many times when we think of medical missions we think Africa, India,South America, ect. I can honestly say that Iraq has never crossed my mind. The love and bravery to do this is amazing. I can’t wait to read this book.

  184. Rebecca

    Regardless of the contest, I will look for this book! We live in the same region, a country or two away from the book’s location. I’d love to read this book and pass it along to other medical staff at the hospital in the city where we live:) Thanks for getting the word out about this mission!

  185. Sandy

    This book sounds, not just inspiring, but really important!

  186. Margaret Petry

    What an amazing mission. I would love to read that book!

  187. Jessica

    Such important work they are doing. Would love to learn more.

  188. Tonya

    I’d love to read about this family’s work – it sounds very giving and selfless! Thanks!

  189. Susan M.

    What incredible, meaningful, life-altering work! I’d love to read this! Thanks.

  190. KK

    This sounds like an important work. I would love to learn about the efforts to put love and life first as a way to bridge communities who currently still see each other as enemies.

  191. Jess Sullivan

    Can’t wait to read Jeremy’s book! I am in school to study speech-language pathology. My goal is to implement programs in forgotten, marginalized communities. I am eager to read about someone who has gone through this process. God bless their ministry.

  192. Debby S.

    Sounds like an amazing read! Deciding to love first nothing to lose, nothing to gain. even if I Don’t win a copy, I’m buying the Book!

  193. Andrea

    Inspiring. Would love to read it and know his story.

  194. Debby Sheldon

    Amazing! I have never heard of Jeremy or what he and his family do in Iraq; thank you so much for getting the word out about it! I would love to win a copy, but even if I don’t I am buying this book! Love First. Yes. Amen.

  195. Christine

    Sounds like a beautiful read! I love things that challenge me to not stay stagnant.

  196. Jennifer

    This sounds like an incredible story. I would be so excited to win a copy of this book! My mom does open heart surgeries, and she is one of the few nurses who willingly works on babies. I grew up hearing stories of children with heart problems, and I have a special sensitivity for this issue. Add to the my Masters in International Development with my focus on women and children’s issues, and I can’t help being drawn in by this family’s work. Thank you!

  197. Stasi

    Wow This looks like an awesome book!

  198. Christine Gough

    This gives me chills. What an incredible life path. Can’t wait to read this!!!!

  199. Amy R

    This sounds inspirational! I would love to read it!

  200. Cheryl

    I would love to read this to get inspired!

  201. Jamie

    Not sure if it’s too late to enter, but I’d love to read this book. We lived in Israel for a number of years and worked with organization to bring children from Iraq and Gaza into Israel for heart surgeries.

  202. Laurie W

    This sounds so inspiring! I will add it to my to-read list at Goodreads!

  203. Michele Stinson

    Jeremy and Jessica Courtney are the REAL DEAL! The work they do is amazing and is a great example of the love of God in action. I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet, but I am looking forward to reading it soon.

  204. Kristin Giuliani

    Amazing…our middle daughter has a CHD and had open heart surgery a week after it was discovered when she was 6 weeks old. We have often been overwhelmed with gratitude realizing that if she had been born so many other places in the world and had to wait, she would not be here. Can’t wait to get my hands on the book!

  205. Darcy Wiley

    I am fascinated by creative ways to meet spiritual and physical needs. Last week, I found out about a mechanic and his wife who minister to single moms and others who can’t afford car repairs. I love Preemptive Love’s quest to provide both physical and relational healing through their medical serviçe. Beautiful cover, too.

  206. Savannah

    Thank you for highlighting this. Both of my children would have died without corrective surgery for their congenital heart defects. Reading this post really hit me all over again with how horribly lucky we are and how much more suffering some mamas go thru. I’m humbled. If love to win a copy but am putting it on my to-read either way.

  207. Bet

    Wow! I’m inspired by this kind of loving sacrifice. One life at a time, one encounter at a time, one moment at a time…

  208. wendy

    wow what a passionate real way to show love..truly inspiring
    God bless

  209. Allison

    This sounds like a beautiful read!

  210. Anna

    Id love to read this! Thanks for the chance!

  211. Alyssa

    This looks like an incredible book!

  212. Megan

    My husband is in the Army and served a tour in Iraq, I’d love to learn more about the people and their struggles and how they are being helped.

  213. Alissa

    As our nation’s collective attention is turning AWAY from Iraq, what a joy to hear of a family that’s pouring out everything in the midst of what “we” have left behind. Thanks for introducing us to this amazing work!

  214. Donna

    What a heartfelt life mission and an inspiration that yes, people can and do make a difference for others.

  215. Megan

    This is so beautiful. I love love in action, not just in words and thoughts.

  216. Cynthia

    Sounds inspiring!!!

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