Book: Our Choice! A Journey of Life and Faith by Steven Atwoodcategories: Book, Pro-Life, Family Drama, Abortion, High School, Jesus Christ, Woman's Issue, Born Again, Adoption, Marriage, Woman's Fiction, Christian Fiction
Steven Atwoodabout this book: Our Choice! A Journey of Life and Faith is about a high school senior who is looking forward to all the parties and her senior prom. Sarah brings the issue of teen pregnancy into the Christian family. The pro-life book covers the various reasons for abortion, such as convenience, and what can be accomplished with love. The book also covers effects of laws, such as those states that require ultrasound prior to receiving the abortion. The majority of the book is how the two families come together in the end, even though they are completely different in their world view. It is amazing what love can do.
When I was in my early twenties, I was not either pro-choice or pro-life. I took my sister to a clinic in Manchester New Hampshire and was mortified. The scene in the abortion clinic waiting room, which some may try to say is not real, is exactly what happened with my sister. I never stepped in one of those clinics ever again.
I wrote this book for my children. I was inspired to read it when I read that people were supporting abortion for the purpose of sex selection. That is like aborting a child because it will have red hair instead of bland hair. The book is written to be enjoyed by a Christian parent or high school age child. The intent is for the book to spark discussion points due to the story line for adults and their children.
The book took me about three months to write with a lot more time to rewrite and edit it. I took the time to get it professionally edited and evaluated in order to give the reader the best possible experience. The title was originally A Woman's choice: A Journey that save a Baby and a Soul. That went against the premise of the book. Simply, there are two parties involved and both are affected. That may not be a popular notion, but it is true. The only individual choices made were the decision to have sex in the first place.
When I was researching the book, I looked into the history of it. I went back to beginning of Planned Parenthood and studied Margaret Sanger. She was part of the Eugenics Movement, Progressive, and an extreme racist. Her book pivot of a nation gave a lot of insight into her psychology. I also studied the medical procedures and side effects. Additionally, I looked at the laws in various states and tried to see them in action, dramatically. The last area I studied was the scripture that covers family. These bits of information all come together in then rich dialog.
It may sound silly, but the characters showed me the contrast between pure love of family and selfishness. I believe love and Christ can solve all things, as has happened in my life. The message I want to the readers to get is not a religious one. It is that when you use love to deal with situations instead of anger or rage, it will all work out in the end. It may not be as you wanted, but it will work out.
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