Plot Summary: A college student is raped, and finds out she is pregnant. She grew up in a Christian home, and is faced with a reality that she never would have chosen. In the wake of her trauma, she must also decide whether she must carry her child, or follow the advice of everyone she knows, and have an abortion.
Genre: Christian Fiction
I’ve been waiting a few days to accurately wrap my mind around this book. While this was another beautiful fiction novel written by Francine Rivers, the subject matter was so heavy it made my head spin at times.
This book is so multilayered, and tackles many different issues at once. Honestly, it was quite difficult to read at times, but worth plugging through because the subject matter is SO important.
The pro-life/pro-choice argument is a hotly debated topic, especially in the Christian world. While I expected a cliche book about the importance of life (which I absolutely support) I was pleasantly surprised to find myself challenged by the material. The book is told from multiple different perspectives, and is a wonderful story about healing and redemption. Without giving too much away, I’ll say that in addition to the main character, readers are also introduced to characters who have had abortions in the past who struggle to find healing, and characters who work at an abortion clinic.
As believers, it is clear that life was the Lord’s design at a child’s conception. However, Francine Rivers has managed to make that argument in a way that is also empathetic to the women who are faced with the decision in a crisis situation. She has created a story about grace and truth, which is ultimately what the cross represents.
In my opinion, this book should be read by all women. May we learn the beauty of redemption and life, yet also give grace to those who have faced tough decisions in the past.