The Back of the Book: In one horrific, terrifying moment, Dynah Carey’s perfect life is shattered by rape, her future irrevocably altered by an unwanted pregnancy, her doting family torn apart. Her seemingly rocksolid faith is pushed to the limits as she faces the most momentous choice of her life — to embrace to end the untimely life without her.
NotJustLaura’s Review: Once again Ms Rivers has hit the target in writing about a difficult subject in a manner which is not just accomplished but excellent.
I bought this book simply because Ms Rivers wrote it — and becoming a big fan! The subject matter didn’t really appeal to me. I don’t desire to know more about rape than I do, I know where I stand on abortion and babies don’t do it for me. However, when I saw this volume I decided to travel into unfamiliar territory with Ms Rivers as my guide. I was expecting a warm and cosy tale of forgiveness, acceptance, and growth. I was wrong.
This is a gritty and difficult book. It looks at abortion from many angles, including that of medical personnel involved in the procedure and women who now live with the knowledge that they aborted their child. Ms Rivers does not spare the reader — all the situations, all the emotions, all the horror of abortion comes under her gaze. It is not hard to know where she stands on this issue. And yet, with the exception of one passage in the subplot, she has not written a sermon. She has looked at the issue, written about what she saw and then leaves the reader to make up their own mind.
This is not my favourite Francine Rivers book. But I will never forget that I have read it.