My kids are both big fans of Mr. Peabody and Sherman. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a fun movie about an incredibly intelligent dog who adopts a little boy and, deciding to undertake his education, creates a time machine so that Sherman can experience history rather than just read about it.
That time machine? The Wayback.
So today, I thought it might be fun to take our own little trip in the Wayback. We’re not going far–no Ancient Egypt, not even the Roaring 20s.
We’re going to step back in time five years to the publication of my first book.
Raise your hand if you’ve read Wisdom to Know. (Did you do it? Cause I can’t actually see you. So go ahead and put your hand down.)
This book has a special place in my heart. Not just because it’s my book. Or because it’s my first book. But because, in addition to being a romance between two friends who are perfect for each other no matter how much one of them wants to deny it, it shows a lot of the ways pregnancy resource centers can help women make life-affirming choices and heal from the after effects of choosing abortion.
The news lately has had me thinking about my book a lot. I don’t remember ever not being involved in pro life ministry. My mom was an example of putting feet to her beliefs and when she became the founding director of a local crisis pregnancy center, the whole family got involved. One of the things I’m not sure many realize is offered at a CPC (or PRC – the terminology varies from center to center) is post abortion recovery Bible studies. Many women who choose abortion suffer mentally, physically, and spiritually for years. But Jesus offers hope. Jesus offers healing. And many CPCs offer small group studies to help women (and men!) find peace.
I suspect I’ve also been thinking more about this story because Mom is home with Jesus. She had such a heart for women who ache to be healed from the pain of their choices. Her greatest joy was sharing with them how Jesus longed to forgive them and help them heal.
In Wisdom to Know, readers can get a taste for the hurt and heartache that post-abortive women face. They can experience the challenges of loving someone even when that someone is bent on self-destruction. It’s full of realistic characters facing real-life problems and finding the real-life love of Jesus.
It isn’t light and fluffy.
But it is full of light and hope.
Here’s the blurb:
A rebellious pastor’s daughter determined to defy expectations. The best friend who has loved her from the sidelines since high school. And decisions that may prove to be a step beyond what love can handle.
Lydia Brown has taken just about every wrong turn she could find. When an abortion leaves her overwhelmed by guilt, she turns to drugs to escape her pain. After a single car accident lands her in the hospital facing DUI charges, Lydia is forced to reevaluate her choices.
Kevin McGregor has been biding his time since high school when he heard God tell him that Lydia Brown was the woman he would marry. In the aftermath of Lydia’s accident, Kevin must come to grips with the truth about her secret life.
While Kevin works to convince himself and God that loving Lydia is a mistake, Lydia struggles to accept the feelings she has for Kevin, though she fears her sin may be too much for anyone to forgive.
Is there sin that love can’t cover?
Best of all, for the time being, Wisdom to Know is free on all e-book platforms (it’s also available in paperback and on audio). You can find your version here.
Do you like your fiction to address the problems in the culture today, or do you prefer to leave all that behind when you read?