I was approached by London Henry to write reviews for the following two novels, which are focused on the issue of abortion. This is a very controversial topic, but I think these books address the subject very well.
My Name is Emily is the story of a teenage girl who finds herself pregnant at fifteen and is left on her own to deal with the consequences. Essentially the book is a beautiful, heart-wrenching monologue that lays bare Emily’s heart and reveals her inner struggle.
While the plot might be a little predictable, Emily’s character is well developed and her fight is raw and real. Her profound reflections and the slow change in her perspective present a better case against abortion than her initial wrestle with the question itself.
The fierce mental battle of someone facing this life-altering decision is both moving and thought provoking. But more than that, the story portrays a powerful message of sacrificial love and of God’s unfailing grace to every one of His children. For any girl considering an abortion, there are many points in this book that are well worth considering.
Painting Shadows is the bittersweet story of a man whose life is darkened by selfishness and regret. As the title suggests, the novel presents the idea that we need to face the shadows in our life in order for the light to stand out. Without the dark, there is nothing to contrast the light.
The main character, Thomas, has lived his whole life following this simple philosophy: you take care of your needs, and let the world take care of theirs. He doesn’t depend on anyone else, and he certainly isn’t going to let anyone depend on him. But when a serious accident leaves Thomas paralysed from the waist down, he must rethink his entire life, and learn many difficult lessons along the way.
The book’s characters are relatable, and their struggles will strike a chord with many. The novel’s message: that the human life is precious, and cannot be thrown away, is tenderly portrayed through this story of healing and redemption. Ultimately Painting Shadows serves as a reminder that even as we grow older, it is never too late to change; no matter how much time we have wasted, our lives are never pointless and never meaningless. This almost backwards approach to abortion is both powerful and sensitive, and I would definitely recommend it.