What’s the significance of a single soul? How far does one life reach?
In Psalm 139, King David says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
As a teen and young adult, I longed for a God-scripted love story. I devoured books like Elisabeth Elliot’s Quest for Love and Passion & Purity. Realizing my Creator knew me better than anyone, and knew every man as well, I asked Him to choose my husband. And He did.
Mark complements me perfectly and has been an incredible blessing to me and many others. But when my mother-in-law was pregnant with him, her circumstances would have led many women to have an abortion. What if Mark had never been born?
A story grew in my heart, one I felt compelled to share. I wanted to speak about this issue of life in a way that readers could experience its impact. I wanted to teach these truths through a story, so I could reach more people with the message.
So began Snow out of Season, the dual stories of two women of two generations who struggle with the same questions. Is the child each carries worthy of life? What will it cost to keep the child? What will happen if each decides not to?
The Significance of a Single Soul
These are questions women across our country have wrestled with for 44 years. Since Roe v. Wade, 60 million unborn children have died in the land of the free and the home of the brave. I want you to pause a moment and take in that staggering number.
The number of Americans we’ve lost to abortion is greater than all the Americans we’ve lost in all our wars. That includes the world wars, the Civil War, and the Persian Gulf War, not to mention all the others.
In my novel, I attempt to give faces to two of those 60 million unborn lives. To help readers feel the significance of each lost—or saved—unique person. (Tweet that!)
Snow Out of Season
Snow Out of Season starts with two pregnant women separated by time.
On the one hand, we have 35-year-old Shannon Henry. She’s just starting to put her life back together after the death of her infant daughter when she discovers she’s pregnant again. Afraid of losing another baby, she hides the news from her husband Wade. When her doctor presents her with the choice of raising a child with Down syndrome or terminating the pregnancy, Shannon is torn.
Then things strangely start going missing. Their wedding picture. A bracelet with charms for their three children. Wade’s clothes on the floor which she’s always complained about. And why is she having nightmares about losing her husband?
The other pregnant woman in the story is Leslie Gardner. A high-school senior in 1978, she dreams of becoming a professional ballerina.
But if she keeps the baby, her chances of a dancing career and college are probably over. If she secretly has an abortion like her boyfriend wants, her life can go on as planned.
While Shannon wrestles with her sanity, Leslie struggles with whether to tell her parents. Each woman must make a decision that could change the future, and the past, forever. (Tweet that!)