One of the reasons I enjoy writing is that it forces me to think and evaluate. In fact, there’s a saying painted on the wall of my office: “The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe.” It’s so true.
I basically write two kinds of stories: one, in which a Christian character is challenged to live out his/her faith in the world (THE DEBT, THE PEARL), and two, a story in which an unbelieving character becomes aware of God’s presence in the world (THE AWAKENING, THE ELEVATOR, UNCHARTED).
The Fairlawn books are the first type, and Jen, my protagonist, is encountering some sticky situations. She’s discovered a long-lost half-sister and resolved to help this girl. The girl’s husband is fighting in Iraq, and she discovers she’s pregnant. So far, so good.
But then the sister discovers that the baby has hydrocephalus, and the doctor suggests that she might want to terminate the pregnancy. The sister has “gone to church” her entire life, but she doesn’t know the Lord the same way Jen does. And Jen feels strongly that abortion is wrong. But the sister feels that an abortion would save the baby tremendous suffering.
So . . . when the sister asks Jen to drive her to the abortion clinic, how does Jen respond?
I have already decided what will happen in the story (in fact, the book’s practically finished), but I’ve been tossing the question out to friends over the last few days. And I’ve received all kinds of answers.
So . . . if you were Jen, what would you do?
P.S. I pre-wrote this blog–and I think it’s providential that it’s being posted right after the Supreme Court upheld the ban on partial birth abortion.