Brad Cutler, twenty-eight, is a rising star at his New York ad agency, about to marry the girl of his dreams. Anyone would agree he has it all a great career, a beautiful and loving fiancee, and a fairy tale life ahead of him---when memories of a high school girlfriend begin to torment him. Lost innocence and one very difficult choice flood his ...Read MoreBrad Cutler, twenty-eight, is a rising star at his New York ad agency, about to marry the girl of his dreams. Anyone would agree he has it all a great career, a beautiful and loving fiancee, and a fairy tale life ahead of him---when memories of a high school girlfriend begin to torment him. Lost innocence and one very difficult choice flood his conscience, and he is no longer sure what the future will bring except for this: He must find his old love and make amends. Haunted by the past and con"Read Less
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I like how the story is about forgiveness and how to lean on God when you don't know what to do in a situation. I also like the fact that this book shows what it's like for one decision to affect many in the process. Karen's books make me feel so close to God when I read them! :)
Nov 4, 2010
a must read for teens
a wonderful, nonpreaching book showing the effects of abortion on both the male & the female
Jan 22, 2010
Review of 'Shades of Blue'
?Simply a must read for fiction lovers who would dare engage into the Truth about the Sanctity of Life, the consequences of bad choices, and God?s power to heal and reconcile us after the most atrocious of sins.?
Those who are pro-choice (better named parent?s choice as the child has no choice at all) would most likely not read this novel.
Planned Parenthood supporters would ridicule it (the last act of vestige of someone without a defensible position.)
And, those who have so lost their way that they herald abortion as a ?woman?s reproductive right?, would simply dismiss it claiming it is for the unintelligent.
I am none of the above. I am a Christian and though the subject matter of this book, abortion, is quite hard to read sometimes, the focus is not about abortion debate. It is about the infinite power of a loving God to heal, reconcile, and forgive.
A young love that falls prey to a weak moment results in a decade of guilt, misery, sorrow and pain. The story of Emma Landon and Brad Cutler is one of a lives changed by an irrevocable decision.
Can Jesus, a loving God, bring healing after an abortion? Can we fall so deeply into sin that Jesus cannot reach us to forgive and heal? If we cannot bear to remember our pain, face it and confess it, can we live our lives as if it did not happen?
Many other reviews are posted with the storyline of this novel so I won?t include it in this review. It is better that I should discuss the importance of this novel for how it provides a true picture of how lives are changed.
Abortion is not something discussed at family gatherings or other ?friendly? conversation and oftentimes men and women live with the hurt, the pain, the shame, and the guilt without an outlet to release them, even to God. But, God is ever present waiting, watching, and wanting to forgive if we only read II Chronicles 7:14.
This story tells of the ?mental conversations?, the ?walking shame?, and the ?lifetime of self-judgment? that those who have shut down the life of their child at the altar of their own plans for the future truly feel. I have no doubt that even those who support abortion have these feelings but deny them. Perhaps, it is these feelings that drive their anger.
This is a book whose time has come. Few authors approach this topic. Reading of the author thoughts, I find that she might not have written it had God not prompted her, which is a miracle of God?s providence alone.
I recommend this book to men and women who would care to know the Truth about the inevitable consequences of abortion and those who have had an abortion as well because it give voice to their own thoughts and allows them to identify with the characters and prompts them to seek healing and forgiveness from the living, loving most high God.
Reviewed by: Keiki Hendrix
Reviewed for: The Vessel Project
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