by Norman Ray Fitts
If I were to summarize this
writing in one sentence I would say this. “It depicts, on a very personal level, the moral, physical, and the emotional
consequences of the unintended or accidental creation of a human life.” That statement could have meaning for women
of any age. But this book shows it through the most vulnerable set of eyes of all, the eyes of a child giving life to a child.
The three or
four page introduction in the front could, and possibly should, be published as a stand-alone pamphlet or handout. It summarized
everything nicely and leads the reader into the series of events that generates the message intended by the author.
I spoke with
someone who had read the book and the only issue they had was the depth the author took the reader into the author’s
personal life. That stayed in the back of my mind as I began to read.
here is very personal and I think the audience it is intended for will quickly identify with the person delivering it. Getting
the attention of a fourteen or fifteen year old is difficult at best and keeping it for one hundred and five pages could be
next to impossible unless that connection is made. The author has shown a great deal of courage laying out her life for the
world to see in an effort to bring home the very serious consequences of an unguarded moment.
with the author on several occasions and after reading the book, in my mind, she stands as a shinning example of where a life
can go in spite of the seemly insurmountable obstacles created following that unguarded moment.
One of the things
that made this writing work was the blending of the hard facts of life generated by the event, with the very human story being
told around it. The author laid it all on the line. No punches were pulled. Where the definition for a certain term was needed
it was included in parenthesis following the term. If you have very young children, and are wondering what needs to be discussed
at the proper time in their lives, this book can supply the basis of that conversation.
This is intended
for young girls but it should be required reading for the young men in their lives. It answers a lot of questions that otherwise
will never get asked. I, after having raised several children of my own, found insight as to why certain things happened.
The author certainly allows you to walk a mile in her shoes.
I highly recommend
this as required reading for anyone, child or parent, facing this reality. There are a lot of forks in the road. If you decide
wrong, in a lot of cases, you can’t go back. I believe this writing supplies the signpost required to make the decisions
best suited for your situation.
I highly recommend