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Hey, friends! I hope 2017 is treating you well. It’s hard to believe we’re stepping into February! Time is flying!
It’s my personal choice not to write about politics or other potentially controversial topics on my blog. They tend to cause division and if there’s any math going on here, I’d like it to be multiplication, not division…meaning, more friends come and feel welcome, heard, and loved here. I was recently asked to review a book and a movie here and I wrestled with my decision for awhile because the materials are about two women’s very different abortion experiences. Controversial topic, right? Right. I talked it over with a few blogging friends and I ultimately decided that I would write those reviews. Here’s why: I write here to meet people in their struggle. And we all have struggles. Most of us have incredible hurts that run deep and wide. We must show each other love and compassion, no matter what those hurts are. I’m here to encourage women (men too!) on those walks. We all have very different stories but sometimes our struggle can be our common denominator.
So I thought: What if there’s even one friend who would want this information? Then I’ll put it here for her. Please understand that at no time have I have pushed my beliefs on anyone and I won’t now either. All are welcome here. You don’t need to look, believe, or think like I do to fit in here. Come here to find a safe space and to be seen, heard, and validated. I don’t invite any debate or judgment. There will be none from me. For every abortion story there is a baby and a mama who’s agonizing over a decision and for that, I have incredible compassion. I wanted you to hear (read) my heart on this so you know that this continues to be a nonjudgmental place of encouragement, a safe place…for all.
Alison’s Choice is a full-length feature film that seeks to answer the question, “WWJS (what would Jesus say) to a young woman planning abortion?”
As the story goes, young Alison (played by Chanel Marriott) finds herself pregnant by a deadbeat boyfriend. Feeling she has no other options, Alison seeks out an abortion. There in the clinic’s waiting room, she encounters a cast of quirky characters, each with their own brand of wisdom and advice; a flamboyant counselor, a suburban mom, a heart-weary receptionist, an inner city counterpart… And more than anyone else, a gentle-faced janitor with mop “eternally” in hand.
The two begin to talk and it quickly becomes clear he is no mere janitor, but Jesus manifest (played by Bruce Marchiano of The Encounter and Gospel of Matthew). He’s come to plead for the life of her baby.
With the clock ticking precious minutes away, He pours out His heart of care and compassion, His message unequivocal, “I love you, Alison, and I love your baby too.” Suddenly a nurse appears, “Alison, we’re ready for you.” What will Alison choose…
This film is thoughtful, emotional, and even funny at times, and you can enter to win a copy of this film at Blessed Freebies to find out what Alison chooses.
You are loved,
FrontGate Media provided me with a copy of this film to review. All opinions are honest.