This post begins a new series called “Worthy of Love” in anticipation of the book’s release on October 1, 2013. Each week, I’ll share a sneak peek from one of the book’s 8 chapters, counting down 8 weeks to publication. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for exclusive savings and Pre-order discounts.
Chapter 1: The Lie
“You’re pregnant,” announced the clinic director, reaching her hands across the desk, gesturing for me to do the same. Slowly, I leaned forward. She cupped my hands in hers and lowered her voice, “Look, accidents happen sometimes. We understand that. That is why we want to help. When you are ready to have children someday, we will be here for you then, too.”
I wanted to believe her. I knew I wasn’t ready. Still holding one hand over both of mine, she retrieved a form from the stack of papers on her desk. “Simply sign here. It will be over in no time and then you can get on with your life. After all, you are only fifteen years old.”
No one mentioned baby, child, unborn, ultrasound, heartbeat, life, death, grief, pain, loss, or regret. No one told me I’d have regrets. Regret that I didn’t ask for more time. Regret that no one talked to me about adoption. Regret that I would later discover this would be the only child ever conceived in me. Regret that would propel a friendly, optimistic straight-A student into withdrawal, suicidal thoughts, and drug and alcohol abuse in less than a year…
I believed my pregnancy was a glob of tissue. Chapter 1: The Lie explores common lies we believe about the pre-born, ourselves, and even God. Very often, these lies actually center on self: my sin, my heart, my unworthiness…but being forgiven, healed, and delivered are not based on our own efforts or goodness. They are possible only because of the grace of God and His work on the Cross.
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Shadia serves on the Board of Directors for RealOptions Pregnancy Centers, holds a BA in Psychology, MA in Criminal Justice, and is currently completing a Masters of Biblical and Theological Studies at Western Seminary. For more information, please visit www.beautifulvoice.org.