This is a new column where I can share some of the GEMS I get into my inbox. When a PR person sends me information about somethingÂ utterlyÂ ridiculous, I either delete or write a “loathe” feature. This column is for the items or stories that are beyond a “loathe,” the items are just so crazy they get the award of… press release of the month.
Subject Line:Â Loveâ€™s Beating Heart: Author who Survived Abortions Speaks Out, Announcing New Pro-Life Young Adult Novel
The Product: AÂ pro-life adventure-romance novel.Â (This is no joke, people.)
The Details:Â While many know Stephanie Parker McKean for her Christian mystery-romance-suspense novel, â€˜Bridge to Nowhereâ€™, (Um, no, I didn’t read this Christian mystery novel…) few are aware that as a teen she was held as a sex slave and impregnated twice. Both times, her attacker heated knitting needles over a camp stove in the woods and aborted the babies by poking her until she almost bled to death. McKean now regrets the abortions and mourns the loss of her unborn children. (I think this is a bit TMI for a press release about a young adult novel, no?)
â€˜Loveâ€™sÂ BeatingÂ Heartâ€™ finds two sisters embarking on different and equally dangerous adventures. Non-Christian Cat flees abuse from her boyfriend and is rescued by a Christian family. (“Rescued”? Hmm…) She thinks they are crazy, but decides she would like to subtract Sky from his family and add him into her life. Younger sister Dena runs away from home to protect a pregnant friend who must decide if abortion â€“ or adoption – is the right option for her. The best friends get swept into a wild river, â€˜Huckleberry Finnâ€™ type adventure, meeting dangerous wildlife â€“ and equally dangerous humans along the way. (I am presuming these “dangerous humans” are the ones who are pro-choice.)
My Thoughts:Â While her personal story does sound gruesome, her experience DOES NOT position her to counsel other people on whether to abort or not. She should beÂ counselingÂ rape victims not young girls who are pregnant! Anyway, the idea of a “pro-life adventure-romance novel” is not only ridiculous, but totally against all my values. I would NEVER EVER EVER promote anything pro-life, although I would happily make fun of it, hence this blog post.
Ridiculousness Score:Â 10/10. A pro-life romance-adventure novel is…beyond. And the PR who sent is over clearly did not do her homework about me!