Book Reviews

Sarah’s Choice by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue


Only one thing stands in the way of Sarah’s success…


Sarah has a great boyfriend and an incredible job promotion right in front of her. But a surprise pregnancy turns her world upside down. Suddenly, her job is in jeopardy and everyone has an opinion on what she should do next. Sarah’s relationships begin to crumble until she feels completely alone. But then she receives a Christmas card that gives her dreams about what her future could be like, depending on the decisions she makes regarding her unborn child, and she begins to wonder if God really might love her and have a greater plan.

My Thoughts:

Sarah’s Choice is a powerful story of the value of all life, whether it’s the life of a young woman caught in her sin, a man with some growing up to do, or an unborn baby created for a purpose. Yes, Sarah gets pregnant outside of marriage, but the story thoroughly explores all of the consequences of her choice. The big choice, though, concerns the life of her unborn baby. It’d be easy to say this is a pro-life book, and it is, but it doesn’t just pedal a message. Instead, St. James and Rue beautifully and powerfully introduce us to a realistic cast of characters who are very believable in their interactions with themselves, each other, and God. The story deals with some real topics, but in a way that brings hope and shows the power of God’s desire to redeem us. 

In Conclusion:

The movie version of this story (starring Rebecca St. James) released several years ago, and I really enjoyed it. But the book delves even deeper into the lives of these characters. It’s a story that takes place in the middle of a mess, but the authors don’t leave us there. Without going into spoilers, I’ll say you’ll walk away with a renewed passion for giving a voice to the unborn and seeing others through the eyes of Jesus.

From the Back Cover:

Only one thing stands in the way of Sarah’s success . . . her unborn baby.

Sarah Collins is about to receive a promotion that will give her everything she’s ever wanted: a huge pay increase, a new car, a fabulous apartment, and first-class travel.

But then she discovers she’s pregnant. And while she thinks she loves her boyfriend, Matt, she isn’t sure he’s mature enough to be a responsible father. And the job she’s pursuing is open only because the previous employee is out on maternity leave. She’d never be able to handle the travel as a single mom.

Torn between advice from her coworkers, the adamant insistence of her mother and sister that she keep the baby, her insecurity about her relationship with Matt, and the void where her father should be, Sarah has no idea how to make this decision.

A Christmas card from a mysterious old woman is the catalyst for three visions of her future—and may just be the miracle she needs. But can she trust the visions? Are they the yearnings of a conflicted heart? Or are they true visions from the God she thought had turned his back on her?

For every woman who has made painful decisions, Sarah’s Choice offers comfort, wisdom, and hope.

Author Bios:

Nancy Rue is the author of over 100 books for adults and teens, including Healing Waters, which was a 2009 Women of Faith Novel of the Year, and The Reluctant Prophet which received a Christy award in 2011. Nancy travels extensively-at times on the back of a Harley Davidson-speaking and teaching to groups of `tween girls and their moms and mentoring aspiring Christian authors. She lives on a lake in Tennessee with her Harley-ridin’ husband Jim and their two yellow labs (without whom writing would be difficult.)

Rebecca St. James: Rebecca St. James is both a Grammy and multiple Dove Award recipient as well as a best-selling author whose books include Wait for Me and What is He Thinking?? Her leading role in the pro-life film Sarah’s Choicewon critical acclaim. A passionate spokesperson for Compassion International, more than 30,000 children have found sponsorship through Rebecca’s world-wide concerts.

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