As promised, I'll fill you, my blog friends, in on the most recent fiction book I read. It was Minor Protection Act by Jodi Cowles.
When I find books that are good I tend to get involved in the world of the characters. I found this book filling me with righteous anger, really firing me up at times.
You see my house church has discussed in the past how we believe some day in the near future (possibly our kid's generation) those who really follow Christ will be forced to meet in house churches in this country. Our religious freedoms as Christians are being compromised by those who preach "tolerance". Obviously their idea of tolerance is tolerance for those who agree with them, but that is another topic. We've talked about how this may come about by the government censoring churches regarding certain topics in order to keep their tax exempt status (already being done) among other things. Jodi's book brings up another way this could happen that we haven't even thought about.
Ten years ago, if I had read this book I would have said this would never happen in this country. Now I am not so sure.
Without giving away too much I'll tell you that the story follows a young lawyer who has won media attention for a trial involving parents of a high school girl who commits suicide. Upon her death they read her journals and determined her death was the caused by her friendship with a Christian classmate. Her journals detail her arguements with him regarding her sexual orientation.
The boy has already been sent to prison for 15 years and is considered the girl's murderer under a recent Hate Crime law, when the girl's parents sue his parents. The reasoning is to prove a point because he had been (in their thinking) raised in a hostile and bigoted environment that breed violence and intolerance.
The young lawyer wins the case and catches the attention of the President who is wanting to pass the Minor Protection Act. This act would make it legal for the government to remove children from the homes of parents who are breeding terrorism and violence through their religious teaching. However, unbeknownst to the lawyer, the President has his own agenda and things begin to spin out of control. Christianity as we know it may be wiped out within one generation.
Jodi does a great job of helping you to relate to the characters. If you are parent you will agonize with the characters regarding the choice they are being forced to make. Do you stand up for your faith, put God first as you've pledged and risk losing your child forever? Even worse, the child(ren) you may loose would be raised in a family with beliefs and morales in direct opposition to what you have been teaching them regarding God and right and wrong. What choice would you make?
If you are interested in this book, you can find it on Amazon.com