About the Book
Book: White Stick
Author: Jacqueline Middler
Release Date: May 13, 2020
When a positive pregnancy test upends her carefree coed life, Jacqueline Marie decides to end the life of her unborn child. That abortion and the one that followed not only destroyed two lives but also wrecked Jacqueline’s soul.
Unprepared for the emotional wounds abortion inflicts, Jacqueline turns to drugs and alcohol to mask her pain, but nothing she does assuages her deep-seated guilt. When staying with relatives in Florida—intended to give her a fresh start—she hears the gospel message, and while reading the creation story and promises of God, she encounters a God who loves her despite her choices.
As she experiences God’s grace and forgiveness, Jacqueline is able to finally forgive herself. Now a doula and a voice for the unborn, she shares her story to help other women who have had abortions know that healing and redemption are possible through Jesus.
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I have to say, I am awe-struck that Jaqueline Middler was able to tell her story. She presented the bad and didn’t hold back. She didn’t sugar-coat. She told her story. She told the raw, painful truth of her past and how she came to God. And as I read her story-although I could never be able to comprehend the pain and suffering she went through, I was still able to feel some of that come off the pages. I hurt with her. I grieved with her. I cried with her. And I rejoiced with her when she came to that glorious part of the story where she gave her life fully to God.
This is one of those stories where you see God’s amazing grace. Middler often refers to herself as a “murderer”. Such a powerful word. Such a powerful name to place upon yourself. But she also calls herself “redeemed” and “saved”. These are even more powerful words. She recognizes the sins of her past. She is truly repentant. And she is able to receive God’s grace and be a child of God.
Middler is obviously pro-life. She encourages others to be, as well. She doesn’t shame other women for their choices. She understands and sympathizes because she also had to make that choice. She calls these women to repentance and to recognize fully what they are doing before they make that choice. Her goal isn’t to judge others. It’s to save lives. And save the mothers from a lifetime of regret.
I would suggest maybe having a box of tissues next to you as you read Middler’s story. I also would suggest reading this book slowly. It’s very emotional, and I couldn’t read more than one or two chapters at a time.
But I would HIGHLY recommend this book. Middler is an amazing example of what God’s love and grace can do.
I had received a copy of this book as part of the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team and was required to give an honest review.
About the Author
An avid reader and devoted mother of three, Jacqueline Marie gives voice to the women who have had abortions and live with the regret and shame of that decision. White Stick is her debut work, birthed from the years-long journey to healing and redemption and her desire open the eyes of the world to the harm this choice brings to women. She has a degree from Johnson & Wales in marketing, with concentrations in English and psychology.
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White Stick was written in hopes of freeing women from the bondage of shame and guilt that comes with the choice of Abortion. This book’s purpose is to shed light on the after effects of what this choice does to a women’s soul and life. This choice is not the quick decision or the “easier choice” that the media portrays but can effect every one of your choices after for the rest of your life. Only Gods love and Jesus’s grace can free you. I was a Christian many years before I was able to forgive myself. Until you forgive yourself it is hard to walk in the plans God has for you. You the reader are able to walk with me through my abortion to redemption. This is a raw honest look at the devastation this choice brings.
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