Antonia's Choice
Choice Is Clear - But Not Easy - For Single Mother of Molested Son.
by Nancy Rue

One out of four children experience some form of molestation at the hands of an adult before the age of eighteen. The majority of the perpetrators are family members or other trusted adults.

In Antonia's Choice, best-selling novelist Nancy Rue skillfully presents this overlooked issue through the eyes of a winsome character, career woman and single mother Antonia Wells.

Her life was neat and orderly: career, child and church. Toni moved away from her husband in order to preserve her independence. But she became less and less able to deal with their five-year-old son Ben's increasingly defiant behavior. She also found herself taking her niece, whose parents were arrested for dealing in child pornography, into her home.

Then she makes the discovery that Ben has also been photographed and molested by Toni's sister and brother-in-law. Doing it all is no longer an option. Toni must finally make a choice that's not really a choice about forsaking her own life plans and getting healing for her son. Through family battles, personal therapy - and an encounter with the love of God - a transformation occurs in Toni and those around her. "Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it." (Mark 8:35, NIV).

This topic, treated for first time in fiction from the perspective of Christian faith, is well-researched, enlightening, and informative without being graphic. The gripping story is written in a conversational tone, concretely and without cliches, by a skilled author with personal experience of the subject matter. Readers will be inspired by seeing life's concrete struggles worked through in faith.

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