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The Choice

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One Young Woman. Two Very Different Roads.

The Choice will Change Everything.

Even as a pregnant, unwed teen in 1974, Sandy Lincoln wanted to do the right thing. But when an ancient woman approached her in a convenience store with a mysterious prophecy and a warning, doing the right thing became even more unclear. She made the best choice she could. But now, thirty-four year...more
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Published August 7th 2012 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Tim Chavel
Robert Whitlow is one of my favorite writers. He has hit a homerun with this wonderful . This book is about being pro-choice, that is choosing life over death. If you are pro-life you will love this book. Whitlow does such a great job weaving the story. WARNING: you will need a tissue or two. I will not tip you off on the story but do want to leave you with a few quotes from the book:

Sometimes love doesn't get what it wants; it has to do what is best. p. 58

. . . adversity is the crucible for cha...more
Faye
One choice can change lives.




This is the first book I have ever read by Mr. Whitlow and I really enjoyed how he did a great job of not forgetting those little details in life, yet not making them too obvious with overlong descriptions, which for me made this book feel more realistic.




I liked how this book dealt with the choices we make and how sometimes what some people would call an everyday choice can change lives and make a difference.




Being adopted myself, I liked how this book dealt with the...more
Kelly Duplechin
This was the first audiobook I've ever "read", and I feel like there is potential that I would have given it 5 stars if I had actually read it as opposed to listening to it. Nevertheless, it was a beautifully crafted story about not only making a choice, but the right choice. While it has a TOUCH of improbability, it is still a tale of what being a mother is all about, and the value of human life. Loved it!
Irene
It is autumn of 1974 in a well-off Georgian small town and the bright, beautiful, kind, naive head cheerleader gets pregnant by the popular, good-looking, manipulative captain of the football team. When she refuses the newly legal option of abortion, the football player and his parents become hostile. But, by the support of her loving family, the genuinely good young woman embraces the numerous sacrifices and elects to bring her twin baby sons to life and prayerfully place them in the best adopt...more
Laura
Every time we make a choice, it impacts not only us but those around us and even some we never meet. An unwanted pregnancy is no exception. Seventeen year old Sandy is blindsided by her unwanted and unexpected pregnancy. Popular cheerleader and girlfriend to a star football player, Sandy has everything to lose. With the newly passed Roe vs. Wade, Sandy’s boyfriend promises her a life of love if she’ll just abort the baby. Her parents want her to leave town to give the baby up for adoption. Sandy...more
Darin
Once again author Robert Whitlow writes a best-seller. Without one second of hesitation, I can quickly recommend this book to anyone who desires to read about the life of a young girl who finds herself pregnant and the choices that she must soon face. After Sandy, a senior in high school, finds herself pregnant by Brad Donnelly, a star football player, her life quickly changes never to be the same again.
The first part of the book deals with Sandy's choices that she has to make and the fact that...more
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
Full review here: http://www.overweightbookshelf.com/20...

Call me a skeptical female, but I was wary that a male author could do justice to the voice of a pregnant teenager facing the life altering choice of becoming a mother, adopting or aborting. Thank you Robert Whitlow for effectively putting me in my place and proving me wrong of all doubts. Not only does Whitlow breathe life into a beloved heroine but he draws readers in with the fluid ebb and flow of his masterful storytelling.

I would not...more
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
If you are like me you have your favorite authors in different genres. For a great southern legal drama I tend to gravitate to Robert Whitlow. His novels have an authenticity in them that seems to lack in others. Mr. Whitlow’s novels probably ring true because he is active in the areas that he writes about.


The Choice is the latest work from Mr. Whitlow. This story is an emotionally charged tale that starts in 1974 just following the passing of Roe v. Wade. For anyone that grew up in this time fr...more
Nora St Laurent
I caught up with Robert Whitlow and his wife last year at the ICRS conference. He was passionate when he spoke of the book he just finished writing, The Choice. The subject matter was near and dear to his heart. Robert had longed to write a book that honored moms for all they sacrificed to be the bringers of life. I think he achieved his goal in The Choice.

There are a couple of things I look forward to when I read a Robert Whitlow book. One, I enjoy the legal aspect. He brings the reader into th...more
Jeanie
The story is about motherhood at it's finest. It starts out in the mid 70's, right after Roe vs. Wade became into law. Sandy our main character is 17 and has found out she is pregant. You feel her anxiety and her emotions as she struggles to make a decision on what she will do. I thought it was very informative in what the law really says about Roe vs Wade and what the pro choice movement focuses on. Women's rights vs. human life. The author being a man, I thought he did very well in bringing ou...more
Anisha Hindocha
I am all for a nice, melodramatic, life-changing, makes you think sort of book. When I first picked this book up, that was my expectation. However, I was saddened, especially by the second half of the book by the number of times I was hit over the head with a pro-life Christian agenda. Everything works out perfectly for the can-do-no-wrong teen mother turned high school teacher. It was sickening and toward the end, I was flipping pages so I could just finish the thing. Also, the stereotypes were...more
JoyAnne
Whitlow has done it again, this man continues to write some of the best novels I've read. The storyline is intriguing, the characters are fantastic. I especially liked that the main character, Sandy, was such a mature 18 yr old. This is a wonderful story of a mother's love and sacrifices for her children. A story about teen pregnancy, abortion, adoption. Beautifully written. I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher & Litfuse Publicity in exchange for...more
Melanie
I have had a hard time sneaking in reading time lately, and wouldn't you know that some of my favorite authors have been coming out with new books. Robert Whitlow is a great author and I have always loved his books. I started The Choice last night, and tried to go to bed, couldn't sleep and got up and finished it around midnight! Where there is a will there is a way!



1974 finds Sandy and her boyfriend Brad 'in trouble'. Yes you really can get pregnant the first time, and now Sandy has to pay the...more
Charity
I have long been a fan of this author right here. Robert Whitlow has written some really great books and this new one, The Choice, was one of my favorites.

Robert Whitlow knows how to write a good book. I mean one that gets you interested and then keeps your interest the whole way through. Have you ever read a book that you just couldn't finish? I know I sure have! Been several that I couldn't get into:) But that is not the case for this book. The Choice covers a very delicate subject or should I...more
Cindy


Sandy Lincoln has found herself in the position no young woman dreams for her life, with a teenage pregnancy. Taking the time to sort the options, she realizes she cannot have an abortion, which causes her boyfriend to leave her and leaves her to make the final decisions about how to handle this life changing issue. Moving to Atlanta with her aunt and placing the baby for adoption is her choice. On her first trip to Atlanta a chance encounter with a strange woman, convinces Sandy she is having t...more
TAMMY CUEVAS
It's 1974 in a small town in rural Georgia, and seventeen-year old Sandy Lincoln is
pregnant. She's a nice girl from a good family. These things don't happen in her
world, and decisions have to be made. Ultimately, the choice is hers, and she is
the one who lives with that choice for over thirty years.

Over thirty years later, another unwed teenager comes into her life, and Sandy is
forced to relive her choice once more. One choice made thirty years before affects
more lives than she would have ev...more
Jennifer Defoy
I figured I’d be a little attached to this story, given that the description lays out how emotional of a story it is, and if you follow my reviews you know how I like an emotional story! I had no idea how drawn into this one I would become. I loved the story and the characters. I couldn’t help but be drawn into this one. It lead me to one long sleepless night because I couldn’t put it down. I had to see how it was going to end.

Sandy seems to have her head on her shoulders, except for the fact th...more
Jettiep
THE CHOICE by Robert Whitlow
Sandy Lincoln was 17 and a cheerleader in high school, when she found herself pregnant by her boyfriend, Brad Donnelly. They considered running away, but had differences of opinion, so they broke up, when he wanted her to have an abortion. She moved to Atlanta, to live with her aunt, and finish school. On the way to Atlanta, in a convenience store where she had stopped to get a drink and stretch her legs, an old woman looked at her, and told her that she was having t...more
Pamela Barrett
The year is 1974, and Sandy, a pregnant teenager is faced with the biggest choice of her life; to keep the baby growing inside her, to have an abortion which has recently become legal, or to go through with the birth and give up the baby for adoption. The stakes are high and all of them have lasting consequences.

Many young women have been faced with this choice, and Robert Whitlow tells a compelling story full of the emotional highs and lows that come along with unplanned pregnancies. He follow...more
Linda
Rutland, Georgia, 1974. One year after Roe v. Wade has become ‘law’ of the land. Back then, girls were hustled out of school and forced to make other accommodations to have their babies before returning to school.

That year, Sandy Lincoln, a senior at Rutland High School, gets pregnant by her football hero boyfriend, Brad Donelly. He tries to manipulate her into an abortion with the tantalizing offer of marriage later on. Her parents are supportive in helping her make a better choice. Sandy ends...more
Victor Gentile
Robert Whitlow in his new book, “The Choice” published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Sandy Lincoln.

From the back cover: One young woman. Two very different roads. The choice will change everything.

Even as a pregnant, unwed teen in 1974, Sandy Lincoln wanted to do the right thing. But when an ageless woman approached her in a convenience store with a mysterious prophecy and a warning, doing the right thing became even more unclear. She made the best choice she could . . . and has liv...more
Christine
It’s 1974 and Sandy Lincoln finds herself pregnant. Having been raised in a Christian home with defined morals Sandy decides that she will have the baby and give it up for adoption. On her way to live at her aunt’s home until the baby is born Sandy has a chance encounter with an old woman who tells her she will have twin boys. And, more ominously, that they must go to separate homes. Sure enough, Sandy does have twin boys and they are adopted out separately.

Fast forward to current day, we find...more
Rachel
The Choice by Robert Whitlow made for an interesting read. The ongoing battle between "pro-choice" and "pro-life" is represented in this book, although through the eyes of a rather different protagonist: that of the teenage unwed mother. Whitlow clearly makes the point that while some women choose to abort their babies, some women choose not to, and thus a choice is the fundamental basis regardless of belief.

Whitlow is a Christian author, and his Christian beliefs are woven skillfully into this...more
Maureen Timerman
Back in 1974 Sandy Lincoln finds herself pregnant, a gifted High School senior. Roe v Wade has passed and several people ...including Brad her boyfriend want her to have an abortion.
Instead Sandy goes to live with her Aunt Linda in Atlanta, and decides to have the baby, but give it away for adoption.
The first part of the book is the life Sandy leads leading up to the birth. What a remarkable young woman she is. There was an incident when she was only a few months along, where she meets and elder...more
Clockstein Lockstein
The Choice by Robert Whitlow is a powerful story of the consequences a single choice can make, the how it sends ripples down through the years through lives we couldn't begin to imagine. Sandy Lincoln is the most popular girl in her high school in 1974 Rutland, Georgia: cheerleader, straight A student, dating the football star. She had everything going for her until she allows him to persuade her to go farther than she knew she should and that one experience leaves her pregnant and her world sha...more
Ruth Hill
This was a book that I am so glad I read. Abortion is something very near to my heart. I have been an unashamed pro-life supporter for most of my life, and this book fit well into my belief system. It is a powerful book with a timeless message.

This book couldn't have picked a better starting year--my birth year. That caught my attention from the beginning. And Sandy was a fantastic character that I so enjoyed watching mature physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I was so glad she made the ch...more
Sarah
Not many books can affect me the way The Choice did and I read this in one day within a matter of hours. Regardless of what side you stand on in the abortion debate this book will have you thinking about what it means to be pro-life and pro-choice (AKA pro-abortion). At the end of the book in the note from Robert Whitlow he says “In this novel I want to show that the same word can apply to a woman’s decision not to abort her baby.” I totally appreciate it because regardless of what side we are o...more
Melissa
Aug 28, 2012 Melissa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian fans of Jodi Piccoult
Well when I first started reading this book I wasn’t so sure about it. To me, the first part of the book seems rushed and some lines and parts feel a little cliche. I was like yeah, yeah, yeah same old same old, I’ve heard this story before, give me something new. But sticking with it, the second part improved greatly, I found myself getting to know and really relate to these characters. (I am trying so hard right now, by the way, to write this review without spoilers because there are so many t...more
Kathleen
One young girl made a sacrificial choice only to have it come back full circle more than thirty years later when her past choice comes back to haunt her.

The story is told in two parts:

Seventeen year old Sandy Lincoln is a popular straight A student in her senior year of high school in Rutland, Georgia. One careless night with her boyfriend Brad Donnelly will change her life forever. When Sandy finds out that she is pregnant, she is faced with the responsibility of making a decision from the opti...more
Belindachaplin
I really enjoyed reading Robert Whitlow's "The Choice". It is a story made up of two parts: one set in 1974 and the other in the present day. Looking at the choice that pregnant teen Sandy Lincoln made in 1974 to give her babies life, and then at how she helps Maria, one of her students deal with her unwanted pregnancy. We also meet up with Sandy's twin boys in the second part, and see the redeeming of what was a really hard choice for Sandy to make.

I would describe this book as a legal thriller...more
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