I don’t read many YA dystopian books, but the concept of Other Bodies piqued my interest, so I took advantage of the opportunity to review it.

Other Bodies is set in futuristic Philadelphia, in a world where virtual reality is blurred with reality. Author Joel Ohman invites us on a journey with sixteen-year-old Hattie Martins as she takes on a job at Managed Motherhood then discovers that she’s pregnant. What follows is a look at abortion from the eyes of a young, alone, destitute girl struggling to make sense of the world she’s in.

It’s not my usual reading, and I didn’t really understand the alternate chapters (won’t go into detail since it would be a spoiler) and why they were even there. But the book kept my attention. The characters were very clearly captured, and at times, I found myself thinking of them as real people rather than fictional characters. None of them were people I would normally hang around with, but Ohman gave me a glimpse into their inner feelings and helped me see the world as they see it.

Joel Ohman is Executive Director of AbortionFacts.com, and he wrote this book to help shine the light on abortion. For me, it wasn’t so much about the abortions themselves, but the victims, and not just the babies, but the girls and women, many of whom are victims as well. My heart broke for the young girls who thought that abortion was their only option, and then had to deal with the regret and heartbreak without anyone to comfort them. I just wanted to wrap my arms around them and share with them about the forgiveness and hope that Jesus offers.

If you’re looking for a well written book that will make you think, you’ll want to check out Other Bodies. Whatever your views on the subject, you’ll find it insightful and thought provoking.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture. “God is the Master Storyteller,” says Sharon. “I love helping women see how God is always at work behind the scenes laying the foundation for the glorious future He has in store for us.” Sharon is a firm believer in the power of prayer and has many stories to share of God working in miraculous ways in her own life as well as those around her. She’s passionate about teaching women how to pray and loves engaging with women in personal prayer. Wherever she goes, she finds herself surrounded by women in need of prayer, and she considers it an honor to pray with women whether they’re friends, family, or complete strangers. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She teaches a Women Through the Bible study at her church, applying the S.O.A.P. method of scripture study. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. She recently launched a new podcast where she works her way through the Bible sharing the stories of All God’s Women.

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