In the Church of the Blue-Eyed Prophets
Compassion calls one young woman to redemption in The Church of the Blue-Eyed Prophets, where she must make a life-and-death decision for a boy who never was.
This book explores the way we misinterpret life; the difference between reality and perception, between intentions and their consequences. Ultimately, it questions our assumptions about the nature of meaning and of purpose.
Ruth is a young woman and a victim of a spontaneous, opportunistic rape. In the aftermath, she does not bring her pregnancy to term. Her life is good, if uneventful, but also void of meaning. Her marriage to a complex man is solid and untroubled by any mention of the rape.
Ruth comes to The Church of the Blue-Eyed Prophets to question her decision. Alternate chapters reveal the life not chosen and the results for those three people most involved: the boy David, product of the rape, desperate for a grounded love; an outraged father reminded constantly of an ultimate violation; and the mother who loves them both, but who - first and foremost - must protect her son.
The decision Ruth must make is whether to forego her previous life in exchange for this one of many sufferings - for her, the father, and the boy - but one also that encapsulates the greatest range of what it means to be a human and what the purpose of such a conflicted life might be for all of those concerned.
She must decide - is it worth exchanging lives already lived?
If so, will this lead them to redemption?