An alert reader told me about Frank Peretti's Tilly. The comments at Amazon capture a nice broad spectrum of opinion. On the one hand, it is said that the book puts women who have had an abortion in a bad light. On the other hand, it does not put them in a bad enough light. Examples:
"I first read this book when I was about 9 years old after hearing about it church. I loved the story then, even though looking back on it now, I don't think I completely understood it. I reread the book when I turned 20 when it was given to me as a birthday gift, and cried through the whole thing. It meant so much more to me now that I understood more, and had actually had close friends go through the painful process of of aborting their unborn children. Some people may say that it is "too pro-life" or that it puts women who have choosen abortion in a bad light. In my opinion, it does just the opposite. It shows the loving forgiveness of a God who truly cares for His people. Even though the woman in the story sinned by taking the life of her child, she is forgiven and loved and freed from the horrible guilt caused by her decision. It serves as a reminder of His true deep love and compassion for the human race."
"What is not so successful however is Peretti's treatment of the theme of abortion. Admittedly there are some redeeming qualities: Peretti makes abundantly clear the Scriptural truth that an aborted fetus is a real baby. The idea that there is an after-life for all aborted babies (though the implicit assertion that all aborted babies go to heaven is questionable) is also Biblical. He also is sensitive to the post-abortion anguish and distress experienced by many mothers, a reality many pro-abortionists frequently diminish. But it is doubtful that he is sufficiently harsh on the sin of abortion, as evidenced by the fact that some pro-abortionists have remarked that this book is not overly pro-life, and have even found comfort in it! Rather than expose the seriousness of a sin which is nothing but murder, `Tilly' suggests that those guilty of abortion can find comfort in the fact that their aborted children are alive in heaven and have forgiven them. But is it true that the path to healing lies in the knowledge that all aborted babies are happy in heaven and that parents can be reconciled with them? Scripture suggests something different, as David confesses in Psalm 51: sin is first of all sin against God - `against you, you only have I sinned.' The true path to healing is to confess sin to God and find reconciliation and forgiveness from Him. Peretti implicitly advocates a different approach, where reconciliation and healing is sought in the wrong place - with the aborted child instead of with God."