The title of Choose Zoe: A Story of UnPlanned Parenthood and the Case for Life by Laura Lynn Hughes is a bit misleading.
Instead of the name of an unborn child, zoe is a Greek word for life, but not just any kind of life. Zoe signifies the divine, abundant, eternal life that is available through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Hughes, raped by older boys at ten and pregnant by her boyfriend at fifteen, opted to keep her child rather than abort it.
Now the mother of five and grandmother of eleven, she bears witness to God’s ability to redeem the most tragic of circumstances and abundantly bless his children.
The book is full of stories of flawed people, including members of her extended family, who have embraced joy in the most difficult of circumstances.
“I am inspired that so many have chosen to do more than just survive,” Hughes writes. “They have chosen zoe. We aren’t defined by our past. . . . The stains of sin and shame, trauma and poor choices, they are not permanent.”
Her book makes a powerful case for life, and not just for the unborn child, but for the joyful, abundant life available to Christians in our fallen world.