I read this book thinking it was a thriller, but found to my dismay that it was simply more religious goop.
The following letter cannot be sent to the author directly, so I am broadcasting my frustration here.
To Terri Blackstock, author
You are wrong about so many things in If I Run. Despite your being a bestselling author I would never pick any of your books to present to my discussion group.
For modern American evil (homegrown) see Joseph Smith, founder of the cult of LDS, Brigham Young fornicator and his copycat criminal in religion, Warren Jeffs.
You are wrong about any abortion provider “selling baby parts” after abortions. See the ruling on the fake video accusing Planned Parenthood of this practice.
You are wrong to include so much god bothering talk in your books. It does not advance the plot or enhance character development. You have no wit. Intelligent readers need satire, sarcasm and witty dialog. See Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunter series for realistic portrayal of the Nazi evil.
Your emotional response to the beauty of the planet in no way disproves evolution. The evil we are doing to our planet now with air pollution, plastic in the oceans, over fishing and mining in the rain forests prove that your god is ineffective and we need no outside devil to destroy ourselves and our future.
I have no use for the Xian god, the Muslim god, or the Hindu gods, just as I have no use for Thor or Zeus.
Your various religions need to be restricted from interfering with our secular laws as the conservative authoritarian viewpoint only brings chaos and pain to democracies.
As to the benefits of religion in general, ask any ex Mormon woman about Xian values; ask any downtrodden Muslim woman about Sharia law and female genital mutilation and you will get a fair and balanced picture of what you should be writing about.
Ex Catholic Librarian
Reader of books since 1946.
Sharron A. Stemler
P.S I read your book If I Run before I realized that it was a religious fantasy.