Winterflight: 25th Anniversary Edition Paperback – Jun 2006
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In a frightening vision of the immediate future (and an anti-abortion parable originally published in 1981), Bayly introduces Jonathan and Grace Stanton, whose six-year-old son has mild hemophilia, a treatable condition. But the advent of gene testing some 20 years earlier prevents genetic abnormalities through U.S. government-sanctioned abortions. Conditions that manifest themselves after the birth of a child are a virtual death sentence; the child is taken to a body bank to be kept alive, for years if needed, until all usable parts have been harvested for others. There are no happy endings here, and Christians are willing participants in this brave new world. Highly emotional and barbarously realistic, given the potential of current medical advances, Bayly's future forces Christians to make a choice to follow the latest medical intervention blindly or open their eyes and fight for the moral choice. Essential for all Christian fiction collections.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Well, I was wrong, and I'm big enough to admit it. Yes, Bayly does introduce surveillance technology, and plays with it for a little bit, and yes, he does have people checking their clothes for tiny bugging devices, and yet still making telephone calls without taking any precautions at all. But pretty soon, he stops playing around with gizmos and gets down to the heart of the story. And the heart of the story is what both makes and breaks this book.
This is a wonderful book which makes me profoundly uncomfortable. Bayly refuses to play any of the games which so many authors resort to in order to please the clientele in Christian bookstores. Nobody gets converted, nobody falls in love, and there is no happy ending. Nor are Christians (not even "the right kind of Christians") portrayed as fearless, flawless, jut-jawed heroes. In short, almost nobody comes out looking good in this book: Christians display cowardice, rationalise evil things perpetrated by society (as long as those evil things don't apply to them), falsely accuse others, swear... in short, they're human. If the mirror Bayly holds up to the reader is unflattering, at least it's accurate. I have been saying for some time that what Christian fiction needs is fewer books which aim to "evangelise" non-Christians who would never be caught dead reading them, and more books which challenge Christians to do better in our Christian walk.Read more ›
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While I was disturbed by the ending, I fully understand where the grandfather felt there was no other recourse for him or for his grandson. But, isn't that the point?
Where was the Christian witnesses when and where it was needed? Where were his Christian brothers and sisters? All cosy until they happen to be affected by "the termination notices"?
For a society to view all those 75 yrs and older as disposable and all children born with ~any~ type of physical abnormality or condition as defective should that be considered just as, if even not ~more so~ disturbing?
This is a very timely book with a very timely message for all those who cherish the sanctity of human life.
He envisioned an America where everyone has universal healthcare and no one suffers from the ravages of Tay Sachs, hemophilia, or sickle cell anemia but where those who have these conditions and other congenital deformities are aborted or live Brain Dead in Body Banks ready to 'donate' a body part to those in need.
No one worries about having to live on social security into old age as once you turn 75, the government has you report to a euthanasia center(shades of Edgar G. Robinson in "Soylent Green").
The future he paints is not bright and the ending of the story is not pleasant, but with recent cases in the news and the ascendancy of the culture of abortion and euthanasia the late author may have painted a picture of where we are headed as a society
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