Publisher: Saint Benedict Press
Publication Date: 2010-09-01
American Christians are decimated, persecuted. Most of them huddled together on a federal reservation, the rest forced to worship in secret underground communities.
The State knows all and controls all: what you eat, what you watch, how you think and pray. Tolerance is the highest virtue. Deviance is the norm; speaking out against it is a crime.
Any lifestyle choice is fine as long as it doesn t lower your federal Healthcare Score. Too low and the Health Continuity Councils or Death Panels will hold your life in their hands.
For powerful, ambitious Senator Axyl Houston, this isn t enough. He wants the Death Panels to have the power to euthanize the genetically weak and imperfect; he wants America to lead the global Unified Order in purging future generations of disease and imperfection.
Against him stands David Rudder, an escapee from the Christian reservation called the Cloistered Dominion or Dome who in the simple, merciful act of rescuing a Down s syndrome baby from termination becomes entangled in a chain of events that could lead to a revolution for the Culture of Life. Or to its final destruction.
The Death Panels is an exciting and disturbing story of a not-too-distant future in which our current political battles over life and freedom have reached an explosive crossroads, and a clarion call to all Christians and lovers of liberty.
Michelle Buckman is an award-winning author of six novels. Her stories have been termed "Grit Lit" as they offer compelling perspectives on contemporary issues. Michelle also an international speaker, writing workshop instructor, and magazine editor. Walking on the beach is her favorite pastime and her greatest source of inspiration.
Brace yourself before you read this masterpiece by Michelle Buckman. It's not light reading, but I'd be lying if I didn't admit to already recommending it to everyone I know.
The Death Panels builds a world that my children could live in, a world that's not so far from possible. It takes the most dangerous and difficult issues of our time to a viable conclusion, one that's painful and horrifying.
And yet, The Death Panels cannot be compared to other apocryphal works, because it doesn't give up on human life, but rather shows that, in the midst of the darkest hour I could imagine for my children's future, there is hope.
Buckman's story leaves the reader wounded and motivated, changed and even renewed. It causes us to look at ourselves and consider just what we're doing to stop - or continue - the dangerous trends of our time.
Here's a book that turns our times, our cultural ideals, our basic assumptions, on their collective head. Here's a book that exposes politics for the wrangling it is and points to another way. Here's a look at what religious suppression could look like...sooner rather than later.
The Death Panels is a must-read and certain to be a classic. Instead of scaring us into action, it shows us that, despite human failure, Truth can triumph.
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