Why I’m Pro-Life // Write For Life: Sustainer’s Smile & To Save a Life Launch Tour

When the Babar TV Show opens, you find little baby Babar living with his mama and friends deep in the Jungle—a happy, innocent, simple life.

Until suddenly A Hunter arrives, and Babar’s mama is murdered, leaving poor Babar an orphan. Babar runs away in grief and ends up in the city, where la vieille dame takes him in and mothers him.

One night a thunderstorm brings Babar nightmares of his mother’s death. He blurts out to Madame what happened, adding piteously, “Why did he do that?”

And sadly she answers,

“Some people have a disregard for the value of Life, Babar.”

Babar, SE1EP2

What is life? What makes life valuable? Why is it that our hearts break at the sudden change of a cartoon elephant from a laughing, loving mother to a motionless, bleeding mass of flesh? What happened? What is the difference between life and death?

Death destroys. It means your smile is gone, your eyes shine no more, your dimples are still, your laugh is silent. It means no more of reading books with you and taking walks and arguing politics and giving warm hugs. It means no more folding your laundry and teasing about past mistakes and wearing your shoes and tickling you unmercifully. It means your personality is no more—you are no more. It’s a void, a vanishment. Something that was there is no more—something precious, unique, invaluable. Something irreplaceable. Something gone forever.

Life must be intensely precious for death to be so terrible.

The loss of life is almost beyond grappling. It is too great, too intensive, too full of… life.

Life is “the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death.” Life means addition. As you grow, as you do things, as you produce life in your turn, you add to life in general. Who planted the roses outside your door? Who painted the mural downtown? Who designed your favourite dress? Who invented chocolate chip cookies? Who gave life to your mother? Someone had to do it. How long would we have continued without it, if that someone hadn’t existed? Would you be here if they hadn’t existed?

Life makes a difference. Life is too much to be measured. It’s full of a billion varieties, each producing uniqueness. It’s amazing, breathless, astounding. And you are alive right now. You are living this life, and it is a marvellous, fascinating life, if only you look around and see it.

What I am trying to show here is that life has value. It is special. Irreplaceable. Precious. Alive! Have you ever watched time-lapse videos of living things growing? That is life—alive, moving, changing, breathtaking. Death is dead. Motionless. Cold. Still. Achieving nothing.

If life has so much value, then everything with life in it has value. And everything that has life deserves a chance to live its life. They deserve a chance to experience laughter and babies and roses and ice cream and classics and beaches. They deserve a chance to use their brains and hands and voice and strength. They deserve a chance to make a difference, to add value, to give back to life. They deserve a chance to live a life.

Why? Simply because it was given to them. Because that spark of life was ignited in them—that’s why. The moment they were made, they were life—and they deserve a chance to live that life. The gift of life is theirs the instant they came into being—they deserve to open it and enjoy it to the fullest.

Life beings at conception. Scientifically, it’s a fact. It doesn’t matter whether or not pain is felt—that isn’t the point. The point is, that life exists. And taking it away is death. Destroying—silencing—ending a life before it even had a chance to really live.

Do you watch crime shows and get saddened by how much life was snuffed out for no reason? Do you find yourself angry with those murderers for their callous, cruel endings of life?

What is the difference?

What’s the difference between a mother poisoning her child at 16 years vs. poisoning it at 16 weeks? What’s the difference between a father hiring a hit man to dismember his college-age son versus hiring a nurse to dismember his days-old son?

Either way, a life was destroyed. A life that will never return, a life that can never be given back, a life that shall never be again in the whole history of humanity.

What was that life going to produce? Do you know? What giggles and sparkles and rainbows were in it? What was it going to give back to life? You will never know.

Because death came far too soon.

Who gave that life anyways? Who created that little flame of being that means life?

It wasn’t you. You cannot produce life. You cannot create that spark. It is an impossibility. You cannot hold life in your hands. When it goes, it goes, and when it comes, it comes. You do not control that.

Whether or not you believe in a creator, the truth remains there is Something that creates that spark of life that man cannot make. And it isn’t the aliens. It wasn’t Nature, either. Man does not grow in nature like a banana. You don’t stroll through an unexplored jungle and come across a new species of man planted in rich brown dirt. Man is the same, the whole world through—a living Soul, unlike everything else in nature. Different looks, different skin, different tongues, different beliefs—yet we are the same, one and all.

That life was created by Someone. Not us. Not fate. Not the galaxy.

A Creator.

And that life belongs to that Creator.

You have no right to steal it. You have no right to deface it. You have no right to destroy it. A creator’s art is his.

And humanity is the Creator’s masterpiece.

Life is precious because it is His art. It is not yours to take away or remake as you wish. It belongs to Him, and He will do as He sees best with it—and what He sees best is always the best.

That’s why I’m Pro-Life. Because I belong to the Creator, and I will treasure His works. And His works are treasures.

Launch Tour Schedule:

Launch Tour Schedule

October 1

Erika Mathews at Resting Life – tour intro

Autumn Lehman at Bursting Through the DarknessWrite For Life Blog Tour ~ Intro Post ~ Why I am Pro-Life

October 2

Erika Mathews at Resting Life – Read the First Chapter for Free

Grace A. Johnson at Of Blades and Thorns – prolife post

Katja Labonté at Little Blossoms for Jesus – prolife post

October 4

Joy C. Woodbury at Discipleship With Joy – prolife post

October 5

Madisyn at Madi’s Musings – Responding to Abortion Arguments Part 1

October 6

Jen Rose at Living Outside the Lines – Sustainer’s Smile spotlight

Akira Rodriguez at With Joyful Praise – prolife post

October 7

Eva-Joy Ruth Schonhaar  – Sustainer’s Smile review

October 8 – To Save a Life Cover Reveal

Kylie Hunt at Kylie Hunt – The Film Director’s Wife – Sustainer’s Smile spotlight

Autumn Lehman at Bursting Through the Darkness – prolife post

October 9

Grace A. Johnson at Of Blades and Thorns – Sustainer’s Smile spotlight

Kylie Hunt at Kylie Hunt – The Film Director’s Wife – To Save a Life post

October 11

Joy C. Woodbury at Discipleship With Joy – Sustainer’s Smile review

Katja Labonté at Little Blossoms for Jesus – prolife post

October 12 

Madisyn at Madi’s Musings – Responding to Abortion Arguments Part 2

Lauren Compton at Novels That Encourage – prolife post

October 13

Jen Rose at Living Outside the Lines – Sustainer’s Smile character spotlight: Carita

Akira Rodriguez at With Joyful Praise – Sustainer’s Smile review

October 14

Vanessa Hall at Vanessa Hall – Sustainer’s Smile review

Stephanie Agnes-Crockett at Stephanie’s Ninth Suitcase – Sustainer’s Smile post

October 15

Autumn Lehman at Bursting Through the Darkness – Sustainer’s Smile spotlight

Kelsey Bryant at Kelsey’s Notebook – Sustainer’s Smile character spotlight: Rita

October 16

Brianna Burden at Singing in the Rain – prolife post

Grace A. Johnson at Book Nations – guest post by Erika

October 18

Joy C. Woodbury at Discipleship With Joy – To Save a Life review

Katja Labonté at Little Blossoms for Jesus – Sustainer’s Smile review, spotlight, character spotlight: Liliora

October 19

Rebekah Morris at Read Another Page – Sustainer’s Smile review

Lauren Compton at Novels That Encourage – Sustainer’s Smile author interview

Martha Abilene at Beyond the Literary Horizon – prolife post

October 20

Kristina Hall at Kristina Hall – To Save a Life review

Jen Rose at Living Outside the Lines – Sustainer’s Smile review

Akira Rodriguez at With Joyful Praise – To Save a Life review

Vanessa Hall at Vanessa Hall – prolife post

October 21 – Sustainer’s Smile release day!

Erika Mathews at Resting Life – Sustainer’s Smile special author post

Kristina Hall at Kristina Hall  – Sustainer’s Smile review

Grace A. Johnson at Book Nations – author interview with Erika

Kellyn Roth at Lilacs & Reveries – Sustainer’s Smile spotlight

Martha Abilene at Beyond the Literary Horizon – Sustainer’s Smile review

October 22 – To Save a Life release day!

Erika Mathews at Resting Life – To Save a Life release post

Autumn Lehman at Bursting Through the Darkness – TSAL spotlight & author interview with Ryana

Grace A. Johnson at Of Blades and Thorns – To Save a Life spotlight

Kellyn Roth at Lilacs & Reveries – To Save a Life spotlight

Martha Abilene at Beyond the Literary Horizon – To Save a Life review

October 23

Grace A. Johnson at Book Nations – To Save a Life spotlight

Stephanie Agnes-Crockett at Stephanie’s Ninth Suitcase – To Save a Life review

Abigail Harris at Read Review Rejoice – To Save a Life spotlight and SS character interview: Claera

October 25

Courtenay Burden at Sheep Among Wolves – prolife post

Katja Labonté at Little Blossoms for Jesus – To Save a Life review

Tara at Tower in the Plains – prolife post

October 26

Tara at Tower in the Plains – Sustainer’s Smile review and character spotlight: Tae

Lauren Compton at Novels That Encourage – To Save a Life review

Rebekah Morris at Read Another Page – To Save a Life review

October 27

Tara at Tower in the Plains – To Save a Life review

Jen Rose at Living Outside the Lines – To Save a Life review

October 28

Kaitlyn Krispense at Kaitlyn Krispense, Author – Sustainer’s Smile, To Save a Life, & prolife 

Vanessa Hall at Vanessa Hall – To Save a Life spotlight

October 29

Autumn Lehman at Bursting Through the DarknessAuthor Interview: Erika Mathews

Kelsey Bryant at Kelsey’s Notebook – To Save a Life post

October 30

Erika Mathews at Resting Life – tour wrapup

Grace A. Johnson at Of Blades and Thorns – To Save a Life review

November 1: Memory’s Mind (Truth from Taerna #5) cover reveal

Published by Katja L.

Hello! :) I'm Katja. I'm a Canadian bibliophile, book reviewer, writer, and child of God. I love too many things to name, but among them are chocolate, heirlooms, history, fancy handwriting, grammar & punctuation, laughter, tearjerking books, lists, organized bookshelves, pink roses, flowing skirts, hymns, and pretty much anything old-fashioned, beautiful, & classy.

16 thoughts on “Why I’m Pro-Life // Write For Life: Sustainer’s Smile & To Save a Life Launch Tour

  1. Katja, this post was…so powerful! You put the importance of being pro-life into the most beautiful, heart-wrenching terms! Thank you for taking a stand!!! <333

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  2. Wow, I want to hire you to ghostwrite my posts on controversial but important, deep issues like this. So well-written and well-expressed. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Hi Katja, please call me by my pen name Julia! Thank you for this beautiful reminder that it’s God who gives life and that it’s a wonderful gift of grace. I love this line you wrote:

    “…humanity is the Creator’s masterpiece.
    Life is precious because it is His art. It is not yours to take away or remake as you wish. It belongs to Him, and He will do as He sees best with it—and what He sees best is always the best.”

    Thanks again for this much needed post!

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