Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Christian Fiction & Medical Ethics

Today, I'm shining the spotlight on a novel tagged as a Christian fiction and "medical thriller" that's authored by Sandra Glahn, a writer who has been nominated for a Christy Award (for LETHAL HARVEST) and who has authored a series of well-received Christian Bible study books with delightful titles having to do with one of my favorite beverages, coffee. Mocha on the Mount. Espresso with Esther. Java with the Judges. You get the idea. (Wish I'd thought of it!)

But those aren't the focus today. Today it's INFORMED CONSENT.

I'm giving an overview now, and tomorrow I will post a review. I will note that, in line with my previous two posts, this book features a protagonist whose mother was Asian Indian and an Hispanic secondary character.

A little about the author:

Sandra Glahn, Th.M., is adjunct professor, Christian Education and Pastoral Ministries, at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), her alma mater. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Aesthetic Studies (Arts and Humanities) at the University of Texas at Dallas. In addition she serves on the board of the Dallas/Fort Worth Christian Medical and Dental Associations, the Evangelical Press Association, and on the advisory board of Hannah’s Prayer.

Sandra is editor in chief of Dallas Seminary's award-winning quarterly magazine, Kindred Spirit. She has also contributed to numerous magazines including Reader’s Digest and HomeLife.

Read her full online bio HERE.

Now, a little about the book:

Jeremy Cramer, M.D. is the next Einstein of infectious disease research. While working on a way to revive water submersion victims, he makes a breakthrough discovery in AIDS research that thrusts him into the center of a media frenzy. But the publicity turns negative and his marriage reaches the breaking point when he accidentally infects a colleague and his negligence allows his son to contract a lifethreatening disease. The viruses test the limits of his new formula and his ethics.

The title refers to a medical term defined thusly : "Consent by a patient to a surgical or medical procedure or participation in a clinical study after achieving an understanding of the relevant medical facts and the risks involved."

The author talks about the "what if" moment in an interview you can read at Jennifer T's blog:

How did you come up with this story? Was there a specific 'what if' moment?

The story had a thousand or more “what if” moments. I'’m pursuing a PhD in Aesthetic Studies, and I worked on the setting, characters, a lot of the plot, as well as my narrative voice during three novel-writing classes taught by a novelist who writes fiction reviews for Publishers Weekly. And I got some great feedback from fellow students who don’'t believe in Christ about ways to address faith issues more naturally. I also took a Dante class, which influenced my choice to give my characters five of the seven deadly sins. (I'’m saving the other two for a future work.)

But the elements in the plot designed to keep readers up at night came through a brainstorming session with medical doctor, William Cutrer, with whom I’'ve coauthored three medical novels.

Read a short excerpt of INFORMED CONSENT.

Wanna buy the book(s) mentioned here? Here ya go:

Read other entries in the blog tour for INFORMED CONSENT, for example:

23-Oct Michelle Pendergrass
25-Oct Elaina Avalos
26-Oct Becky Laney
27-Oct Jenny Cary

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