Steubenville author illustrates consequences of abortion in new Christian fiction

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — This week marks the nationwide release of “Bearing New Life,” an absorbing new book by author Rick Rechen.

In “Bearing New Life,” there was a teddy bear manufactured for the Christmas shopping extravaganza, which started out knowing that he was different and special compared with all the other teddy bears. He knew, with absolute certainty, even as his limp, furry body took shape in the production area, that he was destined for a perfectly wonderful relationship with a certain thoroughly special child. Through rejection and injury, his hopes and dreams turned to discouragement, anger and bitterness. That is, until he was introduced to a child who had suffered the same experiences with similar results. Together, they found healing, recovery, joy and renewed purpose. They bonded and began to work together, sharing their special gifts and knowledge with others who had been similarly injured or who had been misled concerning God’s sovereign purpose for each and every life.

This story begins with a teddy bear, but it is not a children’s story. Instead, it is about an animated children’s toy who builds a steadily growing team. The team works to bring healing, reconciliation and enlightenment among those who have fallen victim to exploitation, misinformation and destructive practices involved with human experience. The industry that combined Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Guttmacher Institute data shows to be the number one cause of death in the United States: abortion.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Rechen was born in Ithaca, New York. Throughout his career, Rechen did training and technical writing. In addition to that, he has always been interested in creative writing. Rechen and his wife, Carol, relocated to Steubenville, Ohio, in 2010.

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