Thomas A. Glessner is the founder and President of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), a public interest law firm founded in 1993 and committed to legal counsel and training for pregnancy help centers. NIFLA represents more than 1,050 pregnancy help centers in all 50 states. Mr. Glessner graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle in 1977 and practiced law in the Seattle area for ten years. As a practicing attorney he used his legal skills to represent and counsel pro-life organizations, including pregnancy help centers. He founded and led four pregnancy help centers in Seattle, Washington from 1981 to 1987. Mr. Glessner was the president and CEO of the Christian Action Counsel (now CareNet) from 1987 to 1992 establishing legal guidelines and programs for the training of hundreds of board members and directors of pregnancy help centers throughout the nation. As the CEO of NIFLA Mr. Glessner has developed and implemented legal guidelines for pregnancy help centers to enable them to convert their operations into licensed medical clinics and provide for abortion-minded clients' medical service such as ultrasound. Thomas A. Glessner is listed in Who's Who In American Law and is the author of an influential book, Achieving An Abortion Free America (Multnomah Press). He is also the author of a recent article published by the Law Review for the Regent University School of Law entitled, "Curbing Raw Judicial Power: A Proposal For A Checks and Balances Amendment." Mr. Glessner is a member of the bar associations for the United States Supreme Court, the State of Virginia and the State of Washington. As such, he has filed several friend of the court briefs in cases of major significance to the pro-life movement in the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Glessner and his wife, Laura, live in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and have four children -- Joshua, SaraLynn, Brannan and Jefferson.
What happens when everyone thinks that because they can write a complete sentence they can write a novel? Books like this happen.
We get sock puppet characters who all speak with the same voice---the author's, in an overly formal, prissy and pedantic style.
We get situations that are so obviously cliched, false and forced they will have you rolling your eyes.
We get dialog that never varies, whether the character is screaming with anger or whispering endearments.
We get authorial intrusion in every scene telling us what's happening and how to feel about it. Never are we ever allowed to watch what's happening and decide for ourselves (which is probably best considering the insipid dialog.)
Want an example? Okay, you asked for it.
Our hero, Jason has just been told his girlfriend has been in an accident, and may not survive:
Jason was truly taken aback. The news paralyzed him as he froze in his tracks [though he wasn't walking] staring at Mandy with disbelieving eyes. After a moment of silence he finally spoke.
"Tell me you are joking, Mandy. This cannot be true. Tell me this is just a joke. It is a joke right? Of course it is just a joke now. Although I don't think it is very funny."
Yup, that's what he says. People joke about that all the time, don't they? Notice no contractions. Notice the cardboard quality, the overly formal and just plain silly reactions? That's what you can expect all the way to this scene anyway, when I hurled the book as far as I could with as great a force as I could muster. On the plus side, I must say it went quite a distance.Read more ›