Banner Staff Writer
For 12 years, Evie West said, she has had a burden to write a book to share her story — to “expose myself.” She has spoken of her experiences at churches, conference and to other groups. She said she was embarrassed 12 years ago to tell story. As a police officer, she felt she had a reputation to uphold. But that is overridden by a desire to help others who find themselves in the same dilemma.
Although her life was a disaster, she said, “God restored me to life. What if I don’t share — what good did it do for what I went through?”
A year ago, she met Wendy Brown, who agreed to help her write the book. And on April 28 at the New Hope banquet, the book “Revolving Choices — Playing Roulette with Life” was released.
“It’s my life story,” West said. In her book — from public school in California to Cleveland — the message is ‘Choose life always.’
Her story comes alive on the pages of her book, “Revolving Choices: Playing Roulette With Life.” Each chapter invites the reader to join the adventure and journey of a young, Hispanic girl in a desperate search for identity, but whose life drastically changed when confronted by the power of Jesus Christ. Her story is evidence that God can take your mess and make it your message of love, forgiveness, and restoration.
In 2001, she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in intercultural studies and a minor in Bible. Evie now serves her community as a police officer for the city of Cleveland and works to promote an environment of peace and safety by assisting several organization boards such as Ocoee Regional Multicultural Services, Keep America Beautiful, and Habitat for Humanity.
Because she understands how one comes to the decision to abort a child and what it feels like to give birth and not take her baby home, she communicates with heartfelt compassion on pro-life issues. Through God’s amazing grace, a story of intrigue, tough love, and miracles, Evie’s life is now a passionate picture of redemption and abundant life.
West said she not particularly thrilled about exposing her life. There is a lot of hurt her parents had to live through — “the volatile period when I was so rebellious.” She said there seemed to be no promise for her.
“This has brought painful memories.”
Her son recently read the book. “He needed to read it,” she said, “as I lived it.” His response: “Tears are coming.”
West said it is important what Christ and her family think — be open and real. She said she hopes by sharing her unbelievable story, it will change life for someone else. “When someone is desperate,” she said, “it is valuable to know ‘I can make this — this person did.’”
The book holds a twofold message — for God to be glorified and lives to be changed. It’s for people who made the wrong choices and for people who never did wrong to see people who are hurting — who can make good choices in life, she explained.
West said she wants to give a message to teen mothers and/or those who chose abortion: “There are people and resources to help you. Don’t let one choice alter your life.”
Two copies of “Revolving Choices” are available for the price of $20. The idea is to keep one and donate one to a place such as New Hope, Teen Learning Center or Goal Academy — for prospective mothers to read. This is an easy read — “for teens, especially,” she said. West said she hopes to expand to more pregnancy centers and go statewide. She is available to speak at club meetings and other events, also.
West will be at the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library on July 9 from noon to 3 p.m. to sign copies of her book, “Revolving Choices — Playing Roulette with Life.” For more information about West’s book, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The website: www.revolvingchoices.com is under construction and will be accessible soon.