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Book Review: unPlanned by Abby Johnson

July 11, 2012
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Wow! I learned so much from this book!  I enjoyed every page of the conversational tone and felt that Abby Johnson was sitting in my living room and telling me her story over a cup of coffee.

UnPlanned by Abby Johnson with Cindy Lambert is a biography of how a college-age girl from a Christian background could think she was doing everything right. And to tell the truth, now that I have heard her tell the story, I don’t doubt her crystal-clear motivation:  She wanted to help women in crisis.  Like she explains it, “right reasons, wrong choices.”

Abby became involved as a volunteer for Planned Parenthood during her junior year of college at Texas A&M. She attended a volunteer fair met a professional fellow Texan with a warm personality who explained that Planned Parenthood was an organization that helped women in crisis. She explained that the volunteers were needed to escort women to the clinic and help women with paperwork. They needed volunteers to make women feel cared for and  who were compassionate.

Jill, the representative for Planned Parenthood, told her the mission of the organization was to provide free birth control and abortions, if they needed them.  When Abby mentioned that her family was pro-life and she felt she was pro-life too, Jill didn’t debate her, but said that Planned Parenthood wanted to make abortion rare and that was evidenced by the clinic providing free birth control.

When Abby asked why women would need escorts to and from the clinic,  Jill stated that the protesters were often aggressive.

Abby felt this was just the place where she could put her counseling skills to work. She did care for women.

Abby will go on from being a volunteer to a paid employee and eventually the director of the  clinic. She will see some protesters that are offensive, but she will also be exposed to protesters that are called to prayer and genuinely care for women just as much as she does. Those protesters will be the life-line that even a Planned Parenthood director who had undergone two abortions herself can use when they come to the realization that abortion is killing a living baby.

Abby will tell her story better than I can even hint at. She will help you see why she made the choices she made and not try to make any excuse for herself. She will leave Planned Parenthood when she  understands that the organization’s goal is to provide abortions because of the money it brings into the clinics. She will explain how she “jumped the fence” to the other side.

I said at the beginning, that I learned so much from this book. It was very helpful to me to hear Abby’s perspective about why she did what she did, how the protesters affected her, both positively and negatively, and how the “deep disquiet in my soul that left me longing for God’s peace” was satisfied. This is more that a cathartic telling her story to somehow bring good from the bad; it is a story about God’s wooing her and redeeming the time.

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  1. Rosie P:otter permalink
    July 12, 2012 9:43 am

    We just got this book for our library. It is an amazing story, isn’t it? To God be the glory!

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