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7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Must Read. Period.

From the introduction, I knew that this was going to be an easy to read, enjoyable book. I picked it up yesterday morning and just finished it twenty minutes ago. In the midst of the past day, I homeschooled, cooked three meals, took my children to Awanas, had a coffee ...
From the introduction, I knew that this was going to be an easy to read, enjoyable book. I picked it up yesterday morning and just finished it twenty minutes ago. In the midst of the past day, I homeschooled, cooked three meals, took my children to Awanas, had a coffee date with my husband, and went to bed at 10 p.m. Can you tell how much I liked this book since I just finished it?

Abby Johnson is the former director of the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Bryan, Texas. She had been with Planned Parenthood for eight years. One Saturday in 2009, she was asked to assist in an ultrasound guided abortion. That day she walked out vowing to find another job. After two weeks, she left. That two weeks was not a period of two weeks notice. Rather, it was the timeline she had given herself for getting her ducks in a row to leave.

She describes what she saw in that ultrasound and my eyes cannot fight the tears even as I think about it now. It isn't graphic, but it explains the truth--what an abortion really is. But, this story is not just a story of abortion. It is a story of "Right reasons, wrong choices." (p.10 from Unplanned) It is a story of compassion and seeing the other side, not as enemies, but as misled, decieved, and lost. It is a story of God working in Abby's life just as he worked in Joseph's life.

Genesis 50:20 NIV You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Literally.

One thing I loved most about the book was her story of how she can now see God working in all things in her life. He has brought her to the place she is now. He was watching over her even as she made wrong choices. He is working in all things.

Jesus calls us to love our enemies.

Luke 6:35 NIV But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.

Abby's story shares with us what it really looks like to do just that. The people at Coalition for Life respected her, prayed for her, loved her... And they didn't give up.

Her story is also very human in that it acknowledges the imperfections of people. She is not self righteous and she does not cover up the reasoning that led her to make the decisions she did. She sees her own culpability, but also fully lives in God's grace. Many people turned away from her on both sides as she walked through these eight years. Many others did not.

Let us be like those who did not. Let us love people those who are easy to love and those who are not well. Let us love those who we agree with and those who we disagree with well.

Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this review from Tyndale Publishing for review.

posted by Anne-B on January 13, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Eye Opening

When she was a student, she joined the Planned Parenthood movement. She had believe of Planned Parenthood and had wanted to help the ladies who were in trouble.



She rose in rank until she became the Clinic Director. That is till one day she was asked to perform ...
When she was a student, she joined the Planned Parenthood movement. She had believe of Planned Parenthood and had wanted to help the ladies who were in trouble.



She rose in rank until she became the Clinic Director. That is till one day she was asked to perform an an ultrasound-guided abortion. It is an abortion where you can actually see what was happening.



Then she made a radical decision where she quited her position and walked across the street to join the pro-life movement. She wrote "Unplanned" to let people know of the story.



No matter what, I think it is good that this book was published as it tells the reason why she joined the Planned parenthood and what are the mission and goals of Planned Parenthood. It also recorded her personal feelings and hope of which when she joined.



I think she is really brave to stand up and wrote what she thinks is right. Not many people would dare to do this anymore for fear of getting into a lawsuit and stuff.



However, my stand still remains that I am neither pro Planned Parenthood nor pro-life. It is a choice where each individual will have to make.



I have been provided a complimentary copy of ARC by Tyndale House Publishers. All opinion express herein are mine.

posted by smallkucing on February 7, 2011

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    An interesting story that reveals a lot about what was involved

    An interesting story that reveals a lot about what was involved in the Planned Parenthood agenda. A story of hope and forgiveness for those involved with abortion in any aspect.

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  • Posted July 1, 2012

    Read this book in a day because it grabbed my attention. Wonder

    Read this book in a day because it grabbed my attention. Wonderful story of God working in someone's life. Ephesians 3:20 God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    A Glimpse Into the Other Side

    Abby Johnson worked at a Planned Parenthood clinic for eight years. When she quit, Planned Parenthood sued her, her friends quit talking to her, she made national news, and she ended up leaving her church. As one fully committed to the pro-life movement, this book offered some insight into the daily workings of the largest abortion offerer in America. It answered questions I had as to how and why a Christian could work for such a place and insist they believed in Christ by sharing the experiences of one who did that. It offered a way for me to empathize with those whose views are the antithesis of my own by telling stories of people who need compassion. Most of all, it was also a continuing testament to God's grace and the unconditional love offered at the cross. Note: The first chapter is a very graphic description of the abortion the author witnessed, which provided the catalyst for her decision to leave. The images are disturbing. It makes a clear statement as to the horrors of abortion. However, as one who is already understands the reality portrayed, I chose to skip it. Life is horrible enough without burning these images into my heart. For me this did not lessen the impact of the author's work. If your heart is already softened towards the pros-life movement, then you may want to skip it as well. The rest of the book is still chock full of details, facts and figures. I'd recommend this to Christians, either pro-life or pro-choice, who are interested in how the other side thinks, and what could possibly make a person change their mind.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Monday, June 18, 2012Unplanned


    Abby Johnson (2010)

    As I think over this story, I think of Saul on the road to Damascus. God revealed the truth changing Saul's heart and using him for His great purpose to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth. In this account, God revealed the truth to Ms. Johnson as well and her conversion story unfolds within the pages of Unplanned. God changed Ms. Johnson's heart for Kingdom work addressing one of the biggest moral issues of our time. I want everyone to read this story and be amazed by the Mighty God we serve.

    My husband and I read this book aloud. As he read, I was compelled to draw birds as a I thought of Ms. Johnson's soul being set free to fly at the fence, the symbol of the barrier between pro-lifers and pro-choicer. The outpouring of Ms. Johnson's heart at the fence is my favorite part of the book. I imagined her humility, her confession, and her freedom.

    In Unplanned, Ms. Johnson probes the lies that women are told in their time of crisis. She explores the question of 'who profits' when women come for help ... and how emotions are exploited... and truth is veiled to steer women to the most profitable decision for Planned Parenthood.

    Unplannned shakes one's heart and soul. It is a reminder to how real Satan's scheme's are. He is the father of lies. Unplanned will reveal truth, change opinions. and mold hearts more into the likeness of Christ. May participants on both sides of the fence confess their sins and wrong attitudes and may our motives be focused on life and our actions be to the Glory of His Great Name.

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

    Great book! Good story!

    This book is very interesting and thought provoking. I really enjoyed following her journey and would recommend it highly.

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  • Posted June 2, 2012

    Amazing, True-life Story of God's Grace & Faithfulness

    Unplanned, written by former Planned Parenthood leader Abby Johnson, is an absolutely amazing true story! You might have heard bits and pieces about Abby on the news in the past, but her story is so much deeper than any news snippet.

    In Abby's words:

    "What I have told people for years is a lie. What if I'd known... and what if I'd told all those women?" As a Planned Parenthood leader, Abby Johnson thought she was helping women in crisis. She was about to learn the truth. And facing the secrets of her past would be the toughest truth of all.

    This is a pro-life story that will touch your heart! The realities this book talks about are tough truths, but if Abby faced them, so can we. It's very eye-opening and touching. In the movie, those "tough truths" are surrounded by God's obvious intervention in Abby's life, truly amazing graced, and heart-rending stories of change. I believe every American, especially every American woman, should see! Unplanned is also a DVD. I've watched it and shared it with numerous people. If you don't have time to read the book, I definitely recommend the movie. It's very, very powerful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

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    Powerful book.

    Powerful book.

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