Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line [NOOK Book]

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Retailers Choice Award winner, 2012
Abby Johnson quit her job in October 2009. That simple act became a national news story because Abby was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who, after participating in her first actual abortion procedure, walked across the road to join the Coalition for Life.
Unplanned is a heartstopping personal drama of life-and-death encounters, a courtroom battle, and spiritual transformation that ...
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Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line

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Overview

Retailers Choice Award winner, 2012
Abby Johnson quit her job in October 2009. That simple act became a national news story because Abby was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who, after participating in her first actual abortion procedure, walked across the road to join the Coalition for Life.
Unplanned is a heartstopping personal drama of life-and-death encounters, a courtroom battle, and spiritual transformation that speaks hope and compassion into the political controversy that surrounds this issue. Telling Abby’s story from both sides of the abortion clinic property line, this book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the life versus rights debate and helping women who face crisis pregnancies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414352879
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/11/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 128,543
  • File size: 742 KB

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    Must read book of 2011!

    Having read a pre-release copy of "Unplanned," I can attest that Abby's book is riveting, inspiring, and transformational. Hands-down, this is the most compelling book I have read in years. People on both sides of the controversial abortion issue will be moved by Abby's candor and compassion as she reveals the shocking truth of what she witnessed inside the Planned Parenthood abortion chain -- and what led to her profound a change of heart. I am going to buy copies of "Unplanned" for everyone I know!

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    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 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.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

    If you can stand the truth...here it is.

    Mrs. Johnson had an intimate insider knowledge of Planned Parenthood. She was director of a clinic in Texas. She thought she was working to reduce the number of abortions, but PP made it clear they wanted them increased, to bring more and more and more revenue.

    After you read this, if you are still wanting more info, I suggest you check out the 'Maafa 21' movie. It will knock you for a loop.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    an absolute must read, but not for the faint of heart...

    I knew going in that this would be a difficult read for me, as I have always been pro-choice. The first chapter had me in tears and I had to put it down and decide whether this was something I was ready to read and allow to possibly change my way of thinking. I am so glad that I did. Abby's story is honest, courageous, incredibly thought provoking and profound. Good for her for telling her story, as hard as it may have been. People need to know the truth. I didn't and reading this has really opened my eyes...

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    Incredible revelations

    How many of us would have the courage to walk away from our career? Even if there was a legitimate reason? Here is a woman who thought she was doing a service for other women, working for a respectable organization. Suddenly she is faced with the reality that she is working for an organization that treats women incredibly poor, and treats life like it is an afterthought. This story is of the incredible courage of a woman who had the courage and willingness to stand up to a major business, and reveal truths about it's practices that will make most people shudder. While reading a book of this nature may be emotionally difficult, we owe it to ourselves and to our children to reveal the evils in our world, and to do our best to get rid of them. Read this book. It will change your mind about a lot of things you thought you previously knew.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2010

    MUST READ! Profound, life-changing story

    Having read a pre-release copy of "Unplanned," I can attest that Abby's book is riveting, inspiring, and transformational. Hands-down, this is the most compelling book I have read in years.

    People on both sides of the controversial abortion issue will be moved by Abby's candor and compassion as she reveals the shocking truth of what she witnessed inside the Planned Parenthood abortion chain -- and what led to her profound a change of heart.

    I am going to buy copies of this book for everyone I know!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2011

    Highly Redommended!

    I couldn't put it down... It showed me that those naive Planned Parenthood folks really do think they are helping women.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    AMAZING, Bravo Abby!

    You may remember when Abby made headlines for writing this book and the subsequent attempts by Planned Parenthood to stop her. Well her story is truly wonderful. God opened her eyes to what exactly happens to a baby as he/she goes through abortion. I hope this shed's light on what PP is really about.... MONEY! Listen, I used to be a huge advocate of PP....let's prevent pregnancy! Less abortion! But thats not the case. As a teenager I went to PP and the did not give me the pill...they gave me condoms and spermacide! When I told them I didn't like that they gave me a diaphram....when I did get pregnant I kept my daughter thank goodness. However I became preganant again;I was in an aweful relationship and had an abortion. I tried to get out of it that day but was pressured by the father to get the abortion (he threatened me actually). The aborotion procedure is PAINFUL people! They have to dialiate you and then they used suction to abort my child. I remember the doctor saying "I just want to make sure I get all of it." I couldn't beleive it. I was in a state of shock and huge guilt when a male nurse tried to make me feel better by saying "some people may say it's wrong, but you did the right thing." I told him to shut up...he had NO IDEA what I was going through. I now know that I murdered my baby and wish there had been a law to prevent that horrible mistake. The guilt may not happen now...but someday, if your thinking of having an abortion...when someone asks you how many children you have you'll tell them...but you'll always remember you should be adding one more.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Okay

    Good short story if you have questions about abortion. Shows both sides of the abortion debate

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    A must read for both sides of the issue

    The most balanced look at the debate. It does not demonize either side.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2011

    Overrated--- in my opinion

    I was really excited to read this book based on the reviews and the subject. It was alright. It was VERY repetitive and I found a lot of it boring. I am not a huge religious person, however, I do believe in GOd, but I felt this was more about her spiritual joureny and findings then about pro-life "vs" pro-choice. There was a little information about this and Planned Parenthood's ways, but overall I thought it was just fair. I definitely wish I would've waited and not spent almost $15 on it.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Worth It

    Glad I read it, and glad Abby had courage to write it. Nice story telling about a highly controversial subject though it felt like some parts were repeated two or three times. It did get me thinking about my stance on abortion. Worthwhile human interest story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

    Every man should read this, too.

    A truly remarkable story of one coming to the knowledge and truth of this travesty and the lie of planned parenthood.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    Wow - what a powerful story!

    This is a must-read book for anyone considering abortion.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    You Must Purchase This Book!

    "Never trust a decision you don't want your mother to know about. How's that for a brilliant insight? These days I can laugh at how obviously true that's been in my life. But the road that finally led me to this wisdom is paved with regret, pain, brokenness, shame and even blood on my hands." ~ Abby Johnson

    unPlanned by Abby Johnson with Cindy Lambert is an autobiography of Abby Johnson who on October 5, 2009, walked out on her job as the director of the Planned Parenthood Clinic, in Bryan, Texas, to join the local Coalition for Life as a volunteer. I shed tears as the Coalition for Life embraced Abby and shared that they had been praying for her all those years. Abby begins her story with the event that changed her perspective on abortion, and concludes with the trial brought against her by Planned Parenthood.

    I was unable to put this book down. The fast paced writing, as well as the raw emotions felt by the reader will keep you on the edge of your seat. As one who birthed her children by heart through adoption, this book touched me deeply, as I knew it would. As one who participates in Stand/Pray -Ins at abortion clinics, I learned her thoughts, as one formerly "on the other side."

    If your heart is pro-life, or you have begun to question your pro-choice values, you must read this book. The author is frank in the issues with which she struggled, and gently will guide the reader to the other side of the fence.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Inspiring.

    Inspiring. Eye-opening. Courageous. Every Christian should hear Abby's story. I pray I have the same courage to speak fot the unborn.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    I enjoyed reading this book. It was interesting to read about t

    I enjoyed reading this book. It was interesting to read about the journey Abby Johnson took from being on "one side of the fence" to the other.

    The book was easy to read, but at times got confusing going from the past to the current. But, I still couldn't put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

    More heart & less rhetoric than I expected

    At first glance, Unplanned sounds like another agenda-driven story, wrapped in the all the rhetoric of the pro-life/pro-choice debate, designed to tear down whatever credibility it can from the machine known as Planned Parenthood. That, however, couldn't be farther from the truth.

    Instead, Unplanned is a story of a young woman's honest journey to find meaning in serving others. Abby's story is one wrapped in grace, not hate; it is a story that tears down walls that our political/moral/religious agendas so often erect, and instead focuses on the people caught within those debates. Abby's journey is one of searching for meaning and significance; of breaking free from bondage of sin and shame to fully become who she was created to be; and of finding hope and forgiveness in the most unlikely places.

    Make no mistake, Abby's experience exposes the lies, selfishness, and tragedies that hide within the pro-choice agenda, specifically at Planned Parenthood. Her awakening to these truths will make you cringe, weep, and cringe some more. At it's heart, however, this documentary does not point fingers and it does not sling mud. The overarching message here is one of grace, love, and understanding.

    In the wake of the death of Osama Bin Laden, where professing Christians - people who claim to live and exemplify the love of Jesus Christ - continue to spew hate and judgement all over the social media networks, I cannot think of a message that is more apropos. You will be inspired by the peaceful, loving, prayerful responses from a handful of people who recognized that neither Abby, nor any of the other women entering and exiting the Planned Parenthood clinic, are the enemy; they are, rather, the victims caught in a war and a lie that goes far beyond any single issue or agenda.

    "We can't change our past, but if we dwell in it, it won't allow our hearts and our minds to glorify God the way we should." - Abby Johnson

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    idiotic

    just another bible thumper who thinks girls should have the babies of their rapists..keep your opinions, i have my own

    1 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

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    You Must Read This Book!

    This DVD documentary is based off the book "Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line". I watched this DVD on my own but am looking forward to sharing it with my friends. I believe this movie can make a real impact on it's viewers and would encourage it to be seen in group settings.

    Abby Johnson shares her compelling tale with truth and conviction leaving nothing out. Be warned that you will probably need to have a box of tissues at your side. I personally have strong feelings against the Planned Parenthood movement so a lot of it was hard to stomach being reminded how they treat babies as if they are not even human beings and telling the mother's that they'll be fine after the procedures!

    It's sad so many believe the lies that they are being fed by the Planned Parenthood group. Many praises to God that the eyes of Abby Johnson were opened after she had to sit in an help with an actual abortion seeing a baby in pain after she was told that they felt nothing as the procedure was happening!

    This story is full of emotion and brokenness and seeing that true healing come from God the father. I was encouraged that the pro-lifers continued to reach out to Abby in love but not hate. There are some pretty radical protesters that are so out there that no one is going to listen too. But in planting the seeds of kindness and love without baking down on their own beliefs the 40 Days of Life group was able to reach through to Abby as well. Overall a testimony which I believe everyone should be able to listen and view.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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