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

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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, crossed the line to join the Coalition for Life.
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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, crossed the line 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-have for anyone who cares about the life-versus-rights debate and helping women who face crisis pregnancies. Now available in complete and unabridged audio. Tyndale House Publishers

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  • ISBN-13: 9781414354583
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Abby Johnson

Abby Johnson holds a B.S. in psychology from Texas A&M University and an M.A. in counseling from Sam Houston State University. She was hired by Planned Parenthood in 2005 and progressed to the position of community services director and health educator, where she served as liaison between the community and Planned Parenthood as media correspondent. Later promoted to health center director, Johnson ran both the family planning and abortion programs. In 2009 she left Planned Parenthood and joined the local Coalition for Life as a volunteer. She continues her volunteer activities and now works on projects with the national 40 Days for Life campaign. She and her husband, Doug, have a young daughter and live in Texas.

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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 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 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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  • 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

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    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2011

    Excellent Literary Skills to Address a Difficult Topic

    Abby Johnson has excellent writing skills. The book flowed well and was easy to read. It was insightful to me as well in that she describes how some pro-life tactics do not have the intended effect on abortionists. It's an excellent book that cuts through the political mumbo jumbo to expose the realities of abortion. A must read for people on both sides of the fence.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    well-written telling of a remarkable true conversion story

    Abby's story of her journey from one side of the fence to the other is compelling. Cindy's writing is excellent,enhancing the readability of this true life story.
    Abby learned from the Coalition for Life that positive interaction is more effective, as well as being more right-minded. The way she tells her tale avoids negativity and disparaging comments about those she left behind when she walked away from PP, co-workers, clients, volunteers.
    The path she took to the point at which she heard and answered God's call, runs through some dark times. I'm glad she was willing to share it with us.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

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    Eye Opener

    This story is an eye opener. Never knew about the "money" making practices that went on. Am so glad that this is available to be a reality check.

    The story begins telling Abby's wonderful home life, and then moves to her College years. I think the things that happened to her there led her to Planned Parenthood...and made it alright in her mind. Then comes along her husband to be, who along with her parents are praying for her. Add more spiritual warfare in the presence of the 40 Days of Prayer Members.

    Recommend this highly as an example of God's Grace to us Sinners.

    I was provided with a copy by the Publisher Tyndale, the opinions are my own.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    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 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.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2011

    I couldn't put this book down!

    Which is saying alot for me! As a busy mother of 4, I have a hard time finishing most books. This one was so riveting, I felt my heart pounding for Abby while reading the account of her life changing conversion. (Don't worry~I did tear myself away to feed and take care of my children) But, I felt like I couldn't read fast enough. What I loved most about Abby's account was how refreshingly honest it was and how it opened my eyes to the mindset of "the other side" of this issue: pro-choice people. It gave me much more compassion and respect for them and her story helped me see that we have alot in common, a shared concern for the heatlh and wellbeing of women. We just have different opinions on how to achieve that. Reading Abby's story will help all of us relate to one another in a more peaceful and hopefully beneficial way, achieving a greater respect for the sanctity of human life. Last but certainly not least, I was awe-inspired at the hands of God in her story, and how He perfectly orchestrated the events in her life to lead her to this monumental decision. You will be uplifted and amazed!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2011

    Life changing book

    I deeply admire Abby Johnson's courage in opening her life to the public through this book. It must have been very hard to write a book on her personal journey through the fence between pro-life and pro-choice, but nevertheless she was able to accomplish the task wonderfully. Thank you Abby for sharing your life story. I think anyone who picks up this book and reads it cannot be the same person again.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2011

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    deceptive organization

    "unplanned" is a remarkable book and very hard to put to down. the arthur was the head person of planned parenthood and got to see everything that went on behind the scenes and how this organization used deceptive tactics to talk indivuels into abortions till one day abby johnson witnessed first hand an abortion taken place and decided that it was death and she decided to stand up for life this is an esellent book as she has been not only on the inside but the leader of planned parent hood and saw every thing first hand and witnessed everything for herself and opens this group up for its false practices. great gift idea for a friend and family member

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

    Awesome Book!

    I picked up Abby Johnson's Unplanned around 4 pm this afternoon and just finished it, 8 hours later. What an incredible story - page after page leave you in suspense begging for more!

    And to think, that it's all from her real life story that is still being written outside of that clinic in Bryan, TX.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    Excellent, excellent book

    I rarely purchase books on their release date, but this one is different. Abby tells the story of her career with Planned Parenthood, fueled by her strong desire to help women and reduce abortions. Along the way, Abby makes some difficult decisions, culminating in her decision to leave PP in opposition to their demands to increase revenues by increasing abortions.

    "Unplanned" is the story of Abby's desire to do good, righteous things. It is a page-turner and difficult to put down. Keep a box of tissues handy, there are a couple chapters you'll be glad to have them.

    Thank you, Abby, for sharing this challenging story with us.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    The author tells the story of her employment with Planned Parenthood and her realization of what this agency is really promoting. It is very compelling and is a non-stop read.

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  • Posted August 31, 2012

    Compelling and Moving

    Wow, this was such an interesting book to me. I really respect the transparency the author shows and appreciate that she decided -and had the courage!- to share her story.

    Abby Johnson, an idealistic-about-certain-things college student, is recruited to volunteer at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Texas. Her goals, that she believes align with Planned Parenthood's, are to serve women in crisis, help prevent pregnancies, and therefore make abortions rare. She graduates with her degree and begins working for Planned Parenthood, eventually becoming the Clinic Director. She is an excellent employee, being named her affiliate's 2008 Employee of the Year.

    Throughout the course of her tenure, she repeatedly interacts with a group called the Coalition for Life; those on the 'opposite side of the fence'. Although she disagrees with them on many topics, she has a growing respect for how they treat others and watches them closely. One day she is asked to assist with an ultrasound abortion, and the course of her life is forever changed.

    No matter what you believe about this topic, her story is compelling. I definitely recommend this book.

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