Planned from the Start: A Healing Devotional

Planned from the Start: A Healing Devotional

by Lorraine Marie Varela


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The major feature film Unplanned explores Abby Johnson's journey from Planned Parenthood clinic director to pro-life advocate. Her compelling story is an emotional roller coaster for many women and men whose lives have been touched by abortion.

As a companion devotional to the movie, Planned from the Start reveals five core areas of emotional turmoil often faced following abortion … emotions that trap women and men in the prison of pain that abortion has brought into their lives and into the lives of those who love them.

Filled with moments for reflection and personal stories from those who have experienced their own journeys of trauma and redemption, this interactive devotional invites readers to begin healing from the pain of post-abortion trauma to freedom and wholeness.

"Our prayer is that this devotional will be the catalyst that begins a personal healing journey for every person who has been affected by abortion." —Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, writers-directors of Unplanned

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732962507
Publisher: Redemption Press
Publication date: 02/01/2019
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 421,721
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Lorraine Marie Varela is the author of Powerful Moments in the Presence of God and Love in the Face of ISIS. She and her husband, Gabriel, co-founded Inspiring Faith International, a ministry to help people from all walks of life draw closer to God. Together they co-led a prayer and ministry team on the film set of Unplanned. Lorraine and Gabriel live in the Los Angeles area and can be found online at

Table of Contents

Foreword Cary Solomon Chuck Konzelman xiii

Introduction xvii

Section I From Grief To Joy 21

Testimony: Annette Biggers 23

In Times of Grief 29

Grieving Loss 32

The Birthplace of Joy 35

Joy Is Coming 38

Supernatural Joy 41

Just Be 44

The Desires of Your Heart 47

Follow My Call 50

Section II From Guilt To Forgiveness 53

Testimony: Michael Lombardo 55

Refining Fire 61

Embrace My Correction 64

No Excuses 67

My Truth Reveals 70

The Healer of Hearts 73

Mature Love 76

Choose Love 79

Freedom for Your Soul 82

Section III From Shame To Grace 85

Testimony: Kay Lyn Carlson 87

The Gift of Grace 94

I See You 97

Move Closer 100

Inward Transformation 103

In the Face of Adversity 106

The Heart of Faith 109

Hold Fast 112

Faith Shines 115

Section IV From Regret To Comfort 119

Testimony: Tegra Little 121

Let Love In 127

Fix Your Eyes 130

Expect My Answer 133

With You Always 136

Release Your Cares 139

Put on Peace 141

All You Need 145

In Silence 148

Section V From Depression Too Hope 151

Testimony: Pam Whitehead 153

The Time to Draw Near 161

Peace in the Storm 164

Hope Waits for You 167

Always in Motion 170

Perseverance Brings Breakthrough 173

Transformed by Love 176

My Power Unleashed 179

My Plans for You 182

A Prayer for Life 185

Resources 187

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