When I read that Unplanned by Abby Johnson was “the dramatic true story of a former Planned Parenthood leader’s eye-opening journey across the life line,” I knew it was a book I wanted to read. And it definitely did not disappoint.
The story opens after Abby has been working for Planned Parenthood for eight years; she begins writing on the day that she witnesses and helps perform an abortion for the first time. What she saw on the ultrasound screen shook her to the core of her being.
The rest of the book explains how Abby ended up working for Planned Parenthood and how she eventually joined Coalition for Life. When Abby gets to the part of her story where she runs out of her office at Planned Parenthood and heads to the offices of Coalition for Life, the book becomes gripping. This is an open and honest look at one woman’s heart-wrenching journey from pro-choice to pro-life.
I appreciated this book because of how open and honest Abby was. She did not shirk away from ugly details. She honestly shared that she joined Planned Parenthood because she wanted to help women. Planned Parenthood promoted their agenda with claiming to provide quality health care for women and wanting to decrease the number of abortions. Abby agreed with that. Finally, she honestly shared the struggle she went through as God softened her heart to the truth about abortion.
I also appreciated this book because it does not paint following God as an easy picture. Abby left Planned Parenthood; there were many ramifications. She was in the middle of a lawsuit; her church rejected her; she lost friends. Yet, she saw the hand of God in the middle of all of it.
This book is a testimony to the power of prayer. Some individuals prayed for a change in Abby’s heart for over eight years; they prayed faithfully, and God worked.
Abby’s story also bears testimony to the faithfulness of God, and how he can, and does, use anyone for his purposes.
“But the bigger story, the greater truth, is that you are holding this book in your hand because God is in the business of changing hearts and minds and using ordinary people for His extraordinary purposes.” (p. 205)
Here is another review of Unplanned from Semicolon.