What would it take to dissolve a strong hold in your life? What would it take for you to change your mind about a belief you hold near and dear? What would be the turning point for you? Abby Johnson, with the help of Cindy Lambert, answers each of these questions in her newly released book, Unplanned. This autobiography tells of Johnson’s recent and very dramatic transformation from supporting pro-choice to advocating pro-life. The book opens with an introduction that should not be skipped. Then, it immediately thrusts the reader into an account of her turning point: the day she witnessed an abortion being performed.
By now, many have heard parts of her story. Yes, Abby Johnson was a firm believer in pro-choice. Yes, she made some poor decisions. (Who hasn’t?) And, yes, she was employed by a facility that regularly offered abortions. However, as with all autobiographical writings (in my opinion), a reader needs to begin without expectations and prejudices. Making facts and opinions of a memoir fit into presumptions that may or may not be true is an injustice. After all, how can a reader hear, absorb, and truly understand what the speaker is trying to communicate when judgment has already been passed. Unplanned should be read from a grace perspective, because throughout it all that is what is truly communicated. Johnson offers a completely honest and humble assessment of her decisions and actions. As her story unfolded, I saw the hand of God working through others to reach out to her in His love. In the end, it was His grace and acceptance being communicated through these individuals that God used to draw her closer to Him and into a meaningful relationship with Him. This book is a testimony to the transforming grace of God.
It would be unfair of me not to include a reader’s warning for this book: The procedure of an abortion is clearly divulged with specific details.
In exchange for my honest review, Tyndale House Publishers has provided me
with a complimentary copy of this book.