- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale Momentum; Second Printing. edition (January 11, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1414339399
- ISBN-13: 978-1414339399
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Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line Hardcover – January 11, 2011
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When Johnson quit her job as the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas, the media went wild; lawsuits were filed; prolife advocates rejoiced. Now this former clinic director reveals the details of her dramatic move from abortion rights advocate to "the right side of the fence" and the prolife movement. Johnson began as a volunteer, moving through the ranks until becoming director of the Bryan, Tex., clinic. Then she witnessed an ultrasound-guided abortion, and she changed. "I was taking a new stand, beginning a new life," she says of her move to the other side. This emotional account reveals Johnson's remarkable journey through prochoice thinking, two abortions, her love/hate relationship with prolife advocates outside the clinic, and her eventual understanding of abortion. Prolife advocates will salivate over her story, abortion rights advocates will be skeptical,but those who oppose abortion will find inspiration, education, and emotion. Johnson offers a well-planned, well-written account that will touch nerves on both sides of the issue. (Jan.) --Publishers Weekly Bookline, December 22, 2011
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“As I took the ultrasound probe in hand, I could not have imagined how the next ten minutes would shake the foundation of my values and change the course of my life.”
Abby Johnson joined Planned Parenthood as a college student because she wanted to help women in crisis―a goal she believed the organization shared. As she rose through the ranks to become a clinic director, however, things started to shift. Finances grew tighter, clinic practices changed, and Abby became increasingly unsettled about what she was being asked to do. But it wasn’t until she helped perform an actual abortion procedure that Abby fully realized what she’d been a part of all those years.
In the pages of Unplanned, you’ll also discover:
- What Abby found so attractive about the mission and goals of Planned Parenthood
- The personal secret that Abby had kept buried for years
- The things she’d believed and told patients that she discovered not to be true
- An insider’s perspective on Planned Parenthood’s practices as well as the heartfelt but misguided efforts of some radical antiabortion activists
- The courage and resilience she’s seen on both sides of the fence―from staff members to clients in crisis to prayerful volunteers
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.
Cindy Lambert, vice president and associate publisher at Zondervan, is a veteran of the bookselling industry. For nearly two decades she owned an award-winning bookstore before expanding into leadership roles in distribution, editorial, and publishing in such companies as Ingram, Simon & Schuster, and Zondervan. As a speaker Cindy has addressed audiences in publishing and bookselling conferences as well as churches and retreats. She and her husband, Dave, have six children and seven grandchildren, and live in Michigan.
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She seems a little stuck on herself. She writes about how hurt her feelings are that a Bible believing church would not allow her to be a member while she works at a clinic that dismembers babies. They invited her to stay and worship with them (unlike the pro-choice church which told her to get out after she became pro-life). I can understand a church not wanting someone who does not concur with them on important issues like abortion to join. In my church members vote about what the church does and supports. Why would I want someone who obviously does not share the same biblical values our church espouses to join and have a vote? Is Abby really this dense or is she really just full of self?
The whole book is a pity party for herself. How loving and caring she is and how high-minded she is and how unfair everyone is being to her when she is clearly a wonderful person. I contrast this book with Norma McCorvey's book "Won by Love" in which Norma tells her account of being Roe in Roe v. Wade. Norma does not paint a flattering picture of herself. She lays it all out there... the ugly soul she had. And in the process I find her to be a much more sympathetic person than Abby who seems to think that even though she callously aborted two of her children and worked for 8 years ensuring more children were butchered that she was a good Christian, a good mom, a loving woman, a fantastic counselor and top-notch human being. She speaks of repentance and sorrow for her sins but all I read in the book is "I love me. I love me. I love me. I love me."
I was following her on facebook and all she did was bash pro-lifers and downright lied and said some famous pro-life organizations wanted to kill abortionists. She had no proof for her claim and since I support these organizations I know her allegations were wrong. I find Abby Johnson to be dangerous. Is she really pro-life? I sometimes wonder if its just going to take her a while to rewire her brain to where she doesn't rely on semantics to justify her position. I wonder if she is still walking that journey to finding forgiveness so she has to prop herself up and make herself look good because deep inside she feels horrible. I don't know. I'd like to think Abby had a true conversion but after reading the book I wonder if Planned Parenthood's claims that she was just an employee who started failing at her job and knew she was on her way out (after being disciplined) have a ring of truth to them.
All in all, I would recommend the book as an interesting read but because I don't think Abby does a good job defending the pro-life position and because of her obvious loyalty to pro-choice talking points (even to this day) I am giving it only 2 stars.