Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Book Review: Unplanned by Abby Johnson

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I can't remember where I first heard of the story of Abby Johnson, but I remember writing down the book title for my list. I love to read memoirs, and some of my favorite films are based on true stories. This memoir is about Mrs. Johnson's 'switching sides' from pro-choice and working as a director at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas, to her current pro-life stance.

Mrs. Johnson writes an accessible and concise book about this time in her life, spanning around 10 years. It's about 250 pages and I think I read it in just over 2 days...so a very quick read! I was interested to read this because I thought it would be a very clear and unbiased view of both sides of the abortion debate, since this woman sincerely lived both in the context of working for women in crisis, and what that looks like on 'both sides of the fence'.

Abby Johnson is now pro-life and spends her days talking around the country and speaking for Coalition for Life, which helped her through the tumultuous time of quitting her job and her conversion experience. It's a really fascinating read that explains how the Planned Parenthood and Coalition for Life 'grew up side by side' (down the block) from each other, how non-violent tactics and prayer can change lives, and what ultimately made her make the very hard decision to cut ties with Planned Parenthood and her very well paid job as Community Director.

 I think this would make a good sit-down read for anyone who is interested in memoirs, current events, and stories about how God proves glorious using the most unlikely people and circumstances. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars for ease of read and interesting plot (or should I say, true to life plot!). I would recommend this to many.

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