Coming Monday: Political Housewyf is holding its first-ever giveaway!
unPlanned by Abby Johnson
I am currently in negotiations with the DH about how big the “big” giveaway will be, but this is your heads-up. I’m thinking the “giveaway” post will be up on Monday, with comments closing Wednesday night. Winner(s) to be announced early Thursday morning, book(s) in the mail ASAP. (Great reading material for long bus trips to DC for the March for Life!)
As I mentioned previously, I ordered a copy of former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson’s book unPlanned. It got here yesterday. I glanced at the press comments in the first few pages (almost all pro-lifers… and one “pro-life and pro-choice” person), and put it on the counter.
I picked the book up this afternoon, read a few chapters, and really liked it. My DH came home, looked at me, and insisted that I go take a nap. Dyed-in-the-wool bookworm that I am, I took the book up for my “nap”, intending to read another chapter or two before getting some much-needed sleep.
Silly me. I mean, really, I should know better by now.
By the time I was a few chapters in, I couldn’t put it down. Oh. My. Gosh! The book is incredible!
Johnson starts in her introduction by insisting that her readers be willing to consider that there is both compassion and extremism on both sides of the fence. (In her case, the fence was literal: the Planned Parenthood clinic she volunteered at as a college student and, eventually, became the director of, is surrounded by a tall, black iron fence.) Reading the comments other “pro-lifers” left at Jill Stanek’s blog (and, I’m sure, plenty of other places), I’m sure some people needed to hear that.
Personally, I think at least some of the people who push for liberal/progressive causes are often well-intentioned… if misguided. In my younger years, I wasn’t as conservative as I am now, largely because of being ill-informed and long on compassion and short on facts (or the wisdom to put the facts together properly). Johnson’s story unfolds along those lines: she felt she was being compassionate by helping women in crisis. It took years of God’s prodding and the shock of finally seeing an abortion performed to make her understand that the compassion was good, but the solution she had championed (Planned Parenthood) was evil.
If you’ve seen the complaints about the radio interview that aired days before she resigned, don’t worry: she covers it. Short explanation: like Joseph Pearce in his second prison term as a race-baiter, Johnson was still promoting her soon-to-be-former cause while part of her mind was wondering, “Do I even believe what I’m saying anymore? How do I get out of this organization that’s been everything to me?”
Likewise, any accusations of Johnson ignoring her past or brushing off the murders she was involved in are solidly laid to rest. Yes, she has leaped to celebrity in the pro-life community, but you finish the book with the firm conviction that she would rather have had back the two children she aborted and have never been involved in Planned Parenthood in the first place. The book is so much not some kind of “look at me, aren’t I great for finally figuring it out?” Everything is turned back to the grace of God, and her deep thankfulness for Him is beautiful.
For everyone who has stood in the cold, rain, or beating sun for hours outside an abortion clinic, trying to talk to or pray for the dozens of mothers walking in for abortions and walking out wounded and wondered, “Are we making any difference at all?” Abby’s answer is a resounding, “YES! … but sometimes it takes time.”
Her story is inspiring and encouraging. unPlanned is an incredible reminder that yes, prayer changes things, and we cannot turn away from what God calls us to do for the unborn just because we don’t see results on our timetables.
It is, more than just the story of a pro-life conversion, the story of a deeper Christian conversion.
P.S. DH has agreed to a winner and a runner-up. 🙂 I’ll let this percolate over the weekend so everyone sees it, then the giveaway post will be put up early Monday and stay up until late Wednesday. Leave a comment on the giveaway post (not this post) saying you want the book, and I’ll get the kids to draw numbers out of a hat or something.