You Carried Me

My Review of You Carried Me

I’d planned to be finished reviewing when I saw the opportunity to review You Carried Me. It was right up my alley and really spoke to me. Melissa Ohden wrote a beautiful, heartbreaking and redemptive autobiography.

She always knew she’d been adopted, but when she was a teenager, she found out her mother had aborted her and had no idea she was even alive.

As you can imagine, that’s the kind of thing that can rock a person to her core. Shake her faith or strengthen her faith. Melissa turned toward God instead of away from Him.

Melissa goes on a quest to find her birth parents. I seriously can’t imagine the forgiveness it must have taken to even want to meet them. It’s not a simple “let’s go find them” and “boom, hi!” either. It’s a journey of many disappointments, more revelations, and pain. But in the end, of redemption.

This book is a must-read for teens and pro-life advocates.

What you may not know about me if you haven’t been following the blog for long is that I used to run a pro-life website. It was called Life is Precious. Jerry and I have been pro-life advocates forever – I was a super-annoying advocate as a teenager. I haven’t ever backed down on my feelings and position that all life is precious and deserves a chance to live. However, I have changed in my approach a lot! I now have a stronger understanding of what scared pregnant women might be going through. I’ve been through 5 pregnancies, and they are NOT easy. I can’t imagine one without someone supporting me.

About You Carried Me

What happens when an abortion survivor finds her birth mother…who never knew her daughter was alive?

Melissa Ohden is fourteen when she learns she is the survivor of a botched abortion. In this intimate memoir she details for the first time her search for her biological parents, and her own journey from anger and shame to faith and forgiveness.
This intensely personal story of love and redemption illumines the powerful bond between mother and child that can overcome all odds.
Startling details of Melissa Ohden’s story have never been shared publicly before. The book includes an account of her first meeting with her birth mother 38 years later. The compelling human interest story, and the sensitivity with which Ohden personalizes issues such as adoption and women’s rights, will appeal to readers regardless of their views. This is not a pro-life or pro-choice book, nor is it overtly religious: one family’s story highlights the complexity of the issue and will leave readers with more compassion for every woman impacted by abortion. For too long, discussion of abortion has been dominated by male politicians. It’s time for individual women impacted by abortion to have their voices heard. Melissa Ohden breaks the taboo that silences too many women, empowering others to share their own stories and reclaim the narrative.

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JennAbout Jenn: I’m a Christian wife to an amazing man (since 1998) and a stay-at-home-teaching mom to four special & incredible boys (born in 2004, 2005, 2007, & 2009). I’m messy and cluttered, but working on that (really, I am!). I’m a discouraged perfectionist and a classic procrastinator who probably has both ADD & Autism, so I tend to jump from topic to topic (and activity to activity) without notice. My Love Languages are Words of Affirmation and Physical Touch. I’m an INFP who enjoys friends but loves to be alone. I love getting and giving hugs, and encouragement is a Spiritual gift of mine that can too-easily be turned into the weapon of discouragement, if I’m not careful. I enjoy writing, singing, words, drawing, photography, digital creations, and reading. Oh, and pizza, tacos, and steak. Now I’m hungry. That reminds me; I eat gluten free and try to eat organic and avoid white sugar and GMOs as much as possible.  Find me on Facebook (Writer/Editor page) (Fan page), Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram.

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