Unplanned {Book Review}


Unplanned, written by Abby Johnson, is the captivating biography of her time working for Planned Parenthood, and the change of heart that happened during her years with the organization. From her first interaction with Planned Parenthood in college, to leaving her position as the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic and joining the Coalition for Life, this book follows her winding story, showing how God works through compassion and persistence to change hearts.

Abby’s brutal honesty in her writing kept me glued to the book, eager to see the changes happening her heart throughout the years. Taking a level-headed approach to the issue, she tells the abortion story from both sides, clearly showing how she found herself leaving the pro choice camp, becoming firmly planted in the pro life campaign with the Coalition for Life. In the book, she does so without condemnation or judgment, simply sharing her story and how God worked to change her heart.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has questions about abortion and Planned Parenthood, especially those who are straddling the pro life /pro choice line, unsure of their position. One of the things I liked most was that Abby didn’t condemn Planned Parenthood, and actually supported many of their initiatives. But she was clear on the expansion of abortion services that the organization has focused on the past several years, and how that impacts quality of service for all clients.

This biography drew me in through its simple storytelling style, and kept me reading because it was backed up by research and insider knowledge, gleaned from Abby’s years as a director of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas. For me, it was a painfully honest glimpse into abortion, both for the women having them and the clinic workers. It’s not a lighthearted book, and it will weigh on your mind after you finish. But it’s a great read, and affirmed my pro life beliefs.


I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House for the purpose of a review on this site and on a commercial bookseller site. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.

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One thought on “Unplanned {Book Review}

  1. Hi Jen, I saw you on Twitter. Thanks so much for reviewing this week. It’s good to know. Living overseas, I can be “out of the loop,” so I’m always glad to learn about books.

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