ABOUT THE BOOK
Melissa Ohden is fourteen when she learns that she is the survivor of a botched abortion. In You Carried Me, she details for the first time her search for her biological parents and her own journey from anger and shame to faith and forgiveness.
After a decade-long search Melissa finally locates her birth father and writes to extend forgiveness, only to learn that he has died without answering her burning questions. Melissa becomes a mother herself in the very hospital where she was aborted. This experience transforms her attitude toward women who have had abortions, as does the miscarriage of her only son and the birth of a second daughter with complex health issues. But could anything prepare her for the day she finally meets her birth mother and hears her side of their story?
This intensely personal story of love and redemption illumines the powerful bond between mother and child that can overcome all odds.
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Melissa Ohden was fourteen when she learned that she was an abortion survivor. In her memoir, You Carried Me, she describes her decade-long search to find and forgive her biological parents. Her personal story of love and redemption cuts through the debates surrounding a divisive issue to touch our common humanity. It highlights the complexity of the abortion issue and invites more understanding and compassion for every woman impacted by abortion. Melissa Ohden founded the Abortion Survivors Network and speaks nationwide. With a master’s degree in social work, she has worked in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, and child welfare.
You will not have a dry eye after reading this book. I won’t give too much away. You can definitely feel the persistence, rawness, realness and transparency throughout this book.
Melissa delivers a true recount in detail about the emotions and turmoil she experiences as a young girl when she finds out that she is a survivor of an abortion attempt. She is on a journey that will lead her through tumultuous trials and obstacles on the search to find her biological parents.
She experiences heartbreak, loss, pain and suffering but her faith has kept her and upheld her through this tremendous ordeal. It is truly a miracle that she is alive to tell her story. This review resonates with me and how the world we live in and are experiencing right now at this moment in our Country’s history.
I applaud her bravery, her passion for pro-life, taking a stand based on her beliefs and faith and for not giving up hope, even when so many doors were closed in her face. At times it seems as if she was at a standstill in search for her biological parents. Melissa persevered, she triumphed and it was not an easy journey. You will have to read the book for yourself and discover what happens at the end.
Did she find her birth parents? What are your thoughts? Let me know.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of You Carried Me for the purposes of facilitating a review. Book was provided courtesy of Handlebar and Plough Publishing. I was not compensated for this review. Any thoughts and reviews expressed were solely my own.