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.
This book is so powerful. So many times I had tears in my eyes.
This is a book that touches on many issues, not just abortion but miscarriage, forgiveness, restoration.
Melissa has used her story and life to touch so many. Woman who have had abortions have found healing through her testimony, it is amazing.
I loved reading how Melissa reconnected with her biological family and how all of their reactions where different. Not everything ends up neat and tidy, because this is real life.
Melissa’s thought toward her biological mother are so encouraging. I have to think God allowed the time to pass before they met so Melissa could gain the perspective she did.
Most heartbreaking of all for me was that thought that in 1977 they saved a baby who was supposed to be aborted. In 2017 I don’t think a clinic would do that, they would argue that the mother doesn’t want the baby. It makes me wonder how many times a baby has been born that could have been saved.
The reality is Melissa isn’t the only abortion survivor and many of them have disabilities and/or missing limbs. This should bring us to our knees to intervene on the behalf of these unborn children.
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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.