unPlanned - This is the Day!!!

Someone recently asked me why that was the title of my book. Honestly, I can’t think of a better title. My life over the past year has been totally unplanned. 

Planned Parenthood placed a spotlight on my pro-life beliefs and it has been a journey since then. It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a little over a year. My life so far has been quite unplanned, and seems to continue in that direction. 

While I never thought I would be doing ANY of this, I definitely NEVER thought I would have a book out. I don’t necessarily love to write and really, the thought of seriously writing a book had never crossed my mind.

However, publishers started calling me to ask if I would consider putting my story down on paper. I was a little hesitant at first. I knew more publicity would only draw in more criticism and I didn’t think I was in the mood, but the more people kept calling, the more I felt a tug at my heart. Should I do this? Should I put that type of vulnerability out there for everyone to read and for people to spit on? 

The more I prayed about it, the more I felt like it was probably a good idea, despite not being completely on board. My book rep placed me in contact with a woman who he had known for many years. He thought that maybe she would be a good fit as a writer.

I knew with my schedule I would never be able to write a book on my own, and to be perfectly honest, I had no desire to. Her name was Cindy Lambert. 

As soon as Cindy and I started talking, I knew it was a fit. The pro-life movement was something very dear to her heart as she was an adoptive mother. After we finished our conversation, I knew it was a go; with Cindy and with the book. 

Now comes the easy part… telling my story. That should be easy, right? Wrong. It wasn’t easy at all. I had experienced a lot of hurt in that past few months, much more than I realized. As it turned out sharing my experiences and reading them on paper was very healing. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to do that. 

Cindy was amazing. She had the book whipped out in no time. We edited together to clarify and make sure everything was factual.

I remember the day I received my first official copy of the book. I couldn’t believe it. I was an author. There was my story, in print. My big face on the cover of a book. Whoa. Was this actually happening? Yes, but all because of God’s amazing grace… and Planned Parenthood’s big mouth. :)

The publisher, Tyndale, had been working behind the scenes to get a marketing plan together. Their plan worked beautifully. Before I knew it, my calendar was booked up with media opportunities; people who had received an advance copy of my book and wanted to have me on their show to discuss it. 

Now, after all of the waiting, the day has finally arrived. The release date of my book!!! Today, I will be live on the 700 Club and on several other CBN shows. Saturday, I return to the Huckabee show. I don’t love promoting myself, but I will try to keep you aware of the big television media events that I am asked to do, if there are any more. 

I want to thank all of you who have supported me through this journey. You are my heroes. I don’t know why God chose to use my voice in this movement, but I hope that I always make all of you proud. 

I do this to first honor Him and then to honor all of you, for those of you that have been fighting for so long. You are the ones making a difference. I am your story. I am here fighting for life because of you. I will keep fighting because of you.

Former Planned Parenthood Leader Abby Johnson on Life Unplanned