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I don’t know exactly when my tastes in book material have changed, but it used to be that I’d pick up a work of fiction over nonfiction any day. Now, not so much. I’d much sooner read a true life story than something that somebody made up. Maybe I’m becoming more of a realist in my old age or something. I don’t know. You Carried Me is one of the best books I had the opportunity to read in 2016.
What happens when an abortion survivor finds and forgives her birth mother, who never knew her daughter was alive?
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.
Heidi Says . . .
While Melissa’s story isn’t necessarily an easy one to read, I really enjoyed learning more about her. As an adoptive parent, I could put myself in the place of Melissa’s adoptive parents. How hard it must have been for them to reveal the truth to her about her birth. But, thank God that they did! Melissa has taken her experiences and is using them to help fight against abortion.
You Carried Me is a quick read, but it’s also a heartwarming read. I would highly encourage you to pick this one up and add it to your 2017 reading list.
You can learn more about Melissa by visiting her website.
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