You Carried Me by Melissa Ohden
A Daughter's Memoir

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Unfortunately, the writing is merely average, and the narrative has the feel of a transcript or summary of events and emotions and how her faith saw her through. Ohden’s perseverance is inspiring, but the presentation lacks the emotional and literary heft her important story warrants.
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Melissa Ohden is fourteen when she learns she is the survivor of a botched abortion. In this intimate memoir she details for the first time her search for her biological parents, and her own journey from anger and shame to faith and empowerment.


After a decade-long search Melissa finally locates her birth father and writes to extend forgiveness, only to learn soon thereafter that he has died―without answering her burning questions. Then her birth mother’s parents say they are unable to pass along Melissa’s letter. Years later, when she finally hears from the woman who carried her and gave her life, she finds out why. But the shocking truth is more than she can bear.


Yet even the most startling family secrets are eclipsed by the triumphant moment when Melissa becomes a mother herself in the very hospital where she was aborted. And she reveals how―through the miscarriage of her only son, the birth of a second daughter with complex health issues, and her own birth mother’s story―she gained a deep empathy for every woman who has had an abortion.

Like none other, this intensely personal story of love and redemption cuts through the debates surrounding a divisive contemporary issue to touch our common humanity.
 

About Melissa Ohden

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Melissa Ohden is founder of the Abortion Survivors Network and an advocate for women, men, and children impacted by abortion. With a master's degree in social work, she has worked in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, and child welfare. Melissa Ohden
 
Published January 9, 2017 by Plough Publishing House. 184 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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on Oct 18 2016

Unfortunately, the writing is merely average, and the narrative has the feel of a transcript or summary of events and emotions and how her faith saw her through. Ohden’s perseverance is inspiring, but the presentation lacks the emotional and literary heft her important story warrants.

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