You Carried Me by Melissa Ohden


From the cover: “Melissa Ohden is fourteen when she learns that she is the survivor of a botched abortion. In this intimate memoir, she details her search for her biological parents and her own journey from anger and shame to faith and forgiveness.

“This intensely personal story of love and redemption illumines the powerful bond between mother and child that can overcome all odds.”

Melissa Ohden’s story is more than remarkable; it is both heart-wrenching and heart-lifting. Not only knowing that she will be persecuted for both her story and her stand, but also already having experienced that persecution for speaking the truth of her life in the past, she lays her heart boldly on the page. The writing may not be Austen-esque, but that does not in any way detract from the power of her story.

But this is more than just a memoir of Melissa’s survival. It is a model of triumph and forgiveness from which all Christians, all people, can learn. If anyone could have a reason to be bitter and unmerciful, it is a woman who discovered that she was the product of an unsuccessful abortion, believing that she was unwanted before she was even born. Yet, though she does run the gamut of emotions over the years, Melissa finds that there is so much more freedom and joy and strength in forgiveness.

She is an inspiration to all. And this is a book that is not to be missed. I most highly recommend it.

Many thanks to Plough Publishing House and Julie from Handlebar for the chance to read this amazing memoir. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂


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