Planned from the Start

Experience the start of healing from the pain of post-abortion trauma and step into freedom and wholeness.

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“Our prayer is that this devotional will be the catalyst that begins a personal healing journey for every person who has been affected by abortion.”

—From the foreword by Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman
Writers-Directors of Unplanned

About the Book

The major feature film Unplanned explores Abby Johnson’s journey from Planned Parenthood clinic director to pro-life advocate. Her compelling story is an emotional roller coaster for many women and men whose lives have been affected by abortion. Post-abortion trauma crosses all socio-economic, racial, cultural, and religious boundaries. Many women who chose abortion suffer silently in the aftermath, unaware of the far-reaching effects this decision has triggered in their lives. Others hide their shame and guilt behind a facade, afraid to acknowledge their painful emotions from such a traumatic experience. They struggle to believe God could ever forgive them and question their ability to be a good partner or parent.

As a companion devotional to the movie, Planned from the Start reveals five core areas of emotional turmoil often faced following abortion—emotions that trap women and men in the prison of pain that abortion has brought into their lives and into the lives of those who love them.

But where trauma inflicts devastating pain, God extends abundant grace. Filled with moments for reflection and personal stories from those who have experienced their own journeys of trauma and redemption, this interactive devotional invites readers to begin healing from the pain of post-abortion trauma to freedom and wholeness.

Meet the Author

Lorraine Marie Varela is the author of Powerful Moments in the Presence of God and Love in the Face of ISIS. She and her husband, Gabriel, co-founded Inspiring Faith International, a ministry to help people from all walks of life draw closer to God. Together they co-led a prayer and ministry team on the film set of Unplanned. Lorraine and Gabriel live in the Los Angeles area and can be found online at www.inspiringfaith.us.

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