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Planned from the Start: A Healing Devotional



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 touched 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, struggling to believe God could ever forgive them.

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.

These core areas of emotional turmoil are grief, guilt, shame, regret, and depression. But where trauma inflicts devastating pain, God extends abundant grace.

Where there is grief, He anoints your head with joy.

Where there is guilt, He offers you forgiveness.

Where there is shame, He covers you in grace.

Where there is regret, He wraps you in comfort.

Where there is depression, He lifts your heart with hope.

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.

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Format: Hardcover (with ribbon marker)
Publication Date: 03/22/2019
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6″ x 9″



“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.”

Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman

Writers-Directors, Unplanned

“Infused with hope and healing on every page. Planned from the Start is a beacon of light, love, and restoration for anyone who has experienced the trauma incurred by abortion.”

Robia Scott

Author of "Counterfeit Comforts" and Actress in "Unplanned", Robia Ministries

“I recommend this book to any person looking for home in their darkest hour and longing to experience the grace of God in ways they never imagined. God has a plan even for the unplanned!”

Dr. Kynan Bridges

Bestselling Author of "90 Days of Power Prayer", Kynan Bridges Ministries

Planned from the Start picks up where the movie leaves off. This vital resource offers hope as it restores identity, destiny, and purpose.”

Daryl Lefever

Producer of "Unplanned" and "I Can Only Imagine"

Planned from the Start opened up unexpected places in my heart. It beautifully led me through many emotions and brought peace to painful memories. Long-held lies in my mind were replaced with God’s truth and His love for me.”

Julie True

Singer, Songwriter, Soaking Worship Music Artist, Julie True Ministries

Planned from the Start is an incredibly powerful resource for anyone who has experienced the pain that abortion causes. I believe this book will bring healing and restoration to millions.”

Ashley Bratcher

Actress in "Unplanned"

Planned from the Start tackles a very difficult subject with God’s grace and kindness that offers a healing path for anyone who has felt the toxic effects of abortion. As you read, may your heart be healed and your soul made well.”

Joshua Mills

Bestselling Author of "Moving in the Glory Realms", New Wine International Ministries

“Breathtaking. If you need healing from a crisis pregnancy, this book is for you. If you know someone who does, this book is your gift to them.”

Laura Harris Smith

Author of "Get Well Soon" and TV host of "theThree", Laura Harris Smith Ministries

“My friend, Lorraine, has crafted a beautifully deep devotional that will minister to your heart and lead you to a place of healing you never thought possible. You may fear that you won’t survive it. But you’ll not only survive it, you will go on to thrive in life!”

Susie Larson

Author, Show Host, National Speaker, Susie Larson Ministries

Planned from the Start: A Healing Devotional is a face-to-face encounter with the Healer Himself. The testimonies of hope and restoration in this book will be inspirational to all who read.”

Fabiano Altamura

Dean, Bethel Conservatory of the Arts

“The pro-life movement is a movement of converts and therefore a movement of hope. There is nothing more unnatural than paying a healer, a doctor, to take the life of a child. Abortion is devastating, and the ‘relief’ it promises is nowhere to be found in the aftermath. This beautiful book is a finger that points to healing, hope, and freedom that is possible through Jesus Christ. He is the Great Healer, and these pages show His power to restore our brokenness.”

Shawn Carney

CEO and President, 40 Days for Life


Unplanned is the inspiring true story of one woman’s journey of transformation.

All Abby Johnson ever wanted to do was help women. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, she was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women about their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman’s right to choose even led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in.

Until the day she saw something that changed everything, leading Abby Johnson to join her former enemies at 40 Days For Life, and become one of the most ardent pro-life speakers in America.

For more information on the film, please visit www.unplanned.com

Abby Johnson shares heartbreaking statistics regarding abortion

Ashley Bratcher, lead actress in Unplanned, shares how she nearly became an abortion statistic herself

Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon, writers-directors of Unplanned, speak about Abby’s desire to help women in crisis

Gabriel and I were privileged to lead the on-set prayer and ministry team while filming Unplanned. During our time in Oklahoma, we witnessed many miracles, breakthroughs, healings and Divine interventions with cast and crew. Often we would find ourselves in the right place at the right time, without an awareness of why we were there. A tug on our hearts to get up and go led us into situations where we prayed for others in the moments they needed it most.

On one night, we were filming a particularly difficult scene involving our lead actress, Ashley Bratcher. Gabriel stood outside the walls of the set with his hand outstretched facing the room where Ashley was preparing for her scene. Suddenly, she came out of the room and began searching for someone—someone who was praying for her. She could feel it.  “Don’t stop!” she said when she spotted Gabriel. She needed his prayers to continue. That was the power of the Holy Spirit at work hovering over the set and ministering in our hearts.

I also had the privilege of photographing behind the scenes images throughout filming. Here are just a few of my favorites…



And Then There Were None (ATTWN) is a registered nonprofit organization that exists to help abortion clinic workers leave the abortion industry. ATTWN is pro-life without exceptions. But beyond that, we’re pro-ALL life. We’re pro-love.


We believe that a clinic worker’s life is valuable, too. As former clinic workers, we have a different perspective than others may have – we’ve been in their shoes. And we used those shoes to walk away.


ATTWN seeks to end abortion from the inside out. We believe that the end of abortion starts with abortion clinic workers leaving their jobs and finding healing from their past work. That’s why, as former clinic workers ourselves, we’re committed to helping them through the ENTIRE journey.


Website: http://abortionworker.com/
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/ATTWNOutreach





We tend to the heart of reproductive loss by means of supplying, supporting, and serving those who are grieving the loss of their child(ren). Whether grieving losses from infertility, abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth, and/or infant death,  CGI strives to:


  • Supply helpful and effective resources to address reproductive loss
  • Support the grieving person’s (and the relationship when applicable) loss and
  • Serve those needing professional care to help them recover from their loss.


We exist to minister help, healing, and hope to those hurting from reproductive loss.


Website: http://choosegrace.com/






No Longer Bound – Abortion Recovery Ministry provides a safe place for spiritual healing and deliverance through Jesus Christ to women and men who have been emotionally wounded by abortion.


For many, abortion is a secret silent sorrow. The physical and emotional stress can be devastating and often surfaces months or even years later. Many are struggling and suffering in isolation because they have been unable to grieve over a real loss and process their pain. Does this describe you or anyone you know?


Abortion is a spiritual wound, and a spiritual process is required to heal this wound.


Healing is possible because our trained volunteer leadership team has been where you are now.  They have participated in No Longer Bound and are living proof that healing is possible! Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we will help you face your guilt, anger, depression, isolation, and unforgiveness, and help you reconnect with yourself, others, and God. You are not alone; we are here to walk alongside you. Our method is confidential, non-judgmental, personal and compassionate.


Website: https://www.faithfulcentral.com/nolongerbound

In 2011, No Longer Bound began strategizing and training with Rachel’s Vineyard Interdenominational-the largest post-abortion recovery program in the world; offering 3-day co-ed healing retreats for women, men, grandparents, siblings, and friends who have been hurt by abortion. The retreats are also open to those who have suffered the loss of miscarriage.
No Longer Bound – Abortion Recovery Ministry provides a safe place for spiritual healing and deliverance through Jesus Christ to women and men who have been emotionally wounded by abortion. For many, abortion is a secret silent sorrow. The physical and emotional stress can be devastating and often surfaces months or even years later. Many are struggling and suffering in isolation because they have been unable to grieve over a real loss and process their pain.
Does this describe you or anyone you know? Abortion is a spiritual wound, and a spiritual process is required to heal this wound.



Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal, and healing.  

Rachel’s Vineyard can help you find your inner voice. It can help you experience God’s love and compassion on a profound level. It creates a place where men and women can share, often for the first time, their deepest feelings about abortion. You are allowed to dismantle troubling secrets in an environment of emotional and spiritual safety.  
Rachel’s Vineyard is therapy for the soul. Participants, who have been trapped in anger toward themselves or others, experience forgiveness. Peace is found. Lives are restored. A sense of hope and meaning for the future is finally re-discovered.


VISION: Care Net envisions a culture where women and men faced with pregnancy decisions are transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ and empowered to choose life for their unborn children and abundant life for their families.

MISSION: Acknowledging that every human life begins at conception and is worthy of protection, Care Net offers compassion, hope, and help to anyone considering abortion by presenting them with realistic alternatives and Christ-centered support through our life-affirming network of pregnancy centers, churches, organizations, and individuals.

Website: https://www.care-net.org/



VISION: Our vision is for the world to know God’s truth and make healthy life choices.

MISSION: Our mission is to share God’s truth about life around the world providing counseling, recovery, and prevention, sustaining families in mental and sexual health.   Using pragmatic models written from experience in reproductive loss and sexual trauma, we educate the whole person to make healthy life choices and empower future generations.

Website: http://www.internationalhelpline.org/