Friday, May 6, 2011

UnPlanned DVD - Tyndale Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY!

As a new Tyndale Blog reviewer I was given the opportunity to review the  UnPlanned DVD as a part of a blog tour.  This documentary DVD focuses on the life of Abby Johnson as she traveled down a path that took her to become a Director of Planned Parenthood, before becoming a champion for the lives of the unborn.

One of the reasons I chose this as my first review, is (a) the UnPlanned book was not an option and (b) my family's involvement in the pro-life movement many years ago.  Even though the issues surrounding abortions are not the most comfortable, I believe as Christians we need to have all the facts.

This one-hour long documentary takes us on a journey in the life of Abby Johnson.  Abby, who came from a Christian home in a small rural town in Texas, faced the 'real-world' while in college.  It was in college, and after having two abortions, that she became a volunteer for Planned Parenthood.  Through her desire to help women in their moment of crisis and need, Abby climbed the ranks to eventually become the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan - College Station, TX.

While moving from volunteer to counselor, and finally director, Abby came in contact with those 'on the other side.'   Those who were a part of Coalition for Life and 40 Days for Life, showed Abby love and grace through their prayer and kind words to her day in and day out.

It was while in the position as clinic director that Abby finally realized she had been believing a lie.  This realization forced her to make a decision that would change her mission as a Planned Parenthood proponent to one who is now fighting for the lives of the unborn.

Her leaving as director of the clinic in Bryan, triggered a lawsuit from Planned Parenthood, to have her silenced.  The truth behind Planned Parenthood was now clear to Abby as she joined forces with those who had stood on the other side of the fence, faithfully praying for her and others like her.  Take a minute to watch this short clip.



I found this documentary very insightful and genuine.  Abby really allowed herself to be exposed as she shared an intimate look into her life.  This documentary was a collaboration between Tyndale House Entertainment, Focus on the Family, and Franklin Springs Media as a companion to Abby Johnson's book of the same name.

If you would like to learn more, Abby Johnson will be featured in the Unite for LIFE webcast.  This webcast is free and will benefit pregnancy care organizations.  The Unite for LIFE webcast will occur on May 17, at 8pm (in all time zones).  Click the link to sign up.  During the webcast you will be able to purchase the UnPlanned book and DVD as a package with 33% of each purchase going to crisis pregnancy centers like CareNet, the National Institute of Family & Life Advocates, and Hearbeat International.

Giveaway!
Now you can also win your own copy of this DVD by entering between now and 11:59pm on May12th.  The winner will be chosen and will receive an award certificate from Tyndale House Publishers that they will be able to present at their local Christian bookstore.  The winner will have 24 hours to contact me with their mailing address or an alternate winner will be chosen.


Mandatory Entry:
Leave a comment telling me why you would like to win.


Bonus Entries:

  • Like UnPLANNED the book on Facebook here
  • Like Abby Johnson on Facebook here.
  • Like Walking Home on Facebook (2 entries)
  • Follow my blog with Google Friend Connect or let me know you already do (2 entries)
  • Let me know if you have read the book, UnPlanned, and what you thought about it
  • Have you ever volunteered at a crisis pregnancy center or helped in some fashion?  If so, how?
  • Let me know how you heard about this giveaway

*** I am a member of Tyndale Blog Network, Tyndale House Publishers has provided me a complimentary copy of this DVD (as well as an award certificate for reward purposes) in exchange for a thorough and honest review. Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of money for any of my reviews. My reviews will always reflect my honest opinions, findings, beliefs and experiences with the products and services that I receive.***

33 comments:

Debra said...

I have read the book (and it is fabulous!) but I would like to share this story with my dh and my teen. Neither is really wanting to read the book...

And I agree, I think Christians need to really understand this issue...

Debra said...

I like the Unplanned book FB page.

Debra said...

I already followed your blog :)

Debra said...

I loved the book, and wouldn't have mentioned it before if I had read all the optional ways of entering!

I reviewed it here: http://debrakb.blogspot.com/2011/01/book-review-unplanned.html

But my final conclusion was that I thought that anyone who cares about sanctity of life issues really needs to read this book.

I really was able to identify with Abby. I held some fairly contradictory views on abortion as well, and really truly bought the "safe, legal and rare" mantra of the pro-choice crowd. I could easily have become like Abby, really. You know, because I care about women in trouble.

I love how in the book, Abby points out some of the really hate-filled pro-life people, but also points out the compassionate ones. And she points out the compassionate Planned Parenthood workers as well. It's so easy to do the "us vs. them" and "good vs. bad" in regards to the people involved. But so many in the pro-choice crowd really do care.

Okay, I wrote a book myself here...

Debra said...

I have not volunteered at a crisis pregnancy center, but I have participated in some activities where they were working on obtaining maternity clothes and baby stuff to be able to give to needy patrons.

I have felt really convicted to get involved, but I have no transportation...

Someday...

Debra said...

I don't know... I found you through the crew though :) Oh, reading Circle C reviews!

Our Village is a Little Different said...

I'd like to win this so I could watch it, and share it. Her story is important.

Our Village is a Little Different said...

I like walking home on facebook.
Brindamorr AT aol DOT com

Our Village is a Little Different said...

I follow with GFC #1

Our Village is a Little Different said...

I like walking home on facebook #2

Our Village is a Little Different said...

I follow with GFC #2

Our Village is a Little Different said...

I read your giveaway post on the TOS board.

Our Village is a Little Different said...

I donate money to our local crisis centers.

Dawnmarie said...

I am interested to win and watch this because so much is skewed in the news. It would be neat to actually "see" what she says and what happened. Thank you.

Dawnmarie said...

I tried to like Abby Johnson directly, but I was taken back to the book's Fb page.

Dawnmarie said...

I like Walking Home on Fb! (1st entry)

Dawnmarie said...

I still like Walking Home on Fb! (2nd entry)

Dawnmarie said...

I already follow you on GFC! (1st entry)

Dawnmarie said...

I still like WH on GFC! (2nd entry)

Dawnmarie said...

Just last Tuesday, the women of our church hosted a dinner and game night for the gals of the local pregnancy center and had a short Bible lesson about how special and important each of them is.

Dawnmarie said...

I heard about this giveaway from you since I follow your blog. Hehe. Thank you.

The Ratcliffe Gang said...

I'd love anything that opens my teens eyes to the realities of this broken world, yet shines into their lives the truth that God can take even the most broken, lost, misled person and bring them back to His plan of glory.

Shannon R

untilthedaydawn said...

Stopping by from the Crew. I have not read the book or seen the video but would love to see it.

untilthedaydawn said...

I went to facebook and liked Abby Johnson and Unplanned! Thanks for hosting this give-a-way.

Julieanne said...

I'd like to win this DVD because the girls and I heard her speak on Focus on the Family last year, and we were intrigued by her story! Would love to learn more about it.

Julieanne
ejm (at) truevine (dot) net
http://www.JoyInOurJourney.com

Julieanne said...

I "like" Abby Johnson on Facebook.

Julieanne
ejm (at) truevine (dot) net
http://www.JoyInOurJourney.com

Julieanne said...

I "like" Walking Home on Facebook.

Entry #1

Julieanne
ejm (at) truevine (dot) net
http://www.JoyInOurJourney.com

Julieanne said...

I "like" Unplanned on Facebook.

Julieanne
ejm (at) truevine (dot) net
http://www.JoyInOurJourney.com

Julieanne said...

I "like" Walking Home on Facebook (entry #2).

Julieanne
ejm (at) truevine (dot) net
http://www.JoyInOurJourney.com

Julieanne said...

I'm following your blog with GFC!

Julieanne
ejm (at) truevine (dot) net
http://www.JoyInOurJourney.com

Julieanne said...

I head about this giveaway on the TOS Crew!

Julieanne
ejm (at) truevine (dot) net
http://www.JoyInOurJourney.com

Julieanne said...

I'm following your blog with GFC - entry #2!

Julieanne
ejm (at) truevine (dot) net
http://www.JoyInOurJourney.com

Julieanne said...

Yes, I've volunteered at a Crisis Pregnancy Center - we hosted their annual Christmas party at our home one year, and it was a lot of fun!

Julieanne
ejm (at) truevine (dot) net
http://www.JoyInOurJourney.com

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