You Carried Me – The Story of An Abortion Survivor ~ A Book Review and a Giveaway

What happens when an abortion survivor finds her birth mother… …who never knew her daughter was alive?

 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 forgiveness. 


I am frequently presented with opportunities to review books and movies here on the blog. There are very few of those opportunities to which I say ‘yes’. If I choose to present a product to you, my faithful readers, I want it to be something that will enrich your life and bless your heart. When the opportunity to review Melissa Ohden’s book, You Carried Me, was placed before me, I knew immediately that I wanted to share with you.

You Carried Me


Ohden does a masterful job of sharing a story that is full of heartache, despair, joy, and healing in a calm and thorough way. Her life after learning that she is the survivor of a saline abortion includes teenage bouts with alcohol, pre-marital sex, and bulimia. Over the course of several years and with the blessing of her adoptive parents, she searches for her birth parents, gleaning little bits of information about them from time to time. The book includes an account of her first meeting with her birth mother 38 years after the attempted abortion. Ohden details the journey of healing through which God led her from anger and shame to faith and forgiveness. As a social worker, she has been able to help others who have experienced severe emotional trauma related to abortion, child abuse, and other issues that plaque our society.

Melissa’s very existence as a survivor of a botched abortion impacted so many people and this book is one family’s story that highlights the complexity of the issue. It will leave readers with more compassion for every woman impacted by abortion. This compelling human interest story, and the sensitivity with which Ohden personalizes issues such as adoption and women’s rights, will appeal to readers of all stripes.

Kirkus Reviews said the following about You Carried Me:

“A memoir of mothers, daughters, adoption, and abortion. . . . Ohden’s story is complicated, and she has impressively overcome significant emotional challenges. . . . [Her] perseverance is inspiring.”


I encourage you to learn more about Melissa’s book. Here are some ways you can do that:

Book Trailer

You Carried Me Page

Melissa’s Website

Melissa’s publisher is giving away 5 copies of the book. You may enter to win by CLICKING THIS LINK.


Want a copy for yourself? Here is the link to Amazon for You Carried Me.

The Jesus Film – Now Streaming…..and a Giveaway

GIVEAWAY WINNERS: Congratulations Brenda Cascio and Mary Tullila! Thank you to everyone who entered the drawing for the giveaway.


Good Monday morning!

Y’all, I have been so blessed by my writing sabbatical…blessed with rest, sweet communion with Jesus, renewed excitement about ministry, and perspective. It has been a good, good time and I will definitely plan another next year.

However, when the opportunity to share an exciting new feature of The JESUS Film dropped into my inbox, I knew that it was worthy of a post. Especially since there is a GIVEAWAY tacked onto the feature.



Jesus Film Streaming Codes Giveaway


Do you know about The JESUS film? If not, here is a bit of history about it.


In honor of its 35th anniversary, The JESUS Film, the most watched film in history, having been viewed billions of times, has now been re-mastered in high-definition with a complete new musical score in Dolby 5.1 surround sound.
The JESUS Film is a faithful depiction of Christ’s birth, ministry, death and resurrection as told in the biblical account from the Gospel of Luke. Virtually every word Jesus speaks in The JESUS Film is quoted from Scripture, with 450 leaders and scholars having reviewed the script for biblical accuracy. Further historical accuracy was ensured using clothing, pottery and other props made with first-century methods to portray a 2,000-year-old Palestinian culture.
The JESUS Film has been officially recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Translated Film in history, and is now is available in 1,197 languages. In addition, more than 200 million individuals worldwide have indicated a decision to follow Jesus after viewing The JESUS Film. This story of the film’s impact over the past 35 years will be shown through an exclusive new short feature narrated by actor Ernie Hudson and available on the re-mastered widescreen DVD.
The disc includes The JESUS Film in a total of eight languages English, Spanish, Mandarin, French, Vietnamese, German, Korean and Arabic.

Bonus Features:

  • The Making of ‘The JESUS Film’ – A documentary that highlights the attention to historical and Biblical detail in the making of the 1979 film, JESUS.
  • The Impact of ‘The JESUS Film – A ten minute celebration of what God has done through the film JESUS over the last 35 years.

For more info on the movement behind this film go here:


How much better is an updated version of The JESUS film if it is available via STREAMING? A whole bunch, I would say. This will be the first time in the history of the film that it has been available as a download. iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Microsoft, Christian Cinema On Demand all offer streaming capabilities for The JESUS Film. Check this out: The JESUS Film Streaming Options.

I don’t watch much television, nor do I go to the movies very often, but the opportunity to stream The Jesus Film definitely gave me a desire to watch it. The life of Jesus shines brightly in this much watched, much loved movie….AND it is super easy to access.

Today, I am thrilled to GIVE AWAY 2 FREE STREAMING CODES that can be redeemed at to download the film. Here’s the skinny on the giveaway:

  • Simply leave me a comment ON THIS POST with your name and the state and country in which you live. That’s it.
  • The giveaway will run from today until Wednesday morning when I will draw the names of the 2 winners.
  • If you post about the giveaway on social media, come back here and leave another comment telling me you posted. Then, you can be entered for the giveaway a second time. Two entries max. One for commenting, one for social media linking.

There is no better time to watch The JESUS film than right now at Christmas. What a beautiful reminder of our Savior and a great time to share His Story with others.


This post and giveaway are sponsored by Jesus Film and the FrontGate Christian Blogger Network. The opinions about how it will serve our home well are my own. 

Christmas Gift Ideas….And It isn’t Even Thanksgiving Yet! PLUS a Giveaway!!


I’m popping in from my blogging break to remind you that books make a great gift and awesome stocking stuffers! And I just happen to have written a handful that you might want to consider as you look for that certain gift for your special someone.

My latest Bible study, Tasting Grace, is all about mentoring and food.

Tasting Grace Cover


Tasting Grace: A Mentoring in the Kitchen Bible Study is a 4 week Bible study that examines the concept of biblical mentoring. The book also includes an event planning guide to help ladies create their own Tasting Grace mentoring in the kitchen event.

Praise for Tasting Grace

“I am a huge fan of the Leah-and-Jan approach to mentoring women. Kitchen counters become sacred spaces and holy conversations take place over the clack and clatter of pans and dishes. The women laugh, lament life’s painful bent and boast in Jesus and His gracious sufficiency. Godly counsel stirs up over savory chopped garlic and discipleship rises warm from the oven with the scents of cinnamon. I’m not sure a person can find a better combination for tasting and seeing that the Lord is good.” 

~~ Beth Moore, Bible study author, Christian speaker and teacher

You may order Tasting Grace from Amazon or Warner Press by clicking each link.


Perhaps you have someone on your gift list who really likes in-depth Bible studies. Have I got one for you! HeBrews: A Better Blend takes the student on an eight week journey of discovery through the biblical book of Hebrews. Combining in-depth Bible study and delicious dessert recipes, this study will satisfy your tummy and your soul.



But it now from Amazon and Warner Press.

There is a downloadable leader guide for those wishing to lead a small group through the study.



Finally, When Words Won’t Come is a pocket sized devotion book that offers comforting words from the Scriptures to speak into the heart. Challenging. Encouraging. Practical. Real. The scripture and devotionals in this book will meet you right where you are. You will be reminded of who God is, of your purpose in this world and that Someone is in control of a world that seems to be spinning out of control. When you are facing difficulties and have no words, you will be reminded that God’s Word always has an answer for every situation you face.


This little gem can be purchased from Amazon or Warner Press.

I would love to give away a few copies of Tasting Grace to kick off the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Here’s how the giveaway will roll. 

The first five people who email me a paid receipt for the purchase of any of my books from any retailer (brick-and-mortar store or online) will receive a FREE copy of Tasting Grace to give as a Christmas gift or keep for themselves. Qualifying purchases must be made after August 1, 2016. You may email the receipt to One entry per person and household, please. I apologize to my friends outside the US, but this is limited to USA mainland only. 

Ready, set, GO!

Tasting Grace ~ The Bible Study is Here! and a Giveaway!

If you came to my little corner of the world today looking for a Revelation post, please come back tomorrow. I have something else to share with you today.

For months and months, my sweet friend, Jan Morton and I have looked ahead to this day. We have worked, written, cooked, planned, prayed, and hoped for today. Our hearts are so full over what happens today, because our hearts are completely taken with Tasting Grace.


Tasting Grace Launch Week Giveaway


Today, our book, Tasting Grace, is born, launched, put out there for all the world to see and purchase. We are excited and nervous to see how you like it. We have never been more certain of anything in this world as we are that God ordained Tasting Grace for such a time as this.

Women need other women as never before. How many real-life, face-to-face, heart-to-heart conversations do you have in a day? Our guess is that most of us have less than a handful. On the flip side, many of us converse via email and text messaging as often as we have face-to-face conversations. Maybe more often. Friends, this is not how it should be.

We were made for conversation, for intimacy, for sharing, for relationship. This is why Jan and I are so excited about Tasting Grace. This book is a beautiful tool from God to encourage women to do life, face-to-face, with other women. It is exactly what Paul wrote about in Titus when he encouraged the older women to mentor the younger women. Y’all, this book will help you be obedient to the call of God to speak into the lives of younger and younger-in-the-faith women.

It is chock full of Bible study, recipes, devotions, and tips that will help you in your mentoring journey. Perhaps you are a younger woman who desires a mentor. Wonderful! Ask an older women to work through it with you and give you some of her wisdom for life.

Jan and I are eager to hear from you. We want to know what you think about Tasting Grace. We want to hear how you plan to use it in your own sphere of influence. Today is the day you can purchase Tasting Grace. It is also the day you can tell us what you think. Here are some links to help you do both.



Warner Press


Tell Us What You Think

Amazon Tasting Grace Page ~ Leave a review


Thank you for supporting and loving us as we seek to be obedient to the call of God on our lives. We are grateful to each and every one who purchases Tasting Grace.


To celebrate the ‘birth’ of Tasting Grace, I am giving away one copy to a reader. Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter below. If you are receiving this post via email and would like to enter the giveaway, please click HERE to be taken to my website. U.S.A entries only, please.

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Join Me At Grace Table Today

Have you ever entered a space…a home, a store, a church, a website…where you instantly felt hospitality and friendship? That is what I want for the people who enter my space….my home, my website.

There are a few places like that on the internet that I visit on a regular basis. Places where I find conversation, hospitality, and encouragement. One of those places is Grace Table, the creation of Kris Camealy. Grace Table is a beautiful website that is all about hospitality and home and the heart. A lovely bevvy of hosts pour out their hearts there each week with the purpose of extending hospitality to all who enter. I always find a blessing at Grace Table.

Today, it is my distinct privilege to offer a guest post at Grace Table. Kris welcomed me to share a bit about my new book, Tasting Grace, with the Grace Table family. I am so pleased to do so….AND to be giving away an AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF TASTING GRACE to a Grace Table reader.


Grace Table Tasting Grace


Here is a bit of what I am sharing at Grace Table today.

In the kitchen.

So much of life happens there. We celebrate the good times and mourn the sorrowful times over plates laden with food. Homework papers are returned to the classroom, randomly decorated by ketchup splatters. Friendships and romances happen over coffee and dessert. The kitchen is always the heartbeat of any home-based gathering, even when there is generous conversation space in the living room or the deck outside.

I was blessed to grow up in the kitchen, watching my Grandma, my Mom, and my aunts create tasty homemade dishes that nourished the tummy and soul.

Please click HERE to pull up to Grace Table and read the rest of my post AND enter the drawing for a copy of Tasting Grace.

It’s My Birthday and I’m Giving You A Gift

Happy Birthday this week… Me!

I remember as a child being so excited about my birthday. My Mother always had a birthday party for me, and there was cake, punch, onion dip and chips….and of course, birthday gifts. My friends were invited and a great time was had by all.

This week I will celebrate my birthday. Turning 52 is not a milestone, but it is something that I want to celebrate with you, because you are my friends. And to do that I am going to give YOU a GIFT.

I am excited about offering this gift to you because it has the potential to be a wonderful blessing to you.

It is not a piece of clothing, but you definitely want to put it on.

It is not food, but consuming it will strengthen you.

It is not a book, but the words contained within have the power to grow your faith in God.


What I am giving to you as a BIRTHDAY GIFT is a little something I made that you can personalize and use in your quiet time with Jesus. I have taken familiar (and perhaps not so familiar) Scriptures and created a way for you to personalize each one with your name in it so that the Scripture promise contained within speaks intimately to you.


Scripture Promises Gift


Many of you who signed up to receive my weekly newsletter have received a copy of this with your name already inserted. The download that I am offering this week has a blank so you can insert your name or another person’s name into the verse.

Praying Scripture is a wonderful way to communicate with God because we are praying His Words back to Him. It is also a super way to deeply embed Bible verses into our hearts and souls. So, here is my GIFT TO YOU. Simply click the DOWNLOAD button and it is yours. No purchase required. FREE to YOU from Me! NOTE: You will receive an error message asking you to enable a payment gateway. Ignore it. Just click on through and finish the download. You will find a link that says “Scripture Promises” on the Payment Confirmation page. Click on that link and the download will begin.

Oh, and feel free to share this post with friends, so they can have the FREE GIFT as well.


I’m taking the rest of the week off from the blog to rest and relax with family. I’ll be back next Monday with another Revelation post. Have a wonderful week.