You Carried Me

You Carried Me

By Barbie

Melissa Ohden is fourteen when she learns that she is the survivor of a botched abortion. In You Carried Me, she details for the first time her search for her biological parents and her own journey from anger and shame to faith and forgiveness.

After a decade-long search Melissa finally locates her birth father and writes to extend forgiveness, only to learn that he has died without answering her burning questions. Melissa becomes a mother herself in the very hospital where she was aborted. This experience transforms her attitude toward women who have had abortions, as do the miscarriage of her only son and the birth of a second daughter with complex health issues. But could anything prepare her for the day she finally meets her birth mother and hears her side of their story?

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

I wanted to read this book because I cannot imagine what this women must have been going through, knowing she was unwanted and literally left to die at birth. After having learned the truth, Melissa goes on an intense and often times painful journey of self-discovery. Although she often got off the path, God brought her back because He had a purpose for her life.

The book itself is a very easy read. With my brain which is often in a state of overwhelm that is a good thing. I was kept interested in the story from the start, and was able to see how God’s hand was upon this woman and her search for the truth. I am thankful that God brought healing and restoration to her life.

If you want to read an inspiring and true story about someone who had to struggle through life to find the truth about her own existence, I would highly recommend You Carried Me.

To find out more about the book and the author visit or Melissa’s page at


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