Friday, January 27, 2017

You Carried Me, an abortion survivor's story


This week we remember the holocaust. Today thousands of women around the country march for pro-life -- to protest the modern holocaust of millions of abortions (some performed even in late-term pregnancy). My review of You Carried Me, A Daughter's Memoir--the story of a botched abortion who survived to tell her story--could not be more pertinent. Hope it inspires you to read the book.

What must it feel like to discover you were aborted? To discover that you were meant to die, but instead you lived--and you cannot understand why your birth mother wanted you killed? You Carried Me, a daughter’s memoir recounts Melissa Ohden’s life and escape from death—from a botched-abortion, turned accidental birth, to forgiveness for all who were involved in seeking her death.

Adopted by hard working, God-fearing parents at only two-months-old, experiences the same humble joys and challenges any child growing up in the heart of rural America encounters. Surrounded by a large extended family, siblings and church friends, her life seems normal. She is just an ordinary girl. Or so she thinks.

It is not until her sister’s unplanned pregnancy that Melissa, now a teen, discovers the haunting secret about her own past—she is an abortion survivor. This traumatizing news plunges her into a dark space and launches her quest to know why her birth parents had wanted to have her killed. Did they even know she was alive?

Melissa Ohden brings us on an incredible and intimate journey full of shocking twists and turns as she tries to contact her birth parents and anyone who may know something about why she was aborted. Her story is riveting, compelling and enlightening. Things are not always what they seem to be. Beyond the helpless baby, abortions have many other victims.

Ohden, now a wife and mother, is an advocate for adults and children impacted by abortion and has appeared before congress and on TV. She is also the founder of the Abortion Survivors Network. She holds a Master of Social Work and has worked with cases of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, and child welfare.

You Carried Me is an easy read, page-turner with a story you will never forget. I highly recommend it--especially to anyone wanting to better understand abortion and its victims as well as those seeking healing from abortion.

This excellent book by Plough Publishing released this month. Find out more at

This story also appears in Assist News Service

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © January 2017

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

David Teems’ book, Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God an English Voice is both eloquent and enlightening. Not only was the Bible not available in plain English for anyone to read, but those who were able to read it in its original languages found themselves in great danger—danger of imprisonment, torture and death. Such was the case of William Tyndale to whom we owe our quintessential English Bible. He became an archenemy to the religious establishment because he set out to translate the Bible into plain English.

Tyndale, a strong believer who loved God’s Word with a passion, drew directly from the original Hebrew and Greek texts to translate the Bible into contemporary English. He took advantage of the then “modern” printing press and was the first to produce the new English Bibles of the Reformation. However, this translation—and the fact that the average man could read it and understand it—posed a threat to the despotic Roman Catholic Church and the church's position on many things as a whole.

David Teems, an articulate writer, depicts the austerity of manipulative religion overshadowing fifteenth century society in England and her surrounding European countries. Teems brings William Tyndale’s character to life as he describes his lifestyle, convictions, and deep love for the Bible. We almost hear Tyndale’s heartbeat and follow his thought processes as he carefully weighs which word to use, even which expression to choose so that the Bible make sense to the then-modern reader. And Tyndale nailed it!—so much so that much of the King James Bible was taken from Tyndale’s translation.

Teems quotes Scriptures throughout his writing, masterfully bringing the reader into the word-weighing process. He compares the language to Shakespearean English and other sources to show how carefully Tyndale crafted his translation to reflect the original intent and still make it tangible to the English reader. Tyndale was relentless and took great pains not to deviate from the original texts. And he showed great devotion to his Lord and Savior in the process—something that cost him his life.

More than just a biography of William Tyndale’s inspiring life, Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God an English Voice is also a recount of the backdrop for the ushering in of the Reformation. For those who want to understand history and how the original English Bible was birthed, this book makes for passionate reading. But be careful. It is no light reading matter.

Thomas Nelson publishers released Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God An English Voice in January 2012, and recently claimed top place on
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Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © December 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

Mary Did You Know?

A beautiful song that inspires our hearts to imagine what it must have been like for Mary, knowing she as carrying God's very Son. Can we even begin to imagine? The awe.

The birth of the Savior, our Jesus. Our Lord. Our King. Our Savior. Oh, the awe.

Peter Hollens rendition of "Mary Did You Know?" 

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Who Killed JonBenét?

Who Killed JonBenét? jolts us to Christmas 1996 in Boulder, Colorado. Christmas lights and snow set the backdrop, but instead of feeling the traditional warm and fuzzies you might expect from a holiday season story, this movie recounts the mysterious details of the true-life murder of a little girl, JonBenét.

JonBenét was the six-year-old daughter of John and Patsy Ramsey—wealthy, highly respected church-going citizens of Boulder, Colorado. She was also a petite pageant princess whose talent and precocious nature drew many admirers. Thus when JonBenét’s strangulated body was found the day after Christmas in the basement of the family’s home, the immediate thought was that someone obsessed with the little girl had broken in and killed the child. But that theory was quickly debunked.

Police then took an interest to JonBenét’s 9-year-old brother, Burke, particularly because he had often been left in the shadows of his sister’s pedestal and thus showed little emotion over her loss. But after interviews and further investigation, it became evident that the boy had nothing to do with the killing.

So who did kill this little princess?

Investigations were difficult as detectives found themselves dealing with a compromised crime scene (yes, the body had been moved—a slip-up that can be blamed on a lack of police presence on the crime scene). The came across a ransom note, but upon further scrutiny, the note proved to be fake. Suspicions then turned to the Ramseys.

The film is riveting and revives the JonBenét murder mystery. The story gives provides a window into the Ramsey’s lives and highlights the hindrances the police faced in trying to solve this heinous crime. But what really happened to JonBenét that dismal Christmas in Colorado remains a mystery to this day. No one knows for sure who killed JonBenét.

Who Killed JonBenét? premieres this coming Saturday, November 5 at 8pm ET/PT.

This article also appears n Assist News

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © November 2016