Author: Claire Culwell
Major Themes: Abortion, Adoption, Autobiographies
Synopsis: When she learned, as an adult, that she was a survivor of abortion, Claire’s world was turned upside down.
How is it possible to survive an abortion? Only through a miracle! Survivor tells the story of one such miracle. I was immediately intrigued when I saw the synopsis of this book, and decided I wanted to read it.
Claire was an adult already when she met her birthmother. She had always known she was adopted, and knew that her adoptive parents loved her dearly. She basked in that love and never questioned it, but then she decided, as an adult, to find and meet her birth mother. What a shock, then, to learn that she was meant to have been aborted. What did that mean for her life now? Was anything she knew about herself actually true?
Claire soon became involved in the pro-life movement, and started working closely with Abby Johnson, who had just left Planned Parenthood. As Claire allowed God to use her more, He opened up more and more opportunities for her to work for Him, and she found herself on an amazing adventure.
Survivor is an incredible story. Claire’s life puts a face on the many babies who are aborted. Any one of them could have been a beautiful person like her. This is also quite a challenging story in another way, as she shows an example of someone who is willing to follow God’s leading, going way out of her comfort zone.
My favorite quote from the book? “Did God have a special purpose and plan for me, even way back when I was in my mother’s womb? Yes….”
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
WARNING: There are references to abortion, but not graphic.
Reading Independently—Ages 15 and Above, Adults