Fierce Mercy

Daring to Live Out God’s Compassion in Bold and Practical Ways

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Abby Johnson thought she knew what mercy was when she ushered desperate women toward abortion as the director of a Planned Parenthood facility. She was wrong. It wasn't until she understood the blood on her hands that she personally experienced the power of God's fierce yet tender mercy to transform her life. But she never imagined what could happen once she allowed that very mercy to infiltrate her life and spill out into a hurting world.

In Fierce Mercy, Abby calls you to experience a transformation of your own. Against the backdrop of her first decade involved in the pro-life movement, Abby helps you discover God's unrestrained mercy at work in your own life and take steps toward becoming a channel of that life-changing mercy in the world around you. She shows you how to model God's mercy, freely offer mercy to those who seem undeserving, respond with mercy when others err or offend, and bear witness to God's unrestrained compassion so that others may know him.

This is Abby's challenge to you: dare to do what is hard, what is right, and what is good. And do all of it in love.


"Abby Johnson is a miracle in today's world, as she is honest. While many, if not most, hide or even double down after realizing a fatal flaw in what they believe, Abby changed her entire life. She was honest with God and with herself. God transformed her, and with any luck, he may also transform you into a deliverer of Fierce Mercy."

Glenn Beck, radio host and television producer

"Abby Johnson defines God's mercy as 'his divine undeserved favor and compassion.' She is so right. Just look around and you'll see a world that is hurting and broken--a world that desperately needs to know unconditional love and limitless compassion. In this book, Abby will challenge you to learn how to intentionally model God's mercy with a fearsome dedication to love broken people. I hope you will accept her challenge. We need Fierce Mercy now more than ever."

Janet Parshall, nationally syndicated talk show host

"What do the survivor of a failed abortion attempt and a former abortion clinic manager have in common? More than you can imagine. Reading Abby Johnson's book Fierce Mercy left me nodding my head in agreement, time and time again, with lessons learned in life and in ministry and through examples of God's great mercy on each of us and how we're called to live that out accordingly."

Melissa Ohden, founder of the Abortion Survivors Network

"Abby's new book, Fierce Mercy, is fire! It is a bold and powerful testimony of how God will take every messy or marvelous moment we give him and use it for his glory. Fierce Mercy will challenge you, change you, and inspire you to believe for the unbelievable. Abby's honesty is captivating and refreshing. Her discovery of who she was created to be, through all the painful and hope-filled turns, makes it hard to put this book down. Be prepared to confront inescapable truths and have your heart reignited with an urgency to live out your God-given purpose!"

Ryan & Bethany Bomberger, cofounders of The Radiance Foundation

"I knew Abby Johnson for eight years before her conversion. Having had a front-row seat during her journey, I know our world needs Fierce Mercy. Abortion is the gravest evil of our time, and this must-read book shares the reality that no heart, no soul, is ever lost. Transformation is possible, conversion is possible, salvation is possible. A culture of death can only be conquered by mercy. Read this book and allow God to use you as an instrument of his mercy and love."

Shawn Carney, cofounder, CEO, and president of 40 Days for Life; bestselling author of The Beginning of the End of Abortion, To the Heart of the Matter, and What to Say When: The Complete New Guide to Discussing Abortion

"Abby Johnson's Fierce Mercy is a beautiful book about how to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, how to find hope in the pain, and how God's truth and mercy compel people to change their lives. From the many unbelievable stories Abby shares from the front lines to the authentic and vulnerable mishaps that happened along the way, this book will inspire you to fully recognize, receive, and give God's mercy."

Amy Ford, founder of Embrace Grace, Inc; author of Help Her Be Brave

"Far from giving permission for evil, mercy fiercely destroys it and frees us from its grasp. I have been blessed to see the story of this book firsthand, not only in ministering to Abby but also in ministering to so many like her since 1993. I want to thank her for putting a spotlight on mercy, including how it transformed her, how she has led others to it, and how it is a road map for our movement."

Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life; pastoral director of Rachel's Vineyard and Silent No More

"While the world watched Abby Johnson's exodus from America's abortion empire, Planned Parenthood, little did they know the profound, private journey going on within her own heart and mind as God gifted her with a special assignment. You'll learn not only what happened right after Abby left Planned Parenthood but also how God used her 'yes' to rescue hundreds of abortion workers after her--and just how far, wide, and deep his grace, redemption, and mercy are. Abby shows us how powerfully God can use any one of us to change the world, no matter our story."

Lauren Muzyka, founder, president, and CEO of Sidewalk Advocates for Life

"Abby's story of redemption should give hope to anyone who feels that God's mercy is out of reach in their life. God's mercy is an undeserved gift given out of boundless love, and Abby has responded by telling that story in hopes that it will reach those who need it most. From the personal stories of those who have dedicated their lives to saving the least of these, we can learn a lot about overcoming the defeatist messages of an industry committed to profiting from the deaths of the innocent by lying to their mothers about the help and hope available to them."

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America and host of Explicitly Pro-Life Podcast

"On the road to Damascus, a zealous persecutor of Christians experienced a profound conversion. Following that conversion, the apostle Paul began his most important work: shaping the church and impacting the world. Similarly, Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson experienced a profound conversion, as related in the book and movie Unplanned. But what followed that conversion has been Abby's most important work: inspiring millions, launching game-changing ministries, galvanizing the pro-life movement, and transforming lives around the world. I've personally witnessed Abby's story unfold and am continually inspired by what God can accomplish through a life radically reoriented to him. Inside these pages, you may even discover how he can use you to change the world."

David Bereit, founder of 40 Days for Life

The Authors

  1. Abby Johnson
    Steve Slate

    Abby Johnson

    Abby Johnson has always been fiercely determined to help women in need. This desire is what led Abby to a career with Planned Parenthood and then caused her to flee the organization, becoming an outspoken advocate for the pro-life movement. Today, Abby travels...

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  2. Cindy Lambert

    Cindy Lambert

    Cindy Lambert is an author, collaborative writer, and speaker as well as an executive editor for Baker Publishing Group. For nearly two decades she owned an award-winning bookstore before expanding into leadership roles in distribution and editorial with...

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  3. Cindy Lambert
    Malcolm Yawn

    Cindy Lambert

    Cindy Lambert is an author, collaborative writer, and speaker as well as an executive editor for Baker Publishing Group. For nearly two decades she owned an award-winning bookstore before expanding into leadership roles in distribution and editorial with such...

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