Deliver Me

Hope, Help, & Healing through True Stories of Unplanned Pregnancy

About the Book

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She stares at the test strip...

. . . palms clammy, breathing uneven.

She's never felt more alone.

Tears blur her vision. Panic edges in.

An unplanned pregnancy. The options are many:

The questions are even more:


Deliver Me

Hope, Help, & Healing through

True Stories of Unplanned Pregnancy

. . . explores each of these choices and their after-effects. Through a collection of true stories, you can experience the most sensitive moments women . . . and men . . . face. Witness how a pregnancy  affects the parents, grandparents, friends, and other loved ones. See how they respond in the most unexpected ways.

In this book you'll find:

View the table of contents of the book below.

Whether you're:'ll find hope in the stories of others who have walked this road and faced the same decisions.

You'll discover what they thought and how they felt. Then you'll discover what they did.

In the privacy of your own space, you can witness how they got there, what they did, and how they feel about it now.  What did they do right? What do they regret? How and where did they find help? For any remaining hurts or regrets, how did they find healing?

There are hard stories here. But every story here also has a strong triumph. Your story can find the same!

Let these women and men walk with you through your journey...whether of pregnancy or of healing from a past pregnancy.

Along the way these people will share practical resources where you can find the help you need...right now!

Filled with understanding. Dripping with compassion. Deliver Me will help you find your way to being delivered from your own pain and put you on the path to true joy.

Even if you're not there right now...

Even if your pregnancy experience is in your past...

Whether a year ago or three decades ago...

Regardless of what its outcome was...

 in Deliver Me you'll find kindness, compassion and healing.

You've dealt with the pain long enough. Isn't it time to discover your healing?

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Dianne's story behind the book

When I served on the board of directors of a small town pregnancy center, I witnessed the most amazing, courageous, dramatic, heart-tugging, life-changing stories.

Also during that time I witnessed the most incredible misunderstandings about what we were doing in the pregnancy center.

You’re just enabling those little girls to be promiscuous!

I won’t support that place – they refer people for abortion

Oh my goodness. No we aren’t and no we didn’t.

Listen to me. When a woman is pregnant, surprised, and alone -- whether she's a teenager or even younger, or in her twenties, thirties, or forties -- she just needs help. Friendly, compassionate, nonjudgmental help.

"If only people knew what we are really doing," I thought. "If only they could see what was really happening inside this pregnancy center..."

And the idea was birthed...

If I could just gather some true stories from these wonderful pregnancy centers, then people could see what we were doing -- see if for themselves.

If I could give people a glimpse inside our walls, surely they would be as thrilled as I am about what what’s going on inside these centers.

Maybe then they would support us. Maybe they would be inspired. Maybe they know someone who needs our help.

It became my passion to help people share their stories of unplanned pregnancy in order to help others in that same situation. Possibly they only needed encouragement and hope. Possibly a story in this collection could help them avoid regrets. Surely many of these true stories could help them find healing of past regrets. And knowing what others in an unexpected pregnancy did and where they found help could help them locate practical resources for themselves and their own situation.

So I set about gathering stories. It took more than eight years. And the focus of the book shifted from pregnancy centers to focusing on the people, those currently in an unplanned pregnancy or those with an unplanned pregnancy in their past.

Still, each of the 54 stories has a connection to a pregnancy center.

After more than eight years in the making, a ton of ups and downs, excitements and disappointments, Deliver Me: Hope, Help, & Healing through True Stories of Unplanned Pregnancy was released on April 12, 2011.

I found more than thirty gracious people who were willing to share their stories with me and gave me full and enthusiastic permission to share their stories with the world.

Interspersed with these true stories are dozens of interesting statistics, practical help, and valuable resources.

Ask your favorite bookstore to order Deliver Me for you through Ingram Distributors. Or order online right now through

Cover price: $14.99 (236 pages from Connections Press, 2011).

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Chapter 1: Who Faces Unplanned Pregnancy?

Through two stories—one from a woman at the younger end of the child-bearing age, the other from the older end—see that those who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy are unique and diverse.

Chapter 2: What About Her Family?

Through these four stories witness how an unplanned pregnancy affects whole families, including the angry parents of a teenaged couple, a young woman shunned by her family, and the grandparents of pregnant teenagers.

Chapter 3: When a Woman Considers Abortion

Four stories show women struggling to make their own choices about their pregnancies.

Chapter 4: Learning from Those Who Have Experienced Abortion

Ten women share why they chose abortion, how it affected them and their lives, and afterwards...sometimes even decades they found the healing that they longed for.

Chapter 5: For, By, and About Men

In these six stories, men share how an unplanned pregnancy impacted them, what they did, how they influenced the women in their lives, how their choices affected them in the long-term, and how and where they found the help or the healing that they needed.

Chapter 6: Helping Her Keep Her Child

Through six stories we’ll meet people and places that help women in need who do not want to choose abortion but rather want to bear and raise their children.

Chapter 7: When a Woman Gives Her Child for Adoption

Meet six women who made the incredibly difficult but loving choice to place their child for adoption to a home that could offer what they could not. Learn how the decision impacted them, how they lived with their decision, and whether they ever saw their child again.

Chapter 8: Who Are These People Who Help Women Find Options?

In these nine stories you’ll meet a cross-section of the people who come alongside to help those in an unplanned pregnancy. Why are they so willing to help? How did they come to be in this work?

Chapter 9: Reaching Out, Helping People, and Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy

Through these seven stories meet some of the people who help others heal from past pregnancy-related issues and get a glimpse of who is working to prevent unplanned pregnancy and how.


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Dianne E. Butts

Dianne E. Butts

Author of Deliver Me who compiled and edited the stories.



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