Best-selling author comes home

unPlanned soared to No. 8 on non fiction listings

Abby Brannam Johnson signs books for (L-R) Judy Hudson, Frances Hertless, Jo Ann Bradford. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Abby Brannam Johnson signs books for (L-R) Judy Hudson, Frances Hertless, Jo Ann Bradford. Reporter/Mike Brown Rockdale’s Tejas Fest hosted one of the nation’s best-selling non-fiction authors for four hours Saturday at Christian Information Book Store, but Abby Brannam Johnson didn’t start out to become one.

Johnson’s book unPlanned, the story of her change of heart from a Planned Parenthood clinic employee to a pro-life movement spokesman, became an unexpected best seller this year.

“It was due out and I remember being called and told it was already No. 480 on Amazon’s non-fiction best seller list,” she said. “I thought, wow, top 500 thank you God, I never expected that.”

Then came another call. No. 230, then top 100. The book peaked at No 8. It’s been in the top 100 for more than 40 weeks.

Johnson’s life changed. She is now one of the most visible prolife personalities in the United States. She has appeared on Bill O’Rielly’s show, been interviewed by all the major networks and print media outlets.

There’s been another side to the celebrity. She’s been attacked and vilified for her stand by opponents in the hyper- emotional abortion debate.

“ When those hateful things first started happening, they bothered me,” she said. “I thought I had to respond to all of them, to tell the truth about what they were saying,” she said.

“But I prayed a lot about it and came to realize there are a lot of people out there who are hurting,” he said. “There’s a lot of anger and anger is a part of the healing process.”

“I’ve also gotten a lot of wonderful support,” she said.

Turnout to meet and greet Johnson was heavy and included family members and friends.

Johnson is a 1997 graduate of Rockdale High School.

“I believe I will probably write another book at some point,” she said. “Right now everything is so busy.”

After leaving Rockdale Johnson already has committed to appearances in Abilene, Chicago, Cleveland and Spokane.

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