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Unique New Book Offers Real Stories of Those Changed by Abortion

Michaelene Fredenburg's "Changed: Making Sense of Your Own or a Loved One's Abortion Experience" Now Available

Contact: Ashley Walker, 678-990-9032; Christine Schicker, 404-610-8871; both with The Maximus Group

SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 29 /Christian Newswire/ -- Their stories draw you in, and their voices speak of familiar expectations, confusion, and grief. They are husbands and boyfriends, parents and grandparents, friends — and each has wrestled with the difficult decision to end a pregnancy. But ultimately, the real people who share their abortion experiences in Michaelene Fredenburg's new book Changed: Making Sense of Your Own or a Loved One's Abortion Experience offer readers the hope that comes with the kind of frank, compassionate, and open dialogue people should have about this most sensitive of topics.

Changed: Making Sense of Your Own or a Loved One's Abortion Experience, is designed as a handbook for beginning healing. The first half of the book, titled "Voices", features the true stories of those whose lives have been touched by abortion. For the men and women who have experienced abortion, the stories communicate that they are not alone. For those who haven't had an abortion, these stories are an invitation to listen and empathize with experiences and emotions that are rarely talked about. The remainder of the book, "Healing Pathways", is dedicated to equipping readers with therapeutic tools to begin to explore the range of emotions and reactions many feel after an abortion experience.

"This book is close to my heart, because I've been there," says author Michaelene Fredenburg. Fredenburg, whose story opens Changed, had an abortion at 18, and struggled for years afterward with unexpected emotions and self-destructive behavior. Only when she revealed her long-kept secret did she understand that she was not alone in her grief: "I slowly became aware of how my choice to abort had impacted my family...I was surprised and saddened that my parents, my sister, and even my children struggled to deal with the loss of a family member through abortion."

That realization compelled Michaelene to launch a unique nationwide outreach, Abortion Changes You(TM), that aims to help not only those who’ve had an abortion, but also those who love them. The outreach uses dynamic resources, including the book Changed (www.changedbook.com), an interactive Web site (www.AbortionChangesYou.com), various multimedia tools and resources (available at www.AbortionChangesYouResources.com), and connections to local counseling resources, including after abortion healing resources.

More than one out of every three women will have had an abortion by age 45. Partners, family members, and friends can also be affected by a loved one's decision to abort. It is rare not to know someone who has been touched by abortion.

"You are not alone," Fredenburg tells readers of "Changed", adding the invitation that "this book is a safe place to begin." After exploring the stories of others, readers can begin the healing process in a series of guided chapters, including journaling their own story; identifying and building personal and professional support networks; exploring their emotions, identifying losses, and recognizing unhealthy behaviors.

"Everyone works through the healing process differently and at their own pace," says Michaelene "Whether the abortion happened recently, or years ago, there is always hope." With this unique and powerful, 275-page book — filled with authentic experiences and comforting resources — anyone changed by an abortion can begin taking the purposeful steps to wholeness and peace.

To schedule an interview with Michaelene and/or to request a review copy of "Changed: Making Sense of Your Own or a Loved One's Abortion Experience", contact Ashley Walker (678) 990-9032 or Christine Schicker (404) 610-8871 of The Maximus Group.

"Changed: Making Sense of Your Own or a Loved One's Abortion Experience" By Michaelene Fredenburg
Life Perspectives
ISBN 978-0-9800633-0-1
To order, call 1(877) 325-HEAL or visit www.changedbook.com