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An abortion survivor and leading pro-life spokeswoman tells her inspiring and sometimes surprising story of redemption, healing, and forgiveness, offering grace and support - not shame - to women facing the most difficult decision of their lives. 

“Claire’s heart-wrenching and inspiring story is exactly what our world needs today.” (Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action, author of Fighting for Life)

Foreword by Abby Johnson, best-selling author of Unplanned, and afterword by Josh McDowell, founder of Josh McDowell Ministry

Raised in a loving adoptive home, Claire Culwell, at the age of 21, decided to meet her birth mother - and got the shock of her life. Claire’s birth mother, Tonya, confessed that when she was pregnant with Claire, she’d gone to a clinic for an abortion. Yet, after the abortion, the pregnancy continued to progress. What Tonya’s doctor had overlooked was that she’d been pregnant with twins. The abortion that terminated the life of Claire’s twin had miraculously spared Claire. 

Claire embraced the unique circumstances, soon sharing her story with the world and urging her listeners to understand how abortion takes the life of a child. When Claire faced her own unplanned pregnancy as a single woman, she embraced the added opportunity to step into the shoes of those she advocates for. Her heart grew bigger on the issue of life, which increased her extension of empathy and grace to women in pregnancy crisis. At the same time, she began to challenge churches to truly value not just the unborn but also the women who face unexpected pregnancy. 

Survivor is Claire’s incredible story of surviving abortion and advocating for life - the lives of unborn babies as well as the lives of their mothers. Her powerful message of grace speaks louder than politics or controversy or shame as she inspires each of us to choose life wherever we are.

©2021 Claire Culwell, Lois Mowday Rabey, Steve Rabey (P)2021 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“Claire Culwell is living, breathing proof that each and every preborn life is sacred. Not only does she have a powerful story to share about surviving an abortion attempt, but she also exemplifies Christlike compassion and forgiveness for women who have sought abortions - including her own biological mother. This inspiring book has the potential to change hearts and touch lives!” (Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family) 

“Claire’s heart-wrenching and inspiring story is exactly what our world needs today. She bears witness to the beauty and gift of every life, and the transforming power of forgiveness. We would all do well to learn from the story of Survivor and let Claire’s example convict and encourage us in the fight for life.” (Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action and author of Fighting for Life)
 

“The beauty of Claire Culwell’s story is that it’s not just about surviving an abortion; it’s about helping others survive, too - through unplanned pregnancies, difficult circumstances, and past regrets. While some might have been tempted to let the pain of what happened define them, Claire made a different choice. She allowed God to use her journey to bring a message of hope and healing to a country in desperate need of voices like hers. In a culture that wants us to believe miracles like Claire don’t happen, she is living proof: Every life has the potential to change the world.” (Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council)

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  • Elizabeth P.
  • 2021-11-29

lovely, heart wrenching, beautiful

I loved this book. listened to it in 2 days. I could relate to Claire on so many levels.

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  • 2021-07-14

Great story of a lady who refused to be a victim

I found this story to be very interesting, very sincere, and very uplifting. It is a unique perspective. it is a heartbreaking concept, but this woman made choices all along the way to rise above her circumstance. She also does a good job at taking us on the journey with her.
She uses her platform well to spread positivity, forgiveness, and God's grace. She has a pleasant voice for the narration.

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  • Sharon S
  • 2021-05-27

An amazing story

This story has you on the verge of crying, laughing, sighing…up and down! It is amazing!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-11

Remarkable and Inspiring!!!

A truly remarkable and inspiring story. It opened up my eyes on the subject matter in so many ways. A fantastic read, a page turner that will remain in my memories for years to come. Absolutely Brilliant!!!