The Infertility Companion: Hope and Help for Couples Facing Infertility  -     By: Sandra L. Glahn
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The Infertility Companion: Hope and Help for Couples Facing Infertility

Zondervan / 2004 / Paperback

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Infertility changes everything, shattering dreams and breaking hearts. But help is available-today more than ever. This book focuses on important questions including: how can we make moral, biblical decisions about medical treatment; can people of faith ethically use high-tech infertility treatments; and how can the stress of infertility on marriage can be minimized. Included are discussion questions and a workbook suitable for individuals, couples or small groups.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0310249619
ISBN-13: 9780310249610
UPC: 025986249618
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Publisher's Description

Endorsed by the Christian Medical Association. A Comprehensive Christian Guide to the Challenges of Infertility • Medical • Ethical • Emotional • Marital • Spiritual • Biblical Infertility changes everything, shattering dreams and breaking hearts. But hope is available—today more than ever. The Infertility Companion draws on the Bible and on current medical knowledge, including the latest research, to shed light on such questions as: •Can people of faith ethically use high-tech infertility treatments? •How do we make moral, biblical decisions about medical treatment, third-party reproduction, stem cell research, and embryo adoption? •Is God punishing me? •Does God even care? •Will adoption increase our chances of getting pregnant? •How can we reduce the stress of infertility on our marriage relationship? •How can we keep sex from becoming a chore? These theologically trained authors have taught at a variety of conferences on infertility, pregnancy loss, and adoption, and they have helped thousands of couples to face the future through their message of encouragement. The Infertility Companion includes discussion questions and a workbook suitable for individuals, couples, or small groups. Full of practical tips and true stories, this book will guide couples past the ethical pitfalls of assisted reproductive technologies as they travel the difficult road ahead. An all-encompassing guide for the Christian infertility patient. Where other books fall short, this “companion” aids the patient not only with the physical and emotional aspects of this journey, but also helps answer the tough spiritual and ethical questions that arise in a couple’s desire to conceive.—Julie Watson, Conceiving Concepts

Author Bio

Sandra Glahn, ThM, is adjunct professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, her alma mater. She is the coauthor of eight books, including the CBA bestseller and Christy Award finalist, Lethal Harvest. She is also editor-in-chief of the award-winning magazine Kindred Spirit. Glahn is currently pursuing a PhD in aesthetic studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. She serves on the board of the Dallas Christian Medical/Dental Associations and the advisory board of Hannah's Prayer. William R. Cutrer, M.D., is an OB/GYN and an ordained minister. He is the Gheens Professor of Christian Ministry and the director of the Gheens Center for Marriage and Family at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He serves as the medical director at A Woman's Choice Pregnancy Resource Center. He is the author of Choice Today: A Pregnancy Resource and Under the Fig Leaves, and coauthor of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage and The Infertility Companion. He has also coauthored the novels Lethal Harvest, Deadly Cure, and False Positive.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 5, 2008
    Heather
    a great book. It helps one to understand things from a husband's perspective and gave hints on how to keep infertility from changing your marriage in a bad way.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 10, 2007
    Tiffany Schlueter
    This book has made me cry, made me laugh, and ultimately has helped me achieve peace about our struggle with infertility. I'm not ready to give up yet, but if that time comes, this book will help me cope with that too. Its very informative, and theraputic for both me and my husband. Thanks to the authors!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 9, 2005
    Mary DeMuth
    Right around this time of year, sermons about Mothers Day and the beauty of parenthood bring grief to those experiencing the hellish ride of infertility. Though I have not personally experienced this, I have walked with several friends that have. This book was invaluable in helping me understand the medical, spiritual and emotional issues facing infertile couples. Glahns personal story is woven throughout, giving the reader glimpses into the pain of infertility. Cutrer offers the reader practical and sound medical advice, gleaned from years and years of treating infertile couples. Both grapple with theological questions like Is infertility a curse from God? and Why did God create sex? Perhaps the most helpful chapter detailed the well-intentioned (but painful) things people say: Just relax. You can have my children for a weekend. If you adopt, youll conceive. Just trust God. The latter half of the book deals with the ethics of medical intervention in an honest, non-alarmist way. If you are looking for an infertility manual with heart, pick up this book. If you are longing to love a friend or family member through infertilitys minefield, read it for understanding.
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