Hannah's Hope: Seeking God's Heart in the Midst of Infertility, Miscarriage, & Adoption Loss
Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2005
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bkwizeRock Island, ILAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A great book for the emotional infertility journeyMarch 22, 2013bkwizeRock Island, ILAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book has a lot of great info dealing with infertility, whether it's for someone going through the infertility journey or for a pastor, friend or family member of one. There are a lot of emotions to deal with for those facing this journey, as well as questions from inquisitive people who have no idea how they come across. This book helps the inquisitive know what to ask, how to act and overall how to be sensitive, but it also helps the one facing infertility to know that certain feelings will be felt and how to deal with those feelings. I found it a tremendous help, above others that I have read concerning the subject.
BettyReno, NVAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The handbook for those facing infertility andJune 26, 2012BettyReno, NVAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This incredibly honest and straightforward book speaks to the hearts of those suffering with infertility and infant loss. The Burden Bearers portions are so helpful to those wanting to understand and assist.
KristiColumbia, SCAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Loved this book!August 29, 2011KristiColumbia, SCAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a wonderful book for anyone dealing with pregnancy loss, adoption loss, or infertility. Hearing the story of Hannah and then seeing how her story relates to mine made the Bible come alive in a new way. The "Burden Bearer" sections are especially helpful for those in ministry to want to reach out to couples dealing with these difficult struggles. This is a book I plan to share with others!
conradeVancouver, BCAge: 45-54Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Journey to HopeJuly 21, 2011conradeVancouver, BCAge: 45-54Gender: maleI admit that I am moved by Saake's story. The book makes me aware of some of the damage even good Christian people can unwittingly cause. Things like insensitive phrases to suffering people to "snap out of it." Things like irritating words such as:
- "I understand." (but How can one truly understand?)
- "Things will get better. Don't worry." (but How do you know? Are you God?)
- "I'm afraid to call you lest you are upset." (but Why not just ask?)
- "Is God punishing you?" (but hurtful and smacks of self-righteousness)
The part that I particularly find helpful is the section on "Burden Bearers." In an age where it is so easy to say "I'm struggling with you," the practicing of it is not that simple. I am glad Saake shows the way, by being true and honest with herself, with God, and with the reader. It can be a convenient Bible study guide. Each chapter begins with Scripture references, a sharing from Saake's painful past, an exhortation to hope in God, and some questions to ponder on faith and contemplation. What I particularly like is how Saake weaves her life by being honest to God in her struggles, as well as her intentionality in obeying the Word of God in her heart. She possesses a profound understanding of suffering and pain. This makes her sharing particularly meaningful. Those struggling with issues of miscarriages, infertility, or adoption difficulties, will find much comfort and hope in these pages. While on one hand, one perceives a life of faith as challenging, it is also rewarding too, seeing how one life has been used to bless so many, including hers.
Reading this book brings to mind the following phrase I saw on TV last night.
"Those who have suffered understand suffering and therefore extend their hand." (Patti Smith)
This book is Saake's way of extending her hand.
This book has been supplied to me free by NavPress publisher without any obligation for a positive review. The opinions expressed above are freely mine.
HappytoLivemissouriAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Very worthwhile read!May 18, 2011HappytoLivemissouriAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Hannah's Hope by Jennifer Saake (Seekig God's heart in the midst of infertility, miscarriage, and adoption loss), is a must read for anyone who is dealing or has dealt with infertility issues. This book discusses envy, lenght of hurt, bitterness, prayer, the churches response to infertility, grief,failed adpotions, ministering to others, and worshiping while waiting-among other touchy topics.
Having struggled with first time and secondary infertility, I caught myself going, "yes, I felt just like that", or "exactly what someone said to me." It is a great book that includeS biblical stories and scripture for infertility stuggles as well as a section at the end of each chapter for "burden bears." This section is for the people struggling along side the mate or friend dealing with infertility issues.
I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a glimpse into the heart of someone dealing and struggling internally or outward with infertility or failed adoption issues.
This book was given to me through a blogger review program. The opinions expressed are soley my own. Thank you!
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Tell us a little about yourself. I grew up dreaming of a large family. But dreams and reality don't always mesh. Chronic illness, the diagnosis of infertility, recurrent miscarriages and many unsuccessful attempts to adopt, caused me to question my faith and stuggle with deep depression. I became angry with God, bitter and disconnected from the world around me, even entertaining thoughts of suicide for a season. After much work on my hard heart, the Lord eventually broke through my bitterness and did an awsome thing with my humble desire to start a "small, local support group" back in 1994. Hannah's Prayer Ministries, where I served on the Board of Directors from 1995-2003 and now carry the title of director emeritus, has grown into an international ministry reaching tens of thousands of hurting families. Following ten years and ten losses (three miscarriages and adoption attempts), my husband and I are inexpressibly thankful for the two living children God has added to our family. While motherhood is a blessing I do not take for granted, I have learned through infertility and loss that my value as a woman does not come from my reproductive nor parenting abilities, but in Christ alone.
What was your motivation behind this project? In the midst of our struggles I often felt very alone, both in my circle of friends and in my relationship with God. In fact, I felt mistreated and abandoned by Him. But even when I doubted His love and accused Him of horrible things, He ultimately proved Himself faithful to carry us through these painful years. I want every family struggling through such dark waters of grief to know that you are not alone! The incredible reality of God's love is a Father who willing faced the death of His only Child to pay the price of my eternal adoption. If He went to such great sorrow and pain to build His family, He surly understands what I am walking through as I struggle to grow mine! As someone who has "been there," I want to walk alongside women in this struggle and tell them the words I needed to hear. "Even if you can't feel God right now, He is here. He does love you and He does care. It's ok to be angry with Him; He's big enough to handle everything you can throw at Him. But keep taking your pain to Him, don't run away and try to hide from Him or the pain will only continue to fester deeper and deeper in your heart."
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? My prayer for this book is that woman grieving over empty arms: will learn that they are not alone; will understand that their pain is valid while learning God honoring ways to cope with the emotions of this journey; will discover that the Father who perhaps seems cruel, unjust or unloving right now, truly does understand this sorrow and personally care about the anguish; and will find hope to draw the next breath. I also seek to help encourage and educate our "burden bearers," those God calls to come alongside and support hurting hearts in this journey, with clear and applicable ways to live with their grieving loved ones in an understanding way.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My primary influence for this book is the Biblical story of Hannah, found in First Samuel, chapters 1 and 2. I had initially loathed this story as it seemed Hannah's example was always being thrown in my face as proof that God would give me a child if I just had "enough faith" like Hannah. But I eventually learned to love this woman and gleaned so many encouraging lessons from her life. Debra Bridwell, author of "The Ache for a Child" was a key person God used to get my attention and let me know that He did listen and did hear in the midst of my journey. Without her honest and life-changing book, I would not be where I am today. Other authors that have greatly impacted me have been Sandra Glahn, author of "When Empty Arms Become a Heavy Burden" and "Infertility Companion," Kathe Wunnenberg, author of "Grieving the Child I Never Knew," John MacArthur for his book "Safe In the Arms of God," and Jan Frank for "A Graceful Waiting." My all-time favorite fiction author is Janette Oke. I also enjoy Beverly Lewis, Jane Peart, Lori Wick and several others. My favorite music artist is Steven Curtis Chapman. Other groups I especially enjoy are Sierra and Point of Grace, along with the praise music of Hillsong.