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I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy - eBook
B & H Publishing Group / 2010 / ePub
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I Will Carry You is a powerful story of ultimate loss - a parent's loss of a child - interwoven with the biblical story of Lazarus, helping those walking through the difficult seasons of life to mourn and still have hope. Paperback.
In 2008, Angie Smith and her husband Todd (lead singer of the group Selah) learned through ultrasound that their fourth daughter had conditions making her “incompatible with life.” Advised to terminate the pregnancy, the Smiths chose instead to carry this child and allow room for a miracle. That miracle came the day they met Audrey Caroline and got the chance to love her for the precious two-and-a-half hours she lived on earth. Upon receiving the original diagnosis, Angie started a blog (Bring the Rain) to keep family and friends informed of their journey. Soon, the site exploded in popularity, connecting with thousands who were either experiencing their own heartbreaking situations or simply curious about how God could carry someone through something so tragic. I Will Carry You tells the powerful story of a parent losing her child, interwoven with the biblical story of Lazarus to help those who mourn to still have hope—to find grace and peace in the sacred dance of grief and joy. Endorsement
"This is a beautiful and tender book that would touch any woman's heart, no matter her age or realm of experience. It is about a relationship so intimate with God that it carves a safe place for crises of faith, for faith proved genuine and for divine callings willed, sealed and fulfilled. Yes, this is one mother's moving story. This one mother also happens to be a true writer. We will hear more from her. Angie, I am so proud of you. May Christ continue to tip the ink jar toward your gifted quill."
- Beth Moore
Best-selling author and speaker
Angie Smith is the wife of Todd Smith (lead singer of Dove Award winning group Selah), best-selling author of Mended, I Will Carry You, and What Women Fear, and one of the most popular speakers and blog writers in the country. She holds a Masters degree in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University and lives with her husband and daughters in Nashville, TN.
"This is a beautiful and tender book that would touch any woman's heart, no matter her age or realm of experience. It is about a relationship so intimate with God that it carves a safe place for crises of faith, for faith proved genuine and for divine callings willed, sealed and fulfilled. Yes, this is one mother's moving story. This one mother also happens to be a true writer. We will hear more from her. Angie, I am so proud of you. May Christ continue to tip the ink jar toward your gifted quill." - Beth Moore
Angie Smith is the wife of Todd Smith (lead singer of Dove Award winning group Selah) and author of the popular blog entitled Bring the Rain. She holds a Masters degree in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University and lives with her husband and daughters in Nashville, Tennessee.
At the heart of the book is Angies story of the loss of Audrey Caroline, her newborn daughter, and the many stories surrounding that event. But interwoven with the story are Angies thoughtful reflections of the biblical story of the death and resurrection of Lazarus. In digging deeply in the Lazarus story while she was carrying Audrey Caroline, Angie found the Lazarus story to be a story of terrible brokenness, perceived abandonment, and questioning. Its a story that gave her permission to feel the depths of her pain. And even better than that, she found that the Lazarus story at its core is a story of a God who loves us fiercely and with purpose in everything. It is a story that leaves us with the desire to give all of ourselves to the Lord, who doesnt need to make His ways known to us to be trustworthy. It made Angie fall in love with Jesus in a way that death itself could not shake.
I Will Carry You is a safe place of refuge in the wake of loss, narrated by a woman who has been there. Both intimate and biblical, it will have the feeling of sitting down with someone you have always known who can walk you through a beautiful Christ-given example of how to face tragedy. And as one trained in child psychology, Angie also guides readers toward not only their own healing but how to help their children heal during times of the loss of loved ones.
In I Will Carry You, Angie Smith is transparent about a heartbreaking season in her life. Smith receives the news that her precious baby girl, Audrey, wont survive out of the womb. God uses Smiths testimony to minister to others who are suffering from loss. Smith captivates her audience by sharing tender memories and being honest with her weaknesses and failures. The book comes with a short DVD testimonial given by Smith and her husband Todd. The book contains prayers, Scripture verses, personal testimonies, pictures, quotes, and some of the authors past blog and journal entries. Smith frequently references the Gospel story of Lazaruss death and resurrection to reinforce her thoughts (John 11: 1-43).
Smith does more than just weep for the loss of her child. She uses her masters degree in developmental psychology to educate parents on how they should explain a childs death to any siblings dealing with the loss. Smith has three young daughters who suffer along with her and a husband who also grieves. She approaches this subject with delicate hands and grace.
The most moving chapter is fifteen, wherein Smith writes a letter to her daughter Audrey. This intimate conversation prompts tear. Here is a quote from the letter: He (God) somehow gave us an entire lifetime of memories in such a short time. I would recommend this book to anyone struggling through loss or grief. You dont have to be a mother or a parent to appreciate the lessons in this book. Smiths simple words and sincere heart make this book a powerful text. I highly recommend this book. Tamara Peachy, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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