I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy  -     By: Angie Smith
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I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy

B&H Books / 2010 / Paperback

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.64 (inches)
ISBN: 080546428X
ISBN-13: 9780805464283
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Publisher's Description

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

Author Bio

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 Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University and lives with her husband and daughters in Nashville, Tennessee.

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

Author Bio

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 Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University and lives with her husband and daughters in Nashville, Tennessee.

Publisher Description

At the heart of the book is Angie’s story of the loss of Audrey Caroline, her newborn daughter, and the many stories surrounding that event. But interwoven with the story are Angie’s 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. It’s 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 doesn’t 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.

ChristianBookPreviews.com

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, won’t survive out of the womb. God uses Smith’s 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 author’s past blog and journal entries. Smith frequently references the Gospel story of Lazarus’s 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 master’s degree in developmental psychology to educate parents on how they should explain a child’s 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 don’t have to be a mother or a parent to appreciate the lessons in this book. Smith’s 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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  1. hollymarie
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    Age: 25-34
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful, heartbreaking, gave me hope
    February 21, 2013
    hollymarie
    Saskatchewan, Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was one of the best books I have read in awhile. Angie's openess, vulnerability and faith was inspiring. I'm going through a hard time in my life right now due to infertility, and the hope that Angie had while waiting on God through her trials, made ME feel hopeful in my own trial. I highly recommend this to any woman, or a man whose wife experienced a miscarriage or the loss of a child.
  2. Janeece
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    Gender: female
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    To Heal
    January 31, 2013
    Janeece
    Kearney, Nebraska
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    During the healing process I was just stuck. This book was key to healing and moving on. I still refer to it. I love Angie's words about the Fathers heart and how we need to be completely honest with Him even in pain and anger. Very easy read...highly recommend it! :)
  3. bcouk
    Texas
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Experience of hope in tragedy
    April 12, 2012
    bcouk
    Texas
    Age: Over 65
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    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    A must read for anyone who has experienced or has a loved one who has had to make the decision of whether or not to continue a pregnancy after being told by her doctor her baby will not survive.
  4. darlene
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    Must have book
    January 18, 2012
    darlene
    Quality: 5
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    Any one who has had a miscarriage,loss of a new born ,or greiving grandmothers(me).

    I purchased this book as a gift for my daughters and daughter in law who have all walked this journey.

    Compassionate,tear jerker,scripture related book.

    Written with a wonderful ability to share a most difficult subject...
  5. Gritsy
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    Gender: female
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    Gritsy
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    Excellent, powerful book to help anyone walking through a difficult season of life... regardless of the difficulty being experienced. Bought several copies to give as Christmas gifts and to have on hand to share with those who are grieving. Angie Smith is so transparent throughout the book as she shares her journey of grief.
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