Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those Struggling with Infertility  -     By: Marlo Schalesky
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Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those Struggling with Infertility

Baker Books / 2001 / Paperback

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Empty Womb, Aching Heart accurately portrays the agony of infertility written by those who've been there. The first-person stories will reach you whether you're struggling with grief, anger or confusion. Not all the stories have happy endings, but you'll see how God consistently blesses lives, with or without children.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 8.50 X 6.00 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764224107
ISBN-13: 9780764224102

Publisher's Description

Hope and Help For Those Struggling With Infertility

When the professional advice isn't enough, and you've had your fill of well-meaning comments from those who haven't experienced infertility, Marlo Schalesky wants you to know you are not alone. The true stories she tells of couples who share your hopes, fears, frustrations, and the comfort only God can bring will encourage your heart.

Infertility strikes at the core of what it means to be a woman or man, tests marriages, and shakes faith. The honest, open, and emotionally resonant first-person stories in Empty Womb, Aching Heart will touch your life--as you "cry in the diaper aisle," wonder if you "are less of a woman," ask "How far should we go?" or whisper to God, "It's not fair."

Author Bio

Marlo Schalesky is a frequent contributor to Today's Christian Woman and Discipleship Journal, as well as a minister in the Church of the Nazarene. Marlo and her husband live in California.

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    Though I do not agree with some of the ethical choices some writers made, I have recommended and do recommend this book as a comfort and help to those who are also suffering from infertility. I found I could relate to many of the stories, and it helped me to let me tears out and understand that I am not alone.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 5, 2008
    It was great to read other people's perspectives of dealing with infertility and the way it changes your life.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 4, 2004
    Allison Martin
    This book is an excellent guidepost to those who are coming to terms with the acceptance of infertility in their lives.Empty Womb, Aching Heart is a well crafted anthology of stories told by women and men struggling with infertility. Related in the first person, these are actual stories of all too familiar events - Mother's Day, a failed adoption, another useless round of infertility tests. This book faces head on the resultant impact that infertility can have on your faith and understanding of God in your life. There are not a lot of unreal endings here, instead these are thoughtful accounts by people who have faced a world where their most heartfelt dream of a child may not come true. Each of these stories is a little gem, with its own hard won yet illuminating flash of understanding. To achieve true healing and return to trust in God, each person must come to terms with the lose of their desire and what God's love means to them.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 9, 2003
    maria smith
    This book was exactly what I needed and it came at the perfect time. It is exactly what the author said it would be. No help in regards to how to fix your infertility issues but it showed me that there were many christian couples who are faced with the same issues that I am currently dealing with. There are many couples who have these problems but no one has taken the time in letting us know that we are not alone!!! That GOD is with us every step of the way. Thank you Marlo for this inspirational book, may GOD bless you and each and every person who had a say in this project.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Marlo Schalesky
Located in: Gilroy, CA
Submitted: April 25, 2001

    Tell us a little about yourself.  Even when I was a little girl and boys had cooties, I knew that someday I’d grow up, get married, and have children. After all, didn’t everyone? But the years passed, and no children came. Yet, advice was plentiful. Everyone who discovered that we were having trouble conceiving volunteered their own magic cure. Our fertility specialist loaded us down with pamphlets, articles, and information on web-sites. But, despite all the information, my heart still felt as if it were breaking every day. And the specialist offered no cure for that.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Eventually, I met others, just like me, who were struggling with the same heartaches, questions, and fears. As they shared their stories over cups of coffee or glasses of lemonade, I encountered a type of wisdom and comfort that was not available in the reams of information I had on infertility. Theirs were stories of experience, of those who had walked the path I trod and found a glimmer of peace in the midst of it. Their understanding and insights changed me, helped me to see through the darkness of infertility, and showed me God as I had never seen Him before.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  This book is a compilation of their stories, the experiences of people who have struggled and are struggling through the pain of infertility. It is not meant to be guidebook on infertility treatments, or a manual on what to do, think, or feel. It gives no easy answers. It offers no quick cures. Rather, this book comes from the hearts of fellow travelers, like you, and in its pages I pray that you’ll find what you need - hope, understanding, and the healing touch of God.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Please also check out my historical fiction series, the Winds of Freedom: Book 1, CRY FREEDOM, and Book 2, FREEDOMS SHADOW (published by Crossway Books).

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