Grieving the Child I Never Knew: A Devotional for Comfort in the Loss of Your Unborn or Newly Born Child
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When the anticipation of your child's birth turns into the grief of loss, there is strength and encouragement in the wisdom of others who have shared your experience and found that God's comfort is real.
Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
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Warm, encouraging and truly helpful for anyone experiencing the terrible loss of a baby.
When the anticipation of your childs birth turns into the grief of miscarriage, tubal pregnancy, stillbirth, or early infant death, no words on earth can ease your loss. But there is strength and encouragement in the wisdom of others who have been there and found that Gods comfort is real.
Having experienced three miscarriages and the death of an infant son, Kathe Wunnenberg knows the deep anguish of losing a child. Grieving the Child I Never Knew was born from her personal journey through sorrow. It is a wise and tender companion for mothers whose hearts have been brokenmothers whose dreams have been shattered and who wonder how to go on.
This devotional collection will help those mothers grieve honestly and well. With seasoned insights and gentle questions, it invites the reader to present her hurts before God, and to receive over time the healing that He alone can and will provide.
Each devotion includes:
- Scripture passage and prayer
- Steps Toward Healing questions
- Space for journaling
- Readings for holidays and special occasions also included
Kathe Wunnenberg is the founder and president of Hopelifters Unlimited. She is a speaker, writer, leader, and connector known for her ability to offer creative solutions for real life problems. The author of Grieving the Loss of a Loved One and Grieving the Child I Never Knew, Kathe lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her family.
Connect with Kathe at www.hopelifters.com
Thistle5 Stars Out Of 5Practical Biblical Grief Help Manual for MothersMarch 23, 2016ThistleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The author divides grief into six parts: Hiding, Suffering, Questioning, Forgiving, Relating, and Seeking, with five devotionals in each section. Each devotional has a verse of Scripture, a prayer, and several questions for the reader to work through called 'Steps Toward Healing.'
At the back of the book the author has written 'A Prayer Guide for Special Days.' This is a unique and lovely addition to the text, in which she notes a passage of Scripture for numerous special life events, with blanks for the reader's name. This is a wonderful personal practical application tool toward healing. What better than personal prayer?
I have to honestly say that I have not experienced the loss of a child. I hope that is not offensive to those who have. I know that I do not understand your grief. But I hoped by reading this book to be better able to understand what is helpful for those who have lost a child before or at birth.
The author is well-qualified to write on this subject. She gives personal testimony, Biblical truth, permission to feel, and thought-provoking questions which spur the reader to action. This book is not intended as a fix-and-forget tool, but as a guide to be used throughout the reader's life as grief issues present themselves.
I recommend this book for all women whether they have grieved the loss of their baby or not. It would be a great gift for grieving moms. It can be used individually or in a group setting.
My Rating: 5 stars
I received my copy of Grieving the Child I Never Knew from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Opinions are my own.
Rachel F.5 Stars Out Of 5Great for the Healing and Grieving of Child LossJanuary 23, 2016Rachel F.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was very happy to run into this book on a website. I didn't want to read it but knew I just had to. I needed help. I needed to not feel so alone. And most of all I needed God to help me through it. Grieving the Child I Never Knew is an amazing tribute to lost babies. While acknowledging the loss, it helps one grieve properly and in a healthy way. There are 31 devotions included in this beautiful little book that has a ribbon bookmark attached. I honeslty cannot do the devotional every day so it has taken me longer to finish than just a month. It digs deep into the real issue, the real anger and the real part of the loss. I really felt that Kathe Wunnenberg really did know how I felt; well because she lived it. It is SO nice to have someone helping who actually KNOWS and doesn't pretend to know. She has been there so she understands the deep issue of hurt contained in this loss.
The book is broken down into 7 parts: Hiding, Suffering, Questioning, Forgiving, Relating, Seeking and Sharing Your Story. Different parts hold a different step in the process of healing and I appreciate that it goes in depth to each part.
Every devotion contains a scripture and a prayer as well as questions to answer to help yourself delve more into the healing process. Honestly, if I just read this without asking myself the questions it wouldn't have done as much good as it has. I personally kept a separate notebook to write my answers in so that I could keep the book in great condition and it helped me be able to write a little more free instead of in the spaces in the book.
Not only does this have devotions it also contains a section that is entitled A Prayer Guide for Special Days. Special days can make child loss that much harder, such as getting ANOTHER negative pregnancy test, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas and the one of the hardest of all when someone close to you announces a pregnancy or you have to face a baby shower. These are all very difficult days for those who have experienced loss and these prayers can definitely help get through them easier.
There is also a discussion guide if this so happens to be a part of a Grieving Support group, which it could very easily be used for. It would open others up who have been down the same road or who are going down that road heal.
This book for me is truly a God send and I am very grateful to have been able to read through it. I will definitely refer to it on those darker, harder days to help bring myself up. As we all know, healing from such deep wounds doesn't happen overnight.