A great book for the emotional infertility journey
March 22, 2013
Rock Island, IL
This 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.
This 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.
This 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!
I 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.
Hannah'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!