When HANNAH'S HOPE arrived last week, I picked it up just to scan it...and couldn't put it down until I absolutely had to. A couple nights ago, I picked it up again and started from the beginning with highlighter in hand. Eventually, I forgot the highlighter, and forgot the time. Normally, that only happens with fiction or John Piper. I ended up reading the whole thing straight through then, and it's still on my current reading list, because I'm going back through it again more slowly.I've seen in myself the tendency many women battling infertility have, to focus so much on my empty arms that nothing else seems to matter. But I do not want to be "that woman." My identity is wrapped in the identity of Christ, whether He ever allows me to be a mother or not. Hannah's Hope is just such a book to help me be the woman I want to be - and that I believe God wants me to be. Mrs. Saake writes from personal experience with all three child-bearing difficulties she addresses. She's struggled to conceive, miscarried multiple times, and she has watched multiple adoptions fall through. She knows what she's about in this arena.She is so gracious, and so hopeful! She understands the pain, and though she kindly acknowledges the natural emotional responses to everything an infertile or grieving woman is going through, she doesn't allow her readers to wallow. Instead, she points us always, gently, to Christ. Mrs. Saake's treatment of such an emotional and devastating issue is one of the best available. HANNAH'S HOPE is written out of a heart that's been there, and has learned to hold tightly to Christ, because only in Him is true strength found.
Saake has written one of the most outstanding and comprehensive books I have ever read in the area of infertility. She knows! She has been there. Saake shares her heartaches with honesty in great depth and integrity. I strongly urge you to read this book, especially if you are a person in ministry or Christian leadership. This book has comforted me greatly in my own battle with infertility.
Finding this book was such a blessing! I've read it again and again throughout our struggle with infertility and loss. Makes a great devotional also. I've read several books on the subject, but this was by far the best. I only wish I would have found it sooner!
Hannah's Hope is a wonderful book that addresses the pain of infertility and God's faithfullness throughout a couples infertilty journey. This book can be used as a devotional and is not a book to keep to yourself. I have already passed mine on and plan on getting a few more copies to keep on hand. It helps families and churches also to understand the struggles that couples are facing that is often a very private matter.
I suffered Primary Infertlity for 8 years before I conceived and lost my first child. I was completely lost and disillusioned, because for 8 years I had trusted my LORD to give me children in His time.Hannah's Hope helped me to understand what I was feeling and I actually used it as a devotional - I prayed through each chapter, and talked to God about my disillusionment and grief over trying for and losing our precious child.Jennifer is honest and candid about her personal journey and what God has taught her through the fire of Infertility and Loss. Her book is a pricelss addition to any Infertile family's library.