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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press; First Printing edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580054102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580054102
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #688,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Sara Connell burns through abstract questions about the ethics and limits of medicalized fertility and gets to the heart of things. The result is a powerful testament to the depth and complexity of mother love. “
—Ariel Gore, founding editor of Hip Mama and the author of Bluebird

“Sara Connell’s journey to motherhood is a modern miracle. Her lyrical book chronicles an adventure that leads us into uncharted territory. Connell reaches deep into her heart to write about the desire for children, the sacred trust of marriage, the enduring bonds between mothers and daughters, and the sustaining power of hope. I couldn’t put it down.”
—Dominique Browning, Senior Director, Moms Clean Air Task Force

“Be prepared to be blown away. Bringing in Finn is about a family so determined to bring a baby into the world that they push every convention possible and succeed in making a miracle.”
—Michelle Lowe, playwright, author of Inana, winner of the 2010 Francesca Primus Prize

Bringing in Finn is a must-read for anyone who is in any stage of yearning—for a child, for a mother, for a family, for faith. This is a story for anyone with an unfulfilled longing or desire.”
—Christie Tate, author of Outlaw Mama

“…this is an amazing journey, beautifully shared. It calls us to celebrate what matters most, persevere in times of despair, and know the Truth that Love always prevails.”
—Marian Baker, author of Wake Up Inspired

About the Author

Sara Connell is an author, speaker, and life coach with a private practice in Chicago. A frequent media contributor, Sara has appeared on Oprah, NPR, WGN, and FOX News Chicago, and will soon appear on Good Morning America, Nightline, and The View. Sara's writing has been featured in: ELLE, Good Housekeeping, Parenting, Psychobabble, Evolving Your Spirit, and Mindful Metropolis. Her first book, Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story, was nominated for ELLE magazine's 2012 Book of the Year. Visit Sara at her website, saraconnell.com, and on Facebook.

Customer Reviews

I read this book in one day I couldn't put it down.
Elizabeth
Bringing in Finn is the touching and true story of the family's struggle with fertility but also the inspiring story of unconditional love.
Crystal Casavant-Otto
The story of love a mother has for her child and wanting to give to her at all costs.
Chrissy

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on August 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was totally prepared to hate this book. The tabloidy premise, which is a non-fiction account about a woman who has difficulty carrying a pregnancy to term and uses her mother as a surrogate, could have gone horribly wrong in a lot of different ways. However, what I discovered was a very thoughtful account of the desire to mother that led the author to this very unusual decision.

The author is a life coach and speaker by trade which is probably why the book is so grounded in terms of her ability to examine her feelings and motivations in an accessible and interesting way. Although I don't have children and don't particularly want them, her very passionate writing about her desire to have a child with her husband and her pain at not being able to do so made me feel very invested in her quest.

I would warn anyone who has any sort of gynecological trauma in their past that Connell's experience of miscarriage and the multitude of doctors she deals with in her quest to have a baby might be too painful to read. However, I would highly recommend book this for someone looking to investigate what IVF or other fertility treatments entail or for anyone who is interested in thinking more broadly about the meaning of mothering in our society.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen Russo on August 29, 2012
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My heart is so filled up after reading this beautiful book-- I loved Sara's wide open heart and the sweet, loving journey for her whole family. Thank you for the inspiration! love, Karen
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michele on October 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Last week, I was asked to review Bringing in Finn which, according to the press release, centered around "one woman's hard-fought and often painful journey to motherhood", including "the tragedy and heartbreak of losing pregnancies; the process of opening her heart and mind to the idea of her 61-year-old mother carrying her child for her; and the profound bond that blossomed between mother and daughter as a result of their unique experience together."

When I first read the premise of the book, I debated on whether or not to review it. Although infertility, pregnancy loss, and parenting after loss are extremely relevant to me, as a practicing Catholic, Peter and I had nixed IVF (and therefore things like gestational hosts and surrogates) from our fertility treatment possibilities a decade ago. Was I really the right person to read a book that's premise rests on that? Could I do it without bias and without projecting my personal beliefs about the process itself onto the book? After meditating about it for a bit, I ultimately decided that I could; after all, I work with clients all the time who have made choices that I wouldn't personally make. And I'm really glad that I agreed; while my personal views remain the same, I highly recommend this book for those battling through the trenches of infertility, suffering the devastation of loss, and those who have struggled with connecting with their parents- especially with a mother/daughter connection- on a deeper level, as well as anyone pursuing surrogacy. Mrs. Connell writes with a voice that is passionate and real; it is not surprising that she is a successful life coach and workshop speaker.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christie Tate on September 5, 2012
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Here's why I love this book: While the narrative offers and delivers a gripping story about an unorthadox reproductive journey, it is also a metaphor for what can happen if you allow unexpected people in your life (perhaps your mother, as in Connell's case) to bring you great gifts.

I knew I would give this book to all the people I know who are struggling with fertility. My mind naturally drifted to those who have suffered losses on the route to parenthood. And I firmly believe that they will find in Connell's story inspiration, comfort, and hope.

But, I am passing Bringing in Finn along to anyone who expresses any kind of longing, not just for children, but also for family, or partnership, or healing, or purpose. Those are the friends I most want to read this book full of heroes: Connell's mother, the newly retired 60-year-old, who prepared her body for a post-menopausal pregnancy. Connell's husband who embraced the miraculous possibilities and made delicious meals for the women in this story. Connell herself who generously and gorgeously chronicles her family's story, taking readers from the heartbreak of a second-trimester miscarriage to the triumphant birth of her son Finn. And finally, Finn, the baby whose birth is the result of both astounding medical advances and the awe-inspiring tenacity of his entire family.

This review is excerpted from a longer review I wrote at the following:
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JWester on October 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book!! I couldn't put it down. I read it in a week, and I never read books that quickly.

One aspect of the book that really stands out is the author's sensory descriptions of Chicago's weather extremes. I could almost feel the gusts of cold winter winds hitting me as she described them. The oppressive heat of Chicago summers also hit home.

Of course the book is much deeper than just its setting. The author really opens her heart in describing the joys and pains she experienced throughout the seven-year process of bringing Finn into the world.

My favorite line in the book is on page 12: "My desire to be a mother was like my desire to continue breathing and maintain the use of my limbs."

A close second is the line that follows: "It sounded excruciating to want something so deeply and not know if you'd ever be able to experience it."

Thank you to the author, her husband, her mom and her dad for sharing this extraordinary journey with us. Finn is truly a miracle.
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More About the Author

Sara Connell is an author, speaker and life coach with a private practice in Chicago. She is a frequent contributor in the media and has appeared on Oprah, NPR, WGN, FOX News Chicago- upcoming: Good Morning America, Nightline an The View. Sara's writing has been featured in: Elle Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Parenting, Psychobabble, Evolving Your Spirit and Mindful Metropolis magazines. Her first book- Bringing in Finn; an Extraordinary Surrogacy story- nominated for Book of the Year 2012 by Elle Magazine- is Sara's first book. (Sept 4, 2012 Seal Press)

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