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About the Author

Janet Thompson has a heart for this topic because of her own infertility scare as a young newlywed and from watching two of her daughters try to fulfill their heart's desire to become mothers. She is the founder and director of About His Work Ministries, and an author and speaker on topics relevant to today's Christian. In 1995 she founded and led the Woman to Woman Mentoring Ministry at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.She holds an MA in Christian Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary, and is the author of numerous books, including Face-to-Face Bible Study Series, (New Hope, 2009), Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter (Howard, 2008), and Dear God, They Say It's Cancer (Howard, 2006). She lives in Orange County, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Leafwood Publishers (April 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891122745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891122746
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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disappointing. I bought this book with high hopes that it would help with the emotional and mostly the spiritual struggles I was experiencing due to the struggles I was having conceiving. This book seemed promising, and most of the reviews on amazon are effusively positive. I did not find this book enlightening, encouraging, or helpful at all. Most information on the technical aspects I could get from other readings or from my doctors. The spiritual and emotional aspect, which was the main reason I purchased this book, was at best haphazard and at worst nonexistent. The format in which this book is written is probably my biggest concern (a close second being the overall lack of spiritual guidance). THis book reads as part narrative, part letter, part journal entry. The lack of consistency makes it a very difficult read. I recommend you NOT purchasing this book.
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I love the way this book is written in 21 chapters that follow infertility as it actually happened to us and unfortunately, to many of our friends. From Chapter One where we decided "It's time to have a baby", through to Chapter Four - "Paralyzing Shock" of the diagnosis, to other roads of "Starting Treatments", "Making it Through the Bad Days" & "Grieving the Losses". You'll laugh, cry, and more importantly, know you are not alone on this amazingly difficult journey!
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If you have ever whispered in prayer, "Dear God, why can't I have a baby?" you have found a friend for this emotional detour in Janet Thompson. Her book, aptly titled, "Dear God, Why Can't I Have a Baby?" is the book I wish I'd had in the 90s during my own struggles to become a mother. Somehow, Thompson covers it all in this book! The heartache and disappointment of course, but also the quiet talks we have with God and the prayers we send up through a shower of tears; the reactions to the advice from those around us, to finding joy despite our circumstances. Thompson even calls the forms and charts in the book's index "Sanity Tools."

Throughout the book she offers scriptures that comes to life; mentoring moments with wise yet sensitive advice; journal entries to remind the reader that she is not alone; God's love letter to the reader, and a place for the reader to write a note back to God. There is even a couple's prayer in each section, a much-needed yet rare resource. Far too many couples find themselves growing farther apart through infertility when they could be using the experience to become closer. "Daddy-in-waiting" reflections also provide validation of the mixed feelings men may carry silently.

There is not a book that can cure infertility, but this book can end the bitterness, frustrations, loss of joy, and even resentment. When we are suffering, loves ones are quick to say, "Be sure to grow closer to God during this time, not farther away," but when you are deep in the pit of grief, you need a helping hand to do this. Thompson's "Dear God, Why Can't I Have a Baby?" helps the spiritual and emotional struggle seem to be one that is able to be conquered.
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I just purchased two more copies of "Dear God, Why Can't I Have a Baby?" --one to replace my library copy that I gave away and one for a new friend trying to become pregnant.

Some books are meant to be read and then assigned a place in your library. Janet Thompson's two "Dear God..." books are meant to be Companion Guides--invaluable books you (1) read together with your mate, (2) take with you to the doctor's office, or (3) share with your best friend. Or better, you buy it for a girl friend, guy friend, or a couple going through the process of becoming pregnant--the honesty of the stories shared from several men was especially moving. Guys, this book is for you too.

"Dear God..." provides real-life input from women, men, and couples already on this sometimes emotionally painful experience. Yes, this book has a spiritual focus--but creating life has a spiritual component to it and whether or not you (or the friend you buy it for) have a spiritual bent, this book will be a valuable and meaningful asset to anyone on this "I Want A Baby" journey.
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I found this book to be so comforting, when I first received it I was skeptical It would be very generic like the other books I have read. This book is very real and has real accounts from many different couples on their specific infertility journeys. I like that the book is truly meant to be a companion for you, bring it to your appointments and counseling sessions; it has sections for documenting your questions and your feelings. It is much more interactive and really helps you to feel like you are on a path and have a direction. Even my husband has liked what he has read so far, and we are able to discuss the scenarios in the book even before the doctor brings them up, so we aren't so blind going into this process. I could not put this book down once I received it, though I haven't finished it though as it has sections for whatever stage you are in your infertility and some don't yet apply to us.
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Thinking about getting this book for a loved one who just found out they can't get pregnant?
Don't.
This is the kind of book you buy yourself. A relative bought this for me recently and I wanted to punch them in the face. I didn't, but it did make a nice addition to a bonfire I was at recently... In fact, it lights on fire very nicely. If you are buying this book for yourself, I'm sure it's very lovely, but don't by any means buy this for a relative, no matter what your intentions are.
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