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Mother's Day is not a joyful occasion for all women, particularly those who would like to have children but cannot. Marlo Schalesky's Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those Struggling with Infertility does for Christian women what Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin's Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Infertility and Pregnancy Loss did for Jewish women: provide comfort and camaraderie in the face of infertility and pregnancy loss.

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"...filled with personal wisdom and experience ...helpful to encourage a friend who is struggling with infertility." -- Discipleship Journal, Sep-Oct 2001
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764224107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764224102
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Besides writing books that I hope you'll buy (!), I also run an engineering firm and have recently earned my Masters degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Originally, I was a research chemist (I got my bachelor's degree in chemistry at Stanford University in 1988), but I always knew I wanted to write. So, I'm grateful to be weaving stories that whisper of grace, of mystery, and of surprise. Find out more about me at www.VividGod.com or like my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MarloSchalesky

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Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those Struggling With Infertility is not what I expected it to be and is unlike any of the other books I've read or perused on this topic.

Because the Infertility world, especially the Christian, online Infertility world is such a small, tight knit community, I find it difficult to be critical of anyone's love offering, for fear of hurting feelings. However, I don't think empty reviews, or false positive reviews really help anyone, and don't accomplish my goal of broadening conversation on and knowledge of the resources available. So with that in mind, I will attempt to tread lightly.

Empty Womb, Aching Heart can best be described as "Chicken Soup for the Infertile." It is a collection of stories gathered from women (and a few men) in their thirties and forties, detailing their personal experiences with various points in their infertility. This is not a teaching book.

I will say that it is an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to get a broad exposure to an "insider's view" of various Infertilty related heartaches. This would be great for a pastor or a friend who wanted to glean a smattering of different reactions and experiences, many of which are very typical of many Infertility journeys.

However, because the book is just a collection of other people's stories, I found little helpful in it on a cosmic, capital T Truth level.

My first critique is that only two passages in the entire book came from anyone in their twenties. Most passages were from people in their upper thirties and in to their forties, with a few from people in their young thirties. This made me, a late twenty something, feel particularly isolated. So many times in this journey people say "oh you're still young!
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This book is incredible. I read it last night and cried through most of it! As a Christian battling infertility, its so nice to hear the message that it's okay to hurt, cry, and be angry. You won't find any Pollyanna cliches about just "trust God" or "have faith." Instead the message is that while, of course, we must trust and have faith, the fact is that infertility is a painful, horrible experience and its okay to grieve this. I feel like I've been given permission to drop my "Happy Christian" mask and just be myself-- grief and all-- with both God and other people.
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This book is a collection of short stories, based on the experiences of real men and women who struggled with infertility. Each story explores a slightly different aspect of infertility, but all have a strong Christian foundation.
Those in the middle of the infertility journey will find this book encouraging and comforting for several reasons. First, stories such as "Crying in the Diaper Aisle" help you to realize that you are neither alone nor crazy - your experience is just the same as many others. Second, this books avoids the all-too-common "and then we had a baby!" happy ending. While all the stories end on a hopeful note, more often than not it is because the characters learn new ways to cope or rely on God for comfort. Finally, both men's and women's perspectives on infertility are addressed. Stories from a man's perspective include a husband whose low sperm count is causing the couple's infertility, and a man who just can't understand his wife's pain.
I enjoyed this book tremendously (though I did cry at several of the stories) and felt comforted after reading it. I highly recommend it to couples facing infertility, as well as their family and friends.
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When the professional advice isn't enough, and you've had your fill of well-meaning comments from those who haven't experienced infertility, Marlo Schalesky wants you to know you are not alone. The true stories she tells of couples who share in the collective hopes, fears, frustrations, and the comfort only God can bring will encourage your heart.
Our family knows that infertility strikes at the core of what oit means to be a woman or man, it tests marriages, and shakes the faith. This honest, open, and emotionally resonant first-person collection of stories will touch your life, and if you're looking for a good dose of Christ-centered encouragement for the journey of infertility, this is it.
We looked for months for a book like this, and we hope you are encouraged like we were.
A very highly recommended book!!!
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Along with the pain of not having a child, there is often another--loneliness, the perception that others do not know what you're going through. Schalesky puts arms of understanding around the reader with her book Empty Womb, Aching Heart. The twenty-four stories of those who've wondered "Why NOT me?" lead the reader to comfort and trust in God. This book is a wonderful help for those facing infertility, a wonderful gift from friends who want to help.
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I was so thankful to receive "Empty Womb, Aching Heart". It opened my eyes and heart to the pain that is experienced by so many husbands and wives that are struggling with infertility. This is not just a book for these special couples but a "must read" for their friends and family. I cried all the way through it; knowing and understanding, at last, what several friends and a few family members have gone through for so many years, struggling to have their own little bundle of joy. God Bless the Author, Marlo Schalesky, for having the courage to put this book together during what must have been a most difficult time for her. Very educational in its own special way. Thank you!...
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