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Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those Struggling With Infertility Paperback – May 1, 2001
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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!Read more ›
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.
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!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Someone I had just met recommended this book to me. I downloaded a sample and was hooked! Finally, here was something supportive for people suffering through infertility. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rachel
We waited for 9 years for children. Praying. Waiting. Hurting. Waiting. Much of our identity was lost in the barrenness. This book was a life-changer. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Christopher C.
This book showed me I wasn't alone. This was the only book I read about infertility that actually made me feel like there were other people out there like me. Read morePublished 15 months ago by C. Main
This is a book intended for Christian married couples only, and that should've been made more apparent. Read morePublished 17 months ago by tap
Great book - great condition! Can't wait to pass on to my infertile friends. Good read for the Christian infertile woman.Published on November 26, 2013 by Mary W.
This book helped a lot with my bitterness towards myself for the problems I have and also helped me come to terms with the fact that I may never have children. Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by abb
Struggling with loss and infertility for many years, I was disappointed with this book- I actually stopped reading it, knowing what the next chapter would bring. Read morePublished on October 20, 2012 by Dave's wife
This book is not for the faint hearted. These are real people with their hearts and lives exposed. They do show how they found peace and what that looked like for them but you will... Read morePublished on September 22, 2012 by Jennifer Berry