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I'll Hold You In Heaven: Healing and Hope for the Parent Who has Lost a Child through Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Abortion or Early Infant Death Mass Market Paperback – June 9, 2003


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Regal; Rev Upd edition (June 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830732594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830732593
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jack W. Hayford | Los Angeles, CA is the Founder and Chancellor of The King’s University and Seminary and Director of The JWH School of Pastoral Nurture. He is most widely known as Founding Pastor of The Church On The Way, where he was senior pastor from 1969-1999. He served as President of the Foursquare Church from 2004-2009. He has authored 52 books and written more than 400 musical works.
 
 
 
 

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The book was worn but a good book should be worn.
Leta Webb
This book will bring comfort to the discontented soul of a parent who has lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion or early infant death.
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It says all of the right things just when you need to hear them most.
Judith Ann Parker

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Christian Bookshelf on September 22, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What happened to my baby after he/she died? Will I ever see my baby again-and will I recognize him? What happens if I've had an abortion? Does God have a reason for letting my child die? How can I help a friend who's in grief?
These are some of the questions addressed in this thought provoking book. Pastor Jack Hayford approaches the subject in a manner which makes the reader feel he truly empathizes with the situation.
As Pastor Hayford says in his book, "This isn't myth, fable, legend, or a selection of poetic thoughts for the sorrowful. This is truth to set us free. Here we are specifically freed to expect to meet children in heaven, to recognize them and to be with them."
I've had three miscarriages, and wish I'LL HOLD YOU IN HEAVEN had been available for me to read when I was recovering. Not everyone understands what the mother is going through as some offer inane remarks that are not always comforting. In I'LL HOLD YOU IN HEAVEN, Pastor Hayford offers encouragement not only to the mom who miscarried, but also to the parent who lost a baby days or weeks after birth, and to the woman who aborted her baby and later regrets her decision.
If you know someone who recently lost a baby or if you're going through that sorrow yourself, I'LL HOLD YOU IN HEAVEN is a great book to read. It's a book which should be in every church library so it can minister to those hurting. A Remembrance book is also available. I recommend I'LL HOLD YOU IN HEAVEN.
--- reviewed by Laura V. Hilton for Christian Bookshelf
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By "rcjdalmon" on October 6, 2000
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As the Infertility Host for Bella Online, I thought this would be a good book to read. Jack Hayford has written a book entitled "I'll Hold You in Heaven - Healing and Hope for the Parent Who has Lost a Child through Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Abortion, or Early Infant Death." This book discusses the life of the child who has died during pregnancy or shortly after. This is done in 8 chapters. Chapter 1 is "The Gift of Loves." Chapter 2 is "When Does Significance Begin?" Chapter 3 is "Life to What Degree?" Chapter 4 is "Destiny in the Afterworld." Chapter 5 is "In Heaven as a Person." Chapter 6 is "Instruments of Healing." Chapter 7 is "The Heartbeat of Love." Chapter 8 is "Three Steps to Loving."
Although this book says that it is for any parent who has lost a child anytime from early in a pregnancy to shortly after a baby is born, I find that to not be true. This books seems to be more for someone who has had an abortion. There is a need for a book to minister to someone who has had an abortion, but I do not feel that this book should be marketed to people who have had a miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death, when it actually does not truly reach out to them.
In spite of the fact that I have a problem with how this book is marketed, I do appreciate Chapter 6 "Instruments of Healing." It gives 3 steps to take in working through your grief to reach a place of healing. The first is "Understanding the Truth About God." God can take the pain that you are feeling and use it for our good. The second is "Embrace the Process of Grief." Losing a child is truly a loss regardless of what anyone tells you. It is natural to grieve for a lost loved one. Let yourself grieve. The third is "Put Guilt in Its Place." Guilt is a part of the grief cycle.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kyle C. Duncan on October 7, 2004
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My wife and I have grieved the loss of 4 babies - three by miscarriage and 1, our son, Joseph, who died at 3 days old. So, unfortunately, I am the heart of the target audience for this book :) I can say that no other book on the subject has helped us as much as this little volume. If you are dealing with the grief that comes from losing a baby, this is a wonderful, comforting book that is biblically based and solid.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1996
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Two days after Christmas, in 1994, my baby died. She had not even been born yet; actually her life was only a few weeks old as she had only been conceived the first part of that month. But oh, how I grieved!

Noel was conceived in the midst of a long struggle with infertility. She has been our only *known* conception in all these years of trying to get pregnant, but my doctor and I think that I may have had several other miscarriages too early to know that I had even conceived.

I know that my babies aren't here anymore. I will never get to celebrate their births, nor watch them grow up. But where are they now? What happened to them? Were they ever really even "people"? _I'll Hold You in Heaven_ offers great assurance from the Bible that yes, my babies were and are very real. They have souls and are precious in God's sight. I have hope that I will see them again in Heaven some day where I will finally be able to hold my precious children and tell them just how much they have been loved and mourned on this earth.

I am now the director of a large Christian support organization designed to minister to couples hurting from the pain of infertility, pregnancy loss, or early infant death. I have a library of well over 100 excelent books on these issues, but _I'll Hold You in Heaven_ is the first book I try to encourage newly bereaved parents to read. It is small enough not to overwhelm, yet powerful enough to really help a couple begin their greiving and healing process. It possitively deals with several different kinds loss including miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, and early infant death.

Jennifer, "Hannah's Prayer" Director
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