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Product Details

  • Series: Christian Medical Association
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310249619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310249610
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An all-encompassing guide for the Christian infertility patient. Where other books fall short, this 'companion' aids the patient not only with the physical and emotional aspects of this journey, but also helps answer the tough spiritual and ethical questions that arise in a couple’s desire to conceive.' -- Julie Watson, , Conceiving Concepts

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Endorsed by the Christian Medical Association.

A Comprehensive Christian Guide to the Challenges of Infertility • Medical • Ethical • Emotional • Marital • Spiritual • Biblical

Infertility changes everything, shattering dreams and breaking hearts. But hope is available—today more than ever.

The Infertility Companion draws on the Bible and on current medical knowledge, including the latest research, to shed light on such questions as:

• Can people of faith ethically use high-tech infertility treatments? • How do we make moral, biblical decisions about medical treatment, third-party reproduction, stem cell research, and embryo adoption? • Is God punishing me? • Does God even care? • Will adoption increase our chances of getting pregnant? • How can we reduce the stress of infertility on our marriage relationship? • How can we keep sex from becoming a chore?

These theologically trained authors have taught at a variety of conferences on infertility, pregnancy loss, and adoption, and they have helped thousands of couples to face the future through their message of encouragement.

The Infertility Companion includes discussion questions and a workbook suitable for individuals, couples, or small groups. Full of practical tips and true stories, this book will guide couples past the ethical pitfalls of assisted reproductive technologies as they travel the difficult road ahead.

An all-encompassing guide for the Christian infertility patient. Where other books fall short, this "companion" aids the patient not only with the physical and emotional aspects of this journey, but also helps answer the tough spiritual and ethical questions that arise in a couple’s desire to conceive.—Julie Watson, Conceiving Concepts


More About the Author

Sandra Glahn (PhD, UT Dallas) teaches at Dallas Theological Seminary, her alma mater. She is the author or coauthor of eighteen books, including the CBA bestseller and Christy Award finalist, Lethal Harvest. She is also editor-in-chief of the award-winning magazine Kindred Spirit.

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Very good resource if you are considering the ethical implications of IVF and infertility treatments.
Ohio couple
This book is a terrific guide to anyone going through infertility themselves or any lay person or clergy helping a couple that is struggling.
wannabmom214
There is a ton of clinical information in this book, which distinguishes it from other books in this genre.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer W on March 6, 2008
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The Infertility Companion: Hope and Help for Couples Facing Infertility (Christian Medical Association) is a book that is part almanac, part dictionary, part personal testimony and part Bible teaching and study. It's written by a Christian Infertility Doctor and a Christian Infertility Patient.

I'll start with my critiques because they're pretty minor. My biggest complaint about the book is that for some reason I've not quite put my finger on, DH and I both found it visually hard to read. I can't decide if the text is smaller, the leading is smaller, the characters are closer together, the lines are longer or if it's because the pages are gray and not white, but I found it hard to read more than 20 pages in one sitting before my eyes were too tired. I've never experienced that with a book before and I'm quite confident it wasn't the content that made it hard to read so I'm quite befuddled. At times I was frustrated because I wanted to continue reading but couldn't comfortably do so.

My other critique is that the book is littered with one paragraph personal anecdotes from various people that I found distracting on almost every occasion. I struggle to see their purpose and at times, was frustrated by the incongruence that occurred when the anecdotes interrupted the primary authors' train of thought, with little explanation as to why they were offered in the first place. The primary text is stronger when one skips the interruptions (though for thoroughness' sake, I did read them all).

However, those two, minor things encompass the totality of my complaints about this book.

What I love about this book is how straightforward it is. This is not to be confused with authors who are insensitive.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. DeMuth on May 9, 2005
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Right around this time of year, sermons about Mother's Day and the beauty of parenthood bring grief to those experiencing the hellish ride of infertility. Though I have not personally experienced this, I have walked with several friends that have. This book was invaluable in helping me understand the medical, spiritual and emotional issues facing infertile couples. Glahn's personal story is woven throughout, giving the reader glimpses into the pain of infertility. Cutrer offers the reader practical and sound medical advice, gleaned from years and years of treating infertile couples. Both grapple with theological questions like "Is infertility a curse from God?" and "Why did God create sex?" Perhaps the most helpful chapter detailed the well-intentioned (but painful) things people say: Just relax. You can have my children for a weekend. If you adopt, you'll conceive. Just trust God. The latter half of the book deals with the ethics of medical intervention in an honest, non-alarmist way. If you are looking for an infertility manual with heart, pick up this book. If you are longing to love a friend or family member through infertility's minefield, read it for understanding.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
The Infertility Companion, written by Sandra Glahn and William Cutrer, is
indeed a comforting read to both the hurting and those who want to "be there"
for the hurting. At one time or another, most of us are in one of those
positions, that is, burdened with heartache or wanting to help loved ones
through their burdens. The insight into the personal lives of those who share
their stories through this writing was a great help to me. Equally, I was encouraged by the reminder
that there really are doctors who see you as a person with feelings and not
just another medical patient, and that we have a choice to find the
ones who do to provide for our medical treatments. Though I've
never lived through the same struggles expressed in this book there are those
that are very dear to me that have and do struggle daily with the same issues.
Having the knowledge, information, and vocabulary that they indentify with has
helped me to be a more confident, compassionate, and supportive friend. The
Christian perspective was a great help to me, as well, as I read of Biblical
accounts of infertile couples referenced in this writing. The medical
information has been helpful as I have thought through some of the procedures
and methods of medical advancement and has helped me to see more clearly the
weight of decision-making that patients of infertility carry. This book would
be a great gift of compassion to someone who has expressed their sorrows of
childlessness and/or pregnancy losses with you. Even greater, pick up a copy
for yourself, too, and read along with them to show how much you really do care.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wannabmom214 on November 29, 2005
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I am so glad I happened upon this book! The personal experiences of Sandra, the expertise of Dr. Bill, and the spiritual issues addressed in this book have been an invaluable resource to my husband and me as we have struggled through the difficulties of infertility. This book is a terrific guide to anyone going through infertility themselves or any lay person or clergy helping a couple that is struggling. Rarely does one find a book that balances medical terminology and its great detail with the emotional and spiritual aspects of the patients' experience, but this book does. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone that is beginning the journey of infertility as it clearly gives medical information. More important to me, though, was the biblical content that reminds us that we are NOT alone through this process, that God is still God, and that the emotional roller coaster is a normal thing. Not to mention the chapter that deals with handling well-intentioned advice... great content there, too! :)
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