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What to Expect When You're Not Expecting: Infertility: What You Needed to Know... But No One Told You Paperback – August, 2003


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (August 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595290590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595290598
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2004
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The purpose of this book can be summed up in Ty Canady's Declaration on p. 105 where she urges infertile women to make a commitment to "use" their infertility to further God's kingdom: "I declare to use infertility as a means to bring non-believers to Christ, to assist others in need of increasing their faith, as well as teach all nations of the majesty, dominion, and power of the Almighty."
While this is well and fine for the author -- the end result was problematic for me on several levels. First, although I am a Christian myself, I found this book not very helpful in advancing my own faith or understanding of God's will. The author provides some helpful reflective exercises and a nice list of inspirational bible verses. She is also very honest in discussing her own pain related to infertility. That said, however, the target audience appears to be someone very new to the faith, or the non-Christian. There is not a lot of depth or "meat" for someone who already believes. Furthermore, I take issue, theologically, with some of the aspects of spiritual warfare advocated in these pages.
Second, the book was not at all helpful in understanding fertility. There are no insights regarding treatments, causes, or outcomes. The list of "resources" at the back is cursory at best.
Third, the book is replete with typos and grammatical errors. Was this book self-published?
Finally, I suspect that the author engaged in sleight of hand, or even false advertising. There is nothing on the front cover or even on the back-of-the-book summary to indicate that this book is an evangelical tool or guide to spiritual warfare.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2003
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The book description belies the content of the book. There is nothing about Christianity in the book description, but this book is all about dedicating your life to Jesus, with prayers in Jesus' name. As a non-Christian, I am extremely annoyed that I had to buy the book before I found out that it was not only not relevant to me, but contrary to my religious beliefs.
If you *really* want to find out about "What to Expect When You're Not Expecting," check out something like "Experiencing Infertility."
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By princesshannon2002 on January 5, 2004
Please don't buy this book looking for a comprehensive book on infertility with Christian overtones. This book really should be listed only under the sprituality or inspiration section. It has no realistic information about infertility. While I empathize with Mrs. Canady's experiences, having had my own, I did not find comfort in her words. Some people, however, may find her comforting as long as they know the book does not give you scientific or medical answers.
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 2004
I could barely get through the first few chapters. The book is more of a religious book than a book on infertility. There are prayers and scripture throughout the book designed to open your eyes to God and trust Him in your quest for a baby. Although I was raised Catholic, I find this book to be highly annoying. I found the author to be completely over the top. She was obsessed with becoming pregnant and now she is trying to force her religious enlightenment on her readers.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dewey Cheatham and Howe on December 8, 2004
i was looking for information on infertility, not christianity and god. misleading and deceptive, this book is hardly helpful or inspirational for the infertile. you want inspiration and information on getting through your infertility? take a look at the infertility survival handbook which has a great combination of the two without mentioning religion in overt terms.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By jenny on January 5, 2005
This book is not what i expected at all it was more religious

then i expected.Its for people that are searching for answers through god.I thought it was more of infertility infomation.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2004
I read the other reviews before purchasing and held out hope that this book would be helpful and comforting. Instead, I found it to be really over the top. Not only does this book have numerous grammatical errors, but the author drones on and on about how she became obsessed with her inability to not have a child. I can understand that somewhat as we all deal with infertility in different ways. I'd say that nearly one-half of this book includes pages for journaling and writing your thoughts. Prayers are also included in each section. As an active Catholic, I didn't really get much out of those.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "jenhungerford" on October 5, 2003
I'm sure this book is very powerful and helpful for some. However, be aware that this book does not provide any medical information but instead discusses the author's feelings and frustrations and how her faith in God helped her through infertility. The book is heavily religious. The few reviews I read did not provide this information, and I expected something different.
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