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"What Was Lost is practical, informative, and spiritually wise, tackling the big questions of the spiritual life...Given how common miscarriage is...everyone should read this stirring book."
With the sensitivity of a caring pastor, [Barrett]...offers helpful reflection...to aid the reader's journey from hurt to healing and hope."
--Karen B. Westerfield Tucker, Professor of Worship, Boston University
"Although one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage, spiritual resources for those who miscarry are shockingly hard to find. Barrett, a United Methodist pastor who has herself had a miscarriage, has written a useful book to fill the void she, and so many others, discover when miscarriage claims their unborn children and their expectations. Barrett shares not only her own story but also the comments of other mothers-to-be who have experienced grief and loss. The author brings uniquely Christian pastoral and theological perspectives that will help not only mothers but also spouses/partners, clergy, and friends. Christian clergy will find especially useful a chapter of resources, but everyone touched by miscarriage can learn from this reflective book. Mothers can take comfort that they are hardly alone and that God is not cruel; others can learn to replace the well-intentioned but too frequently painful bromides of consolation with more sensitive balm." --Publishers Weekly, July 12, 2010
"In writing What Was Lost, Elise Barrett [is] electing not only to claim her grief, but also to record it without self-indulgence and with the kind of grace that, in the hands of the skilled writer, turns personal narrative into communal solace." Phyllis Tickle, from the foreword
"Barrett's book is a great gift to those of us who must minister in time of loss." Will Willimon, author and Bishop, the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church
Elise Erikson Barrett has worked in a variety of ministry settings, including youth work, hospital and college chaplaincy, and church ministry. A native of Indiana, she now makes her home in South Carolina, where she is the mother of three small children.
This is a must read for those who have miscarried or have someone near them who has.Published 3 months ago by Amy Y
I actually sent this to my Cousin as she was going through a difficult time conceiving and when they did she miscarried. Read morePublished 5 months ago by H.A.
Besides my faith, it single-handedly got me through my multiple miscarriages. A perfect reference as you go through the stages of grief.Published 7 months ago by Marine Wife
Wonderful book, beautifully written. It was nice to know the feelings I felt were shared…I didn't feel so alone in my grief. A must read for anyone suffering a miscarriage.Published 10 months ago by Amanda
I recommend this book for anyone going through this deep valley and trying to figure out how to handle their grief. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Karawat
This book was an excellent tool to help me through my miscarriage. She writes with feeling and offers good solutions for how to deal with difficult situations. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rachel D.
Very well written. Not pandering or sappy, just honest and real.
Has lots of insight and good advice for others walking beside those who experience this heartache.
Clearly a great help in overcoming grief of a miscarrage and a beautifully written book....Published 12 months ago by "BB"