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When Empty Arms Become a Heavy Burden: Encouragement for Couples Facing Infertility Paperback – April 6, 2010
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About the Author
William R. Cutre (1951-2013) was a recognized expert in reproductive technology and medical ethics. A licensed obstetrician/gynecologist who specialized in the treatment of infertility for more than fifteen years, he also held a graduate degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and was an ordained minister.
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Top Customer Reviews
Heavy Burden delivers solid facts and detailed information. With moments of true-to-life humor, it addresses the moral, marital and spiritual
challenges involved in the struggle to have children.
Giving the topic a unique perspective, Glahn has teamed up with co-author,William Cutrer, M.D., a physician who also holds a graduate-level theology
degree. Using numerous case histories as well as Glahn's personal testimony, they provide knowledgeable advice and answers to many of the key questions infertility patients ask. They focus much of their efforts on the emotional and spiritual struggles, though they also detail medical issues.
The book begins with a focus on dynamics in the marriage relationship, discussing the different ways wives and husbands typically handle the
stress and grieving process: "Why do I feel like I'm going crazy?" "How do we keep romance alive?" The authors provide appropriate (sometimes amusing) responses to well-meaning friends and family who just can't say anything right. Using examples and insights from the Bible, they address the painful question so many of us ask, "Why,God?"
The book ends with several chapters devoted to the latest high-tech fertility treatments, including donor insemination, donor eggs and surrogacy, as well as the ethical considerations involved. Secondary infertility, adoption, and the option of living childfree are also addressed. Each chapter concludes with a list of thought-provoking
questions for couples' discussion.Read more ›
The books brings solid facts, detailed information, and a message of encouragement to infertile couples, and those who work with them, along with answers to questions they ask most often. Some of those questions we have asked, such as:
-Should we consider high-tech fertility treatments?
-What about donor insemination? Donor eggs?
-How do we respond to nosy friends and relatives?
-Where can we go for the best advice?
-How can God allow this to happen?
And there are other questions which you may find in your search for answers. There are 16 chapters of great information, and an appendix at the end for more information to seek out. This is a great resource!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't put into words how much I needed this book. It helped me to process so many emotions through a very tough time in my life. Read morePublished 3 months ago by jessy5377
Nice book that hits the highlights on infertility. Slightly outdated on the newest technologies but overall very great bookPublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Found this book to have some very comforting advice in it. I would definitely recommend this book to any couples dealing with this problemPublished on February 12, 2014 by Pgirl
I am reading this so that I can better communicate with and comfort a friend who is going through infertility. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by Julie Cramer
Book is blunt, but uplifting. Don't recommend reading this if you have not yet been diagnosed as "infertile". Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by snazer3
An updated version of Glahn & Cutrer's book has been released with an added chapter.
Worth the read.
I wish I had felt this book a few years back! It really digs deep on the "feelings" but also give bibical references that "bring it to heart". Read morePublished on November 4, 2009 by D. Aune
I purchased this book after experiencing 5 years of infertility. My husband and I were at a crossroads about whether or not to consider adoption or try IVF, after having tried... Read morePublished on April 8, 2008 by Juice36
I was so encouraged to read this book! After dealing with infertility for several years, I was beginning to wonder if the feelings that I had been experiencing were normal or if I... Read morePublished on September 8, 2005 by Amy E. Gruetzmacher