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About the Author

Sandra Glahn, Th.M., is an adjunct professor at Dallas Seminary, where she edits the award-winning magazine Kindred Spirit. She is the author of the Coffee Cup Bible Studies series for women and the coauthor of seven books about marriage and reproductive issues. Sandra also serves on the board of the Evangelical Press Association and the women's executive committee for Bible.org. She and her husband, Gary, make their home in Dallas, Texas.

William R. Cutrer, M.D., is 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 holds a graduate degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister. Currently he is the Gheens Professor of Christian Ministry at The Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He and his wife, Jane, have been married for thirty-seven years and have three children and six grandchildren.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications; Revised and Updated edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825426847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825426841
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 1997
Format: Paperback
Sandra Glahn, former RESOLVE board member, transforms long-term pain into heartening encouragement as she shares her decade-long struggle with infertility. Intimately and personably written, When Empty Arms Become a
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.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on January 22, 2000
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This is the first book I have read that really, really addresses the emotional aspects of infertility (not the medical/technical ones) and has answers for how to deal with them. I keep turning to it in moments of lonliness and despair--and it is always helpful. It has brought me a lot closer to God and made me realize that no matter how alone I feel at times, I never am. This book is excellent!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2000
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Striving to support and comfort acquaintances, friends and family when they are hurting emotionally is a desire people often feel inadequate and ill-prepared to fulfill. Having a loved one who for years had known the struggles, disappointments and intensity of infertility treatment caused an internal yearning to better perceive the aching in my friend's heart. Although reading about these experiences could never give the same understanding as having personal involvement, "When Empty Arms Become a Heavy Burden", co-written by Sandra Glahn and Dr. William Cutrer, provides the reader with knowledge that equips a more informed listener, gives a better sense of compassion and sensitivity and encourages the confidence to know that sometimes efforts to comprehend and feel some of the hurting one's pain along with them, is far more helpful than words of advice offered. This is a great book for anyone living through the heartaches of infertility or for those who hope to reach out in support and answer the call "to bear one another's burdens". Also a benefit realized in reading this book is that the Biblical principles referenced can be used as precepts of guidance in other personal struggles, as well. This is a book full of encouragement for the discouraged; and in addition, this writing will lend wisdom to the influence projected into another's life.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 1999
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Sandra's obvious compassion and empathy shined through this book, and the Biblical quotes given in the book were wonderful. This book has helped me resolve some of the questions I had as a Christian dealing with infertility. I especially appreciated her comments on those dealing with secondary infertility.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 2001
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I have been dealing with personal infertility for over 10 years and this is the first book I've read that has thoroughly "hit every nail on the head." I would very strongly recommend it to anyone dealing with personal infertility and to those who are desiring to help bear this heavy burden of loved ones. If you are not sure how to respond to or help your loved one, this book will give you great insight. It was a blessing to me spiritually, emotionally, and even technically as I face Artificial Reproduction options.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "karpar" on August 30, 2000
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I wish I had read this book six years ago--at the beginning of my infertility journey. This book is so on target, I felt as if it were written about me! I loved the chapter on "what others say"..I laugh now but haven't always laughed..! I laughed and cried thoughout each chapter.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 2000
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The authors approach a very sensitive topic with tact and sincerity. The first-hand experiences and illustrations give credibility and provide comfort through association. It's a good book to read when dealing with the issues and emotions of infertility.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Nyman on July 28, 2003
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Sandra Glahn and Dr. William Cutrer have written a "Christian guide" to the practical, moral, marital, and spiritual challenges of infertility, and as such, it has brought my family some well-deserved help in this area.
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!!!
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