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Born in Zion Paperback – 1992
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My heart breaks for these parents, because their choice wasn't to harm their baby. I'm sure that they had lifted this entire thing to the Lord and desperately tried to "remove" any "blockage" that may have been in the "way" of this birth. However, this book should NEVER be recommended. Teaching a person that "they" are in control of their situation is strike one. We can read stories of martyrs who've suffered and lost their life due to FAITH, not Sin. Teaching a women that the medical industry is evil is a matter of opinion, not a Prophetic message- Strike two. I'm amazed the author doesn't recommend sitting outside, with no food, no housing, and simply pray it into existence (God is capable of providing for us in these areas too!).
We are Gods creation, we are made in his image. As Christians we are given Godly wisdom. We are not God and we can not command God to act. If my child where crossing a street and I seen a mac truck approaching them fast I would not just stand and command or ask God to protect them or to remove this truck from their path, though, he is able to do just that if he wills. I run and snatch my child from danger. in doing this I've acted in my wisdom. When I sit that child down and hug it's neck I lift up my prayer to my heavenly Father for having given me wisdom to react as I did. So, GODLY WISDOM tells you that if you've labored at home and you are not progressing as you should...TAKE THE LIFE BOAT!
Suggesting that what we "see" isn't real. Such as witnessing a women hemorrhaging! Then telling yourself it isn't real -strike 3! I tell you what you do the next time a tornado is in your area drive to it, hop out, and tell yourself it isn't real.
It seems to me that this author thinks "WE" control God and that we can claim it and name it! Such a false doctrine! God can heal the unjust just as well as he can he the just. I will not put a box around a powerful God that can do what he wills when he wills it. If God wants me to drive myself to the hospital you better believe I will.
Does God need to use the medical industry, no! Can he use the medical industry, yes!!
I strongly support home birth, prayer being at the center and top! I strongly believe in natural living. But, I believe strongly that God has lavished us with wisdom for things that are bigger than us. I believe that even in a corrupt medical system he can work.
I beg all women who are thinking this approach is right to pray, review, and run from this book and approach. You are not less Godly if you submit yourself to God and in doing so you may end up at the hospital. God is not going to turn his back on you because you are not capable of birthing a child at home.
With all that said "Birth" is a beautiful thing. When it's at home (I've assisted a home-birth) or if it's in the hospital, both are "natural" and simply amazing!
I agree that whenever there is a complication of any sort, whether in a birthing process or in any other area of life, the FIRST response should always be prayer. Seek God for guidance.
==> HOWEVER, having said all that, where I disagree with this book is that the author doesn't seem to acknowledge that sometimes God may use 'conventional' methods to perform His 'miracles'. Yes, I do believe that sometimes miracles just 'poof' out of nowhere, and 'poof' there is instant healing. Ah, if only it were so simple!
The reality is that those incidences, such as the stories in this book, are the exceptions rather than the norm. ***Sometimes God might use a doctor, midwife or even an ambulance ride leading to emergency surgery to perform the miracle of life!
I know this too from experience. You see, I tried having my baby by faith alone, and I FAILED. Only by the grace of God did I reach the hospital in time and was my baby's life (and my own) saved.
Does that make me a 'bad Christian'? C'mon, do you really think God is so merciless? I don't. I think God is a loving God.
Do I give the credit to the hospital? Sure, they did their part. But mostly, I give the credit to God. Because this experience humbled me profoundly. It taught me that I am NOT in control! I thought I could just clear all my emotional issues and have a smooth birthing experience and a healthy baby. I turned my nose up at doctors and hospitals. So, God gave me EXACTLY what I needed - a humbling experience! He allowed me and my baby to be taken to the very edge, so that I could learn that even those 'awful' conventional things like hospitals can have their place in the Grand Design. That even surgery can be a tool used by God to teach us.
Please don't misunderstand: I think it is wonderful to plan a natural birth, and it is wonderful to put God first as your authority in every aspect of your life. I agree with these concepts! But do not make the mistake I did and go to the other extreme, where the act of 'trusting' God becomes a rigid dogma and you feel that you CANNOT ever utilize what God might be putting right in front of your nose.
Remember the story of the man who was shipwrecked. He prayed to God to rescue him. After awhile a Coast Guard boat came by. The man said 'No, that's ok, God will rescue me; thanks anyway'. Then a helicopter came by and the man said the same thing. Then another boat, same response. Finally, after years on the island, the man died and went to Heaven. He was happy to be in Heaven but couldn't resist asking God 'God, I'm just wondering...why didn't you answer my prayers and rescue me?' to which God replied 'Well I sent you 2 boats and a helicopter!'
So yes, pray to God. Maybe God will answer your prayers by bringing to your mind an unresolved anger. By all means, deal with it; pray for forgiveness. But do that WHILE you get yourself or your baby to a hospital if there is an emergency! You can still pray and go to a hospital at the same time, ya know? There's no need to endanger your baby! If your feelings of forgiveness are all it takes to unleash God's creative healing powers, then worst case scenario is that the hospital's services won't be needed. Just think about the other worst case scenario...
There are some occasions in which perhaps the birthing mother has TOO much faith in the contraptions of modern obstetrics and not enough in God, and perhaps she needs to seek God first b4 instantly resorting to interventive drastic measures. However, there might be other cases, like mine, in which the mother is too hesitant to utilize any modern assistance at all, and in this case her lesson is a different one. Each situation is different. Trust in God, but remember that God can use anything, anyone, to accomplish His work.
Ultimately, you must take responsibility for the birth of your child. Do not blindly follow some book. This book has alot of beautiful ideas in it - take what is useful, but please do not just blindly follow it like a religion. Your baby's life is too precious.
I actually am selling my copy of the book, and I felt it was important to put a disclaimer by writing this review. I encourage you to read some of the reviews of this book. I do not agree with some who say that it is 'all bad' - I do think it has some very wonderful concepts in it, which is why I want to pass my copy on to someone who can appreciate it. Many of the reviews imply that the book is ONLY about having babies at home without any medical assistance. Yes, that is one of its main points. But it actually does have alot more than that. Some of the stories of the soul-searching and intense prayer that people went thru are quite inspiring. That's what I mean by the 'good' aspects of this book.
But, if followed blindly the ideas in this book can be dangerous. Please read with an open mind, a prayerful heart, and remember that God gave you a brain - use it. There is nothing wrong with using modern emergency services. I would have lost my baby if I hadn't. And you know what? I don't think God minds that I ended up in a hospital. Yeah, it would have been nice to have my baby at home as planned, but hey, God used that hospital to save my baby's life. And I am forever grateful.
You can apply some of the ideas in this book and still be smart and have a midwife standing by. If you think that means you don't have enough 'faith', well, so what? God knows your heart, and He knows you want your baby to be born safely. That's what God wants too. And that midwife just might be an angel sent by God to help you!
There is alot of controversy about this book. If you don't think you have the mental strength to resist being swayed by radical ideas, then please research this book on the internet b4 reading it. If, however, you have a strong mind and feel that you can benefit from the good parts without blindly following the author's 'rules' about no birthing assistance, then it is worth reading.