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Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story Hardcover – August 28, 2012
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Ariel Gore, founding editor of Hip Mama and the author of Bluebird
Sara Connell’s journey to motherhood is a modern miracle. Her lyrical book chronicles an adventure that leads us into uncharted territory. Connell reaches deep into her heart to write about the desire for children, the sacred trust of marriage, the enduring bonds between mothers and daughters, and the sustaining power of hope. I couldn’t put it down.”
Dominique Browning, Senior Director, Moms Clean Air Task Force
Be prepared to be blown away. Bringing in Finn is about a family so determined to bring a baby into the world that they push every convention possible and succeed in making a miracle.”
Michelle Lowe, playwright, author of Inana, winner of the 2010 Francesca Primus Prize
Bringing in Finn is a must-read for anyone who is in any stage of yearningfor a child, for a mother, for a family, for faith. This is a story for anyone with an unfulfilled longing or desire.”
Christie Tate, author of Outlaw Mama
this is an amazing journey, beautifully shared. It calls us to celebrate what matters most, persevere in times of despair, and know the Truth that Love always prevails.”
Marian Baker, author of Wake Up Inspired
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The author is a life coach and speaker by trade which is probably why the book is so grounded in terms of her ability to examine her feelings and motivations in an accessible and interesting way. Although I don't have children and don't particularly want them, her very passionate writing about her desire to have a child with her husband and her pain at not being able to do so made me feel very invested in her quest.
I would warn anyone who has any sort of gynecological trauma in their past that Connell's experience of miscarriage and the multitude of doctors she deals with in her quest to have a baby might be too painful to read. However, I would highly recommend book this for someone looking to investigate what IVF or other fertility treatments entail or for anyone who is interested in thinking more broadly about the meaning of mothering in our society.
When I first read the premise of the book, I debated on whether or not to review it. Although infertility, pregnancy loss, and parenting after loss are extremely relevant to me, as a practicing Catholic, Peter and I had nixed IVF (and therefore things like gestational hosts and surrogates) from our fertility treatment possibilities a decade ago. Was I really the right person to read a book that's premise rests on that? Could I do it without bias and without projecting my personal beliefs about the process itself onto the book? After meditating about it for a bit, I ultimately decided that I could; after all, I work with clients all the time who have made choices that I wouldn't personally make. And I'm really glad that I agreed; while my personal views remain the same, I highly recommend this book for those battling through the trenches of infertility, suffering the devastation of loss, and those who have struggled with connecting with their parents- especially with a mother/daughter connection- on a deeper level, as well as anyone pursuing surrogacy. Mrs. Connell writes with a voice that is passionate and real; it is not surprising that she is a successful life coach and workshop speaker.Read more ›
This was a fascinating story. Not only was it incredible that Sara’s mother became a surrogate for her own daughter, but her age was an astounding factor as well. It helped create a bond between the family that once seemed lost; what a beautiful thing! And what a gift… to help your child have her own child… just wow!
The first half of the story is also important. It chronicles Sara’s own personal journey to having a child and the struggles she endured trying to have a baby. She discusses the various treatments they used while trying to get pregnant, the joy of finally becoming pregnant with twins, as well as the painful miscarriages she faced later on and the loss of the twins she was so excited to conceive after a long road of trying.
While I don’t have children just yet, I was moved and fascinated by this story. I also learned a lot about infertility, pregnancy, IVF, and surrogacy making me a much more knowledgeable and empathetic person.
One thing to note is that Sara is very into alternative health and seems quite spiritual. She seems very unique and intelligent! I had a hard time connecting with these ideas at times though. However, it never hurts to learn about new things, ideas, cultures, and more, so this may not be a bad thing.
All in all, a very interesting and lovely story about family, love, and hope.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book. It was a fast read and I was very engaged. My favorite part was how Sara integrated spirituality into the story of her fertility struggles.Published 2 months ago by lauriej
A great story that breaks, warms, and brings out so many emotions. Also written very well!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was recommended to me by a friend of the author and her husband. I went through my own fertility issues and it was comforting to read that I'm not alone... Read morePublished 10 months ago by melinda Hendrickson
I had my babies easily at a very young age so I really had no idea what struggle with infertility would be like. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bookish
Deep despair to total bliss. This was a mothers love expressed in an unbelievably generous act.Published 20 months ago by Sandra Resler
This was a beautiful story of a tough journey that ends with JOY. Since my husband and I went through an infertility journey many years ago ourselves, I was really able to connect... Read morePublished on May 8, 2014 by Katherine
It was a great book! I've been struggling with infertility and just begun my own journey if surrogacy so it was so nice to read a book about someone who has succeeded in it... Read morePublished on February 5, 2014 by samantha kehm
Bringing in Finn is not just a story about a couple who desperately want a child. Nor is it a story intended to only detail their struggles, disappointments and attempts to... Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Sherrey Meyer