- Series: Canadian West, 4
- Paperback: 366 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Pub (May 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764222082
- ISBN-13: 978-0764222085
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,670,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cradle of Dreams: A Novel (Canadian West, 4) Paperback – May 1, 2001
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The subject of Bentz's novel infertility is topical, but the novel itself is tedious. Paul and Laura have an idyllic life: happy marriage, lovely home. After two years of trying, however, they still haven't been able to conceive. So begins the long ordeal of treatments and testing, coupled with tension and marital strife. The agonies of medical intervention soon give way to the heartaches of adoption, as Paul and Laura deal with lawyers and unreliable birth parents. The story ends happily, but by the end of the book, most readers won't care; Bentz never develops the characters enough for us to feel much concern for their plight. The novel suffers from a distinct lack of context; it plunges right into the issue of infertility from page one, and readers learn little else about Paul and Laura except that they're Christians. The dialogue is stilted, and Bentz's heavy reliance on adverbs ("Steve exclaimed, confidently"; "she said breathlessly"; "he said reluctantly") grows tiresome. The attempt at a subplot involving a friend of Laura's who gave her own baby up for adoption has potential, but Bentz skips over it in a few pages; one wonders why he bothered to include it at all. Christian couples wrestling with infertility may find this book comforting, but the heartrending and important topic deserves more nuanced treatment.
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"...absorbing novel. Recommended for both women and couples." -- Church Libraries, Fall 2001
"...provides insight into the suffering of couples dealing with infertility that may be valuable to family, church members, and pastors." -- CBA Marketplace, June 2001
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I think that there were things that good have been handled better. For instance, Vicki's story is boiled down into one small paragraph with little build up. Dialogue could have been better--not as stilted.
All in all, I think this is a good book that deserves to be read by people trying to understand couples battling with infertility.
Bentz does an excellent job of showing the wife's side of issue. You see Laura's thoughts and feelings about the process and how her desire to be a mother becomes all-encompassing.
The book is compelling and thought-provoking but not for people just starting treatment or the adoption process I think it would be too heart-wrenching. Read it later when you're journey is complete or when you reach a place where you are at peace with your situation. I am very glad I did.
I can see this book initiating some very deep discussions among close friends (or book clubs or church groups, etc.): why is the drive to procreate so strong? why do we feel our very identity threatened as men or women if we discover a fertility issue? why is it we don't usually know how much we want children until the opportunity evades us? how essential to experiencing a "rich, full life" is parenthood, anyway?
I'm not sure the book answers these questions but it certainly poses them in a compassionate but thought-provoking manner. Bentz pulls no punches - read at your own risk.
Each step along the way, Paul and Laura give this over to God.But not without pain and questions. He shows them that He has had a plan all along. You will find that you will not be able to put this book down. It will stay with you long after you are finished reading it. I highly recommend it to those with fertility issues, losses and for family and friends who desire to be supportive.
--- reviewed by Susan for Christian Bookshelf