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Loved Baby: 31 Devotions Helping You Grieve and Cherish Your Child after Pregnancy Loss Hardcover – October 2, 2017
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The first place I went after losing our baby to miscarriage was the bookstore. I stared at the shelves looking for words of comfort and hope, longing to find an author who would also feel like a friend putting her arm around my shoulder. I wish Sarah's book had been there then, and I'm so grateful it will be there for other women like me now.
Holley Gerth, best-selling author of You re Already Amazing, holleygerth.com
Our culture programs us to feel as though motherhood should be all sunshine and roses breakfasts in bed made by beaming, freshly-bathed children. We learn to think that a woman cannot fulfill her God-given destiny unless she nurtures the lives God enabled her to bear. And yet, when one of those lives is lost, or when life never begins, the world suddenly goes quiet, leaving these women alone and suffering. Here s the key, though: When we offer our hurts to God, He will bring healing. He is the salve that soothes even the deepest wounds. Through Sarah's words in Loved Baby, you will realize that you re not called to forget but to welcome God into your pain. You can remember and honor and grieve and be made whole again. With God, even this is possible. Step into these pages like you re walking into God's comforting embrace, because that's exactly what this book has to offer. --Kelly O Dell Stanley, author of Praying Upside Down and Designed to Pray, kellyostanley.com
This book is the one I wish I'd had when I lost my first son the day after he was born sleeping and my third son when I was fifteen-weeks pregnant. For my aching, searching heart to have God's truths and promises put together so compassionately and with such honesty would have been a gift, and one I now will graciously share with others who have to walk this life-changing path. God's goodness and comfort flow freely from Sarah's heart and will bring healing and redemption to so many.
Lori Mullin Ennis, editor of Still Standing Magazine
Your numbers have dropped, the nurse said. Let us know if the bleeding starts filling a pad every hour. I'm sorry. And with that, I learned I was about to have my first miscarriage and second pregnancy loss. A few days later, without bleeding or cramping in sight, I took my husband to Barnes & Noble. I wanted to find something anything I could read that would tell me what to expect. The books I found (which weren't much) focused on family planning, or, get this, how not to have a miscarriage. Seriously? Women who miscarry needed help, and I found nothing that offered it. In the meantime, our story kept going through three more losses and our time with Z and finally our rainbow pregnancy with Ellie. Thank goodness some of our friends have been in the trenches and are ready to share their hearts and encouragement to women who need a worthwhile resource. Sarah Philpott is one of my friends in the baby loss community. Her book Loved Baby is a devotional and journal for baby loss moms. You will want to get this book in your hands! --Rachel Lewis, writer, foster mom, adoptive mom, biological mom, thelewisnote.com
I have known Sarah Philpott since the moment she was born. As the doctor who delivered her into this world in 1982, I experienced the joy that comes with new life. I have known her family for over fifty years. In fact, I delivered for her mother when she gave birth to her child born still. I have marveled at Sarah's growth into a talented, deeply Christian wife, mother, and community servant. She is a dynamic, persistent, and dedicated young woman. Her career has consisted of writing many professional publications. Her dedication to intense research and careful analysis, combined with her innate skills interviewing and bonding with other women who have had similar outcomes, has resulted in this inspiring narrative, Loved Baby. She informs the reader about the trials and struggles mothers and fathers face in their post-loss journeys. She gives hope to those who think they will never conceive again or be successful at giving birth following the loss of a child. As the readers of this beautiful testimony will find out, Sarah has succeeded in giving others, even in the darkest times of their grief, the courage to face challenges and to return to a life of normalcy. She has walked with God on her path and knows that, through all things, if our faith is strong and the support of our beloved family and friends is present, we can overcome the adversities associated with this devastating occurrence. It is a distinct honor and pleasure to recommend Sarah's heart-felt thoughts to those who have endured pregnancy loss and those who try to help and support their loved ones. Loved Baby will fill you with healing, hope, and God's love.
Shelley F. Griffith, MD
They instinctively knew to show me quiet love is only one example of the exquisite healing words Sarah Philpott uses to help those of us grieving after a pregnancy loss. Her remarkable insights, coupled with her enormous compassion, give us the guidance and strength we need to walk through this devastating journey and know we are not alone. If you have ever loved someone who has suffered through a pregnancy loss, Loved Baby may well be the answer to a prayer. I am grateful for Sarah's ability to impart her wisdom and spirituality, hope and grace for all of those who will benefit the most. And bless the beautiful babies in heaven who will live on in our souls forever. --Lisa Leshaw, MS, CMHC mental health professional
About the Author
Sarah Philpott, PhD, lives on a cattle farm in Tennessee. She is the mother of three young children and wife to one hard working farmer (who has been her sweetheart since high school). Sarah is a former elementary teacher and went on to earn her PhD at the University of Tennessee. She is an award-winning writer who has contributed to numerous academic books such as Contemporary Social Studies: An Essential Reader and has been published in scholarly journals such as Social Studies and the Young Learner. Sarah also contributes to places such as the Huffington Post, Her View from Home, BonBon Break, Bethany Christian Services, and Pregnant Chicken.
These days, Sarah happily chooses to be a stay-at-home mom and spends her days cleaning peanut butter and jelly off the counter, dreaming of traveling the world, hosting get-togethers for her friends and family, and chasing her kids around the farm. She doesn't believe in sharing desserts. Life is too short to share chocolate! Sarah is a lover of big earrings, black coffee, front-porch rocking chairs, star-gazing, river days, Doris Day, and all things Hemingway. Cherishing the life God has provided is her mantra.
Sarah is also the founder of the Loved Baby pregnancy loss support group and the #HonorAllMoms Mother s Day movement. Visit with Sarah at allamericanmom.net where she writes about life on the farm and cherishing life in joy and sorrow.
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I was privileged to be on the launch team for this book and was given a copy to review. I was under no obligation to post a positive review.
This book!!! The stories inside the covers of it are real!! They tell you the truth of what most women feel and the pain experienced during such a loss. How I wish back then I had this tool to pick up and find comfort in with other women who have experienced this same loss.
If you or someone you know has experienced this loss this is a great book to give you comfort and connection with other like you.
I love the devotions and they way they are personal to each loss. The Soul work and Pray time at the end of each devotion have prompted me to deal with some pain that is old pain and had been set aside.
Thank you to the Author for following through and writing this book. It was so needed by me and many other women.
There were so few options.
There are more now, but Loved Baby by Sarah Philpott, is the one I read this week and it's the one I'll be recommending and buying to share from now on when I learn of a friend who is walking through the loss of a baby.
I know this journey probably also describes a fair number of you who are reading. My heart breaks for you, whether you have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, or young baby loss. Death always brings a rather unwelcome range of emotions, but trying to process the loss of such a young life seems to push those ranges to even higher heights and deeper depths. And that's where this book can help you.
Let me tell you about the book. It contains 31 devotions to help you through both the grieving process and the cherishing process. Yes, that's right! No matter how young that little one was when you had to say goodbye, he or she deserves to be cherished as a life that came to be part of your family, even if briefly.
Each devotion covers a different topic, and they include: searching for why this happened, navigating the hurtful (and often thoughtless) words of others, mourning, honoring your due date, handling the emotions that flood in with future pregnancies, and even learning to reconnect emotionally and sexually with your spouse after the loss.
Sarah writes from her own experience, but she also includes snippets of stories, thoughts, and advice from a host of other women who experienced their losses in various stages of pregnancy. The words within each chapter are soaked in compassion, not clinical at all, and are comforting, timely advice for mothers who grieve.
Though I have not experienced a pregnancy loss personally, I've walked with family and friends who have and can attest that the wisdom in this book is solid and needed. I also found much of it helpful for loss in general. I recognized pieces of my own grieving processes from completely different situations! Grief can have different details, but it has a universal core.
This book brings the hope of Heaven to hurting moms, reminding them that their dear, loved baby is cradled in the arms of God even now. And though that would not have been the story line they would have chosen, there is comfort in knowing that God cares for these sweet babies from the moment their souls leave this earth.
Each chapter ends with a nugget of soul work: something to process or an exercise to try as you heal. It also includes a brief prayer related to the topic of that chapter.
I wish this book had been written 29 years earlier, but I am so thankful it has been written now. It's a beautiful little gift book: hardcover with a ribbon bookmark, and would make a thoughtful gift to anyone going through loss.
Thanks to the Blythe Daniel Agency for providing me with a complimentary copy of the book and an extra copy to give away. All opinions are my own!