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What Was Lost: A Christian Journey through Miscarriage Paperback – September 2, 2010
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With the sensitivity of a caring pastor, [Barrett]...offers helpful reflection...to aid the reader's journey from hurt to healing and hope."
--Karen B. Westerfield Tucker, Professor of Worship, Boston University
"Although one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage, spiritual resources for those who miscarry are shockingly hard to find. Barrett, a United Methodist pastor who has herself had a miscarriage, has written a useful book to fill the void she, and so many others, discover when miscarriage claims their unborn children and their expectations. Barrett shares not only her own story but also the comments of other mothers-to-be who have experienced grief and loss. The author brings uniquely Christian pastoral and theological perspectives that will help not only mothers but also spouses/partners, clergy, and friends. Christian clergy will find especially useful a chapter of resources, but everyone touched by miscarriage can learn from this reflective book. Mothers can take comfort that they are hardly alone and that God is not cruel; others can learn to replace the well-intentioned but too frequently painful bromides of consolation with more sensitive balm." --Publishers Weekly, July 12, 2010
"In writing What Was Lost, Elise Barrett [is] electing not only to claim her grief, but also to record it without self-indulgence and with the kind of grace that, in the hands of the skilled writer, turns personal narrative into communal solace." Phyllis Tickle, from the foreword
"Barrett's book is a great gift to those of us who must minister in time of loss." Will Willimon, author and Bishop, the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church
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The author includes ways to deal with hurtful comments from other people after a loss as well as prayers, sermons, and ways to remember the baby who has died.
This book would be excellent for a grieving mom from any Christian tradition, especially if she has an academic or intellectual bent. I am very grateful for this book and I hope many women are able to appreciate it as well.
I urge readers looking for miscarriage materials to read this book. I also urge friends or family of those persons dealing with a miscarriage to read this book and then share it with them.
Very well written. Can't recommend this book enough.
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After two miscarriage and stuggle with secondary infertility, I am so glad I read this book it really contributed to working towards healing and building faith.Published 8 months ago by Maureen T.
I think I cried the who entire book, but it is from peace and comfort of knowing there are people who know EXACTLY how I feel. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lindsey Roberts
This is an incredibly helpful tool to my healing process as I work through this experience. The grief of a miscarriage is raw and incredibly difficult to bear, so when there is a... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Spunky
This is a must read for those who have miscarried or have someone near them who has.Published 14 months ago by Amy Young
I actually sent this to my Cousin as she was going through a difficult time conceiving and when they did she miscarried. Read morePublished 16 months ago by H.A.
Besides my faith, it single-handedly got me through my multiple miscarriages. A perfect reference as you go through the stages of grief.Published 18 months ago by Marine Wife