Usually we welcome fiction authors, but non-fiction authors Crystal and Meghann Bowman offer so much to many women in this new publication. I can attest to the beauty of these heartfelt stories and the hope they offer. The authors have agreed give away one copy of this book, published by Harvest House, so please leave a comment.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 10 percent of women in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant. That’s about 6.1 million women whose bodies work a little differently when it comes to having a baby. When infertility rules a woman’s life, the downward spiral begins.
Everyday experiences become painful reminders. She stays home from church on Mother’s Day, and she cringes when she receives another baby shower invitation. It also takes a toll on her marriage as making loves turns into making babies.
This is how my daughter-in-law Meghann felt for more than 5 long years. Besides wondering what was wrong with her body–and why she couldn’t do the one thing that a woman’s body is supposed to do—she felt alone. Surrounded by pregnant friends and happy baby announcements, she struggled with feelings of inferiority and sadness.
After several exhausting years, Meghann finally became pregnant and is currently the mother of two healthy little ones. Her desire is to offer hope and encouragement to other women who are walking that lonely path. She wanted to write a book and came to me for help.
Since her story is only one woman’s story, I had an idea: what if we collected stories from 30 women so we could have a wide variety of stories? Meghann said “Yes!” and the project began.
I thought it would be difficult to find 30 women to share their stories, but God brought them to me one after the other. It seemed no matter where I went, I met women who wanted to share their stories. Women of all ages, all ethnicities, and all walks of life offered their stories of infertility, surgeries, miscarriage, adoption, IVF failures and successes, as well as finding peace in being childless.
The result is a beautiful new book titled Mothers In Waiting–Healing and Hope for Those with Empty Arms.
Each story follows the same format: My Story; My Struggle, My Strength, and My Scripture. Each story is told through the voice of the contributor—honest, real, and heartfelt. There are no easy answers or simple solutions offered. But readers with aching hearts will find hope and encouragement from women who want to walk beside them, identify with their pain, and point them to God.
You can find this encouraging book here: https://www.harvesthousepublishers.com/books/mothers-in-waiting-9780736975360
Do you know someone who may benefit from this book? It’s also a great resource for pastors, counselors, and women’s ministry leaders. These stories will help educate others on a topic that is difficult to discuss.
My niece and her husband tried everything for years, to have a baby.
They now have a daughter who is almost one year old.
She is adopted and looks just like her daddy.
Isn’t God good!
Yes! Glad you were able to stop by, Janet.
These issues have been around for years and it is so healing for those impacted to hear the stories of other women who have struggled to have a baby. Suffering has so often been hidden. What a great book idea! I look forward to reading a copy!