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Empty Arms: Hope and Support for Those Who Have Suffered a Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Tubal Pregnancy [Paperback]

Pam Vredevelt
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June 6 2001
They are the most dreaded words an expectant mother can hear. As joy and anticipation dissolve into confusion and grief, painful questions refuse to go away: Why me? What did I do wrong? Doesn't God care? With the warmth and compassion of a licensed counselor and a Christian woman who has suffered miscarriage herself, Pam Vredevelt offers sound answers, advice, and reassurance to the woman fighting to maintain faith in this heartbreaking situation. Now in a fresh, contemporary cover, Empty Arms: Emotional Support for Those Who Have Suffered a Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Tubal Pregnancy is the essential guidebook through the agony of losing a child.

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Pam Vredevelt is a Licensed Professional Counselor, popular inspirational speaker, and bestselling author of the Espresso for a Woman's Spirit series, Angel Behind the Rocking Chair, and Empty Arms: Emotional Support for Those Who Have Suffered a Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Tubal Pregnancy. Pam, John, and their three children make their home in Gresham, Oregon.

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By Jamie
This book started out good, but quickly went downhill. This woman went back to work, as a counsellor, 4 days after a late -term miscarriage. Either she was in denial, or not very attatched to her baby! Her advice for handling comments from people who say hurtful things is invariably "turn the other cheek". Although that is very Christian, that's not the only way Christ handled things. If a grieving parent were turning the other cheek as often as this author recommends, they'd have so much anger internalized, they'd NEVER get out of therapy! There ARE other ways to handle situations, and ways to gently teach people to help you. It's too bad she didn't focus on that, and she would have written a book that was truly useful! Her ideas are OK, for the most part, just very wimpy. God doesn't want doormats!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful help in a horribly difficult time April 15 2003
A friend gave me this book after I suffered a miscarriage. Her daughter (a friend of mine) was given it after she had a tubal pregnancy.
When you go through a horrible experience of losing an unborn child there are so many questions and emotions and you don't know how to handle everything that is going on.
This book helps to answer some of those questions and to comfort a grieving parent. It provides answers for some of the hardest questions out there and tells you what to expect in the coming days and months.
It also helped me to understand other people's reactions to our loss.
I would recommend this book to anyone who lost an unborn child.
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When I had a miscarriage, I was given this book. I cried the entire time I was reading it, but it really helped me heal after losing a child I so desperately wanted. It made me realize that my feelings were normal. It also made me grateful that I had lost my child early rather than later in the pregnancy because the loss would have been even harder. I praise God for giving this woman the insight and willingness to share her painful story with others to help us through trying times. I have recommended this book to several friends who have had miscarriages, and they said it helped as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful book... June 28 2000
This book was a great help to my wife and myself after the stillbirth of our son. When we started our own ministry to help those suffering from the loss of a baby, we looked at dozens of potential books to use in the ministry, and we kept coming back to this book as the most complete, compassionate work on the subject. This book stands far above most others by helping grieving parents come to terms with their loss intellectually, emotionally, and spritually. I can't say enough about this book and the impact it has had on the lives of the people that we have given it to in our ministry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book with a Christian approach Aug. 10 2002
After having two beautiful daughters, I never thought I would have any problems when I found out I was pregnant for the third time. After miscarrying in my 9th week, I looked for a book to help me understand "why this baby?" What I found at the library was "Empty Arms". I felt Pam's pain deeply. The book gave me practical ideas on why this had happened and how to move on. When I talk with others I now know have had miscarriages too, I always mention this book and how it presented Christian views on this tough subject.
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This is an excellent book that serves as a personal counseling session for anyone who has suffered a miscarriage. It validates the emotions a woman feels after such a loss and guides one through the grieving process. I highly recommend it to both women who have suffered such a loss and to those (such as health care professionals) who counsel these women. I've sent it to several friends and can state personally that it helped me through one of the most difficult times in my life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From someone who's been there Jan. 13 2002
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I received this book from a friend after my baby was stillborn at 5 mos. It has been extremely helpful through the grieving process. I could relate to a lot of the things that Pam wrote. A MUST READ for any woman experiencing a miscarriage or stillbirth.
(for those hesitant of "Christian Books" I felt this book is not "preachy" but very beautifully written and appropriate for those of any faith).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Gift for Grieving Parents
We have had 3 miscarriages and God has allowed us to use our experience to encourage others. I can't tell you how many of these books we have given to others in a similar... Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a blessing!
This is the one thing that helped me cope after my 2nd misscarrage. I have since shared this with many women and we all agree it is a wonderful book.
Published on Jan. 5 2001 by Lise Dews
4.0 out of 5 stars A great source book for grieving parents of a stillborn.
I read this book one month after delivering my stillborn son. Although I found the information reassuring, I wish I had read the book when we found out that our son was not going... Read more
Published on Oct. 31 1999 by Deana Wells (dwells2699@aol.com)
5.0 out of 5 stars very helpful in grieving process
This book was very helpful in grieving for my baby who died during delivery. It helped me to know that my feelings are normal and really helped me to understand everything I was... Read more
Published on June 7 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful book!
I bought this book after a miscarriage and have recommended it to many people. I have since lost two children after premature birth and still found the book a comfort. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars I hope you never need this book, but its a good one.
Helpful for bereaved parents. The sadness of a loss is so unexpected and overwhelming, but this can help to walk you through some things that may be a comfort to you. Read more
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