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Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those StrugglingWith Infertility Paperback – Apr 28 2009

4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (April 28 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764224107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764224102
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #410,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Mother's Day is not a joyful occasion for all women, particularly those who would like to have children but cannot. Marlo Schalesky's Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those Struggling with Infertility does for Christian women what Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin's Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Infertility and Pregnancy Loss did for Jewish women: provide comfort and camaraderie in the face of infertility and pregnancy loss.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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"...filled with personal wisdom and experience ...helpful to encourage a friend who is struggling with infertility." -- Discipleship Journal, Sep-Oct 2001

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This book is a collection of short stories, based on the experiences of real men and women who struggled with infertility. Each story explores a slightly different aspect of infertility, but all have a strong Christian foundation.
Those in the middle of the infertility journey will find this book encouraging and comforting for several reasons. First, stories such as "Crying in the Diaper Aisle" help you to realize that you are neither alone nor crazy - your experience is just the same as many others. Second, this books avoids the all-too-common "and then we had a baby!" happy ending. While all the stories end on a hopeful note, more often than not it is because the characters learn new ways to cope or rely on God for comfort. Finally, both men's and women's perspectives on infertility are addressed. Stories from a man's perspective include a husband whose low sperm count is causing the couple's infertility, and a man who just can't understand his wife's pain.
I enjoyed this book tremendously (though I did cry at several of the stories) and felt comforted after reading it. I highly recommend it to couples facing infertility, as well as their family and friends.
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When the professional advice isn't enough, and you've had your fill of well-meaning comments from those who haven't experienced infertility, Marlo Schalesky wants you to know you are not alone. The true stories she tells of couples who share in the collective hopes, fears, frustrations, and the comfort only God can bring will encourage your heart.
Our family knows that infertility strikes at the core of what oit means to be a woman or man, it tests marriages, and shakes the faith. This honest, open, and emotionally resonant first-person collection of stories will touch your life, and if you're looking for a good dose of Christ-centered encouragement for the journey of infertility, this is it.
We looked for months for a book like this, and we hope you are encouraged like we were.
A very highly recommended book!!!
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Each personal story in this book parallels the different pains and frustrations that couples go through as they face the issues of infertility. Even though circumstances are not the same, the struggles of the heart, mind, body and spirit are similiar. The running thread of emptiness runs through the entire book. The couples honestly and unashamedly express their grief and how it affects their marriages and their faith. This book doesn't give you pat answers, but lets the reader hear the "behind closed doors" challenges. Interwoven are the threads of hope and encouragement through scriptures, and in the thoughts of those who have chosen to trust God in the face of infertility.
--- reviewed by Susan for Christian Bookshelf
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I love this book as a gift for friends who are struggling with infertility, particularly if they are open to a Christian message of hope and comfort. (And usually, when confronted by such a serious and heartbreaking issue, most people are open to what God's word says and can offer.)Mother's Day and Father's Day can be brutal days for someone waiting for a child; this might be a thoughtful gesture to let them know you care. I also have tried, with my own friendships, to be aware of when a due date is drawing near if the couple has lost the baby. If you remember that date, and can send a card, or this book, with a note you care, it will be a real blessing to your friend.
Ginger Garrett, Author: Moments For Couples Who Long For Children
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I was so thankful to receive "Empty Womb, Aching Heart". It opened my eyes and heart to the pain that is experienced by so many husbands and wives that are struggling with infertility. This is not just a book for these special couples but a "must read" for their friends and family. I cried all the way through it; knowing and understanding, at last, what several friends and a few family members have gone through for so many years, struggling to have their own little bundle of joy. God Bless the Author, Marlo Schalesky, for having the courage to put this book together during what must have been a most difficult time for her. Very educational in its own special way. Thank you!...
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