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  • Genre:RELIGION
  • SubGenre:Christian Life / Women's Issues
  • Language:English
  • Pages:133
  • eBook ISBN:9781483505015

Surviving the Failed Pregnancy Test

Navigating Through the Emotional Roller Coaster of Infertility

by Ashley Thompson Varner

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Overview
Throughout Scripture, we see numerous women who struggled with infertility. Although infertility fills the pages of the Bible, it is rarely discussed in many religious circles, or even between trusted friends. This book walks through the stories of godly women throughout the Bible who suffered the pain of infertility. Their stories bring hope, acceptance, and healing to Christian women, and couples, who desire to have a child but have found it impossible. We read stories of mighty men of God without realizing that the news of their birth was the most wonderful news their mothers had ever heard. John the Baptist, Samson, Samuel, Isaac, Jacob, all of these men had something in common: their mothers experienced infertility. We can learn as much from these women, and others, as we learned from their sons. I believe the Bible is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I believe the answers to the deeply emotional questions we ask about each and every one of struggles we experience today can be found in its pages. I firmly believe that God knew exactly what I would go through and how it would affect my emotions. During this time, He made a way for me to be comforted through His Words and the experiences of godly women recorded in the Bible. Trusting God is the running theme throughout this book, and we will learn to put our faith into action when we encounter times of suffering and pain. Using these godly women as examples, we can learn how to cope with the different aspects of infertility, both emotional and relational. I have felt the pains of infertility.  If you are like me, or know and love a woman who may be going through this stage in life, I invite you to read through my experience, read through the experiences of these women of God in the Scriptures, realize that you are not alone, and let your faith in our Everlasting Father be renewed.
Description
Surviving the Failed Pregnancy Test is a guide through the emotional issues that accompany infertility. It is designed for Christian women, and couples, who are having difficulty conceiving a child, or bringing a pregnancy to full term. It’s true that there are several books on the market today about pregnancy: how to avoid it, how to handle the nine months, even what to wear during a after. There is no shortage of literature on dealing with unplanned pregnancies, helping those who have terminated pregnancies, fertility treatments, or how to adopt a child, foreign or domestic. But there is very limited Christian literature available to the countless women who so desperately desire to get pregnant. The Bible has numerous stories of women who experienced the same heartache that many women today experience. What can we learn from them? In a time when having a child was profoundly more significant, how did they live out the months and years - even decades - of infertility? How did it affect their relationships with their husbands, and with their friends? How long did they wait expectantly before they resigned themselves to the possibility that they were barren? Who did they confide in? How did God show Himself to them during that time? How did they keep their hope alive? We read stories of mighty men of God without realizing that the news of their birth was the answer to many prayers and the expectation of many years. John the Baptist, Samson, Samuel, Isaac, Jacob, all of these men had something in common: their mothers experienced infertility. We can learn as much from these women, and others, as we learned from their sons. I believe the Bible is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I believe the answers to the deeply emotional questions we ask about each and every one of struggles we experience today can be found in its pages. I firmly believe that God knew exactly what I would go through and how it would affect my emotions. During this time, He made a way for me to be comforted through His Words and the experiences of godly women recorded in the Bible. Trusting God is the running theme throughout this book, and we will learn to put our faith into action when we encounter times of suffering and pain. Using these godly women as examples, we can learn how to cope with the different aspects of infertility, both emotional and relational. I have felt the pains of infertility.  If you are like me, or know and love a woman who may be going through this stage in life, I invite you to read through my experience, read through the experiences of these women of God in the Scriptures, realize that you are not alone, and let your faith in our Everlasting Father be renewed.
About the author
Ashley Thompson Varner is a graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University. She received degrees in Marriage and Family Counseling and the Bible. Having experienced first-hand the emotional difficulties and spiritual struggles of being unable to conceive, she is keenly aware of the aspects of infertility and how it affects Christian women. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two young sons.
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