Friends, I have the kindest, most loving devotional to tell you about today. If you, or someone you know, has been impacted by the heartrending journey of infertility, this is the book for you: Waiting in Hope: 31 Reflections for Walking with God Through Infertility. FrontGate Media provided a copy of this book for me, and you can also enter to win a copy. Keep reading for more on the book, my own thoughts, and the chance to enter to win!
About Waiting in Hope, from the publisher
“Waiting in Hope gives women an uplifting, accessible resource to comfort, guide, and strengthen them through the journey of infertility. Featuring 31 reflections that address specific aspects of waiting and hoping, each chapter weaves personal narrative, Scripture, and prayers to encourage women longing for a child.?
Weary moms have their pick of hundreds of Christian devotionals and books offering encouragement for the trials of motherhood. Women who suffer miscarriage can also choose from a handful of resources, thanks to an industry trend making space for books on grief. But what about the one in eight women who face the heartache of infertility? Where can they turn for comfort and guidance while grieving their dreams and grappling with unfulfilled longing?
Waiting in Hope fills the gap for a biblically grounded, gospel-driven resource that specifically addresses the unique struggles of infertility. Offering 31 reflections filled with biblical wisdom, testimonies, and personal narrative, Waiting in Hope helps women work through their complex emotions, grow in their faith, restore strained relationships, and move forward in their journeys with perseverance and confidence in the Lord.?
- Much needed Christian resource for the nearly 10 percent of women who face infertility, childlessness, and extended waiting for a child
- Compassionate, biblically rich devotional that doesn’t give false hope or platitudes
- Provides an infertility-specific, journal-like companion to use continuously throughout your journey
As seasoned infertility ministry leaders, Jenn Hesse and Kelley Ramsey have committed to help women turn to Jesus as their hope in sorrow. This book is the resource they wish they’d had ten years ago in the middle of their infertility grief. Women need to hear the good news that Jesus is with them in their wait, and that they can live a life of purpose regardless of how their wait ends.”
I truly love both the layout and content of Waiting in Hope. The authors have divided the book into four sections which speak to the emotional, spiritual, and relational journeys that women and couples endure as they walk through the different moments of infertility, as well as a section which speaks about IVF, adoption, not having children, pregnancy; what life looks like as couples move forward in the various ways they can. (There are also some excellent appendices, including one from Kelley’s husband Justin, who speaks wonderfully to husbands.) There are 31 devotionals which touch on these different subjects, illustrating the very real heartbreak that this journey (unsought by anybody) can force on its sufferers.
The writing of each devotional is intimate and real. There’s no sugarcoating here, but there’s enormous tenderness from people who have BEEN THERE. Know that this book has been written for you by women who understand; who’ve been where you are and have felt what you’re feeling. Yet they have written Waiting in Hope to come alongside you with true empathy and compassion, yet also with the truth that God is there for you, offering His love and understanding, and yes, His hope to you.
My thoughts about Waiting in Hope
I believe that Waiting in Hope is the kindest, most gentle and loving, Biblically-informed book on infertility I’ve ever come across. My own journey with infertility is long past, but I personally experienced many of the pains the authors share about. These included horrible endometriosis (for YEARS), numerous laparoscopies, cysts, and the monthly sorrow and disappointment after the periods showed up again. Not to mention the Mother’s Day roses handed out at church, but not to me (the woman who desperately longed for a child), or the women’s luncheon where the conversation centered around babies, children, their problems and joys. (Yes. I ugly-cried at my car.) I didn’t begrudge these moms their precious children; I just felt that my lack of them–and the pain I felt–was heavily spotlighted in those moments.
Waiting in Hope is a book which will deeply minister to women who are struggling with infertility. Coauthors Kelley Ramsey and Jenn Hesse have experienced this pain on a deep level; then, working together, they share their stories, talk with readers about the actual experience of infertility, and connect them with God’s deep love for them, in addition to including the Bible’s words about suffering and infertility.
Be prepared for tears as you read. (My kiddo is in college–but I still cried at times!) Waiting in Hope is such an incredible combination of understanding the suffering women can experience while conception still isn’t happening (for months or for years, or maybe, ever); plus the actual help that these gals need but perhaps don’t know where to look for it, or how to find it. Kelley and Jenn have such an obvious love for women in this situation. They beautifully speak on women’s experiences (physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually), adding their own encouragement plus action plans at the ends of each chapter. These moments of “Reflect,” “Pray,” and “Act “offer readers the chance to move through their own suffering into the hope offered by God, alongside active steps they can take, to help and to heal. I particularly loved these sections, because I well remember how much of life can be spent in *waiting* during seasons of infertility. How healing to actually have actions to take.
Also, since this is a 31-day devotional, these consistent words and ideas of assistance and wisdom can flow over the reader on the daily as she moves, moment by moment, through this book. Reading, writing, praying, and steps of thoughtful action can help readers feel as though they are really healing and growing…instead of just *waiting* for pregnancy.
Something that I particularly adored about Waiting in Hope is the authors’ thoughtful use of Scripture in each chapter. I love how they have collected Bible verses about suffering and crying out to God; but just as importantly, about healing, help, prayer, and the huge love God has for each of us. I’m recording these myself in a separate journal to revisit and meditate over. Beautiful, meaningful, and encouraging, during not only seasons of infertility, but in ANY season.
Where you can buy Waiting in Hope
Purchase Waiting in Hope here. And while you’re at that website, check out the available freebies that you can sign up for or access, whether it’s Faith over Fear printable cards; a “First listen” audioclip of chapter one of Waiting in Hope (along with an interview with Kelley and Jenn); and Instagram goodies (@kelramsey and @jennmhesse). You can also check out the Waiting in Hope online community for more help and support.
Enter to win your own copy of Waiting in Hope
Blessed Freebies is giving away a copy of Waiting in Hope! To enter, just click on the giveaway link below and follow the directions. Giveaway ends on or after 5/6/23. Best wishes!
Giveaway link to enter to win Waiting in Hope
This is a book which will offer you so much love, wise counsel, and healing hope. Don’t miss it!
Be blessed! –Wren
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from FrontGate Media. All opinions and thoughts shared here are my own honest ones.