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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Now I'm giving away Rain Dance by Joy DeKok

To enter your name to win a copy of this book simply post a comment regarding infertility issues or abortion issues. They are the subjects covered in this great book that I wholeheartedly endorsed. It's an awesome read. Now here are my thoughts...

I know numerous couples who don't have children who are in there forties and fifties. Some by choice, but most not by choice. I can only imagine the heartache from wanting to have a child and being unable to do so. And then there is the anger that would arise from knowing that people have simply discarded the children they conceived at the "wrong time" in their lives when they (the other couple) longs for a child. It does seem very unjust. I would think all of the Scriptures about barren wombs would stick out as I read the Bible. I imagine I would be angry, too. Fortunately I haven't had to deal with that kind of pain because I was pregnant twice and had two children who are both alive an well. But I know of numerous couples who have had issues that cause a lot of pain and grief. I also have known people who have gotten one abortion after another because they don't believe in birth control (don't ask, it doesn't make sense to me either.) Anyway, that is my spiel. So what do you all have to say about this subject?

About the book:

Jonica and Stacie meet in a doctor's office at a critical turning point in each of their lives. Jonica is ending unsuccessful infertility treatments and accepting the death of her dream of having children. Stacie has come to schedule the termination of her pregnancy so she can further her dream of a career in law.

Tentatively the two young women reach out to each other. Can they forge an uncommon friendship that will forever transform their future?

My endorsement:

"Rain Dance is compulsively readable. In that I mean that the characters draw you in and you feel like you want to keep reading their individual stories. There is a lot of emotion packed between the pages and the faith element is also very strong. I enjoyed the dynamics between the two friends and reading about their emotional and spiritual challenges. There are several wonderful, healing messages in this novel."--(Michelle Sutton, author of the Second Glances Series)


Linda said...

A book after my heart.
I find it so appalling that babies are killed just because they are inconvenient when there are thousands of families willing to take these children, including those who are infertile. It's not the baby's fault it is there, and he/she shouldn't have to take of brunt of the behavior that brought them life by being killed. Yes, babies change plans. You feel you are responsible to have sex, you need to take the responsibility to care for the child you conceived. A rape doesn't change the dynamics of a life growing. Yes, it is hard, but not impossible with counseling to help.

I could go on and on.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

As a Mom who had a SIDS baby and 2 daughters dealing with Infertility... one getting the miracle of 2 Biological children and the other turning to being a Foster parent...I am personally aware of all the heartach involved.

JenniferB said...

My niece and her husband have been trying to get pregnant for 7 years. She gets so discouraged, I feel so bad for her and continue to pray for them. Hopefully one day God will give them a child.

Lauryn Abbott said...

Boy, is this right up my alley. I am SO grateful for the precious daughter I have, because our journey to having a family hasn't been easy. It takes me a long time to conceive. And I've had three miscarriages. I've been on the emotional and exhausing, fertility-rollercoaster for far too long.

gahome2mom said...

I have known several ladies that had to wait over 10 years before giving birth to their sons. I don't have that problem. We have had our last child when I was 40. :)


Stina Rose said...

I was an unplanned baby to a teenage mom. My father did what was right, and married my mother only a few months before I was born. The idea of abortion came up only once, and I am so thankful that it was quickly done away with. Mom and dad had struggles, but they alway try to do what was best for my brother and I. I hurt for those who see abortion as their only choice, especially when there are so many women who would love to have a baby in their arms. It reminds me of the story of Hannah from the Bible.


windycindy said...

Yes, infertility and having children is a sore spot with me. It was not easy for my husband and me to have our two children! We both were medically okay, but it took two years to conceive each of them!
My belief is only partial infertility
help. We are also licensed for foster care. I never understand why some people have children, when they act like they don't want or appreciate them. Many thanks, Cindi

fredamans said...

Thank you for the entry.


I thankfully have not had an abortion. Though I did think about it when I got pregnant with my first born. I was only 17, unfinished in school and I had plans. That all changed when I went to the abortion clinic. Let me mention, it was '94, so there were still picketers back then. The idea of having to cross all of them to kill this inside of me... well, I couldn't do it. I left. I ran as fast as I could. Scared of them, but more scared of what I thought of doing. I am happy to say my son will be 15, so we're all ok. I'm thankful I didn't do it. My sister had an abortion years ago, and I see it still lives in her. She always wonders about the baby. I don't think I could deal with that. I like knowing, not wondering constantly, "what if?!"

Edna said...

Well to start I do not believe in Abortion, I believe it is murder just as killing another person. At the time of conception, there is real life, God made that baby and no one. not even the mother has the right to kill it. If she didn't want a baby then she should not be having sex. This world is so unmoral now everything goes, and people just don't think of anyone but themselves.


Anonymous said...

Hello - great topic of discussion. Such open hearts!

As the author of Rain Dance and an infertile woman, my heart aches for women who cannot concieve - all the longing and hurts I felt are alive in theirs.

There is another group of hurting women often left out because of their choice - the choice to abort their unplanned or unwanted pregnancy - sometimes more than one.

Honestly, if anger is what drives the pro-life movement, it will always be a divisive political issue. If we dare to shine the Light of compassion onto the topic, and if we dare to make it safe for the women in our lives who have chosen abortion to share their stories, lives will be changed forever.

As a barren woman whose heart aches also for the women who chose abortion and regret it, I leave you with this question;

Will they find santuary in your sanctuary?


Anonymous said...

I know a couple who are unable to have children and how devastating it is for them. Thank God they have the option of adoption.

Abortion is MURDER

LuAnn said...

Even though I don't think I could have an abortion myself, I've known several women who have, so I believe in the right to have that choice.

Martha A. said...

I have never suffered from infertility, but I have been pregnant at inconvenient time and someone is against abortion, I think I can understand the feelings. But also I think that we as Christians can even though play into the inconvenience part when we all make comments on a woman's pregnancy. I had comments when I was pregnant on whether I knew it was okay to use birth control or not, if I thought it was a good time to get pregnant etc. and it made me want to make a point by gasping and promising to end the pregnancy right now as I did not know it was a bad time to get pregnant. I think no matter the circumstances, a baby is something to rejoice over and comments like this can only bring hurt and can lead moms to feel despair instead of joy over a pregnancy. You know, that pregnancy, although at a horrible time in my life, was used by God to help me through the rest of that year God knew what I needed more than I did. I know I don;t understand why some women are not able to have children and others are, when they seem to not deserve them, but maybe just like pregnancy at a time when we did not plan, God has a plan as well for them to work it for good. I know I did not understand why my baby lived when the same year two friends had their babies die, one the day before mine was born and the other 6 weeks later or so.

Megan said...

As always, lots of comments on the abortion debate. I think we should love those who have had to make that tough decision. And praise those who did not. But it is a rough situation on any side. Even tho I am against abortion, we need to love those who made the wrong decision. Thanks for the interview.

Megan.nadalet at gmail dot com

Carole said...

I really appreciated Joy's comments on this issue. I believe life begins at conception, but am not always pleased to be associated with the pro-life movement because sometimes people seem to be driven by anger. Christ offers forgiveness and healing to all, and we should show that same compassion.

I'm really interested in reading this book and appreciate the giveaway.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Michelle Sutton said...

And the winner is...

Jennifer B!

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