Dear God, Why Can't I Have a Baby?: A Companion Guide for Women on the Infertility Journey

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In this openly honest book, Janet Thompson walks alongside those on the trying journey of infertility, both as a guide and a friend, offering comfort, faith, compassion, and hope.

At the age of twenty-one, shortly after getting engaged, Janet received the devastating word from her doctor that she would never have children. Walk along with Janet and two of her daughters, who also faced infertility, as they speak openly about their pain, strife, and continued hope in the Lord's ...

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Dear God, Why Can't I Have a Baby: A Companion Guide for Women on the Infertility Journey

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Overview

In this openly honest book, Janet Thompson walks alongside those on the trying journey of infertility, both as a guide and a friend, offering comfort, faith, compassion, and hope.

At the age of twenty-one, shortly after getting engaged, Janet received the devastating word from her doctor that she would never have children. Walk along with Janet and two of her daughters, who also faced infertility, as they speak openly about their pain, strife, and continued hope in the Lord's grace. This book reaches out to women and couples long-experienced with, and newly aware of, the struggle with infertility.

Each chapter includes Dear God journal entries, prayers, love letters from God, mentoring moments, and stories from couples. "For those of you entrenched in the infertility battle, or even in years past," Janet writes, "let this book help you work through feelings of grief, sorrow, hurt, anger, emptiness, and brokenness, and also remember the joys and blessings."

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  • ISBN-13: 9780891122746
  • Publisher: Abilene Christian University Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 810,140
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Forward Drew Cline 11

Preface 15

Introduction 19

Chapter 1 It's Time to Have a Baby 23

Chapter 2 Making the Doctor's Appointments 35

Chapter 3 Facing the Dreaded Diagnosis 49

Chapter 4 Paralyzing Shock 59

Chapter 5 Asking "What If?" and "Why Me?" 69

Chapter 6 Dealing with People's Reactions 81

Chapter 7 Preparing for What Comes Next 89

Chapter 8 Starting Treatment 99

Chapter 9 Coping with the Private Issues 107

Chapter 10 Getting Needed Support 117

Chapter 11 Enjoying the Good Days 125

Chapter 12 Making it Through the Bad Days 133

Chapter 13 Knowing Who Is in Control 145

Chapter 14 Grieving the Losses 157

Chapter 15 Discovering a New Focus and Purpose 171

Chapter 16 Secondary Infertility 179

Chapter 17 Living with Infertility 187

Chapter 18 Relying on God 203

Chapter 19 Praying Expectantly 217

Chapter 20 Restoring the Joy! 229

Chapter 21 Ending at the Beginning 237

Chapter Notes 247

Sanity Tools 249

Glossary of Infertility Terms and Abbreviations 249

Research Notes 251

National Contacts 252

Books and Resources Infertile Couples Found Helpful 254

Making Decisions and Developing a Family Plan 255

Peacekeeping Worksheet 257

Infertility Journey Map 258

Appointment Notes 259

Phone Notes 260

Important Contact Information 261

Test Results 263

Medication/Shot Record 264

Your Support and Help Team 265

Bless You! Here's Where I Need Help 266

Stages of Grief 267

Signs of Depression 268

Ten Ways to Survive the Holidays When You're Infertile 269

Infertility-Satan's Lies & God's Truths 270

Prayer & Praise Journal 272

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    A must read for anyone struggling with infertility

    I love this book! I love the personal stories and the way it is written. It's a must read for anyone struggling with infertility. It's also has much valuable medical and ethical information relating to the subject. If you're looking for a book on infertility, this is it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

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    This book will comfort you now and be a keepsake in years to come

    If you have ever whispered in prayer, "Dear God, why can't I have a baby?" you have found a friend for this emotional detour in Janet Thompson. Her book, aptly titled, "Dear God, Why Can't I Have a Baby?" is the book I wish I'd had in the 90s during my own struggles to become a mother. Somehow, Thompson covers it all in this book! The heartache and disappointment of course, but also the quiet talks we have with God and the prayers we send up through a shower of tears; the reactions to the advice from those around us, to finding joy despite our circumstances. Thompson even calls the forms and charts in the book's index "Sanity Tools."

    Throughout the book she offers scriptures that comes to life; mentoring moments with wise yet sensitive advice; journal entries to remind the reader that she is not alone; God's love letter to the reader, and a place for the reader to write a note back to God. There is even a couple's prayer in each section, a much-needed yet rare resource. Far too many couples find themselves growing farther apart through infertility when they could be using the experience to become closer. "Daddy-in-waiting" reflections also provide validation of the mixed feelings men may carry silently.

    There is not a book that can cure infertility, but this book can end the bitterness, frustrations, loss of joy, and even resentment. When we are suffering, loves ones are quick to say, "Be sure to grow closer to God during this time, not farther away," but when you are deep in the pit of grief, you need a helping hand to do this. Thompson's "Dear God, Why Can't I Have a Baby?" helps the spiritual and emotional struggle seem to be one that is able to be conquered.

    This book is sure to become not only a tool to express one's emotions and find solace, but also one that the reader will find herself holding in the middle of the night grasping for an answer. I am honored to be able to share my story in this book, about how I became a mother through the gift of adoption. However God may determine one's path to parenthood, this book will someday become a keepsake for when one wishes to reflect on her thoughts and spiritual journey during that unexpected detour.

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