Hannah's Hope: Seeking God's Heart in the Midst of Infertility, Miscarriage, and Adoption Loss

Hannah's Hope: Seeking God's Heart in the Midst of Infertility, Miscarriage, and Adoption Loss

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by Jennifer Saake
     
 

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Hannah’s Hope is intended as a guide to assist you in making wise decisions as you struggle through your grief of not yet conceiving, losing a child, or struggling through the adoption process.

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Hannah’s Hope is intended as a guide to assist you in making wise decisions as you struggle through your grief of not yet conceiving, losing a child, or struggling through the adoption process.

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ISBN-13:
9781615214785
Publisher:
The Navigators
Publication date:
02/27/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
146,135
File size:
644 KB

Meet the Author


Jennifer Saake and her husband, Rick, are the founders of Hannah's Prayer Ministries (www.hannah.org), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help women who are infertile or have suffered miscarriage or adoption loss. Since their infertility battle began in 1992, the Saakes have lost ten children via miscarriages and failed adoption attempts and have been blessed with two living miracles.

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4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was given this book just weeks after losing a second long awaited baby that had been conceived after over 3 years of infertility when we were reaching the end of the line with our treatment options. Though everyone around us wanted to help and be encouraging, next to no one could. They simply couldn't begin to understand how much everything hurt and their comments would tax me because they couldn't know what would cause pain. Then came Jenni's book. I literally couldn't stop reading it until I reached the end (at 3:30am). It was like a balm to my spirit to read my own thoughts and words coming from someone else. Her journey has been even longer and harder than mine, and she was able to provide genuine empathy and sound Biblical counsel. I've since bought 10 more copies to give to relatives and churches and have passed it on to other women in our shoes. This is a must read for ANYONE who's going through infertility/child loss or anyone who wants to know how to love them better. A must for pastors as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the best book that I read that helped me deal with the issues of infertility. Ms. Saake did a wonderful job at answering all of my questions that I had during the most difficult time of my life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great for anyone or if you know anyone struggling with Infertility, loss, or adoption loss. It feels like you are Jennifer's best friend and she right with you holding your hand letting you cry and just loving you through a hard time in your life. Infertility is such a little exposed issue and if you have not lived it you really don't understand. Jennifer has lived it and she knows your pain. It is a great great book, highly recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best resources for couples facing infertility, that I have ever read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Saake's true and gentle spirit seems to radiate from this book. While reading it, you will feel like you are sharing a story and journey with your newest best friend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I strongly recommend this book to anyone suffering with infertility or the loss of a child due to miscarriage/stillbirth/infant loss. Not just those suffering directly but also to those looking to support others in need. It gives a biblical perspective and a message of hope in a subject that feels so out of contrrol. It validates the loss of precious children as specific individuals or the more general loss of children felt in infertility.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hannah's Hope truly does offer HOPE for those struggling with infertility -- Jenni Saake offers empathy, wisdom, and sound Biblical advice for how to cope with what truly might be one of the most difficult of crises a couple has had to face in their marriage -- infertility. Jenni Saake writes with an understanding that only someone who has 'been there' would have. Especially useful was a list of questions to ask yourself as a couple to help determine what treatment path, if any, is right for you and your family. I recommend this book to anyone struggling with infertility, as well as to family and friends and pastors of those struggling to build their families. A terrific resource.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Saake's book is full of honest and real insight into the world of infertility. She holds nothing back and allows the reader to easily relate to her heartache and her passion for Christ. I very much appreciated her honest take on bitterness and the struggle to overcome it. This book has spoke volumes to my heart regarding my own feelings and struggles with loss and unfilled dreams of children. It is a must read for anyone attempting to draw closer to God while battling all that the bumpy road through infertility brings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! really hit home!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jenni's book answers a lot of whys, and looks into the heart of anyone who has ever experienced infertility, or miscarriage. Never preachy, very helpful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for anyone dealing with infertility or loss or anyone who loves them. As an infertile adoptive mom myself, I found Mrs. Saake¿s words to be a healing balm on some deep emotional and spiritual scars. It is perfect for those of us at any stage in the journey through fertility challenges and those parenting after fertility challenges. ¿Hannah¿s Hope¿ deals thoroughly yet compassionately with even the most difficult ¿whys¿ without ever being preachy. It is equally appropriate for those who have never opened a Bible and for those who have walked in the faith for years. Reading Mrs. Saake¿s words felt like someone putting my own heart onto paper. I felt as if I were sitting across my kitchen table sharing the journey with a dear friend who knows what it¿s like. I¿ve already loaned my copy to a friend and plan to purchase another one for my pastor.
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I have not finished reading this book but the first 30ish pages have helped support so many feelings and questions I have had about the struggle of infertility and the loss of my child. The journey through Hannah's life is very helpful so far. If you are a believer in Christ or think you could believe in Christ this book is helpful to begin understanding one of the big questions when dealing with infertility - why! I can't wait to finish the rest.
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PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
Hannah's Hope by Jennifer Saake is an inspirational book empowering those facing extremely difficult times in life. Specifically written for those facing life challanges and trials in the midst of miscarriage, infertility and failed adoption, this book is appropriate for anyone finding themselves facing life's difficulties. For those readers facing any type of loss, death, teminal illness or depression in general, this book helpful. This concept of this book is based on the historical biblical heroine, Hannah, of the old testament. Hannah faced the shame of infetitlity in a culture where a woman's self worth and security was based on having children. The author, Jennifer Saake uses Hannah's life and faith as an analogy and role model of how we should face similar challanges should one find herself in the same situation. Furthermore, Saake pulls relevant biblical verses and uses them as a guide- to inspire the reader to place her faith on God inorder to draw upon God's strength in the most difficult of trials that might be faced in life. There are times in life that prove to be so difficult that nothing short of God's comfort can help. Using real life anecdotes from her own life and the torments and hardships of others, Jennifer Saake clearly has lived through some difficult times and has used them for the greater good with help from God. Overall this book provides hope and inspiration for thos who might otherwise have no hope. As a blogger for Navpress, I recieved a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review. The opinions expressed ar my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently read Hannah's Hope: Seeking God's Heart in the Midst of Infertility, Miscarriage, and Adoption Loss by Jennifer Saake, and found the book to be profoundly moving. The title of the book is based on Biblical Hannah and her own fertility struggles. The author uses a fictionalized scene from Hannah's life to initiate each chapter, then relate her own story, scripture, and reassurances to women facing fertility issues. Though the author currently has two living children, it is clear she still understands the heartbreak that many women face. Each chapter ends with a message to others (with phrases, while perhaps well-intended, that only deepen the pain for women dealing with infertility or loss). I found so many of these to be true. This book is very moving, and likely to stir emotions that you've never actually been able to put into words. I highly recommend this book to any couple that is experiencing infertility, miscarriage, or adoption loss. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
doaldmurdo More than 1 year ago
Any book that deals with infertility, miscarriage and failed adoptions is not going to be an easy read. Yet Jennifer Saake has done readers a great service in writing this book as it deals with the heartbreak felt by those who look for a longed for child and are left empty handed. The author speaks from painful experience, having lost ten children through miscarriage or failed adoptions. While she now enjoys the blessing of two children Joshua and Ruth, her many years of struggle with childlessness led to the writing of this book - which is part bible study and application, part life story and journals, part resource and very certainly part encouragement and people struggle through the stages of grief. This book records the anger, grief, longing, isolation, questions, struggles, tears, sorrows and answered prayers along the journey of childbearing. It shows our humanity and discouragements but it very tenderly shows us that others do share our pains and burdens, both practically and in prayer and we have an all-seeing, all knowing God who knows His plans and purposes for us. The book title 'Hannah's Hope' refers to the Hannah found in the first two chapters of the First Book of Samuel. Throughout the book, parallels are offered between the infertility or sterility experienced by prospective parents today and her situation then. While I buckle slightly at the elaboration of the details offered to us in the Bible as being an 'imagining' and 'fictionalised look', I don't doubt that the intent is good. I can certainly see that the application set against a variety of true-life stories will be helpful to many who are at different stages of planning their family. Clearly some will read this with joy and some with tears, but this is a much needed and useful book. I would say that it has a searing honesty in some of its chapters on themes such as prayer, faith and compassion of people in the wider church, how churches deal with the pain of losing a child and a very personal yet universal meditation on anguish and grief. A useful addition to a church library.
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