I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy

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In 2008, Angie Smith and her husband Todd (lead singer of the group Selah) learned through ultrasound that their fourth daughter had conditions making her ?incompatible with life.? Advised to terminate the pregnancy, the Smiths chose instead to carry this child and allow room for a miracle. That miracle came the day they met Audrey Caroline and got the chance to love her for the precious two-and-a-half hours she lived on earth.

Upon receiving the original diagnosis, Angie ...

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In 2008, Angie Smith and her husband Todd (lead singer of the group Selah) learned through ultrasound that their fourth daughter had conditions making her “incompatible with life.” Advised to terminate the pregnancy, the Smiths chose instead to carry this child and allow room for a miracle. That miracle came the day they met Audrey Caroline and got the chance to love her for the precious two-and-a-half hours she lived on earth.

Upon receiving the original diagnosis, Angie started a blog (Bring the Rain) to keep family and friends informed of their journey. Soon, the site exploded in popularity, connecting with thousands who were either experiencing their own heartbreaking situations or simply curious about how God could carry someone through something so tragic. I Will Carry You tells the powerful story of a parent losing her child, interwoven with the biblical story of Lazarus to help those who mourn to still have hope—to find grace and peace in the sacred dance of grief and joy.

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"This is a beautiful and tender book that would touch any woman's heart, no matter her age or realm of experience. It is about a relationship so intimate with God that it carves a safe place for crises of faith, for faith proved genuine and for divine callings willed, sealed and fulfilled. Yes, this is one mother's moving story. This one mother also happens to be a true writer. We will hear more from her. Angie, I am so proud of you. May Christ continue to tip the ink jar toward your gifted quill."
 
- Beth Moore
Best-selling author and speaker

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805464283
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 135,163
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Angie Smith is the wife of Todd Smith (lead singer of Dove Award winning group Selah) and author of the popular blog entitled Bring the Rain. She holds a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University and lives with her husband and daughters in Nashville, Tennessee.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2010

    One of the most heartbreaking yet beautiful books I have ever read.

    I have been following Angie Smith's blog for a long time. Audrey's story is one of pain and heartache, joy and love. She was a blessing to this family and forever changed their lives. I know exactly the journey that Angie walks because my newborn baby girl Melissa died shortly after birth in 1990. Twenty years later, I remember every moment of pain, every moment of anger, every moment of questioning God. But I turned that pain into good and I have lived to honor my daughter. I am so thankful that God chose me to be her mother.

    If you have lost a child, please read this book. It will help you more than you can imagine.

    Update.. Angie Smith gave birth to a healthy baby girl this week. Both are doing wonderful. I am so happy for them!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2010

    I can't force myself to finish this book!

    I read the synopsis of this book and thought it sounded like a great read. I am a pediatric nurse and thought I could relate to it. This book is terrible. I have started it and cannot bring myself to finish it. Most of the book is scripture. I wanted to hear more about Audrey's story and I turn the page to another scripture. I understand the author is religious but there is hardly any story here. Then, what story there was to the book was so over dramatic. It is, understandably, a sad story but seriously the author makes it sound like every person who looks at her just starts crying instantly. I was very disappointed in this book and wish I could get a refund!!

    6 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2010

    awe inspiring

    this book shows what it is like to live and grieve the loss of a child. i cried most of the way through it, and i appreciate my children so much more!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2011

    beautiful story!

    My 5 week old son passed away in 2007 to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, this book has given me so hope and faith.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2010

    It's a must read if you are a Mom

    This book is so easy to read and so inspirational that it's a must read if you are a christian mother or even if you're not. I could feel in my own skin the grief and deep sorrow for Audrey's short period of life. I could totally relate to every fear that she have in her pregnancies because I had them too every time that you visit the doctor to see how's your baby doing in there. It moves you and encourages you to renovate your faith in the Lord and to be more aware and thankful of every blessing that you have.
    Please read it, you won't regret it. Thank you Angie for sharing with us your difficult experience. God bless you.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2010

    Good but very religious

    I normally would have not picked this book to read on my own but it was offered as a free ebook from BN so I figured I should try it because some of the other recent ebooks released were really good.

    Overall, the book was pretty good. I felt very emotional towardss Angie Smith which is what I'm sure she intended. However, something that made the book uncomfortable for me was the Christian tones of the book. I understand that this book I understand that this book is purely what she was feeling so the story should not be changed at all. Since I am not a Christian, it just wasn't the book for me.

    I do recommend this book but just be aware of the very religious nature of the book.

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Inspirational and Uplifting

    I highly recommend this beautifully written memoir. Though I tend to be picky about books, this memoir as made it to the favorite book list. Angie Smith, the author, has an excellent gift of portraying the gift and blessing of getting to carry and bring Audrey into the world. With her amazing and admirable faith in her Savior, Angie tells her very personal story with honestly and even humor, keep the tissues handy! Please read this book - the story, verses, quotes are encouraging and uplifting.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Awestruck!

    Beautifully written, I could not put the book down! The book left me with an inner healing. ThankyouYahweh

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    I absolutely loved this book!

    I recomend this book toevery one! This was the first e bookI bought and was well worth it! A tear jerker...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Angie's story is familiar to me personally as it will be to anyone who has experienced the death of hope and empty arms. I recommend this book, as Angie's transparency is so fresh and encouraging in the midst if such raw and profound pain.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2010

    An example of true vulnerability

    Angie Smith is a true example of living a vulnerable life for others. She does not put on a face or candy coat anything and has the courage to share her deepest pains with the world. Only a handful of people are willing to take their stories and share them so that they may be an encouragement to others and allow others to see that they are not alone. Her and Todd's story is so beautifully written and I have seen first hand how it has allowed others to be able to open up and seek healing. She helps give those who are hurting permission to open up, share, and heal. It is a raw story of faith, hope, and the strong love a mother and father feel for their child and how precious Audrey's life was not in vain...she may have "only" lived outside the womb for a couple hours, but she truly lived, she touched lives, God used her. I pray that this book, this story would encourage others to step up, take off the mask and be willing to share their journeys, the pains and the joys. Thank you Angie for being willing to be so incredibly vulnerable, selfless, and so full of love.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    I did not like this book at all. It is overly dramatic and the

    I did not like this book at all. It is overly dramatic and the author acts as if she is the only woman who has ever lost a child. I think she thinks people just walk into a room and immediately burst into tears. I also don't find it very "Godly" to be profiting from the death of your child. While I understand Angie Smith is a religious woman, I couldn't get past her melodrama and constant scripture quoting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Very inspirational...

    Very inspirational...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    I discovered Audrey's story when I lost my daughter, Dakota. For

    I discovered Audrey's story when I lost my daughter, Dakota. For the past few months, I have been mainly interested in reading books written by people who went through the loss of a child. As soon as I began reading, I couldn't stop. Audrey's story touched me. I absolutely love the Bible references within this book and the Faith written within the words. As I was reading this, I have to say that Angie opened my eyes to different aspects of our loss.

    I was very touched spiritually while reading this book. I believe now that God had a purpose for Dakota and used her to bring me closer to him for a life plan he has for me. I believe his plan for me is to help others who are going through the same thing I did. As I read Audrey's story, it helped to to reflect back on my own written story of my angel baby. I couldn't believe how similar they were but yet, they were so different. I am one of those parents who was thrown into the grief and I didn't have the time to prepare myself or my daughter. This book has helped me form the words I needed to answer some of the questions my daughter has asked. Angie has made me realize that it is okay to say, "I don't know" and not feel like I was letting her down.

    I couldn't help but comparing I Will Carry You with my own published book, Saying Goodbye Without Saying Hello. I felt like another side of the story was being told. I want to say that this book will help those who are lost after they have experienced the heartbreaking event of child-loss and it'll help those who haven't gone through it to understand.

    I believe there is so much more to this story and it's a message to those who question their own Faith. I must say that after reading this, I picked up my Bible for the first time in months and began reading it. So, a HUGE thank you goes out to Angie Smith for sharing her story.

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

    Read this book after I miscarried. It was a balm to my soul. S

    Read this book after I miscarried. It was a balm to my soul. Since then, it has helped me counsel others through their grief.

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

    Truly remarkable people

    Truly remarkable people

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    <:-)

    I may be less than 10 years old, but this is good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Great and sad at the same time:)!

    Wow, wow, wow. Angie Smith,you are a brave courageous woman.I am so sorry for your loss.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    highly recommended

    I haven't quite finished the book but you better have a very large tissue box beside you because it is very outstandingly written.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

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    Heartbreaking story - but one of hope and comfort!

    The story of Audrey Caroline will touch you. Angie Smith did an incredible job of capturing the joy and the heartbreak of her daughter's short time on earth.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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