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

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

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by Angie Smith
     
 

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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

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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.

Endorsement

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805464283
Publisher:
B&H Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/2010
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
130,580
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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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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I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 299 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
cookieMOMster713409HF More than 1 year ago
My 5 week old son passed away in 2007 to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, this book has given me so hope and faith.
Vanessa81 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written, I could not put the book down! The book left me with an inner healing. ThankyouYahweh
Amy Maccaughelty More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very inspirational...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Mom_of_e More than 1 year ago
Read this book after I miscarried. It was a balm to my soul. Since then, it has helped me counsel others through their grief.
LYNNTACHICK More than 1 year ago
Truly remarkable people
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I may be less than 10 years old, but this is good!
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I recomend this book toevery one! This was the first e bookI bought and was well worth it! A tear jerker...
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