In 2011, 61-year-old Kristine Casey delivered the greatest gift of all to her daughter, Sara Connell: Sara’s son, Finnean. Kristinethe gestational carrier of Sara and her husband Bill’s childthen became the oldest woman ever to give birth in Chicago.
While Finnean’s birth made local headlines, Sara’s memoir will inspire the nation with this modern family’s remarkableand untoldstory: of the parents who wanted nothing more than to have a baby, and the mother who would do anything for her daughter.
After unsuccessfully trying to conceive naturally, years of fertility treatments, and three lost pregnancies, Sara and Bill began giving up hope of bringing a baby to term. When Kristine offered to be their surrogate, they were shockedbut after serious consideration and dozens of medical exams, the three embarked upon the miraculous undertaking that culminated in Finnean’s birth.
Connell’s memoir recounts the heartbreak of losing pregnancies; the process of opening herself to the idea of her mother carrying her child; and the profound bond that blossomed between mother and daughter as a result.
Inspiring and ultimately triumphant, Bringing in Finn is a tale of despair, hope, and redemptionand the discovery that with unconditional love there are no limits to what can be achieved.
|Publisher:||Avalon Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||8.90(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Sara Connell is an author, speaker, and life coach with a private practice in Chicago. In her individual and public work, she specializes in women's sexual and reproductive healing and health. As a speaker-facilitator, Connell has worked with major Fortune 500 Companies and nonprofit organizations, including Avon, Estee-Lauder-Origins, GE, Johnson & Johnson, Jones Lang LaSalle, and Unilever. She has also been a frequent contributor to media including FOX News Chicago, NPR, WGN, and Oprah, and has been published in Psychobabble, Evolving Your Spirit, In Balance, and Mindful Metropolis Magazine. Bringing in Finn is Connell's first book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I could not put it down. I am not going through infertility myself but I have a few friends who are and I'd like to commend Ms. Connell on being so brave and sharing with us her intimate details. This book has helped me be more understanding to the difficulties my friends might be going through. Awesome read that brought me to tears several times. I've read reviews of people saying that she is a little "neurotic" or "stretching the truth" but I think those types of moments in the book just add the flavor. It kept me interested. This could have easily been a boring book but it was not. Read like a movie. I wish all the best to the Connell family and to every family that is going through something similar.
I highly recommend this amazing memoir to all women. I am honored to know the author, Sara Casey Connell. I told her years ago that she is one of my personal heros because of her profound psycho-spiritual wisdom and gifts for healing and inspiring others. Her memoir is incredibly beautiful, vulnerable, moving, and inspirational. I couldn't put the book down and was completely overcome with tears from reading her painful yet extraordinary journey into motherhood. It is a true love story. I have great love and respect for Sara and highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in understanding the power of the feminine, our purpose and our connection to one another.
I think this was a great book to relate to also having gone through fertility challenges and one others can relate to if they too have had fertility challenges.