Mustard Seed Faith: A Journey through Infertility, Miscarriages, Adoption, and Faith

Mustard Seed Faith: A Journey through Infertility, Miscarriages, Adoption, and Faith

by Bethanee Syversen


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After seven miscarriages and three failed adoptions, where do you find the strength to pursue your dream of parenthood?

Bethanee Syversen’s deeply personal debut, Mustard Seed Faith: A Journey through Infertility, Miscarriages, Adoption, and Faith, is a story of believing in a God who is powerful enough—and generous enough—to do the impossible.

Bethanee always wanted to be a parent. When the doctors gave their prognosis, she had to decide where her strength would come from. She and her husband chose to trust in God. Each negative pregnancy test, each unexpected loss, and each adoption delay would test her heart’s resolve. However, through every blow, Bethanee discovered that God doesn’t give up. He never goes away. And He never leaves His children unrestored. Now a mother of six, Bethanee has experienced the hardship and joy of becoming a mom through birth and through adoption.

Much of Mustard Seed Faith comes from Bethanee’s blog, which captured the raw emotion of her story as it unfolded. In part one, Bethanee confronts the heartbreak of infertility and the private grief of multiple miscarriages. In part two, she recounts the physical toll and emotional extremes of adopting. For many, Bethanee’s fourteen-year journey is all too familiar, but it is her uncommon faith in God’s good and sovereign plan that inspires readers to keep hoping, keep praying, and keep believing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400325337
Publisher: Elm Hill
Publication date: 05/21/2019
Pages: 244
Sales rank: 300,779
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Bethanee is a passionate public speaker who speaks on human rights issues and at churches across New England. She has traveled internationally for orphan care, was a licensed foster parent, is a wife, and a mom to 6 children. She serves as a director of New Hampshire Traffick Free, an anti-trafficking coalition. She grew up near Seattle and now resides in NH. She home schools her youngest children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and traveling.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1 Infertility 1

Chapter 1 Where Do You See This Going? 3

Chapter 2 Honey, Can We Have a Baby? 7

Chapter 3 What Are Your Plans? 13

Chapter 4 Somewhere in the Middle of Ireland 15

Chapter 5 Our Christmas Miracle 35

Chapter 6 Separated 55

Chapter 7 Ten Years Later 75

Part 2 Our Adoption Journey 79

Chapter 8 First Stop: Haiti 81

Chapter 9 Next Stop: New Hampshire Foster Care System 95

Chapter 10 South Africa for the Win 129

Chapter 11 {Almost} Home 137

Chapter 12 Next Stop: Domestic Private Adoption 145

Chapter 13 The Aftermath and the Breakthrough 179

Chapter 14 The Story of a Lifetime 191

Chapter 15 Looking Back 227

Reference Page 233

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