Hope During Heartache: True Stories of Emotional Healing from Infertility, Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Death of a Child

Hope During Heartache: True Stories of Emotional Healing from Infertility, Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Death of a Child

by Cheri Swalwell

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Overview

Have you ever dealt with the pain of infertility? Heard the devastating words, "I'm so sorry but your child is no longer alive?" Lived with a heartache so deep it feels as though there will never be any relief?By answering yes to any of these questions, you know how it feels to belong to an exclusive club. This group is designated for men and women who have had to learn how to live with the pain of either the lost dream of a child through infertility or the crushing reality that a child you love is no longer with you - the result of miscarriage, stillbirth, or death. It's a group to which no one wants to belong, but nevertheless, the list of members of this group is long.If you find yourself enrolled in this membership, know that you aren't alone. There are many who have walked this road that are waiting to come alongside and help. Just as the picture on the cover shows the reality of a fierce storm with the hope of bright skies, there is Hope for the storm you are currently facing as well.Step inside this book to hear from thirteen different men and women, through their own words, how they were able to find hope during their heartache. Let them offer you a chance to experience that hope for yourself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692294956
Publisher: Spoken from the Heart
Publication date: 09/29/2014
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Cheri Swalwell is a Christ follower who thoroughly enjoys her calling to be a wife, mother, and writer, in that order. She enjoys writing regularly for Book Fun Magazine and LIFE TO THE FULLEST. Cheri is also a contributing author for the book, 31 Devotions for Writers. Her book series, Spoken from the Heart, is available through eBook and paperback:

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Hope During Heartache: True Stories of Emotional Healing from Infertility, Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Death of a Child 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written book of testimonials about the loss of a child from miscarriage or disease. I am lucky that my two boys are 20 and 26 and are fairly healthy. I have never lost a child in any way but I loved to read these stories and you could feel their pain and how they came back to God. I received an ebook copy of this from book fun.org for a fair and honest opinion.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
Hope During Heartache shares the stories of loss. Loss due to infertility, miscarriage or having a stillborn delivery. Each story in their own way demonstrates how they have processed and dealt with the grief. It is an excellent book for anyone even if they are not in the child-bearing age. I wish it would have been there when I had my miscarriages and stillbirths. I know it would have brought me some guidance and help at those times. I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is a heart breaking book to read. I don’t read very many non-fiction books. I’m very glad that I read this one though. I know a number of people who have had problems with infertility, miscarriages, or the death of a child. This book helped me to understand more fully the heartache that they have gone through. Each person’s story is different just like each person is different. There is no “proper” way to deal with the pain. I feel that with this added level of understanding I may better be able to love and support someone going through one of these situations.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Hope During Heartache by Cheri Swalwell is a touching, inspiring collection of true experiences of loss. Parents share their journey through the heartbreak and pain of loss. With God’s help and care and concern of others they survive one of life’s most challenging tragedies—the death of a child. They share their real feelings of pain and how they find the strength to go on. Every story is well written with the ability to touch the heart of the reader, whether or not the reader has undergone this particular loss. Three stories, in particular, were especially poignant. Melanie and her husband had been living and learning in Jerusalem when she suffered the loss of two pregnancies. Then the third loss occurred, bringing grief and anger. Yet, she said, “I wasn’t looking for Hope. But He came anyway.” Although she could not see any purpose or reason for these losses, she said that there was plenty that she could know. She said, “We must remember what the Lord has done or we will forget who the Lord is.” “He is merciful, He is love, and He is for me.” Grounding herself in scripture and song, she acknowledges His abiding presence, healing, and hope. Amy lost six babies, but she has eight children living on earth. Through scripture and God’s help she did heal, but she tells that a particular Wes King CD, A Room Full of Stories, especially touched her and helped her in the healing process. Also the book Heaven is For Real helped her to realize that her other children are living in Heaven, enjoying a perfect life with their Heavenly Father. A wise God took them to Heaven, freeing them from suffering on earth. In Peter’s story his son’s struggle with cancer and chemo deepens their father/son relationship, and his son’s bravery and love teaches him many truths. His son tells his father that he thinks that he knows why God gave him cancer. He states, “So that we could learn to love each other more.” Peter regretted the times that he had spent renovating the house, spending hours in his work, and just doing his own thing selfishly. Together he and his son build a closer relationship through suffering. All of the stories that Cheri Swalwell has compiled will tug at the reader’s heartstrings and fill the reader’s mind with nuggets of truth and assurance. I highly recommend this book to anyone, not just to those who have suffered the loss of a child. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
sh2rose More than 1 year ago
Cheri Swalwell has collected poignant accounts from people who have suffered different kinds of losses, losses unimaginable as a parent. She shares her own story and that makes her collection real because she has had similar heartache. She writes from what she knows and has experienced. Just reading the book gives healing because you can identify your own life to the ones in the book even if not the same. It helps to know you are not alone in your pain, grief, and sadness. I ached for those who have lost children through any kind of tragedy no matter how old the child or baby at the time. Hope is found in the accounts and suggestions. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for assistance in healing, for those who counsel them, and for those who want to be prepared to support family members or friends. I received an e-copy of this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
Cheri encourages me to try a new book, something I would never pick up any where else but at The Book Club Network, so I chose this book. Although my mother had several miscarriages, it was before I was born. The only time anything of this sort has touched my life has been when acquaintances lost their babies, or as with my best friend, they just could not conceive. My parents were funeral directors, and as such I was aware of the loss of children from a young age. The only thing I am disappointed in is that this book is only available as an Ebook. I would love to buy it as a paperback, and then give instead of a card. There was one instance which Cheri did not cover, and that was death of a child through accident.  I felt that the testimonial of parents (yes, it does not just include mothers, but one father was willing to give his very moving perspective) was timely, and well done. Although it is a time of grief, darkness, a time of isolation, there is in each story a ray of hope that there is a God who loves and who is carrying you.  Thank you to Cheri and Fred at The Book Club Network, and author Cheri Swalwell for the opportunity to read this book. I was given a free Ebook in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.
Diana0 More than 1 year ago
Hope During Heartache By Cheri Swalwell A very heartfelt book. This book really touched my heart. I to lived this story of heart break. I am not sure you ever forget it. Like a piece of the puzzle in my life is missing. I felt what each lady felt. To hear each of their intimate story's and what they went through was very close to my heart. Like them I was told to go home and it would all take care of its self. I was scared to death. Like these couples in the book they share their experience the pain and the hope in the end. Cheri did a great job with this book with her story and others and in some way I think reading this would help someone else going through it. Wish I had read something like this when I had mine many years ago. I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book and changed my mind glad I did.
Heather06 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.  I too have experienced loss during pregnancy twice.  I thought that I would have a hard time reading this book because of the losses I had experienced but I didn't.  I could understand and empathize with the people who wrote the stories featured in this book.  Their faith was amazing and it lifted me to see that they stayed true to God during the trying times.  I suffered through a tubal pregnancy with my first marriage and unfortunately it was the last straw in a struggling  time.  I struggled through the surgery and recovery on my own.  I also lost a son at 25 weeks.  After carrying two children to term I couldn't understand why my body had betrayed me and I couldn't carry the boy we so desperately wanted.  I was able to finally carry a boy a few years later but it was a hard pregnancy and he came early.  This book with its stories of others who have experienced loss helped me work through my losses also.   I truly appreciate Cheri Swalwell for writing this book.  I think that this is a book for everyone, no matter if you have experienced a loss or not.   I received a free copy of this book for my honest review from The Book Club Network.  I was not paid for my positive review.
chrisGA More than 1 year ago
I have not personally experienced the heartache described in this book, but I chose to read it out of respect for the author. I found myself instantly drawn into the intimate stories of real people and their struggles with infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth or loss of an older child. Each shared their private thoughts and emotions as they dealt with their situation, often feeling alone in their grief and without the support of people who really understood what they were going through. They varied widely in their reaction to the pain and the resources they had to help them through it. It was interesting to see how much a difference faith made in their struggles, even when they felt angry at God. How lonely to feel that not only doctors and friends and family might not know how to help them, but that they also lacked a divine comforter. I would think these sharings would help others in the similar losses find someone else who felt their confusion and mix of feelings of guilt, anger, loss and abandonment. No one can truly understand without walking through the same valley, but I feel I have had my eyes opened to the pain of my sisters in Christ. Perhaps I will be able to avoid the terribly hurtful though well-meant comments the author lists in her introduction made as we humans try to put into words our empathy but often end up causing more pain. I applaud the author’s and the contributors’ efforts to use their own loss to reach out to others who may feel they are alone and validate their feelings—positive and negative. We all need to feel someone understands . I received this book through The Book Club Network, but the opinions expressed are solely my own.