Book Review: Hope for Today, Promises for Tomorrow

24 Aug

No mother ever expects to grieve the death of her child before or immediately after the child is born. But the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences reports that as many as 31 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss. When the unthinkable happens, where do women turn for help? 

Written from the perspective of one grieving mommy to another, Hope for Today, Promises for Tomorrow is a ten-week study that will encourage and challenge women to delve into a deeper understanding of God’s Word. As women engage in biblical teaching, they will learn to embrace God’s promises of love, goodness, purpose, comfort, peace, refinement, restoration, hope, and eternity. 

“Hope for Today” verses peppered throughout each chapter, journaling cues, prayers, and the stories of other women who have experienced loss will help readers move from grieving in silent solitude to living life in the richness of God’s love.

While other books suggest a one-size-fits-all method for grief management or focus on understanding specific causes of child loss, Hope for Today, Promises for Tomorrow offers comfort for the reader, whatever her situation, by helping her focus on the light of the ultimate Promise, the hope of a Savior, Jesus Christ.

Teske Drake (PhD, Iowa State University), is mommy to three babies in heaven, mom to two on earth, and wife to her one and only. She is cofounder of Mommies with Hope, a biblically based support group for women who have experienced infant loss.

Find out more at www.mommieswithhope.com.

My Impressions:

Almost 24 years ago, my husband and I lost our first child. At full term, we did not learn of Tyler Patrick’s death until after  arriving at the hospital in labor.  A stillborn baby was the last thing we anticipated when traveling to the hospital that morning. A pregnancy loss is devastating to the parents as well as other family members. Family and friends try to make sense out of what happened — and as was our case — an unexpected stillbirth — an often senseless occurrence. A pregnancy loss catches everyone unaware, and often people don’t know what to say. Many of my friends remained silent, some said things I know they wish they never had, but a few women (some I didn’t even know) let me know I was not alone in my grief. Through their words of comfort and wisdom and the promises I had from God, I made it through that very difficult time. And while I often wonder just what my oldest son would have looked like or accomplished, I have the unwavering assurance that he is exactly the complete person God created him to be.

Hope for Today, Promises for Tomorrow offers those assurances as well as the personal stories of those who have gone before. There is light beyond this shadow time. And I am thankful for a resource for other women who are experiencing the loss of a part of their family. This book would be a valuable addition for a church or counseling library. Unfortunately, pregnancy loss is still very real even after 24 years. I am passing this book along to a friend whose niece just lost her infant son.

(I received Hope for Today, Promises for Tomorrow from LitFuse. Opinions expressed are mine alone.)

To read what others have to say, click HERE.

In coordination with the launch of their fall releases, Kregel will be hosting a live webcast event on September 20 at 8 PM EDT featuring authors Kim Ketola (Cradle My Heart)Teske Drake (Hope for Today, Promises for Tomorrow), and Dawn Scott Jones (When a Woman You Love Was Abused). The webcast will allow women to come together to share their struggles and fears in order to move toward healing and hope. Women will able to support one another and discuss shared experiences in a non-threatening, open and loving environment.

Cat Hoort of Kregel says, “We are seeking to provide safe means for Christian women to be vulnerable with each other, to seek help and guidance from authors and counselors, and to find encouragement from those who have shared similar experiences. Our hope is that the Women Redeemed webcast will become a forum for hurting women as well as for those who can help. Kim, Teske, and Dawn are all survivors and their stories will surely inspire and equip other women to move toward healing and hope.”

To register for the event, just click the banner to the right or here.

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