Saturday, December 27, 2008

Book Resources for Childless Women

I found this link to be very interesting. It is a list of books compiled by Sue Fagalde Lick on the topic of being childless and dealing with it. I am ordering the two books listed below. The description of each book is from Sue who also has another blog called "Childless by Marriage."

Never to Be a Mother: A Guide for All Women Who Didn't--or Couldn't Have Children, by Linda Hunt Anton, HarperCollins, 1992.
This is basically a psychological self-help book. It offers 10 steps for dealing with childlessness. The focus is on grieving and gradually accepting the loss of the children one will never have. It may be hard to find, but will be helpful to women dealing with the loss of the children they'll never have.

Childless But Not Barren, by Kristen Johnson Ingram, Magnificat Press, 1987.
It's exceedingly preachy, more than a little corny, and the fictionalized Bible stories are filled with errors, such as expecting Mary's cousin Anna and her husband to write notes to each other. Anna would have been illiterate. Nor would she had thought, gee, my husband is a half hour late getting home. However, this Christian book for childless women touched me more than once, even inspired me in places. Ingram offers stories of nine childless women from the Bible and nine women from real life and shows how their faith in God led them to live fulfilled and valuable lives. The first three women of both eras conceived late in life, their trust in God satisfied. The next three raised other women's children, and the last three worked for the glory in other ways, one as the "mother of Israel," another as a prophet, another as a spiritual guide. Ingram's moral: trust in God, put him above all things and don't waste your life moping about not having children. Use the life you are given and the mothering skills you have to care for others and spread God's light in whatever way you can.

I'll let you know what I think of these books when I get through them!

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