'You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast,because they trust in you.' -Isaiah 26:3When 31 percent of pregnancies end in loss, it is no surprisethat miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss brings great grief,nor is there a shortage of books addressing how to move ... throughand past that sorrow. What is seldom considered, however, is that85 percent of those women go on to become pregnant again-yetthe complexity of emotions triggered by a pregnancy followingloss is rarely addressed. With this book, Teske Drake challengeswomen to claim joy in the midst of grief when newly expecting,and shows them just how to accomplish that.Centered on biblical promises like the one above, and focusedspecifically around promises of 'peace,' this book is a practicalguide written by a mother who's been there. Drake acknowledgesthe torrent of anxiety that replaces the natural joy pregnancy canbring. She avoids painful clichs and works instead to unearthdeeper truths. Her tone is gentle, caring, and compassionate,drawing women back to a place of peace and joy, both with Godand with their current pregnancy.This ten-chapter book includes accompanying devotions,'Pregnancy Prayers,' personal anecdotes from other motherswho've experienced similar loss, and 'Pen the Promise' journalingprompts to encourage personal application of the promisesDrake reveals. She constantly drives the reader back to Scripture,sharing not only promises given, but promises fulfilled. Womenare offered practical information, as well as encouragement andinspiration. With Expecting with Hope, Drake provides a deeplyneeded space for expectant mothers to rediscover the joy andpeace of pregnancy.
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