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eBookThough the Darkness Gather Round eBook • $8.99
Much courage is required to weather the long grief of infertility and the sudden grief of miscarriage and infant loss. The storms that rage are frightening and overwhelming. Though the Darkness Gather Round, a collection of devotions by men and women, ministers, chaplains, and lay leaders who can speak of such sorrow, is a much-needed resource and precious gift for families on this journey and the faith communities that walk beside them.
The number of those who have experienced infertility, miscarriage, or the death of a child are astoundingly high, yet all too often their tragic loss is met with silence. The voices of lament and hope in this wonderful book fill that void by retrieving a language of faith that speaks into the silence of grief and calls for gathering communities to surround one another in love.
—Curtis W. Freeman
Research Professor of Theology, Director of the Baptist House of Studies
Duke University Divinity School
Within a culture that deems some stories too painful to tell, these remembrances are raw, deep, and impassioned—delving into doubt, rage, grief, and the scars that never disappear. In other words, they are real stories of what it is to be human. This book will surely be a gift to anyone who has suffered the particular losses of infertility, miscarriage and infant loss, but just as surely it will be a gift to anyone who has ever struggled with love and its counterpart, loss.
—LeDayne McLeese Polaski
Executive Director/Directora Ejecutiva, BPFNA—Bautistas por la Paz
This gut-truthful, grace-laced collection of devotions stands in the gap between the larger people of God and our sisters and brothers who know fertility grief. For far too long, the church’s silence and implied shame have held sway around these griefs and struggles. Here is a resource and gift to help us break the silence in a theologically honest and Biblically grounded way. Thanks be to God for the courage of all who brought this collection into being.
—Alicia Davis Porterfield
Editor of A Divine Duet: Ministry and Motherhood and Pastor
This devotional collection is a rich resource for those who travel on a trail of tears during the journey of faith. It is a gift because it shows how lament is a critical expression of faith even when tears may be one’s food day and night. Through the tears of lament, this multivocal literary chorus sings a constant theme of hope, revealing how tears sow seeds of hope in the soil of faith. This hope has deep roots in a crucified God as it testifies of how God weeps with those who weep and bear their own cross of grief. This book may be tear-stained, but through the sad moisture of sorrow, every reader will hear the melody of hope, for “hope is a song in a weary throat.”
—Luke A. Powery
Dean of the Chapel, Associate Professor of the Practice of Homiletics