Monday, December 19, 2016
I have suffered a miscarriage before, so I was interested in reading Tanika Fitzgerald's new book, Miscarried Joy: Moving Behond Incredible Pain to Extraordinary Faith. I have several go-to books about miscarriage that really helped me a lot when I was going through my miscarriage, and I'm always looking for good new resources to share with friends and church members who are going through the same thing. The back cover reads:
"Faith over Fear. Patience over Frustration. Pain with a Purpose.
In Miscarried Joy, Tanika transparently shares her deeply personal and disappointing experiences of losing her babies due to miscarriage. There were times when she felt God was the cause of her pain. However, her journey through the lives of Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Hannah, Elizabeth and Naomi, revealed quite the opposite - God had allowed her pain for a much greater purpose. Each of these women had something in common: they learned to surrender their will and trust God's plan beyond the pain. They were pushed to a posture of prayer that led them from questioning God to have total confidence in Him. Tanika discovered that this season of waiting didn't show up simply to challenge her, but to change her.
With biblical depth, heart-filled transparency and a voice of passion, you will:
Understand God's heart in the midst of incredible pain
Discover the importance of trusting God's plan over your own
Arm yourself with the strength to let go of bitterness and comparison to appreciate the beauty of your story
Learn and implement spiritual principles and strategies to walk boldly in faith
Embrace God's delay and birth contentment in your season of waiting
What have you miscarried? What purpose have you had difficulty conceiving? Is it a calling you fear stepping into? A vision that has not yet come to pass? Miscarried Joy has something for anyone who needs help pushing through incredible pain to conquer discouragement, walk in faith and birth their purpose. God's delay in your life could be a set up for your greatest calling to be fulfilled.
Tanika Fitzgerald is a daughter of Christ, a wife to her husband, Maurice, a loving daughter, sister and friend. She is passionate about equipping women to grow spiritually, live balanced lives and helping them to become ARMED for victory in every area of their lives. Tanika is the visionary behind ARMED - a publication created to "Spiritually Equip YOU for Victory in Battle." She enjoys spending time at Lake Michigan, creating memories with her loved ones, reading a variety of books, writing and traveling the world with her husband."
Miscarried Joy is divided into three parts: Understanding God's Heart in the Midst of Incredible Pain, Faith-Building Lessons from Barren Women, and Walking in Extraordinary Faith. It also includes a note from Tanika, a faith confession, an index of Scriptures for comfort during infertility and pregnancy loss, and notes. Tanika shares her own heartbreaking story of loss and going through suffering three miscarriages, then guides readers through Scriptures and spiritual truths to apply to your own heartbreak and pain. I could definitely relate to the emotions, pain, and spiritual questioning that Tanika has gone through, as I've had all of the same emotions and pain myself. The only hesitation I have about this book is that it is written from a bit of a "believe and receive" mentality which I don't personally especially ascribe to. This is most evident in the "faith confession" section of the book, where Tanika shares some positive declarations to speak. However, if "believe and receive" theology isn't your bag, it's easy to skip over this and still get a lot of great things from the rest of this book. I recommend this book to any Christian woman going through pregnancy loss.
I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in order to provide an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.