A Literary and Spiritual Companion for Those Confronted with Infertility and Miscarriage
by Jessica Snell (ed.)
These quiet, private losses are hard for those who have not experienced them to understand. And these losses leave those who have suffered them feeling alone in their grief.
Not Alone: A Literary and Spiritual Companion for Those Confronted with Infertility and Miscarriage is a resource both for those who have suffered through these experiences and for their friends and relatives, who want to understand what their loved ones are going through.
This collection contains true stories that are:
- sensitive, and yet honest
- angry and raw, but not despairing
- unique, and yet relatable
No experience of miscarriage, infant loss, or infertility is like any other, yet by reading these painful and hope-filled stories, you’ll be comforted by knowing there are others who understand the journey you’re on, the loss you’ve suffered, and you will find that even though your loss is uniquely yours, you are not alone.
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“The words penned in Not Alone are inspiring. I wish I had had this book years ago when I felt I was alone in my suffering. The stories will speak to your heart and tears as you see how other women have experienced similar trauma. Not Alone will guide you through the pain and draw you closer to God; the One who holds your future.”
"Each of us has a story. But what good is a story unless it is told? The bravery of each contributor and their stories are telling. Their transparency offers the reader hope in the midst of heartache, trust in the face of misunderstanding, and their shared experiences give a sense of companionship, encouraging the reader they are truly ’Not Alone.’”
Founder, Dancing Upon Barren Land — Spiritual Nourishment for the Infertility Road
"This will surely be helpful to any parents who have suffered the loss of a child. There are no simple answers, only deep faith and hope for what is to come."
The Ven. Dr. Douglas B. Mills
Rector, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Webster Groves, MO
“Not Alone brings peace and clarity to those experiencing what is perhaps the most confusing and deepest pain in the human existence. After losing two children myself, I can’t wait to pass along these hope-filled stories. "
Pastor, Colossae Church, Portland, OR
Author, Better Off without Jesus and Losing Your Religion
"This bittersweet collection of essays gives validation to the hard and lonely path of miscarriage and infant loss, and is a much needed book in our grief illiterate culture. I hope a copy find its way into the hands of many Christian pastors and counselors."
Contributing Writer, Fort Worth Moms Blog
Rae is a busy work at home mother in south Mississippi where she raises her 6 children whom she lovingly refers to as her 6 Pack. Her 6 Pack consists of three boys and three girls. Rae owns Needlicious Designs, an embroidery business that helps feed her sewing and creative addictions. She creates, digitizes, and sells designs for machine embroidery as well as commissioned logo digitizing for others. Along with her 6 Pack she owns and runs a small homestead, Lippen Croft, where she raises and breeds chickens, ducks, and Nigerian Dwarf goats. They enjoy and sell the eggs and milk as well as products made from the gifts the animals give them such as soap made from the goat milk. Rae also writes (used to, with a hope to return) on her blog The Flooded Fishbowl.
Living life in community while deepening together in Christ is Shelley’s passion and call and she loves creating spaces and places for people to engage in life and faith conversations. She and her family enjoy spending time together, usually exploring the seasonal variety of Minnesota. She can be found at abidingone.net.
Grant is pastor of Harvest Presbyterian Church, in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He is married to Sara and has been for almost 15 years. They have 5 children, two of whom are already with their Savior.
Jared earned his BA (philosophy) and his MA (spiritual formation) from Biola University. He serves as an Area Coordinator, living and working with college students in the Pacific Northwest. frequently blogs at Glimpses of the Kingdom. He has previously contributed to Our Savior Come: An Advent Companion. He and his wife have two sons, both of whom were once orphans in India. Find Jared on Twitter: @Jared_Begg.
Michelle Allen Bychek
Michelle is a wife and mother with a special love for liturgical traditions in the church and home. She holds a Master of Science degree in Speech-language Pathology from California State University, Northridge, and works as a speech pathologist in the public schools. Together with her family, Michelle maintains a cottage industry as a maker of devotional items for the home as well as lace head coverings for women who choose to cover their heads at prayer as a devotional practice. She lives with her husband and her daughter in the central California mountains where they share a home and a couch with three little dogs. She enjoys quilting and reading in her spare time. Michelle blogs at Liturgical Time.
Christy is a freelance editor and also edits for a small publishing house. Her short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have been published in denominational periodicals, literary magazines, and anthologies. She also writes contemporary and historical fiction. Connect with Christy at www.christydistler.com, on Twitter (@ChristyDistler), or on Facebook.
Alicia is a full-time nurse, cook, storyteller, dance-party instigator, wardrobe consultant, and character-development overseer for three lovely little girls. Mother, girls, and daddy live outside of St. Louis, Missouri, where they attend Holy Trinity Anglican Church.
Joanna lives in Colorado Springs, where she works as the senior associate editor of Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. magazine. In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing and exploring Colorado with her husband.
Erin lives in Michigan with her husband, daughter, and assorted animals. She is a deep-feeling, donut-loving, friend-making kind of girl with a passion for singing, good grammar, and laughing. She's also active on Instagram (@erinjoy86).
Bobby and Kristen Gilles
Kristen Gilles is a worship leader and deacon at Sojourn Community Church, New Albany, IN. Her new CD Parker’s Mercy Brigade is a story of faith, lament, comfort, healing and worship following the stillbirth of her son. Kristen is married to her songwriting partner, Bobby Gilles. Connect with her at KristenGilles.com, and on Twitter (@kristen_gilles).
Bobby Gilles is a deacon and Director Of Operations at Sojourn Community Church, New Albany, IN. Bobby has led numerous Sojourn Music songwriting workshops and co-authored a rhyming children’s book, Our Home Is Like A Little Church (Christian Focus Publications). Connect with him at MySongInTheNight.com, and on Twitter (@bobbygilles).
Jennifer Hallmark has published articles, short stories and been part of three book compilations, including A Dozen Apologies and Sweet Freedom A La Mode. Jennifer’s website and the group blog she co-founded focus on her books, love of the South, and helping writers. Connect with Jennifer on Facebook, Twitter (@JenHwrites), and Pinterest.
Harry (last name withheld) has been a cross-cultural worker for more than 30 years and during that time has traveled to more than 50 countries.
Emily has four lively and lovely young children, two degrees, and an interracial marriage with a wise and kind campus pastor. She is from Mississippi and is an aspiring romance novelist, a beginning gardener, and a messy cook.
Lisa is a school librarian by day who blogs by night about faith and infertility at AmateurNester.com. She is the author of the ebook, 31 Days of Prayer During Infertility, and was a 2014 nominee for RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association's Hope Award for Best Blog. Connect with her on Twitter (@amateurnester), or on Facebook.
Nancy J. Nordenson
Nancy is a freelance medical writer and also the author of Finding Livelihood: A Progress of Work and Leisure (Kalos Press) and Just Think: Nourish Your Mind to Feed Your Soul (Baker). Her writing has appeared in Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Comment, and other publications and anthologies. www.nancynordenson.com.
Marcy is a stay-at-home mom and former bookseller and church Office Manager (not simultaneously). She blogs at quettandil.blogspot.com. (“Quettandil" means "Word Lover" in one of Tolkien's fictional languages, because yes, she is that much of a nerd.)
Jennifer Snell is a homemaker, mother, and clergy spouse in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, ACNA. After her graduation from Biola University and the Torrey Honors Institute, Jennifer worked in administration at Biola’s Christian Apologetics Program and then at Nashotah House Seminary. Alongside her husband Fr. Micah Snell, Jennifer has mentored students at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, Wheatstone Ministries, and now Houston Baptist University. Her writing appears in Wheatstone’s The Examined Life, Nashotah House’s The Missioner, and From Dust to Triumph: Reflections for a Holy Lent (Nashotah House, 2015). Jennifer also contributed to Let Us Keep The Feast, the series on the church year from Doulos Resources. Jennifer lives with her family in Houston, where she enjoys recreating culture and relating to people.
Aubrey is married to a PCA pastor and lives in Los Angeles, CA. She is mom to Judah, Naomi, and Ezra and works part time as a family physician.
Carolyn graduated from the Torrey Honors Institute and Biola University with a B.A. degree in Sociology. She lives with her husband in Whittier, CA and works as a nanny for three amazing kids. She spends her spare time reading everything she can get her hands on, hiking, and recruiting members for Dumbledore’s Army. She blogs at carolynreadsandwrites.blogspot.com.
Cristina is full time all the time. She blogs about her faith through the eyes of an adult convert. A wife, and mother of two boys, she also works outside of the home and is very passionate about her family, and writing. She blogs at Filling my Prayer Closet. Connect with Cristina on Twitter (@fillpraycloset), Instagram, and Pinterest.
Stacie lives in the SF Bay Area with her husband, Andy, and their kids Caedmon, Sammy, and Karis. She is passionate about her family, the local church, and dark chocolate.
Jean is the wife of a pastor in western suburban Chicago. They have four children.
Laurel works in law enforcement and writes for the shooting industry. She is an avid pistol shooter who enjoys outdoor sports, spending time with her family, and reading.