Grieving the Child I Never Knew by Kathe Wunnenberg {book review}


Grieving the Child I Never Knew by Kathe Wunnenberg {book review}

When the anticipation of your child’s birth turns into the grief of miscarriage, tubal pregnancy, stillbirth, or early infant death, no words on earth can ease your loss. But there is strength and encouragement in the wisdom of others who have been there and found that God’s comfort is real.

Grieving the ChildSummary:  

Warm, encouraging and truly helpful for anyone experiencing the terrible loss of a baby.

When the anticipation of your child’s birth turns into the grief of miscarriage, tubal pregnancy, stillbirth, or early infant death, no words on earth can ease your loss. But there is strength and encouragement in the wisdom of others who have been there and found that God’s comfort is real.

Having experienced three miscarriages and the death of an infant son, Kathe Wunnenberg knows the deep anguish of losing a child. Grieving the Child I Never Knew was born from her personal journey through sorrow. It is a wise and tender companion for mothers whose hearts have been broken—mothers whose dreams have been shattered and who wonder how to go on.

This devotional collection will help those mothers grieve honestly and well. With seasoned insights and gentle questions, it invites the reader to present her hurts before God, and to receive over time the healing that He alone can – and will – provide.

Each devotion includes:

Scripture passage and prayer
Steps Toward Healing questions
Space for journaling
Readings for holidays and special occasions also included

My Reaction:

The author divides grief into six parts:  Hiding, Suffering, Questioning, Forgiving, Relating, and Seeking, with five devotionals in each section.  Each devotional has a verse of Scripture, a prayer, and several questions for the reader to work through called ‘Steps Toward Healing.’

At the back of the book the author has written ‘A Prayer Guide for Special Days.’  This is a unique and lovely addition to the text, in which she notes a passage of Scripture for numerous special life events, with blanks for the reader’s name.  This is a wonderful personal practical application tool toward healing.  What better than personal prayer?

I have to honestly say that I have not experienced the loss of a child.  I hope that is not offensive to those who have.  I know that I do not understand your grief.  But I hoped by reading this book to be better able to understand what is helpful for those who have lost a child before or at birth.

The author is well-qualified to write on this subject.  She gives personal testimony, Biblical truth, permission to feel, and thought-provoking questions which spur the reader  to action.  This book is not intended as a fix-and-forget tool, but as a guide to be used throughout the reader’s life as grief issues present themselves.

I recommend this book for all women whether they have grieved the loss of their baby or not.  It would be a great gift for grieving moms.  It can be used individually or in a group setting.

My Rating:  5 stars

I received my copy of Grieving the Child I Never Knew from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  Opinions are my own.

Kathe WunnenbergAbout the Author:  

Kathe Wunnenberg is a hopelifter. She believes God can use anything you offer Him-a place, possession, person, or personal life experience-and transform it into a meaningful resource of hope for someone in need that can be multiplied. Known for her visionary leadership, creativity, and compassion- in-action lifestyle, Kathe is a communicator and connector who loves to offer biblical solutions and practical resources for real-life problems.

God has sustained her through numerous life challenges including infertility, miscarriages, adoption, carrying a child with a fatal birth defect, the loss of her son, starting, leading and leaving a ministry, depression, birthing babies in her forties, and parenting extreme children…yet she allows her hurts to be used to help others.

 A former media sales executive and director of a non-profit organization, Kathe is currently the founder and president of Hopelifters Unlimited, a resource and training organization she started in 2005.

In 2010 she launched Hopelifters Hope on Wheels, Christ centered chartered bus day away adventures to encourage hurting and weary women. Her annual “Mother’s Who Have Lost Children’s Bus” is one of her favorites. She also creates and offers specialized retreats for small groups of women.

Kathe is the author of four books: Hopelifter: Spreading Hope When Life Hurts, Grieving the Loss of a Loved One, Grieving The Child I Never Knew, and Longing for a Child. She is a consultant, freelance writer, speaker and serves as a trainer for Carol Kent’s, Speak Up Conference.

She grew up in a family of entrepreneurs in a rural Missouri town and her favorite childhood pet was a goat. Now Kathe lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, three living sons, and two dogs.

Check out Kathe’s website to learn more about her books and the Hopelifters Unlimited ministry, and on Twitter @hopelifters .

This review is also posted on christianbook.com and Goodreads.

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