Reflections On Faith Through Infertility, Miscarriage & Loss
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“IT DIDN’T GO THE WAY I PLANNED”
Trying is a collection of women’s personal journeys through infertility, miscarriage, failed IVF, adoption loss and other devastating experiences while trying to become a mother. Their stories, ages and circumstances are all different, but they have one thing in common: it didn’t go the way they planned.
Years ago, Emily Gentiles and Lindsay Schott began this project, asking their friends, “How has God formed your heart through this?” These are their answers.
With gracious candor, these women offer refuge to anyone hurting. Their stories aren’t a recipe for success and don’t wrap deep ache in a pretty bow. Instead, they invite you into the compassionate and patient arms of Jesus through this fellowship of suffering. No matter your story, circumstance, or current relationship with God, this book will remind you that you are not alone in your pain. You are not alone in the darkness you battle. In fact, you are in good company.
My husband David is a worship leader, and I can’t tell you the number of times that I stood in the back of a crowded room full of mostly strangers at various camps and conferences and wept my guts out. Faith and infertility are impossible friends and yet there in the shadows of the hall, they both gripped me and wouldn’t let go.
So there I stood, with an empty belly and empty arms, and unable to breathe for the pain my soul felt. But at the same time I could not help but to raise my hands and praise God for the eternity He gave me, for the salvation of my soul, for the beauty and the blessings of this life I’ve been given. I thanked Him over and over, year after year for the grace He had given me to keep putting one foot in front of the other in this dark forest where I would continue to wander for a decade beyond what I thought I had the strength to bear.
Emily Gentiles, TRYING, pg 206
Just after college Emily met a handsome guy named David Gentiles. He’s a singer, songwriter and worship leader and she HAD to have him. They’ve spent their 13 years of marriage doing ministry in churches in the Dallas, Huntsville, and Houston areas. During their time in Houston they began to foster and were able to adopt two wonderful children, Royal and Bethel. For over a decade, infertility has bruised, changed, and grown both Emily and David in ways they never planned. It is their heart's desire to share how good God is, even through infertility.
Lindsay is a wife, mother, watercolorist and hiking enthusiast. She has a passion for women to know and love God's word. Lindsay teaches various women's studies at her local church and currently leads their Women's Teaching Residency. She spends most of her time raising her four children with her husband in the Dallas area but any spare chance she gets she works on watercolor. You can see her artwork at www.lschottartistry.com or follow her @lschottartistry on instagram.
Lindsay and I made a promise to the writers who generously contributed their stories that the work wouldn't end here. We committed to donating 50% of all royalties from book sales to a trusted, Gospel-centered nonprofit focused on adoption.
It's a privilege to offer this gift to
Lifeline Children's Services, a holistic orphan care ministry that works to equip the Body of Christ to manifest the gospel to vulnerable children. Whether through adoption, foster care, orphan care, education and counseling, or family restoration, the mission is accomplished when churches begin to live out James 1:27 in their communities and to the ends of the earth.
Find out more at lifelinechild.org