When hopes for motherhood are deferred... Childlessness remains a taboo topic in today's culture, especially in Christian circles. Many women feel isolated, ashamed, or uncertain of how to reconcile this trial with a loving God. The death of the dream of motherhood--whether from infertility, barrenness, miscarriage, or the loss of a child--is one of the hardest journeys women can walk through. In Longing for Motherhood, Chelsea Patterson Sobolik speaks to these burdens specifically. She shares vulnerably about her own journey of childlessness and how she has ultimately come to view her story through the lens of Scripture and our hope in Christ. While remaining tender and empathetic toward suffering and longing, she discusses the comfort we have in knowing that the Lord is sovereign over all, and that His love is sufficient to carry us through any and every situation. A timely book for women struggling with childlessness, as well as for pastors, friends, and family who want to care for them well, Longing for Motherhood is a tender, truthful companion for a difficult journey.
I appreciate that Chelsea deliberately draws a wide circle around "childlessness" and doesn't limit her discussion to those experiencing infertility. She is sensitive about the fact that this is an ongoing source of grief for many women that isn't resolved on a clear timeline. In that vein, I appreciate that she doesn't treat adoption as if it is a quick fix--I have never felt that attitude does justice to the heartbreaking circumstances most childless people are dealing with or to adoption as a complex journey in its own right.
Much of the content could encourage believers enduring many different types of trials (or help those who desire to accompany them). The reflection questions are useful as well.