Friday, December 16, 2016

Miscarried Joy: Moving Beyond Incredible Pain to Extraordinary Faith, by Tanika Fitzgerald {book review}

About the book

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 having 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.

What I thought about the book

Miscarried Joy will take you through more than recovering from the pain of miscarriage, or stillbirth, or infertility. The concepts and tools Tanika shares can be used for other challenges along life's journey.

I have been blessed with four wonderful children; two are young adults, two are teenagers now. But I suspect I have had perhaps 2-4 miscarriages myself, none of them "confirmed" by a doctor, because the pregnancies were not doctor-confirmed, either. But it stands to reason when statistics indicate that as many as 50% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, that I would have had that many miscarriages. So, I found the information in Miscarried Joy to be useful, and wished I'd had it back when I suffered my probable miscarriages myself. I look forward to having those babies placed in my arms, when Jesus comes.

After I signed up for this review, and shortly before the book arrived, a mom at the homeschool group of which we are members, suffered a miscarriage. I will probably pass the book on to her now.

If you, or someone you know, has had a miscarriage, this will make a thoughtful gift.

About the author

Tanika Fitzgerald is a lover of Christ, a wife to her husband, Maurice, a loving daughter and sister. She is passionate about equipping women to grow spiritually, live balanced lives and helping them to be ARMED for victory in every area of life. Tanika has been called to minister to others through her passion and gift of writing to inspire women all over the globe. She is also the visionary behind "ARMED Magazine"—a publication created to “Spiritually Equip for you Victory in Battle.” Her inspirational writing has been featured in numerous publications including "Hope for Women Magazine," "Black and Married with Kids," and more. Tanika has also interviewed powerful voices in the Christian community, including Lady Serita Jakes, Sheryl Brady, Charles Jenkins, Earnest Pugh, and more! Tanika is a woman who is passionate about her relationship with Jesus Christ, family, giving to others, laughter, having fun, and enjoying every moment that life brings!

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to give you my honest opinion.

One thing I want to mention: if you believe what the Bible says about death in the following verses, you may have a problem with portions of this book: Psalm 6:5; Psalm 115:17; Psalm 146:3,4; Ecclesiastes 9:5,6; Job 7:9,10; Job 21:32; John 5:28,29; John 20:10.

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