Friday, August 24, 2012

Litfuse Publicity Blog Tour: "Hope For Today, Promises for Tomorrow" by Teske Drake Book Review and Women Redeemed Event

Welcome to the blog tour for Hope for Today, Promises for Tomorrow: Finding Light Beyond the Shadow of Miscarriage or Infant Loss. Teske Drake’s book is written from the perspective of one grieving mommy to another. Here are just some of the miscarraige and infant loss statistics:
* The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences reports that as many as 31 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss
* An estimated 19% of all the adult population has experienced the death of a child.
* An in-utero death after 20 weeks is considered a stillbirth.
* A stillbirth occurs once every twenty minutes.
* Approximately 26,000 pregnancies end in stillbirth every year.


In coordination with the launch of their fall releases, Kregel will be hosting a live webcast event on September 20 at 8 PM EDT featuring authors Kim Ketola (Cradle My Heart)Teske Drake (Hope for Today, Promises for Tomorrow), and Dawn Scott Jones (When a Woman You Love Was Abused). The webcast will allow women to come together to share their struggles and fears in order to move toward healing and hope. Women will able to support one another and discuss shared experiences in a non-threatening, open and loving environment.
Cat Hoort of Kregel says, “We are seeking to provide safe means for Christian women to be vulnerable with each other, to seek help and guidance from authors and counselors, and to find encouragement from those who have shared similar experiences. Our hope is that the Women Redeemed webcast will become a forum for hurting women as well as for those who can help. Kim, Teske, and Dawn are all survivors and their stories will surely inspire and equip other women to move toward healing and hope.”
To register for the event, just click the banner to the right or here.


No mother ever expects to grieve the death of her child before or immediately after the child is born. But the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences reports that as many as 31 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss. When the unthinkable happens, where do women turn for help?
Written from the perspective of one grieving mommy to another, Hope for Today, Promises for Tomorrow is a ten-week study that will encourage and challenge women to delve into a deeper understanding of God’s Word. As women engage in biblical teaching, they will learn to embrace God’s promises of love, goodness, purpose, comfort, peace, refinement, restoration, hope, and eternity.
“Hope for Today” verses peppered throughout each chapter, journaling cues, prayers, and the stories of other women who have experienced loss will help readers move from grieving in silent solitude to living life in the richness of God’s love.
While other books suggest a one-size-fits-all method for grief management or focus on understanding specific causes of child loss, Hope for Today, Promises for Tomorrow offers comfort for the reader, whatever her situation, by helping her focus on the light of the ultimate Promise, the hope of a Savior, Jesus Christ.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
First let me say that this book covers a topic that I have never experienced, so I was not able to connect with the stories on a very personal level.  But I have known women who have lost their babies or miscarried.  My own mom is one of those.  I have to admit that I never truly considered the emotions and issues that women experience because of a miscarriage.  I will be brutally honest here.  I sometimes figure that when a woman miscarries, the best way to deal with it is to get pregnant again.  Then when she has a healthy baby, she can forget the child she lost, especially if it was within the first trimester.  That sounds kind of horrible, I realize, but having never experienced a miscarriage myself, that was kind of my outlook.  Multiple miscarriages and full-term pregnancies that ended in premature death--I can understand how that would involve grief.

What I can say is that this book showed me that whenever a mother loses a baby--no matter the circumstances--it is very difficult for her.  She does go through a grieving process, and this book shows women in this situation how to do that in light of God's Word.  It is real, and the author speaks from experience. I admit that my thinking was wrong, and I fully embrace the teaching of this book.  I never disagreed once.  I would definitely recommend this to any mother who has lost a baby--born or unborn.  It would be perfect for a church support group or even for a woman to do on her own.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.  I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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Teske Drake (PhD, Iowa State University), is mommy to three babies in heaven, mom to two on earth, and wife to her one and only. She is cofounder of Mommies with Hope, a biblically based support group for women who have experienced infant loss.
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For more information and to read more reviews from the tour, please click here.

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