Monday, March 18, 2013

Dancing Upon Barren Land: A Blog Tour and Review

About The Book:

When experiencing infertility, the unexpected happens. Your feelings about yourself and your relationship with others and your belief in God are confused and complicated. Dancing Upon Barren Land – Prayer, Scripture Reflections, and Hope for Infertility is a helpful companion for those dark, lonely days.
*Specific Prayers Topics and Supporting Scripture
*Helpful Truths to Living Life While You Wait
*Supporting Ideas for Family Members or Friends
*Resource Aid for Ministry Leader
*Discussion Topics for Support Group
In addition to the book and ministry website, Westfall has produced a video to create a greater awareness of the grief and pain associated with infertility and infant loss. She enlisted eight people to share their stories about the journey through infertility, including one man who shares his heart for wanting to be a father. The video can be viewed online via YouTube as well as the Dancing Upon Barren Land website. Westfall hopes the video will reach churches and encourage them to form support groups for their members.
About The Author:
Lesli is no stranger to infertility. She has experienced all the range of emotions, the prodding of doctors, and the stinging disappointments. Yet through it all she's found significance offering hope and inspiration to the wounded heart of the barren soul. Through her own experience and those shared from others, an online ministry was created Dancing Upon Barren Land ~ Spiritual Nourishment for the Infertility Road. Now she speaks to women around the world through the website and leads locals support groups too, along with providing a resource through this book. Lesli enjoys life. She loves spending time with her husband, Larry, her man of faith and live-in comedian. She loves spending time with her family and friends, and traveling, especially road trips. Most of all, her passion is sharing God's love and teaching the Bible to women, inspiring beleif there's healing for the grief of infertility and sorrow from loss, and there is joy in the journey while we wait.
My Review:
While I have been a parent for over six years now, and could not imagine life without my two beautiful daughters, it was quite a journey to this point. We struggled for over four years to become pregnant, experiencing many blood tests, medical appointments and discussions with medical staff regarding the various ways we could try to get pregnant. Just 10 months prior to naturally conceiving our first daughter, I had been diagnosed, and subsequently successfully treated, with Stage 1 Cancer. Although I had many people encouraging me, and praying for me, I wish a resource like Dancing Upon Barren Land, had been available for me and my husband.
This book is a necessary read for anyone who is dealing with infertility, pregnancy loss and miscarriage. It is full of encouragement, scripture and I absolutely loved how the author also included her personal journey through infertility as part of the book. She is raw about her journey and will encourage the reader with each word written. 
My favorite part of the book was chapter four: Prayers and Scripture Reflections for Infertility, as it covers everything from anger to disappointment to waiting and what to say when people are insensitive. 
Dancing Upon Barren Land is a necessary resource for anyone who works with women dealing with infertility but would also be an incredible gift of encouragement for a woman in your life that is dealing with it.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase Dancing Upon Barren Land online through Amazon
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Litfuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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