Bringing Forth Life
I came upon this book title (here at the Wandering Bookseller) by accident and was immediately drawn to it. I have had my four children so my pregnancy days are done, but I wanted to read it to add to my knowledge base, because I am passionate about all things birth and postpartum support and because I wanted to have it as a resource to loan to friends. It is full of practical information, but I was most drawn to the theological discussions around God and Jesus as both a mother and a woman in labour. These discussions were not new to me but laid out in a helpful way with some new connections. This was not something I heard about growing up in the church but since becoming a mother it seems so hugely important! What a unique (vital, cool, expansive…!) role and relationship women have (with our children, others and critically, with God!). The connections between a mothers painful, sacrificial love and that of Jesus were also helpful. Lots to think through. Would be wonderful to read as a book club with pregnant mums, using the discussion questions at the end of each chapter. I love having a new Aussie resource to recommend to Christian mums.