Monday, December 22, 2014

Resurrection Year: Turning Broken Dreams into New Beginnings by Sheridan Voysey

I've read some memoirs about the struggle with infertility, but never one written from the husband's perspective so this is a welcome book.

After ten years of wanting a child, going through several rounds of IVF, and starting and stopping the adoption process, Sheridan and his wife decide that it is time to give up their dream of having a baby. They embark on a "resurrection year" in order to rest and heal emotionally and physically. They quit their jobs, relocate to Europe, and spend some time in Italy and Switzerland. Gradually they process what they've been through and how they feel about God.

At first, the bouncing to and fro from present to past makes for a disjointed narrative, but once Voysey fills in the gaps and just stays in the present, the story is more enjoyable. I liked reading their story because although it was sad, it goes into territory that other books on infertility avoid, and that is the territory of What now?

Resurrection Year is full of hope and mess and encouragement, and I hope it finds its way into the hands of couples who find themselves desperate, hopeless, and wondering what is next for them.

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