In our culture, fertility is something that is expected to simply be there when you want it, and vamoose whenever you tell it to. Contrary to our modern understanding of womanhood, when God designed the female body, he designed fertility to be a constant part of many decades of our lives. Since the Fall, of course, bearing children has been a sorrowful experience, and not as easy as it would have been if the first parents hadn’t been disobedient to God. But when God cursed Eve with sorrowful childbearing, he also promised her redemption through a special Offspring still to come. When she gave birth to her firstborn son, she said “With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man.” She knew then, though our generation has largely forgotten, that it is only with God’s help that we are able to bring forth and nurture our children, and not because of any choice that we make. (We may choose not to have a child, but ask an infertile couple whether one can ever really choose to have a child.)
Through scripture, and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we find that God’s design for our lives and bodies has very little in common with the world’s idea of what full-grown, virtuous womanhood looks like. The experience of motherhood is one that modern women have sought to control with technology as one controls the temperature in an uncomfortable room with a thermostat. But strong, godly women are built through trials and difficulties, not in environmentally controlled hothouses. Trying to get everything juuuuust right, especially regarding our families, we often miss out on the blessing of learning to adapt to our environment as it is.
Three Decades of Fertility is a book about adaptation. Any woman who has ever wondered if she could (or should even attempt to) handle motherhood more than once or twice will find within its pages proof that God can and does make wonderful mothers out of the iffy material of fallen woman. As it turns out, no woman is “just built for it” in the beginning. It is through motherhood that God makes mothers of us!
In this inspiring book, ten women of God explain through their personal stories how the whirlwind of natural, (mostly) unimpeded fertility has challenged their hearts, grown their marriages, and stretched their faith. Not all of the writers of this book started out with the idea that a whole passel of kids was what they wanted out of life. Some did, but some were greatly surprised by the plan God had for their families. No matter where you are as a woman right now–staring down two lines on a pregnancy test for the first time, struggling with multiple miscarriages or dangerous pregnancy complications, or cruising through baby number eight and enjoying the ride–this book should be useful to you. It is full of stories of the difficulties, doubts, tribulations, and (thank God!) glorious triumphs that these women would never have experienced if they’d curtailed their fertility instead of riding out three decades’ worth of letting God do His work of procreation through them.
Included in Three Decades of Fertility are chapters on staying healthy through the fertile decades and beyond. It also contains a question and answer section full of good theology and motherly common sense from each of the writers. Ever wonder if it’s fair to have children when you’re not a spring chicken anymore, or whether your younger children might become a burden to their older siblings? Whether God expects us to be more “responsible” with our fertility than to keep getting pregnant after multiple miscarriages? These women answer those questions and more with wisdom and insight born of experience.
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