Friday, February 5, 2010

Fiction Fridays: Rain Dance

Rain Dance by Joy DeKok (also a past Hannah's Prayer member, still living with primary infertility) is a compelling story about what happens when a Christian woman facing a childless future and a woman seeking an abortion are waiting to see the same doctor. The infertile woman feels like she could have been pulled from the pages of my journals! I know abortion is a sensitive topic, especially while facing infertility, but this book is amazing.

To find out more about Joy, her passions and other titles she has written, please visit her at

What hidden infertility/loss plots have you discovered in your fiction reading? Have specific books been helpful or hurtful as you have read? Please share your finds by posting a "comment" to this topic!


Anonymous said...

Great idea!!

Some fiction titles that come to
my mind:

"China Doll" by Barbara Jean Hicks; the main character Georgina struggles with IF and decides, as a single woman, to adopt a child from China; meets a guy and falls in love along the way.

Janette Oke's Canadian West series (When Calls the Heart, When Comes the Spring, When Breaks the Dawn, When Hope Springs New). The main character Elizabeth comes west to teach and falls in love and marries a Mountie; the first book is their romance, but the others follow their first years of marriage that include IF and an informal adoption loss; not the main focus of the series, but woven in very well.

"Summer" by Karen Kingsbury (part of her Sunrise series -- one of the characters, Ashley, finds out that the baby she is carrying is not expected to live after birth; follows her through her pg, her sister pressuring her to abort, the baby's birth and death - painful to read, but also very life-affirming.

Looking forward to reading more reviews!

Kristi (from HP)

Jenni / Jennifer Saake a.k.a. InfertilityMom said...

Great feedback, Kristi - thanks! I have the Canadian West series set to review in a few weeks, but hadn't heard about the others. Is China Doll by a Christian author?

Anonymous said...

"China Doll" is written by a Christian author. Not as strongly evangelistic as I might like, but definitely Christian.

Also, I forgot about Janette Oke's book "Tomorrow's Dream" in which the main character Kyle (a woman) loses her son at about a month old to a heart condition, and then about the bitterness she feels toward others and God and how she works through that. Also, I was just reading Janette Oke's biography and found out that she herself lost a newborn son to a heart condition (at one day old), went on to have a living child, and then had a miscarriage at six weeks. Which is probably why she could write on these topics with such compassion.


Stacey said...

Hi Jenni! Thank you so much for your sweet and supportive comment on my blog. I had to do a double take when I saw your name because I just got your book Hannah's Hope for Christmas and am looking forward to reading it! It had been on my amazon wish list for a while and my sister bought it for me as a gift. Thank you for sharing your story with so many.

As to the topic of this post: one book that comes to mind that I know many have read and loved (as did I) is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. We are told throughout the book that our main character cannot have children, yet we see in the epilogue that she eventually does. While I'm always happy to see someone overcome infertility (even in fiction!), I did find it disappointing that it was tacked on at the end and not explained in more detail how this character became a mother.

Generally speaking, I like to know beforehand if a book deals with IF issues, just so I can be prepared!