Our multiplied pain in multiplying is intended to point us to a profound theological reality: we need a Deliverer.
– Gloria Furman
About the Episode
In this episode of the Hope + Help Podcast, Christine Chappell interviews Gloria Furman about her book, Labor with Hope: Gospel Meditations on Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood. During the conversation, Gloria helps women see topics such as pregnancy, infertility, miscarriage, birth pain, and new life in the framework of the larger biblical narrative, infusing cosmic meaning into their personal experience by exploring how they point to eternal realities. She also reflects upon the forgiveness and mercy Christ offers post-abortive women, shares biblical comforts to pregnant women who are fearful about their impending labor, and highlights the importance of spiritual mothering as a high calling for those who do not have flesh-and-blood children of their own.
Additional Resources from Gloria Furman
The world is filled with messages for women about pregnancy. Popular books and well-meaning family and friends offer unsolicited advice about what to expect and how to stay healthy—sometimes resulting in joy and excitement but other times leading to discouragement and fear.
The Bible, too, has a lot to say about childbirth—offering real hope that nothing in this world can match. In Labor with Hope, Gloria Furman helps women see topics such as pregnancy, infertility, miscarriage, birth pain, and new life in the framework of the larger biblical narrative, infusing cosmic meaning into their personal experience by exploring how they point to eternal realities. Women will see that only Christ can provide the strength they desperately need in order to labor with hope.
Related Resources from IBCD
- Helping Women Who Have Had Abortions (Jadele Taylor)
- Complaining: Rewriting the Story God is Writing (Shannon McCoy)
- The Grace and Grit of Adoption • Part 1 • Part 2 (Brian Borgman)
- Peacemaking for Families (Ken Sande)
- Counseling Struggling Adoptive Parents (Brian Borgman)
- A Life of Trust–Choosing to Accept God's Plan (Ernie Baker)
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