For the past two years, I’ve had the privilege of working with a group of magnificent women on a book project. Here’s a brief description of what we have created and compiled together:
The Gift of Giving Life: Rediscovering the Divine Nature of Pregnancy and Birth offers something that no other pregnancy book has before—a spiritual look at pregnancy and birth by and for Latter-day Saint [Mormon] women and other women of faith. With inspiring birth stories and essays from dozens of real LDS women, scriptures, words of the prophets and other spiritual texts related to pregnancy and birth, The Gift of Giving Life is the essential pregnancy companion for every LDS woman.
The Gift of Giving Life does not advocate for any one type of birth or approach to prenatal care, rather it intends to unify our families and communities in regard to the sacredness of birth. We also aim to provide you with resources, information, and inspiration that you may not have had access to all in one place before.
Though we have written the book unabashedly for an LDS audience, we hope that birthing women, birth attendants and birth advocates of all faiths will find it useful and informative.
It has been such an honor and blessing to be a part of this project. You can read more about each of the authors and some of the contributors here. Many of them are bloggers you might recognize… Rixa Freeze (Stand and Deliver), Sheridan Ripley (Enjoy Birth), Brittany Cromar (Birth Unplugged), Heather Farrell (Women in the Scriptures) and others. I love this book. And most especially I love the personal stories contributed by dozens of wonderful women… of trials and triumph and love and joy… all of them full of the fingerprints of God. I have spent considerable time immersed in those stories over the past year, and they never get old to me. Sigh.
Today, we are excited to reveal the cover of this book we have worked so long and hard to bring to you, our sisters…
Click here to pre-order a copy! Our new official “due date” is January 12, 2012, but we’re hoping we can push this baby out before Christmas.