"Love is always a risk, beginning with that first blood sacrifice: when a woman consents to nurture a child with her body and allow it to be torn open for the sake of new life: that's the miracle that saves the world. That's where fragile hope is found."While living and working in one of the world's most impoverished countries, teacher, doula, and young mother Rachel Marie Stone unexpectedly caught a baby without wearing gloves, drenching her bare hands with HIV-positive blood. Already worried about her health and family and whether her service was of any use, Stone grappled anew with realities of human suffering, global justice, and maternal health.In these profound reflections on the mysteries of life and death, Stone unpacks how childbirth reveals our anxieties, our physicality, our mortality. All who are born or give birth will someday die. Yet even in the midst of our fears and doubts, birth is a profoundly hopeful act of faith, as new life is brought into a hurting world that groans for redemption. God becomes present to us as a mother who consents to the risk of love and ultimately lets us make our own way in the world, as every good mother must do....
|Title||:||Birthing Hope: Giving Fear to the Light|
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Birthing Hope: Giving Fear to the Light Reviews
Giving Fear to the Light
by Rachel Marie Stone
Christian , Religion & Spirituality
Pub Date 01 May 2018
I am reviewing a copy of Birthing Hope through Intervarsity Press and Netgalley:
In Birthing Hope the author points out that bringing something to light requires us to dive fully into water.
We are reminded that love is always a risk, from the time a woman agreed to nurture a child with her own body and then allows it to be torn open for the sake of the new life th ...more
I tend to avoid thoughts of death, covering my eyes to the reality of how little control I have over my life. Here, Rachel Marie Stone pries those hands off my eyes, forces me to consider the reality of life and death, and still leaves me with hope. This book is a beautifully written meditation on mortality, childbirth, the trauma we bear in our DNA, and a God who is with us in the waters. Profound and wrenching.
Birth is the metaphor that runs throughout Birthing Hope: Giving Fear to the Light as it binds memoir to meditation and bears witness to the journey that has left its mark on the author. When Stone and her husband packed up baggage and boys and relocated to Malawi, they had not an inkling of what it would cost them to serve university students in one of the poorest countries in the world. Whether it was her training as a doula or her tendency since childhood to be drawn toward the things that sc ...more
I think I am currently reading this book for the third time, and I think I will read it again someday. Yes, I got to read some early drafts because I was at a writer's workshop with the author. And yes, she's my friend. But that's not why I'm reading it again. I'm reading it again because the prose is lyrical and compelling and surprising and beautiful, because the stories span generations and the globe and yet remain clear and relevant, and because the insistence that in a world of darkness and ...more
A much needed book at the right time.