Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Book Review: Expecting with Hope by Teske Drake

Expecting with Hope - Claiming Joy When Expecting a Baby After Loss is a book that touches on a very important and yet not often talked about subject. After going through any sort of pregnancy or infant loss, finding out you are pregnant again can be a very scary and fearful thing. While there is obviously joy and excitement, it is hard to let go of the fear that can so easily consume you as you navigate 9 months of pregnancy after loss. Teske Drake is a mom who has experienced the pain of losing a baby during pregnancy and she has written this book for other moms who are now going through a pregnancy after loss and her goal is to offer hope and encouragement along the way.

While I am not currently pregnant, I have experienced the fear of finding out you are pregnant again after losing a baby. It is definitely a time of fear and from experience, it has always helped to have someone who has been through the same thing close by to offer encouragement. I had high hopes for this book and was excited to see that someone had written about a subject that is near and dear to my heart. When I received the book, I excitedly opened it up to start reading. To be honest though, I was disappointed with it. It seems to be more of a devotional book and most of the content is very spiritual. While I have nothing against devotional/spiritual books, it wasn't what I was expecting with this one. At the end of each chapter, there are five mini devotions that can be done daily throughout the week. I assumed that since there would be devotions to do at the end of each chapter, that the chapter itself wouldn't be full of so many verses and Bible stories. To me, I just found it hard to follow along and actually get into the book. Maybe if I was actually pregnant at this moment and took my time reading through it, I would enjoy it more. But right now, this book did not live up to my expectations and I found it very hard to read.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications for review purposes. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


  1. I find when you are dealing with something very emotional and personal, it actually doesnt help much to read another person's advice because you emotionally lash out if they in some way purport that you are currently doing it "wrong". No one deals with something like pregnancy/infant loss in the same way so one person's advice or comfort is probably completely wrong for another person.

    That's how I feel every time I have picked up a book on Alopecia. I've basically stopped reading them because they all let me down

  2. Casey - I agree with you on that. I feel like most books I read on the subject of miscarriage disappoint me. You've hit the nail on the head, everyone deals with things differently.