And Hannah Wept: Infertility, Adoption, and the Jewish Couple

And Hannah Wept: Infertility, Adoption, and the Jewish Couple

And Hannah Wept: Infertility, Adoption, and the Jewish Couple

And Hannah Wept: Infertility, Adoption, and the Jewish Couple

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This book grew out of my own experience with infertility and adoption. My wife and I have known the pain of infertility, the discomfort and expense of ongoing medical treatment, the hurt caused by insensitive comments, and the overwhelming joy of successfully adopting a baby.

Evelyn and I were married in the fall of 1979, shortly after I assumed my first pulpit. We dreamed of a large family and spoke about having four children. We soon discovered that it would not be so easy. After several months went by, we saw our doctor, who told us, "Give it more time." We began to share our concerns with close friends. Some tried to shrug off our anguish, saying, "Relax and it [pregnancy] will happen." Others, however, were deeply sensitive, and we soon discovered that we were not alone. Many Jewish couples are suffering or have suffered from fertility problems. Through friends, we were referred to one of the best infertility clinics in the country.

At the clinic, we began a long series of fertility tests and treatments, which culminated in surgery for both my wife and me. Medical treatment has still not been successful in our case, yet we have learned a great deal. We have . . .

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