Just The Two Of Us

Just The Two Of Us

Help and strength in the struggle to conceive

Eleanor Margesson & Sue McGowan

This deeply caring book offers practical resources and encourages biblical thinking on childlessness and infertility.

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Waiting for a baby is a painful reality for many.

As long months pass the well-meaning optimism of friends starts to ring hollow. The emphasis on family at the weekly church service becomes an unwelcome reminder of what's missing. God seems reluctant to bless.

Using a wealth of real life stories this deeply caring book offers practical resources to address the pain and encourages biblical thinking childlessness and infertility.

'We have learnt that we are not immune from problems and we grow as Christians as a result of them. Most importantly, no matter how awful and difficult it seems, God is in control of what is happening to us, even if we most definitely are not.'

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  • Contents
  • Foreword
  • Meet the authors
  • 1. Introduction
  • Section 1: Where is God in all this pain?
  • 2. Why me?
  • 3. Will God give me a child?
  • 4. Childless – and blessed?
  • 5. This hurts
  • Reflecting on chapters 2 – 5
  • Section 2: Coping with the stress of childlessness
  • 6. Who am I, without a family?
  • 7. The expectations of others
  • 8. Keeping marriage strong
  • 9. Real men experience infertility
  • 10. Grieving miscarriage, late-term pregnancy loss and secondary infertility
  • Reflecting on chapters 6 – 10
  • Section 3: How can the professionals help?
  • 11. Lifestyle
  • 12. Treatment
  • 13. Adoption?
  • Reflecting on chapters 11 – 13
  • Section 4: The long unknown
  • 14. Is acceptance possible?
  • 15. Hope for the future
  • Reflecting on chapters 14 and 15
  • Conclusion: Better than sons and daughters


Author Eleanor Margesson, Sue McGowan
ISBN 9781844744756
Format Paperback
First published July 2010
Dimensions 138mm x 215mm x 15mm
Print size 10pt
Language English
Pages 192
Publisher IVP

Becca O’Brien

adoptive mother

It means so much to read Christian thinking on this topic. The authors tackle the complexities of infertility in a way that I found both supportive and challenging. I hope this helps fellow Christians talk more openly, and in a more informed and compassionate way. I wish this had been available to my husband and me earlier in our journey.

John Wyatt

Professor of Ethics and Perinatology at University College London and author

Honest, thoughtful, practical, relevant, and biblical. Written out of painful first-hand experience and imbued with practical Christian wisdom. I highly recommend this sensitive and informative book on such an important but rarely discussed problem. It should be essential reading for couples facing the silent pain of infertility and for pastors, Christian counsellors and all those who seek to help and support.

Ann Benton

pastor’s wife, speaker and author

Everyone knows someone who is childless, but this book presents a rare opportunity to get a glimpse of how it really feels, what to say and what not to say. For those who suffer or struggle with infertility and its implications, it shows how to grieve but still be godly and how, in a way that is neither glib nor trite, to replace self-pity with well-founded trust in a good God.

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