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Labor with Hope

Gospel Meditations on Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood

Labor With Hope helps you see the Gospel in the experiences of having and raising children

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The world is filled with messages for women about pregnancy. Popular books and well-meaning family and friends offer unsolicited advice about what to expect and how to stay healthy—sometimes resulting in joy and excitement but other times leading to discouragement and fear.

The Bible, too, has a lot to say about childbirth—offering real hope that nothing in this world can match. In Labor with Hope, Gloria Furman helps women see topics such as pregnancy, infertility, miscarriage, birth pain, and new life in the framework of the larger biblical narrative, infusing cosmic meaning into their personal experience by exploring how they point to eternal realities. Women will see that only Christ can provide the strength they desperately need in order to labor with hope.

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  • Introduction
  • 1. In the Image of God He Created Them
  • 2. Be Fruitful and Multiply
  • 3. The Promised Seed of Woman
  • 4. Why Does Childbirth Hurt So Bad?!
  • 5. Pain in Parenting
  • 6. Writhing under God’s Judgment
  • 7. God’s Birth Pain
  • 8. The Gospel Is the Only Cure to the Abortion Epidemic
  • 9. Tasting Death for Others
  • 10. The Birth Pains of Death
  • 11. Jesus’s Death Begets Spiritual Offspring
  • 12. Birth Pain after Childbirth to Raise Spiritual Disciples
  • 13. Putting Pain in Its Place
  • 14. All Creation in the Throes of Labor
  • 15. Conceived in Sin and Saved by Grace
  • 16. You Must Be Born Again
  • 17. Boasting Only in the Cross
  • 18. A Tomb Became a Womb for the New Creation
  • 19. Our Deliverer Delivered through Birth Pains
  • 20. Saved through Childbearing
  • 21. Children Are a Blessing
  • 22. Knit Together
  • 23. Don’t Trust Birth, Trust God
  • 24. God Who Causes to Give Birth
  • 25. From Inevitable Sorrow to Guaranteed Joy

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Contributors Gloria Furman
ISBN 9781433563072
Format Hardback
First published June 2019
Dimensions 133mm x 203mm x 15mm
Language English
Pages 160
Publisher Crossway

Kathleen Nielson

Author; speaker; Senior Adviser, The Gospel Coalition

Gloria Furman has a disarming way of connecting the most concrete stuff of our lives to the most glorious truth of the gospel. She’s doing it again here, as she peers into the realities of pregnancy and childbirth through the windows of Scripture. This book opens the windows wide. We do well to ponder this theme, of which God keeps reminding us in all kinds of painful and marvelous ways.

Trillia Newbell

Author, If God Is For Us; Fear and Faith; and United

Gloria Furman has written devotionals that will transform the way we view pregnancy from conception to birth and beyond. Labor with Hope magnifies the glory of Christ and all that he has done, and helps us fix our eyes on the one who gives eternal life.

Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Author, The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering

When Gloria Furman speaks about motherhood, I always listen. In Labor with Hope, Furman shows us how ‘every aspect of childbirth fuels our worship of Jesus,’ beautifully unpacking that statement as she takes us on a journey through Scripture, demonstrating how the birth pain metaphor illustrates God’s work in us. Each chapter in this meaningful devotional explores a different aspect of this mystery, leading the reader to a fuller understanding of our hope in Christ and the God who labors over us.

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