Ours: Biblical Comfort for Men Grieving Miscarriage – Eric Schumacher

Ours: Biblical Comfort for Men Grieving Miscarriage by Eric M. Schumacher, Paul David Tripp
Also by this author: 40 Days of Grace, 40 Days of Faith
Published by Good Book Co on July 1, 2022
Genres: Non-Fiction, Christian Life, Devotional, Marriage, Parenting
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This 31-day devotional gives biblical comfort and practical support to men processing miscarriage. The loss of a baby in the womb can leave the father reeling, as well as the mother. He may feel confused, helpless, lonely, deeply sad, or just numb.

As readers draw alongside Jesus in the pages of Luke's Gospel, they'll find help to process their grief and to address questions they may be too afraid to ask. There's also lots of practical help on how to care both for themselves and for their family in the aftermath of miscarriage.

Eric Schumacher writes with sympathy and compassion as someone who has experienced the grief of multiple pregnancy losses making this book a great way to reach out to men who are suffering in this way. Includes foreword by Paul David Tripp and contributions from Nate and Lore Wilbert, Jenn Hesse, and Brian Croft. There is also space for journaling.

I have read many different books about miscarriage and child loss, but they are all written by women and to women. Normally, authors will include one chapter about the dad, but they usually still address it to his wife, not him. Because of this, I have been looking forward to Ours: Biblical Comfort for Men Grieving Miscarriage ever since Eric Schumacher announced it. There are no other books like this, and after years of appreciating this author’s work, I knew he would be the perfect person to write it. However, this still surpassed my expectations.

This book shares 31 daily devotions based on consecutive passages from the gospel of Luke, and each reading begins with a common question that men ask when grieving miscarriage. These include both spiritual questions, such as where God is in the midst of this, and practical questions, such as whether or not they should take time off work and if they’re a burden to their friends. Schumacher relates each question to the passage for that day in a meaningful, insightful way, and it amazed me to see how well he tied in each issue with the Bible verses without ever oversimplifying the question or the Scripture reading.

Schumacher shares vulnerable stories from his own experiences with recurrent miscarriages, and he is both a kind companion and a wise pastoral guide to the men who will read this book. I highly recommend this as a gift to men grieving miscarriage, along with the publisher’s original devotional Held by Abbey Wedgeworth for their wives, and I hope that women will also read Ours to better understand a male perspective on this issue. This book is much-needed and truly excellent, and I highly recommend it to grieving men and their support systems.

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