[[ KINDLE ]] ❆ Fertile Ground: A Pilgrimage through Pregnancy Author Laura S Jansson – Biorganicenergy.co

Pregnancy Is Not Just A Trek From One Medical Appointment To Another But A Journey Of The Heart Here At Last Is A Guidebook Through Its Sacred Terrain For Each Week, Orthodox Doula Laura Jansson Provides A New Reflection On A Theme Specific To The Ground Covered At That Stage From One Milestone To The Next, She Helps Us Unearth The Spiritual Treasures Buried Within The Physical Experiences Of Childbearing These Are Gifts Of Love From A Merciful God Who Reaches Out To Us, Making A Perilous Expedition Into A Path Of Salvation. Motherhood opened my eyes to many new worlds, perhaps the most significant was that of a theology of motherhood The vibrant experiences of growing, birthing, and nurturing a child are rich with symbolism, poetry, and meaning I was captivated with how my new role of Mama informed my life in the Church, and sought to dive deeper, but came up wanting As a new mother, I had been hoping to find a book like this one that encapsulates the deep truths of this journey and here it is Fertile Ground weaves together Scripture, wisdom of the Church, hymnography, various historical texts, and personal reflection into a fascinating tapestry I am delighted Laura Jansson has taken the time to write this book, and so beautifully It will be such a wonderful help to Mamas, old and new I received an advance copy of the book in return for this honest review. I am overjoyed that Fertile Ground A Pilgrimage Through Pregnancy has arrived just in time for my own first pregnancy The Orthodox Christian world needs this book Fertile Ground A Pilgrimage Through Pregnancy fills a conspicuous gap in the Orthodox Christian literary scene, offering an expertly interwoven blend of theology, personal experience, spiritual reflection and advice and practical information to spiritually guide women through their pregnancies Laura Jansson weaves together the complex components of our lives into a spiritual journey, a pilgrimage which women can choose to make the cornerstone of their pregnancy Far from abstract theology, this is a guide rooted in real world experience and modern world dilemmas, from choices facing women concerning pain relief, the need for support networks and the pressure of the modern world s gender ideals Such a comprehensive guide to a woman s pilgrimage through pregnancy makes for a deeply comforting read.Laura Jansson s exploration of the realities of pregnancy extend to a powerful, highly sensitive and beautiful chapter on miscarriage For mothers experiencing or fearing miscarriage seeking comfort and reassurance about what their lives will be or would be like after such an event, they will find it in this chapter Fertile Ground is a book which leaves no aspect of the pilgrimage unexplored, prayers and discussion points bookending the week by week chapters.This is not a book you will find yourself reading once, but rather one to return to through every pregnancy The thematic chapters taking the reader through each week of pregnancy make it perfect for contemplation alone or reading together with one s husband Each chapter stands alone but as the reader is taken through pregnancy week by week, it becomes clear that there is a broader theological picture being constructed, building on the cited scriptures, spiritual insights and practical realities highlighted in previous chapters At week 30 the reader feels prepared than when reading the chapter relating to week 6, just as any pilgrimage is to contain spiritual progression throughout the journey Just as a pilgrimage progresses towards a site of spiritual importance but also towards a mental state of spiritual importance, the arrival at one s destination, the birth of a baby, is not the end of the journey Laura Jansson shows pregnancy to be a training ground for parenthood How effective and transformative this training period can potentially be, depends on the woman herself Laura is clear that pregnancy can affect in us a deep inward change, preparing us to serve God through the service we give to others, if we let it Pregnancy, in all its joy and pain, is shown to be a gift, which like so much God gives to us, asks us to embrace it with faith in order to allow it to be truly transformative Fertile Ground A Pilgrimage Through Pregnancy integrates real world realities and fears with the beauty of the Orthodox faith, within the framework of the natural rhythm of pregnancy which organises its chapters Reading it, one feels the friendship and support of both a doula and a fellow Orthodox mother seep from the pages This will be a book which I am sure will be seized upon by many women, to guide them through their own pregnancies and prepare them for the vocation of motherhood for which God has chosen for them. When I first heard last November that there was going to be an Orthodox book about pregnancy and childbirth, I was instantly intrigued and anxiously awaiting its arrival I am the mother of 6 daughters and have been studying birth work Not only have I birthed my own children, but I look forward to my own Doula work in the future I enjoy learning about birth and pregnancy, and this book was a wonderful addition to my birthing library.Right away, one of the things I appreciated was how all birthing parenting methods were acknowledged and explained This book does not offer a one way option for birthing, instead it presents a mother s options and beautifully explains the symbolism through the Christian faith Each step of the pregnancy birth is highlighted in easy to read, week by week chapters, each focusing on a different aspect of the women s current experiences I genuinely enjoyed how Laura painted such a spiritual perspective of pregnancy and childbirth It is truly amazing the growth and transformation a woman experiences spiritually in the birthing years Laura perfectly describes the ascetic struggle that women must embrace during this incredible season of life Even though I am not currently expecting, I was able to feel encouragement for my current stage of motherhood and strength to embrace another day.It is very clear that not only does the author have a full knowledge of the birthing process through hands on experience, but she also has a wonderful knowledge of birthing according to Biblical examples, with wisdom from the Church Fathers, backed by scientific evidence I enjoyed reading her experiences, both personal and through her work as a doula Her use of scripture and quotes from the Fathers were encouraging and informative She also gives extremely practical knowledge of how to endure pregnancy and effective tools to have the childbirth experience that you desire This book is an important tool for any woman s pregnant journey I look forward to giving this book as a gift to the pregnant mothers at my church, as well as my own daughters some day I received an advanced copy of this book in return for my honest review.