Grace Like Scarlett
Grieving with Hope after Miscarriage and Loss
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Though one in four pregnancies ends in loss, miscarriage is shrouded in such secrecy and stigma that the woman who experiences it often feels deeply isolated, unsure how to process her grief. Her body seems to have betrayed her. Her confidence in the goodness of God is rattled. Her loved ones don't know what to say. Her heart is broken. She may feel guilty, ashamed, angry, depressed, confused, or alone.
With vulnerability and tenderness, Adriel Booker shares her own experience of three consecutive miscarriages, as well as the stories of others. She tackles complex questions about faith and suffering with sensitivity and clarity, inviting women to a place of grace, honesty, and hope in the redemptive purposes of God without offering religious clichés and pat answers. She also shares specific, practical resources, such as ways to help guide children through grief, suggestions for memorializing your baby, and advice on pregnancy after loss, as well as a special section for dads and loved ones.
"When I experienced the loss of a pregnancy I wanted two things in that place of pain. First, to know that I was not alone in it. Second, to believe there was hope. Adriel Booker offers both in Grace Like Scarlett. I wish I'd had this book years ago."
Holley Gerth, bestselling author of Fiercehearted and What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days
"Adriel is one of the biggest-hearted people I know, and the purity of her conviction comes through with every word she writes. I know her story will touch the brokenhearted and stir the souls of those who need it most."
Tsh Oxenreider, author of At Home in the World
"This powerful book is more than a book. It's a permission slip to feel what you need to feel. I've walked with several friends through their own miscarriages, and I have always wished that there was more that I could offer, do, or say. Grace Like Scarlett is 'the more.' This book is a wise and compassionate companion for moms who are grieving the child they never got to hold."
Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of The Happiness Dare and Love Idol
"In Grace Like Scarlett, Adriel does the hard work of excavating her experience of excruciating loss. Her words keep perfect balance as they dance along edges--grief on one side, joy on the other--never falling into despair or the platitudes of easy faith. Unflinchingly honest, unquestionably authentic, and unashamedly human, Grace Like Scarlett is a must-read for anyone who has or will endure suffering--which is to say, all of us."
Seth Haines, author of Coming Clean: A Story of Faith
"My heart has long been crying out for a book like this, and Grace Like Scarlet is a beautiful answer to that prayer. Adriel Booker offers such clear, comforting, and compassionate words to the woman who is walking through deep loss. Not only will she find hope and consolation in these pages but it will feel like she's found an understanding friend. I highly recommend this powerful and practical resource for anyone who is experiencing the lonely grief of miscarriage."
Lisa Jacobson, Club31Women.com
"Adriel Booker is a midwife and a griefwalker. In Grace Like Scarlett she takes the reader's hand, walks into the womb of loss, and sits down knee-to-knee with the brokenhearted. See this work if ever you've needed someone to go with you, be with you, hold you . . . and give voice to your speechless, aching places. This book is blood, air, food, and food."
Erika Morrison, author of Bandersnatch: An Invitation to Explore Your Unconventional Soul
"Raw, real, and emotionally honest. Grace Like Scarlett is for anyone dealing with the heartbreak of losing a child or the messy and untamable nature of grief. In the end, Adriel Booker's story and message are about the journey to hope and joy. She lifts the chin of the tearstained face heavenward with the reminder that Jesus is making all things new and that beauty will rise from ashes. There are few resources for individuals or churches that I have found to be this succinct and powerful--I wholeheartedly recommend it!"
Ken Wytsma, pastor and author of The Myth of Equality and The Grand Paradox
"Adriel Booker is an experienced and empathetic guide, leading us through the raw valleys of love and loss with a keen eye toward truth, hope, and the enduring compassion of Jesus. As she shares the depths of her own story, she unearths the beauty that is so often hiding in the most difficult seasons. Her book is a treasure for every person struggling to see Jesus in the shadows of sorrow."
Bo Stern, pastor and author of Beautiful Battlefields
"This is the book I wish I'd had to guide me through my miscarriage grief years ago. With beautifully redemptive storytelling, Adriel reminds women they are not alone in their boundless emotions, desperate questions, and deep, deep grief. Grace Like Scarlett gently invites each tender reader to grow through the pain and to find their hope and healing rooted in Christ."
Jess Wolstenholm, coauthor of The Pregnancy and Baby Companion books and founder of Gather & Grow
"Adriel Booker's Grace Like Scarlett is a raw and challenging look at the impact of miscarriages not only in the life of every woman who has undergone such tragedy but also in communities of faith who seek to care for those who have lost. As a pastor, I find this book offers hope to those in my congregation who have and will walk through this valley. Read it and be ready to give copies to all those who need the encouragement this book provides."
Steve Mickel, lead pastor of Westside Church, Bend, Oregon
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