Friday, February 6, 2009

Required Reading

Early on in our IF journey, a friend recommended that I buy a book that had been of great benefit to her: The Infertility Companion by Sandra Glahn and William R. Cutrer. Being overly optimistic and oh-so-painfully naive, I didn't order the book at the time because I assumed we weren't going to be in the trenches long enough to need it. Oh, how times have changed.

Reading the stories of struggle and success of the men and women who've been down this path can be so very helpful. I think that's part of the reason why we all love these blogs like we do. There's also something inherently comforting about a book: the tangible pleasures of page-turning, the sheer joys of losing yourself in a story. If you're a book person, you know what I mean.

If you were helping a friend build an IF bookshelf, or adding to your own, what books would you suggest? What books would you warn against? Hopefully we'll all learn something here!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!


Anonymous said...

Hannah's Hope by Jennifer Saake -- best book ive read hands down.

andrea_jennine said...

Not IF books, per se (you already mentioned my main one!), but books on suffering that I've read during IF:
All Things for Good by Thomas Watson
Beside Still Waters by Charles Spurgeon
How Long, O Lord? by D.A. Carson
Suffering and the Sovereignty of God, ed. by John Piper and Justin Taylor

Sarah said...

i don't really care for most of the books much, the blogs are more than enough for me! but i did appreciate the technical information in Conceptions & Misconceptions (sorry don't have the authors handy). more of a medical handbook than a survival guide.

My Endo Journey said...

Thanks for the post!

April said...

i agree with someone above: i found a lot more help and support and sanity with the blogosphere.... maybe b/c it is more interactive?

Mo and Will said...

Waiting for Daisy by Peggy Orenstein

Leigh said...

Inconceivable by Shannon something or other (too lazy to google) and Hannah's Hope

Medical books that I found excellent were Fit for Fertility (UK doctor, very balanced view)

I Believe in Miracles said...

I'd echo Hannah's Hope.