Pain Redeemed by Natasha Metzler: A Book Review

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Age Appropriate For: 16 and up for discussions about infertility
Best for Ages: 18 and up

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I’ve wanted to read this ever since my friend Rachelle recommended it. It sounded so powerful. However, when I added to my shelf in 2013, I didn’t see what a book about a woman who struggled with infertility really had to do with me. While I was wrong, God reminded me of this book at just the right time.

Metzler’s book isn’t so much about her infertility, as it is about her struggle with why a good God would withhold something good from one of His children. I read this book when I felt like God was withholding not only the dream I most wanted (29 and still no husband or kids) but also seemed to be stripping away the things I wanted at the moment (arm injury so I couldn’t write).

Metzler is very raw in this book. I wanted to stand up and applaud her and give her a big hug too. As an author myself, I know it always takes courage to place things you write out there because there will always be people who hate it. Yet, she was so raw and honest about the things she thought and felt. She has to be one of the most courageous authors I’ve personally read.

This book is a spiritual journey for both Metzler and the reader, tackling the issue of deep, horrendous pain that comes when our dearest dreams seem to be dying. It leads the reader through grief with a fellow hurting soul and holds out hope – not a Bible verse band-aid or an inspirational quote to hang on your wall, but real hope founded in who God truly is.

If you want to feel like you are sitting next to someone who is being very honest about their darkest days and can help you find hope on your dark days, read this book.

I highly recommend this for women who are struggling with deep pain, the question “If God is good, then why (fill in the blank)”, and those who are struggling with infertility.

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