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I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy [Paperback]

By Angie Smith (Author)
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Overview
Describes how the author and her family coped with the diagnosis of her unborn child as "incompatible with life," and how she used her faith in God to handle her grief when the baby died two hours after being born.

Publishers Description
In 2008, Angie Smith and her husband Todd (lead singer of the group Selah) learned through ultrasound that their fourth daughter had conditions making her "incompatible with life." Advised to terminate the pregnancy, the Smiths chose instead to carry this child and allow room for a miracle. That miracle came the day they met Audrey Caroline and got the chance to love her for the precious two-and-a-half hours she lived on earth. Upon receiving the original diagnosis, Angie started a blog (Bring the Rain) to keep family and friends informed of their journey. Soon, the site exploded in popularity, connecting with thousands who were either experiencing their own heartbreaking situations or simply curious about how God could carry someone through something so tragic. "I Will Carry You "tells the powerful story of a parent losing her child, interwoven with the biblical story of Lazarus to help those who mourn to still have hope--to find grace and peace in the sacred dance of grief and joy.Endorsement"This is a beautiful and tender book that would touch any woman's heart, no matter her age or realm of experience. It is about a relationship so intimate with God that it carves a safe place for crises of faith, for faith proved genuine and for divine callings willed, sealed and fulfilled. Yes, this is one mother's moving story. This one mother also happens to be a true writer. We will hear more from her. Angie, I am so proud of you. May Christ continue to tip the ink jar toward your gifted quill." - Beth Moore
Best-selling author and speaker

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I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy by Angie Smith has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christian Retailing - 05/01/2010 page 20


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Studio: B&H Books
Pages   217
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.58"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 2, 2011
Publisher   Broadman And Holman
ISBN  080546428X  
ISBN13  9780805464283  

Sales Rank:  #2878 in Books   (See Bestselling Christian Books)

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In 2008, Angie Smith and her husband Todd (lead singer of the group Selah) learned through ultrasound that their fourth daughter had conditions making her "incompatible with life." Advised to terminate the pregnancy, the Smiths chose instead to carry this child and allow room for a miracle. That miracle came the day they met Audrey Caroline and got the chance to love her for the precious two-and-a-half hours she lived on earth. Upon receiving the original diagnosis, Angie started a blog (Bring the Rain) to keep family and friends informed of their journey. Soon, the site exploded in popularity, connecting with thousands who were either experiencing their own heartbreaking situations or simply curious about how God could carry someone through something so tragic. "I Will Carry You "tells the powerful story of a parent losing her child, interwoven with the biblical story of Lazarus to help those who mourn to still have hope--to find grace and peace in the sacred dance of grief and joy.Endorsement"This is a beautiful and tender book that would touch any woman's heart, no matter her age or realm of experience. It is about a relationship so intimate with God that it carves a safe place for crises of faith, for faith proved genuine and for divine callings willed, sealed and fulfilled. Yes, this is one mother's moving story. This one mother also happens to be a true writer. We will hear more from her. Angie, I am so proud of you. May Christ continue to tip the ink jar toward your gifted quill." - Beth Moore
Best-selling author and speaker


More About Angie Smith

Angie Smith is the wife of Todd Smith (lead singer of Dove Award-winning group Selah), author of I Will Carry You, What Women Fear, Mended, and most recently Chasing God. She is one of the most popular speakers and blog writers in the country. She holds a Master's degree in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University and lives with her husband and daughters in Nashville, TN. Her first children's book, Audrey Bunny, was published in October 2013 and quickly hit no. 1 on Amazon's Christian Children's Book list.

Breezy Brookshire grew up in Indiana. Her skills as a young artist are mostly self-taught, drawing characters from her imagination as a young child. At the age of seventeen, Breezy opened an Etsy shop called The Breezy Tulip Studio where her artwork is sold and was first recognized by author Angie Smith. Breezy resides in Indiana to this day, sharing a home studio with her sister Emily Rose. Audrey Bunny was Breezy's first illustrated work with B&H Kids, which reached no. 1 on Amazon's Christian Children's Book list in October 2013.
Angie Smith has published or released items in the following series...
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Reviews - What do customers think about I Will Carry You?

So thankful for this book!  Jun 6, 2010
I read this book in one day. After having a miscarriage recently, I was blessed by this book. Angie Smith, I am so thankful that you wrote. You have helped my healing process.
 
Very helpful book...  May 21, 2010
For anyone going through a loss, especially the loss of a child, this book is very helpful. The author is very open about her experiences and feelings. I also appreciated the section written by the author's husband, which reminds you that men and women grieve differently.
 
Honest and open but a little too Godly  May 19, 2010
As a mother of a child who was told her baby won't be born alive, I was eager to read this book.
It is a beautifully written, honest and strong story. I don't think I have cried so much reading a book, in my entire life.
Whereas we got our miracle and our child is now 4 years old, the author's account brought so many powerful emotions rushing back. I loved her open honesty and how she shared her family with all of us.
The only thing I found a little too tiresome was the constant reference to Jesus. I don't think a non-Christian can read this book.
I understand how Jesus was her cornerstone through all of this and I 100% respect that but the quoting of Bible verses in every other page and how this whole thing got away from being a story about a child to a story about the power of Jesus, became a little tiresome. I was not particularly fond of the whole explaining Bible stories either or trying to explain what Jesus felt when he reached Judea and Lazarus was resurrected etc. It read a little "preachy"...
Don't get me wrong it was a lovely book but maybe not for you if you are not a hard-born Christian... It is more a story about Faith than a story a dying child... whereas I thought it would be more focused on the facts... it kind of felt like a lecture in Jesus whereas the actual story parts were few in comparison.
I am not disappointed at all by the book, she is a wonderful writer and I would recommend it to my friends for sure.
 
A Family of Faith  May 18, 2010
People often wonder why God allows suffering and pain. The loss of a child is particularly hard to accept. The Smith family of Nashville, Tennessee experienced this loss, and Angie Smith shares her story in `I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance
of Grief and Joy.'

Here is description of the book from the back cover:

Angie Smith was eighteen weeks pregnant with her fourth daughter, Audrey Caroline, when doctors discovered conditions leaving Audrey "incompatible with life." Faced with the decision whether to terminate the pregnancy, Angie and her husband chose to carry Audrey for as long as she had life. This began what turned out to be three months of loving and carrying a little girl that was not expected to live more than a few minutes.

Audrey Caroline lived for over two hours, weighing three pounds, two ounces. Yet, in the midst of the sorrow of loss, there was still joy. Angie weaves the faith-filled story of Audrey Caroline with a biblical story of hope to help us all to understand how better to cope with loss and disappointment.

Here is the biography of the author:

Angie Smith is the wife of Todd Smith (lead singer of Dove Award winning group Selah [...]and author of the popular blog entitled Bring the Rain [...]
. She holds a Master's degree in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University and lives with her husband and daughters in Nashville, Tennessee.

As Angie's doctor's initial diagnosis was made, she and Todd decided they wanted a second opinion. They decided they would consult with Dr. F, the high-risk doctor and internationally recognized specialist who was involved in the birth of their twins. Here is his assessment, and Angie's reaction:

"This baby has something I cannot fix. Miracles are the Lord's business." He tucked my chart into his white coat and exited quietly, reverently. Somehow this inexplicable peace continued to cover me, reminding me that the same God who raised people from the dead was forming my Audrey in the "secret place" (Ps. 139:15). (p. 20)

His suggestion was for Angie to carry the baby, because he knew where they stood in their faith. Angie concurred:

We told him that we believed him and that we trusted him. We also explained in no uncertain terms that our faith was in a Physician Who hadn't fully expressed His will for Audrey, and we would wait for that diagnosis. (p. 22)

The Lord used the story of Audrey and the Smith family to allow Himself to be glorified. Angie began her blog [...] and shared their story wherever she went. She found many opportunities to share her faith:

...The beauty of this situation was that people were so moved by the fact that I had chosen this route that they wanted to understand why.
What better way to talk about the Lord?
I'm sure people considered me to be a nutcase to have such delusional faith in the same God who appeared to be allowing my daughter to die in the first place, but that wasn't the typical response. Sharing my story opened so many doors to conversation that would never have taken place.
She was already ministering, and she hadn't left the womb.
My sweet, sweet Audrey. (p. 36)

During her pregnancy, Angie shared her journey on her blog, `Bring the Rain [...]
. She shared some of the blog entries in `I Will Carry You.' I found this April 1, 2008 entry to be particularly poignant, and a wonderful example of Angie's beautiful way with words:

We are all just doing the best we can, minute by minute, to love our sweet Audrey well. We talk to her all day long. Sometimes I will take a bath and tell her all about what swimming is like or what it's like to be on the beach in the hot sun. I tell her about my favorite poets, my favorite memories of childhood, and my love for God and her daddy.
The two of us have covered much ground in this sacred dance we call pregnancy. I feel bonded to her in a way I never did with my others because I know this is all I have. And yet there is much I can never giver her. (p. 70)

The Smith family took advantage of every moment that had with Audrey Caroline. The girls decided that they wanted to go to Cinderella's Castle with their little sister. Here is a precious photo of the three girls enjoying their trip.
In her blog entry from April 6, 2008, she also shared that her view of God was not harmed by the potential loss of Audrey (p. 79):

He didn't ask me to praise Him because He was going to perform a miracle, although He knows that I would. He asked me to praise Him because He will be the same tomorrow regardless of what happens to Audrey. Is that hard to wrap my heart around?
Yes.

Audrey was delivered by caesarean section on April 7, 2008. Along with Todd and their four year old twins Ellie and Abby, and their two year old, Kate, they were surrounded by family and friends. Audrey Caroline lived for two hours. Angie describes the scene:

I've seen a beautiful quote frequently referenced by various individuals that sums it up perfectly, "Joy is not the absence of trouble but the presence of Christ." I have no doubt that the Lord was in our midst and that He drank deeply of our sorrow that day.
In his infinite mercy He allowed us to embrace the moments we had and to live those hours as if they were going to go on forever.
The tiny hospital room became filled with the voices and prayers of our closest friends and family, and we rejoiced that she was in our arms. As she was passed from person to person, I watched as they all cooed over her and touched her face. It struck me many times that day that if anyone were to walk into that room with no explanation, they wouldn't have known it was any different from a normal celebration of a child's birth. (p. 87)

Angie shared her heart and her prayer for others who are suffering inexpressible loss:

I stand before you in spirit, weeping, and I pray for the promise of eternity to be carved deeply, unmistakably, into the very fiber of your hurt. Do you believe that the Lord is who He says He is and that He has accomplished what He says He Has accomplished? If you do, then know that you are walking a road that leads to Him and to your precious lost children.
No, they will not return to us.
But one day, not so far from now, we will go to them. (p. 109)

I found this book to be so touching. Angie is a very gifted writer. This family has always struck me as so committed to the Lord, and so dedicated to His purposes. Their faith is incredibly strong, and I am encouraged in my faith by their example. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has suffered loss and want to be encouraged in how to press on (which happens to be the title to another wonderful Selah song! [...]


The Lord is blessing this family in a new way. Angie is pregnant, and their newest daughter, Charlotte, will be arriving on May 22, 2010. I pray grace, peace, joy and happiness on this Godly family, and look forward to watching them grow and grow even closer to the Lord!

This book was provided by B&H Publishing Group for review purposes.

Reviewed by Andrea Schultz - Ponderings by Andrea - http://andrealschultz.blogspot.com
 
Encouraging  May 14, 2010
There is not a negative thing I could say about this book. I was encouraged in my faith to trust Jesus more fully with all my heart, in spite of the external circumstances. I heartily recommend this book to anyone, no matter what their life experiences are. Angie walks us down her painful path, but the lessons she gleans are applicable to a vast array of difficulties, not limited to losing a child. I am thankful that she has made herself available to be used of the Lord to encourage the body of Christ to know Him more fully. I have benefited from that aspect of her walk through her blog for two years now, and am excited and grateful to say that I have benefited from it through this book as well. Very encouraging.
 

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