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New Ways the Fertility Industry is Deceiving Women
PLUS book title reveal!
Reclaiming Motherhood from a Culture Gone Mad
It is an admittedly bold title. Maybe even a little too bold? I wondered to friends and family. I was a little apprehensive about owning the new title my publisher had proposed for the book that’s coming out this fall. After all, it’s me defending this bold claim that our culture has gone mad.
My apprehension faded this week as Apple released beta features including its new pregnant man emoji, bringing my “bold claim” down to something rather self-evident. As men break “women’s” records and women are reduced to their genitalia in medical articles identifying them as “bodies with vaginas,” I am left wondering whether this book will be published fast enough, or if the insanity will develop well beyond its content in the coming months, leaving it obsolete before these pages see the light of day.
In all seriousness, I am so grateful to be stewarding this book into the world, to have been immersed in the intellectual tradition of the Church so steeped in wisdom, and to be able to respond to these gaps in reason and sanity our culture is spouting with the beauty and hope of Christ’s purpose for our lives. If anything, instances like these only serve to intensify our culture’s cry for meaning and purpose.
As Christians, we have access to the living water that everyone is thirsting for. Our real challenge is getting beyond party lines and echo chambers to communicate the way to well effectively. How do we do that? Well, for starters, I might recommend that you stay on the lookout for pre-order information for Reclaiming Motherhood from a Culture Gone Mad (not just for mothers!).
In the meantime, let’s pray for charity, and that our eyes be opened to the small moments we might be witnesses to those who believe differently than we do. As Dorothy Day reminds us, we only love God as much as the person we love the least.
I’m dying to hear what you think, either about the book or the content in the articles below!
The Dangerous Lie of Egg Freezing
Perhaps you’ve heard of an employer providing egg freezing as a benefit for their female employees - or maybe your company offers it. Between marketing by fertility companies and being listed as a “health benefit” by employers, egg freezing promises to offer women further reproductive freedom. But is this accurate?
Revealing The TRUTH about the Fertility Industry and Reproductive Technologies
From abortion to the birth industry to reproductive technologies, these 7 documentary films unpack the rhetoric and offer a critical look at what’s happening and who really benefits from the policies and procedures we’ve come to accept.
Says the Peanut Gallery
On Motherhood: “The day will come when things are easier, neater and the children will be grown! The peace that God gives will keep you going through a lot of messy times and your thoughts will be on how much fun the messier times were!!” - Shirley
I read and respond to all your comments and I’d love to share them here!
Devotional: Holiness for Housewives by Huber van Zeller
Not outdated, not just for housewives. This is a great refresher in accepting and praying through the vocation that you have, not just the one you wish or imagine that you have. Recommend for all busy people who want to pray.
Fiction: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
This Hunger Games prequel tells the backstory of President Snow and I am loving the foreboding anticipation of the devolution of this character I’ve come to love. Fans of Walter White will delight.
Bioethics: The Oocyte Economy: The Changing Meaning of Human Eggs by Catherine Waldby
This collection of interviews with women who’ve donated, frozen, or received human embryos documents the lived experience of women effected by the swiftly changing landscape of human commodification.