Official Review: Mustard Seed Faith by Bethanee R. Syversen

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Official Review: Mustard Seed Faith by Bethanee R. Syversen

Post by Cecilia_L » 08 Jun 2019, 11:51

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Mustard Seed Faith" by Bethanee R. Syversen.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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"I started to lose my sense of self in the wake of this heartache, loss, and pain. It was incredibly isolating and lonely. I wish I could say I had the perfect answer for what to do about the way I was feeling--the way so many of us feel when we experience multiple miscarriages--but I didn't."

With heartfelt transparency, Bethanee R. Syversen shares her story in her debut, Mustard Seed Faith: A Journey through Infertility, Miscarriages, Adoption, and Faith. Her journey spans seven miscarriages, three failed adoptions, and fourteen years, but despite the loss and disappointment, Bethanee and her husband believed God had a plan for their family. Now, as the mother of six children, she offers hope, insight, and encouragement that will resonate with those going through similar circumstances. Syversen views the hardships as experiences that redefined her faith and encourages readers to trust God to write their stories.

Syversen's writing style is conversational and encouraging, and her strong faith in God is evident, as she poignantly conveys the range of emotions she experienced from the heartbreak of each miscarriage and the "mental anguish of adoption" to feeling isolated and misunderstood at times by others. The book is divided into two parts; in the first, Syversen gives detailed accounts of the medical steps they took and the emotional roller coaster involved regarding infertility. The second part is compiled from a series of blog posts she wrote during her family's journey through different types of adoption, including private, international, domestic, and through the foster care system.

I particularly liked Syversen's inclusion of hints and medical explanations throughout the book. These helpful sections provided information from explaining procedures such as the HSG Test to advising family and friends how to best support couples dealing with infertility and miscarriages. Having experienced a single miscarriage, I received some of the insensitive comments Syversen mentioned, and I agreed with her advice. "Offer your hand so she can hold it, offer your shoulder for her to cry on, and offer your help with daily chores like laundry and meals. However, please keep your advice and your opinions to yourself." I also enjoyed reading the Bible verses that gave her comfort, hope, and strength during her journey.

The book is beautifully written, and the editing is professional. It offers encouraging words for readers who have experienced infertility and/or miscarriages and provides a wealth of information for those exploring adoption. In fact, I honestly can't name a thing I dislike or a suggestion for improvement, and I am pleased to rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. It would be a wonderful resource for family members desiring to be supportive of loved ones going through this journey. Syversen writes from a Christian perspective, but because many of the emotional and medical aspects of her experiences are universal, I recommend it to readers of various faiths. On the other hand, if you dislike reading scriptures and references to God, this book is probably not for you.

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 10 Jun 2019, 11:22

This sounds like a heart-wrenching account of what it is like to struggle with fertility and loss. I like that the author has been able to write about her experiences and use her faith to push through the hard times. Thank you for another one of your wonderful reviews!

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Post by kandscreeley » 10 Jun 2019, 15:09

Wow! I can't imagine going through so much loss. The author had to have courage to stick with it for that long, and I'm glad as it seems it finally paid off! This sounds like an encouraging tale, especially to those going through something similar. Thanks for sharing with us.
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Post by Cecilia_L » 10 Jun 2019, 16:22

Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
10 Jun 2019, 11:22
This sounds like a heart-wrenching account of what it is like to struggle with fertility and loss. I like that the author has been able to write about her experiences and use her faith to push through the hard times. Thank you for another one of your wonderful reviews!
She shares a very inspiring story. Thanks for your comment.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 10 Jun 2019, 16:23

kandscreeley wrote:
10 Jun 2019, 15:09
Wow! I can't imagine going through so much loss. The author had to have courage to stick with it for that long, and I'm glad as it seems it finally paid off! This sounds like an encouraging tale, especially to those going through something similar. Thanks for sharing with us.
You're welcome. I appreciate your comment.

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Post by BrittaniDJ » 10 Jun 2019, 22:46

What an amazing story. Your reviews always seem to paint such a clear picture of the books while still leaving enough to the imagination to make reading the book seem totally worthwhile. I have a lot I could learn from you as an amateur reviewer.

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Post by Nisha Ward » 11 Jun 2019, 00:35

Losing children is always a difficult thing to cope with but I believe those who come out stronger on the other end are worth the admiration. That Ms. Syversen includes this as part of her story is a testament to that strength.
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Post by Wokeread » 11 Jun 2019, 05:30

Seems like an inspirational read for those going through tough times with infertility. I love that she combines practical advice with faith and offers guidance on how to get through it. Thanks for your helpful review.

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Post by Dee_218 » 11 Jun 2019, 12:43

This seems to be a book for the more experienced elderly. I love the faith that kept the woman going. She clearly had faith and virtues that would inspire and give strength to other women. Your review was well written and well presented. Thank you for giving us a clear picture.

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Post by Janalyn101 » 11 Jun 2019, 21:57

:eusa-think: what a wonderful review. This book sounds heartfelt and honest, something I love in an autobiography. It is so great that she takes you through her miscarriage and adoption trials to the adoption of her six children. This seems like a great book can’t wait to read it. What a great review!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 11 Jun 2019, 22:04

BrittaniDJ wrote:
10 Jun 2019, 22:46
What an amazing story. Your reviews always seem to paint such a clear picture of the books while still leaving enough to the imagination to make reading the book seem totally worthwhile. I have a lot I could learn from you as an amateur reviewer.
What a kind comment. Thanks so much! :tiphat:

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Post by Cecilia_L » 11 Jun 2019, 22:05

Nisha Ward wrote:
11 Jun 2019, 00:35
Losing children is always a difficult thing to cope with but I believe those who come out stronger on the other end are worth the admiration. That Ms. Syversen includes this as part of her story is a testament to that strength.
That's very true. Thanks for your comment.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 11 Jun 2019, 22:06

Wokeread wrote:
11 Jun 2019, 05:30
Seems like an inspirational read for those going through tough times with infertility. I love that she combines practical advice with faith and offers guidance on how to get through it. Thanks for your helpful review.
You're welcome. I appreciate your comment.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 11 Jun 2019, 22:07

Dee_218 wrote:
11 Jun 2019, 12:43
This seems to be a book for the more experienced elderly. I love the faith that kept the woman going. She clearly had faith and virtues that would inspire and give strength to other women. Your review was well written and well presented. Thank you for giving us a clear picture.
Thanks for your comment.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 11 Jun 2019, 22:08

Janalyn101 wrote:
11 Jun 2019, 21:57
:eusa-think: what a wonderful review. This book sounds heartfelt and honest, something I love in an autobiography. It is so great that she takes you through her miscarriage and adoption trials to the adoption of her six children. This seems like a great book can’t wait to read it. What a great review!
Thank you. It sounds like you will enjoy the book.

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