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There is true pain and heart-wrenching grief when it comes to having a stillborn baby. Unfortunately, this is something that does affect a number of families. In the non-fiction text, Forever King: Surviving the Loss of my Unborn Child, Diana Sims gives those who have experienced this pain encouragement and belief that they will smile again.
Diana had the unfortunate experience in giving birth to a stillborn baby boy. She had named him King Josiah Sims. Feeling grief, despair, and lost, Diana’s motivation to leave her house and participate in social outings dwindled quickly. But, with the help of her supporting family and her faith in God, Diana comes out in the end like a shining star and has been able to find peace once more.
Written in the first-person, Sims opens up to what, I’m sure, many women feel when they have a miscarriage. Her thoughts and actions are extremely relatable, and it is easy to see this book being motivating and inspirational to many.
Though not specifically stated, there are three clear sections in this read. The first would be chapters one through three as it depicts the events after Sims’s miscarriage. These first few chapters describe some of the pain that Sims went through. The next group of chapters would be four through nine, where Sims dives deeper into her relationship and faith in God. Throughout these chapters, she weaves in Bible scriptures and takes the readers on her journey to peace and promise for a better tomorrow. The last part would consist of chapter ten, which sums up general advice she provides her target audience.
What is great about this read is its brevity. I can only imagine that those who are the target audience would not want to read neither a heavy nor a dense book about obtaining positivity in your life when giving birth to a stillborn.
The only part of this inspiring read that could be improved would be the beginning first chapters, where I felt like the author was somewhat distant. Of course, it could have been the fact that she was discussing a part of her life that was devastating and knows that women who have had miscarriages might not want to fully relive the pain. Therefore, the distant tone-of-voice might have been on purpose in this section. Though I am happy to say that the rest of the book, her voice is more open, inviting, and uplifting.
With messages of not blaming yourself, seeking faith in God, and being open to express your emotions to others, I am sure this lovely short read will reach many hearts. I happily give Forever King a 4 out of 4 stars and recommend it to those who have had the sad experience of a miscarriage, families or friends that have been affected by this, or even to those who would like to have children and might want this as a reference in case they need a lending hand in the future. For those who read this book, please be aware that God is spoken a number of times here, so if you are not a believer, these chapters may not be comfortable for you.
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