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Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving with Hope After Miscarriage and Loss

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Though one in four pregnancies ends in loss, miscarriage is shrouded in such secrecy and stigma that the woman who experiences it often feels deeply isolated, unsure how to process her grief. Her body seems to have betrayed her. Her confidence in the goodness of God is rattled. Her loved ones don't know what to say. Her heart is broken. She may feel guilty, ashamed, angry, ...more
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Published May 1st 2018 by Baker Books
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Beth
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If a friend or loved one has had a miscarriage, please consider purchasing this book for them. This book has been utterly life-giving for me. Booker puts into words so many things I have/am experiencing. It felt like an immense relief to be understood and to find the aches of my heart to be put into words so honestly and tenderly. She doesn't sugarcoat loss, but rather provides ways to acknowledge grief without being overcome by it. I know my grief hasn't run its course, so I will be keeping thi ...more
Kaytee Cobb
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Adriel's book is powerful and tough. It is convicting and sweet, like holding hands with a friend. This book speaks to the grief, the loss, the doubt, the hurt of losing a baby from Adriel's personal experience of 3 miscarriages, as well as the survey responses she collected from hundreds of women. As someone who has walked this road myself, I didn't really expect to find *my voice* represented in these pages, but nevertheless, I found myself here, reliving some of the pain and grief of my own m ...more
Shannon
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was very well written, especially about such a difficult topic. The author touches on topics such as grief, loss and doubt, from her own experience with 3 consecutive miscarriages, along with stories from other women. She also collected survey responses from hundreds of women who have been in similar situations, which adds a whole other level to this book. I think this is an excellent book for any women who has or is going through something similar. Our society often make women feel as ...more
Jared
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
“My body was a tomb and I hated it.”

“Grace Like Scarlett” is Adriel Booker‘s memoir of miscarriage, grief and hope. In her own words, she has six children, but only three sit at her dinner table. After a challenging second birth in which doctor’s falsely diagnosed her child in utero with down-syndrome, she experienced three miscarriages. Having staggered through inexpressible grief and a voyage of faith, Adriel Booker has graciously emptied her experience into print for others to journey with he
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Michelle Moorhead Diercks
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Grace like Scarlett is an incredible gift to those who are trying to navigate and wade through the grief of pregnancy loss. Through pages of this book, Adriel becomes a mentor and a friend who gives you an honest and raw view of her grief journey through three pregnancy losses. In her story, she reaches out to give you hope and healing as you deal with the heartache of losing your baby.

Whether you just experienced the loss of your baby or it has been many years, you will want to read this book.
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Chelsia
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Over my 14 years of being a parent, I've suffered two miscarriages that fed me two completely different sides of what grief looked like and could look like. This book is filled with a river of hope and comfort as we wade through, even different seasons of our loss.
When my friend shared this book with me I knew I needed to own it and bought it the same day I heard about it.
As I read through the pages of this book I felt a connection, I think the kind of connection you can only feel as someone w
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Melissa Davies
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a Doula I am always on the lookout for resources for pregnant women, and those who have gone through the heartache of loss. I am so so so grateful to Adriel for sharing her life and journey so that others will know that they are not alone, that it's ok to feel what you feel and that there is hope. About 1 in 4 women experience miscarriage so you will likely know someone who has gone through or will go through this loss. This book is for everyone. To have this tool, that so clearly and lovingl ...more
Jessica
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not a book I thought I would have to read, but so glad that it was given to me at this time. This book validated my thoughts and put words to the thoughts that I couldn't find the words for.

I highly recommend this book and will reread this over and over again.
Olivia Marone
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible book that every Christian should read (even if you haven't experienced a miscarriage). This book brought healing to my soul that I didn't even know I needed years after out miscarriage. Beautifully written and theologically sound.
Aurelia Mast-glick
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Grieving with Hope after Miscarriage and Loss

Let me start by saying I recommend this book to everyone who has lost a baby, whether through miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, failed adoption, etc. This book gives you permission to grieve while also pointing you very strongly to one who will comfort you in your grief. I need to start carrying sticky notes with me when I read books like this so I can mark sections that speak to me. So often when I go back to find them, I can't find them anymore
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Erin Whitmer
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If only I'd had this book a decade ago when I lost my first baby. Or even the second time, just a few months ago, when I lost a second baby. Miscarriage is beyond hard, and it can be crippling. It's a unique sense of loss that those who haven't experienced just can't quite grasp. My friends would forget quickly that I was grieving a loss because that loss was intangible to everyone in the outside world. Grace Like Scarlett addresses the spectrum of complicated emotions that follow the loss of a ...more
Jessica
Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I found Adriel's style of honest, unafraid writing to be helpful in processing my own feelings of grief. I disagreed with her theology on suffering, but was glad she spoke to the need to HAVE theology on suffering. I skimmed the parts I didn't agree with, but found the personal stories helpful.
Holly
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am astonished to see someone write so clearly of such great pain and great hope. As a woman who has experienced miscarriage the words she wrote clearly echoed the way God spoke to me right in the middle of it all. I would send this book to any grieving mom ( along with a note to say it's ok of you aren't ready to go there yet).
Adriel Booker
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is the best book I've ever written.
Aimee
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore this book. Adriel’s writing and compassion in Grace Like Scarlett wraps you up in a giant hug and gives the feeling of talking to a close friend. I wish I would have had a book like this to help through my first miscarriage but it was definitely a blessing for this most recent loss. I will recommend this to any of my friends and/or family who have the unfortunate experience of pregnancy loss.
J.L. Slipak
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Though one in four pregnancies ends in loss, miscarriage is shrouded in such secrecy and stigma that the woman who experiences it often feels deeply isolated, unsure how to process her grief. Her body seems to have betrayed her. Her confidence in the goodness of God is rattled. Her loved ones don’t know what to say. Her heart is broken. She may feel guilty, ashamed, angry, depressed, confused, or alone.

With vulnerability and tenderness, Adriel Booker shares her own experience of three consecutiv
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Kristin
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have never experienced a miscarriage; however, I have experienced the loss of a child. My daughter was born with a fatal condition (diagnosed after birth) and passed away when she was one month old. Grace Like Scarlett is one of those books that I wish I had had in my hands then to help me through the grieving and healing process because in this book the reader will find companionship, compassion, empathy, ways to navigate the depths of loss and the chaos of emotions, and ultimately, Jesus.

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Jen Bradbury
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the days following my miscarriage, several friends sent me links to people they’d found online who were writing about miscarriage. Adriel Booker was one of those people. Her words were like a lifeline to me. Not surprisingly, her book, Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving with Hope After Miscarriage and Loss, felt the same.

In Grace Like Scarlett, Adriel weaves together her own story (of having three miscarriages) with those of other women who have suffered miscarriages. (Prior to writing Grace Like
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Sue Concannon
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Grace Like Scarlett is a must-read for anyone who has experienced any kind of pregnancy loss. Though I have not experienced a miscarriage myself, her journey through grief resonated with my own grief journey. I found her honesty refreshing and she did a great job validating the various confusing feelings that can come after the death of a loved one. This book also has a lot of practical tools in the appendix section of the back of the book that would be very helpful in navigating miscarriage as ...more
Natasha
I've been following Adriel's blog for over 5 years, so I was thrilled to hear she wrote a book. I was so excited to read this book, not only because Adriel is an excellent writer, but because it is such an important book on an extremely common issue (1 in 4 women have had a miscarriage), one that has not been fully talked about in the open and as a result many women feel they have to grieve alone in silence. No more! This book is a warm compassionate hug, from someone who's been there, speaking ...more
Sarah Damaska
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Chances are if you’re reading reviews for this book you’ve either experienced a miscarriage or you’re supporting a friend who has. And if you’re either one of these people, I can wholeheartedly tell you YES! BUY THE BOOK.

I have not personally had a miscarriage, but I have lost a child to death. I talk and write and read a lot about grief. I’ve walked with many through miscarriage and loss. So I am really confident in my recommendation of this book, because I know it will transform the reader fr
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Mary
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written book with helpful insights to cope with grieving and loss. This book has heavy religious overtones, but written in a respectful manner to assimilate the readers belief system. Full disclosure: I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.
Tessa Tuttle
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am so grateful for the depth of honesty in this beautiful book. Usually a fast reader, I intentionally savoured this one slowly.

Adriel Booker writes about her experiences with miscarriage; this book is about how she navigates her loss and pain, how she finds hope.
Grace Like Scarlett has so much to teach us, beyond the scope of baby loss and into issues that are universal.

Grief. Pain. Hope. Loss. Family. Community. Culture. Parenthood. Joy. Expectation. Healing. God.
They're all in there.
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Helena Allan
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have never pregnant and probably never will be, but I read this book in hope of being able to understand a bit more, friends who had miscarriages and still births. The book is very moving as she shares her raw emotion with miscarriages and still birth of three children, and the joy in having three living children. She doesn't shy away from her experiences, including the anger/jealously towards other women, and the question of whose loss is greater- things all women face with pregnancy and loss ...more
Helena Allan-human
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have never pregnant and probably never will be, but I read this book in hope of being able to understand a bit more, friends who had miscarriages and still births. The book is very moving as she shares her raw emotion with miscarriages and still birth of three children, and the joy in having three living children. She doesn't shy away from her experiences, including the anger/jealously towards other women, and the question of whose loss is greater- things all women face with pregnancy and loss ...more
Meredith McDaniel
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a licensed professional counselor I am always on the hunt for a book that doesn't just give a list of how-to's or a tie a bow on hard & heavy topics. Grace Like Scarlett delves deep beneath the surface and invites readers to feel, reflect, and grow in grief. As Adriel has experienced pregnancy loss, she not only speaks from her own experience but also to the greater grieving community, knowing each circumstance is unique. Women who ache from any type of loss in life will be swept up in the wa ...more
Shannon Bradbury
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wish I had this book when I miscarried years ago! "Grace Like Scarlett" is a great resource for anyone who has had loss. Adriel is like an older sister who holds your hand to walk you through stages of grief.
She shares her own personal story in vulnerability. It helped to read so many stories of woman who experienced the same pain as me. If you have friends that have miscarried, sometimes you are at a loss for words, and don't know what to say. She gives so many practical ideas to help friend
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Gretchen Bossio
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve always struggled with understanding loss, especially from a Biblical perspective. This book envelopes honest, raw feelings with the reality of God’s love. It didn’t give feel good answers, but rather allowed me to walk through scripture and other’s wisdom to better comprehend all that miscarriage entails. Such a valuable read! I definitely recommend this book since so many have either experienced loss or care for someone who has - we can all benefit/heal from Adriel’s words.

I received an e-
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Lindsey
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I want to get this book in the hands of every mom I know.

Adriel’s story is raw, vulnerable, and honest. She does not sugar-coat the hard reality of losing a baby to miscarriage. But she also offers hope for anyone who has ever wondered, “Where is God in my suffering?”

I have not experienced a miscarriage, but I have struggled to understand God’s role in other instances of grief and suffering—illness and death, postpartum depression, scary diagnoses. I learned so much about grief and how to find
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LaToya
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whether your lost was 5 minutes or 50 years ago this book is a great read. Adriel is vulnerable and raw in sharing her story and her invitation to grieve with you. Honesty plus the gospel. A perfect combination that allows you to feel, heal and grow closer to God.
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Adriel Booker is an author, speaker, and advocate. Originally a tree-hugger from Oregon, USA, Adriel has made her home overseas for most of her adult life, and has traveled internationally as a speaker and leadership coach for close to two decades. Now Australian, Adriel lives in Sydney with her husband and children where they run a non-profit and cultivate the joy of living in a city by the sea. ...more

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