Walking through Infertility: Biblical, Theological, and Moral Counsel for Those Who Are Struggling

By Matthew Arbo, Foreword by Karen Swallow Prior

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Walking through Infertility: Biblical, Theological, and Moral Counsel for Those Who Are Struggling

By Matthew Arbo, Foreword by Karen Swallow Prior

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“This book was written to help you see and understand that God is the Giver of life. You are his child. He cares deeply about you. When you hurt, he hurts with you.” —from the Introduction

Infertility is the profoundly wounding experience of many couples, often leading to feelings of despair and shame as they grapple with shattered dreams and unanswered questions. But God does not leave them alone in their pain. The Creator and Redeemer of life has not forsaken the infertile, but has called and equipped them to participate in his church, kingdom, and mission.

Overflowing with warmth and sensitivity, this book explores what the Bible says about infertility, helping the church walk alongside couples struggling with infertility and assessing the ethical issues surrounding common fertility treatments and reproductive technologies.

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Matthew Arbo

Matthew Arbo (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is assistant professor of theological studies and director of the Center for Faith and Public Life at Oklahoma Baptist University. He and his family are members of Frontline Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Product Details

Category: Christian Living
Culture & Social Issues
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 128
Size: 5.25 in x 8.0 in
Weight: 6.01 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-5931-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-5931-0
ISBN-UPC: 9781433559310
Case Quantity: 88
Published: June 30, 2018

Table of Contents

Foreword by Karen Swallow Prior
Introduction: A Modern Story of Infertility

  1. Stories of Infertility and God’s Abiding Promise
  2. Christian Discipleship and Human Affection
  3. The Vitality and Consolation of the Church
  4. A Moral Appraisal of Infertility Treatment

Appendix: Interview with Patrick and Jennifer Arbo
General Index
Scripture Index


“Infertility is painful. In these pages, Matthew Arbo gives biblical insight and wise counsel, offering both comfort and hope for those on this difficult journey. Walking through Infertility goes deeper than the superficial clichés couples often hear, which, though intended to comfort, can hurt. Arbo frames infertility within the biblical narrative, where it is actually quite common and significant—we find we are not alone. Additionally, he helps those navigating some of the complex ethical decisions made possible by modern technology for dealing with infertility—we are not without guidance. Ultimately, he points to our comfort in the community of the church and our hope in the God of life.”
Joshua Ryan Butler, Pastor, Redemption Church, Tempe, Arizona; author, The Skeletons in God’s Closet and The Pursuing God

“I am glad to commend Matthew Arbo’s Walking through Infertility both to couples going down this road and to the friends, family members, and professionals who walk this road with them. It is sensitively done, and full of wisdom and insight about what these couples are facing. It’s a worthwhile resource, which I will often consult.”
Scott B. Rae, Dean of Faculty and Professor of Christian Ethics, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

Walking through Infertility is a resource I wish had been available when we walked through our own struggles with infertility. In an age of increasing medical advancement, the options for couples are numerous and often overwhelming. Matthew Arbo has provided a helpful resource for couples as they consider what the Bible has to say about infertility and how God’s Word speaks to the various treatments out there. But Arbo also speaks to church leaders, who are often left wondering how to counsel those under their care. This is a needed book and I’m glad it’s finally here.”
Courtney Reissig, author, Teach Me to Feel: Worshiping through the Psalms in Every Season of Life

“The challenges of infertility raise serious and substantive pastoral and ethical questions, yet few accessible—much less biblical—volumes exist to address them. Matthew Arbo’s sensitive and careful discussion is alive to the struggles such couples face, yet concerned about the ethical temptations that arise within them. This is a helpful volume, with theologically grounded counsel that lay leaders and pastors should weigh carefully.”
Matthew Lee Anderson, Assistant Research Professor of Ethics and Theology, Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University; Cohost, Mere Fidelity

“Couples who have suffered from this deeply personal pain will find comfort, understanding, hope, and clear direction in this helpful book. Highly recommended.”
Rick Warren, Pastor, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California