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Surviving Childlessness is a book for those who are childless through circumstances, childless-not-by-choice, childless by a medical condition, or childless for any other reason.
We, the childless, were unable to have the children we wanted. We grieve the loss of children, the loss of hopes and dreams, the loss of opportunity, and sometimes, the loss of faith.
This book brings thirteen childless stories to life from around the world. You will read their tales of tragedy, IVF, miscarriage, early menopause, donorship, faith, grief, hope and healing. You will also read my own story of becoming childless-by-forced-choice. With a few tears, a little laughter and lots of furbaby references (especially to my rescue cat, Portia), we find ways to survive the devastation of childlessness.
There is a special chapter set aside for friends and family who want to support their childless loved one. Ever worried about saying the wrong thing to your childless friend or family member? This book is for you.
This book is also filled with tales of church sermons and services gone wrong, and how churches can be more inclusive of childless people. If you are a pastor, minister or leader in your church and you want to know how to better support the childless people in your congregation, this book is for you.
If you are childless for any reason other than free choice—if you are sick of being told to ‘relax’ or ‘be grateful’ for your childlessness—if childlessness has affected your relationship with God—if your ’dependent’ is a furbaby who follows you everywhere, including the toilet—then Surviving Childlessness is for you.
Book Launch 2021 (Australia):
Book Launch 2021 (UK):
Omega Christian Writers promo video:
Interview at C3 Camden church (Interview starts at 26:42):
Interview with Pastor Edwina Stonebridge for World Childless Week 2021:
Hope 103.2 radio interview and article here: https://hope1032.com.au/stories/life/lifestyle/2021/surviving-childlessness-faith-and-furbabies-author-steph-penny/
Download the Hope 103.2 audio podcast here:
Vision radio interview and article here: https://vision.org.au/radio-show/20twenty/surviving-childlessness-at-church/
Wendy Parker and The Spacious Room: ‘The Odd One Out’ with Steph Penny: https://www.podbean.com/media/player/multi?playlist=http%3A%2F%2Fplaylist.podbean.com%2F1230972%2Fplaylist_multi.xml&vjs=1&size=315&share=1&fonts=Helvetica&auto=0&download=1&skin=7
The Full Stop podcast: ‘Hidden Childless Stories’—When Chronic Illness Leads to Childlessness:
Fixing Her Eyes Blog: https://www.fixinghereyes.org/single-post/5-minutes-with-steph
World Childless Week articles:
The Sound of Silence (2022): https://worldchildlessweek.net/fri-16-2022/the-sound-of-silence
Legacies of Faith: The God Who Weeps (2021): https://worldchildlessweek.net/weds-15-2021/legacies-of-faith-the-god-who-weeps
Leaving Legacies (2020): https://worldchildlessweek.net/wed-16-2020/leaving-legacies
When a Christian is Childless (2019): https://worldchildlessweek.net/sat-21-2019/2019/9/11/when-a-christian-is-childless
Forced Choice (2018): https://worldchildlessweek.net/facts-and-figures/2018/8/22/forced-choice
Real Love (2018): https://worldchildlessweek.net/comments-that-hurt/2018/8/28/real-love
If you have any other queries please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.