“How grateful I am for A Midwife in Amish Country! In it, Kim Osterholzer takes us into her journey, into her heart, and into the homes of families blessed to have her as their midwife. It’s a fascinating world she opens up to us and one she treats with the honor and kindness it deserves. Additionally, her honesty in sharing her personal highs, her lows, and how ultimately, she finds her worth and her home in the love of God is inspiring in the best of ways. Kim’s way with words is beyond beautiful as well. Her writing is inviting, gentle, warm, true, and lovely. I’m well beyond child-bearing years myself, but now I wish I weren’t and Kim could be my midwife.”
—Stasi Eldredge, NYT best-selling author of Captivating
Stasi and John Eldredge’s books, Captivating and Wild at Heart, mean more to me than I can adequately describe. The year Wild At Heart came out, my first husband, Brent, and I devoured it and were blown away with how it resonated. We almost immediately purchased a copy for both sets of parents, each of our brothers and sisters, our closest friends, and all the young men in the youth group for Christmas. When Captivating came out a few years later, we did it all over again, this time providing the young women in the youth group with a copy.
As our two children, Hannah and Paul, approached their teen years, with the message of those books reverberating within our depths, Brent and I decided to celebrate their thirteenth birthdays with a sort of coming-of-age ceremony. We invited family and close friends we trusted to speak into their lives to attend and we presented them with a set of special gifts. We gave Hannah a birthstone ring and a copy of Captivating, and we gave Paul a sword and a copy of Wild at Heart.
But Paul’s thirteenth birthday came six months and a day after Brent died.
We learned Brent had cancer half a year before Hannah’s thirteenth birthday. By the time we were preparing for Paul’s birthday two years later, we both realized he might not live so long as to celebrate it with us. Brent purchased Wild at Heart, ordered the sword, had it engraved with Joshua 1:9, and wrote a letter for us to read to Paul on the big day.
The celebration was both excruciating and exquisite.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
I spent the next six years seeing the kids into their adulthoods, praying every single day for wisdom as to how to do that without their amazing father beside us and, in regard to Paul, how to do that without unwittingly emasculating him. I purchased the audio versions of Captivating and Wild at Heart and listened to them over and again until I nearly had them memorized.
Seemingly a lifetime later, well after the task of rearing our children had been accomplished and accomplished most beautifully, I sat down to write a letter to Stasi asking if she would read and endorse my book as my hands shook and my heart hammered in my chest, as my cheeks burned and the tears welled up in my eyes.
And so Stasi read it and said she loved it, then she wrote this beautiful endorsement for it and I still haven’t recovered!
Thank you, thank you, John and Stasi Eldredge, for being a vital support as we traversed the “valley of the shadow.”
And thank you, tender-hearted Stasi, for taking the time to read and endorse my book ♥
Stasi Eldredge, NYT best-selling author of Captivating
Dr. Sara Wickham, author, midwifery lecturer and consultant, www.sarawickham.com
Jolina Petersheim, bestselling author of The Midwife
Leslie Gould, #1 best-selling and Christy-award winning author of over twenty books, including The Amish Midwife
Rahima Baldwin Dancy, author of Special Delivery, childbirth activist, and midwife (retired)
Marie Monville, author of One Light Still Shines
Cindy Lambert, coauthor of One Light Still Shines
Elizabeth Davis, CPM, Co-Director of National Midwifery Institute, Inc., elizabethdavis.com, author of Heart & Hands: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth and the international bestseller, Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying, and Pleasurable Birth Experience
Serena B. Miller, award-winning author of More Than Happy: The Wisdom of Amish Parenting, serenabmiller.com
Eleanor Bertin, Lifelines and Pall of Silence
Sara Daigle, author of Women of Purpose and Dare to Love Your Husband Well
Beth Learn, founder of Fit2b.com
Kim Woodard Osterholzer, Colorado Springs Homebirth Midwife and Author
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