It’s fitting that I post this review of Resurrection Year by Sheridan Voysey on Father’s Day, because the book was written in the wake of the author and his wife having given up their dream of having children. With diary entries interwoven to show the depths of the Voyseys’ struggle with faith and trusting God with their broken dreams, the book covers the year following their decision to end fertility treatments and start life anew.
Voysey and his wife ultimately decide to leave their native Australia for a new life in Oxford, England, first stopping in Rome and a retreat center in the Swiss Alps for some much-needed soul searching time before moving to Oxford. While his wife was settling into her new job at Oxford University, Voysey, formerly a well-known radio talk show host in Australia, struggled in his new role as stay-at-home writer.
It was interesting to read about fertility and dreams of parenthood from a male perspective; so many books focus on the woman’s point of view. Voysey writes candidly about his and his wife’s struggles to make sense of what God was doing (or not doing) in their lives. The book is not solely aimed at those with similar infertility problems, but rather for anyone who has seen a dream die and wonder how good can come from it.
Overall I found the book to be an encouraging read and could relate to many of Voysey’s struggles to keep the faith in the light of disappointment.
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