Giving birth to a stillborn baby has to be one of the worst feelings out there for families who have experienced this tragedy. I cannot even imagine what thoughts, stress, and feelings goes through a person. In reality, it’s not just women are affected (though most likely more so), but their significant others and families are feeling a sense of loss and emptiness, as well.
The first few chapters in this read, in which the author describes what happened, the reader gets a sense of distance. It was almost as if someone was robotically telling the story. However, this worked on two levels in this read. For one, reliving that devastating time in the author’s life must have terrible, so I believe that the way she wrote is how I would write and/or talk if I was in her shoes. For another, those who are reading her book and have lost a child may not want to completely relive that time in their lives. So, a quick, almost distant retelling might be a lot easier to read than a deep, emotional one – there will be enough emotions in these amazing people’s minds, they need more.
As the author turns to the next phase in her book, Sims is more open, welcoming, and more upbeat. She sheds her pages with hopefulness and, without a doubt, her love and faith in God. There are several positive messages in this short read: Do not blame yourself, have faith in God, and be open to others about your feelings are only a few.
As a side note, the baby featured on the cover is Sims’s stillborn son, King Josiah Sims. This nearly broke my heart when I first realized this.
Overall, this is a very touching short read that I feel will touch many hearts, and I appreciate the author sharing her story.
I think I've sat down to write this review 7-8 times; there's just so much that I can say!! I read this book in one day and once I can power through the tears; I'll read it again.
This book gives you an intimate look at just what a mother (a family) goes through when they experience the loss of a child. The author is transparent, vulnerable, and extremely informative--- which all seamlessly comes across in her writing. I felt as if I somehow was transported to the moments she shared. We absolutely have NO IDEA what someone is going through and this book gives an eerily accurate account at what loss looks like.
I thank Mrs. Sims for writing this amazing book--- she not only shared her story, but she provides tools and nuggets of wisdom to help you through such a time; no matter what end of the spectrum you happen to be on.
Don't just buy this book for yourself-- buy it for someone you know. Even if you haven't experienced a loss-- knowing what that looks like will better equip you to address someone who has.
Exceptionally written! The author's experience, the way she takes you through her journey... A whole new learning for me as I felt the pain of my own experience all over again. High recommend this book but with the warning that if you're not ready to try to find a way to heal this may not be the book to read just yet... But when you do, it helps in more ways than you would think.
There are few books that have God at the pen. This is one of them. As an ob/gyn, I have walked this journey with many couples. I wish I had this book to sooth their souls and provide them with the confirmation that they are not alone and will be strong enough to make it through. I had no idea Diana was writing this book. I got a package in the mail and read it. When I got to the chapter with the paragraphs that had my name I cried. I felt like I was with her the day King waved goodbye. I am so blessed to know you and your lovely family. Thank you for sharing such a personal account with the world. I have shared your book with other patients. This book is anointed.
Mrs. Sims, sections of this book were so raw that I imagined myself alongside you, your family, the hospital staff, your pastor and church family during several encounters.
King was blessed to have spent his short time here, surrounded by you as his Mommy. May you and your family continue to be blessed for sharing such an inspiration as this book.
I read this book in one day & it's so deep. Like another reviewer said, a lot can be said. I'm apart of a support group & will definitely share it with them. Moving...
I read "Forever King in an hour." I was so into Mrs. Sims testimony of the loss of her unborn child that many things that she said, I too had experienced. I also lost a baby at stillbirth and many of what she said came to life. She has such great courage to express her experience of her son, King. I recommend this book to those who have experienced a similar loss.
Such a beautiful book!
This woman took a heartbreaking experience and is sharing it with us out of love. We all have had losses but I have yet to read a book like this one. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
This is a great read! The Authors openness and honesty while exposing her innermost pain really draws you into the book. I can't wait to read more from this Author. Also, when you buy the book, have your tissue ready.
This story is so empowering and inspirational. It is a personal journey that is shared so well. I cried reading it the first time; the second time I read it I felt the strength of the author and the power of her faith.