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Expecting My Child
“Think positively and all will be well” – but what if it isn’t?
How do I cope with uncertainty?
What thoughts preoccupy me during times of crisis?
What gives me the strength to choose life?
These are some of the challenging questions which Bat-Galim Shaer reflects on in her deeply moving personal journal which she began in the summer of 2014 when her son was kidnapped along with Naftali Frankel and Eyal Yifrah. Bat-Galim records thoughts, feelings and insights that enabled her to continue living life to the fullest even as the tragic facts unfolded. The author manages to face the painful events with a positive attitude, leaving readers to ponder their own coping mechanisms and outlooks on life, as individuals and as part of the fabric of society.
Expecting My Child Is the story of a mother and a nation trying to live a life of meaning in the face of pain; a life of joy in the shadow of loss.
It is a story that encourages the reader to reflect upon the good in the Jewish people and the outpouring of caring, support and mutual responsibility that the Jewish people showed in the summer of 2014.