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Jun 15, 2020

Faith and Hope When Facing Infertility (with Debra Vermeer)

Danielle Bean

This week, Girlfriends connects across the globe with author Debra Vermeer, Australian author of Life to the Full: Stories of Infertility, Faith, and a Hope-filled Future

Snippet From the Show

“We are called to be fruitful. There are many ways that we are called to fruitfulness. Sometimes they aren’t the ways we thought at all.”


In her book, Debra shares about her own experiences of infertility as well as the stories of several other infertile couples, all of whom share our Catholic faith. We talk about her conversion to Catholicism, the Church’s teaching on IVF, stories of infertility in the Bible, the unique ways infertile couples can be fruitful, and the concept of spiritual motherhood. 

Debra is a joy to listen to, and she has such a heart for others who suffer similar trials to the ones she and her husband have experienced. If you suffer from infertility, or know anyone who does, her words and the stories in Life to the Full, can be a source of peace and hope for you. 

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This week, I also share about a new book I have written with Dan. The Manual for Marriage is a beautiful resource for every couple. In it, Dan and I share reflective essays on marriage and family life, but it also features a large collection of prayers, Scripture passages, hymns, and stories from the saints that will encourage and support you in your married relationship.  

I have received so much feedback from all of you about my newest book and the first chapter that I shared with you at the end of episode 210Giving Thanks and Letting Go: Reflections on the Gift of Motherhood is a book in which I share from my heart about the very real changes, challenges, triumphs, and joys of being a mom in an “emptying nest.” You can read that sample chapter at Ave Maria Press. (Use the coupon code BEAN20 to get 20% off your order!)

My book, You Are Enough: What Women of the Bible Teach You About Your Mission and Worth, is available for order! Use the code, GIRLFRIENDS to receive ten percent off your order. Don’t miss out on this special available exclusively to listeners of the Girlfriends podcast. 

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Meet Your Host: Danielle Bean

A writer, speaker, wife, and mother, Danielle helps women from all walks of life discover their dignity and worth so they can find peace, balance, and joy in family living. Danielle has been married to her husband Dan for 23 years, and together they have eight amazing children. Currently, Danielle serves as brand manager at and host of The Gist, a talk show for women on CatholicTV.

Danielle’s books include, You Are Enough: What Women of the Bible Teach You About Your Mission and Worth and Momnipotent: The Not-so Perfect Guide to Catholic Motherhood, as well as her latest book, Giving Thanks and Letting Go: Reflections on the Gift of Motherhood.

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