A review of What Was Lost

September 12, 2010

United Methodist pastor Elise Erik­son Barrett writes for women who have experienced miscarriage, pastors who help couples grapple with it and anyone who has helped a friend, spouse or relative grieve. She tells her own story, but not in a distracting or self-indulgent way. Barrett grapples with the issue theologically, trying to an­swer the question of "what was lost." She really wants to know what her tradition has to say about miscarriage. She skillfully en­gages abortion literature, searches the Bible and turns finally to the possibility that personhood is a mystery known in community that is grounded in the love of God.