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Resurrection Year

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A hope-filled story about starting again after a dream has died?an emotive, poetic, and at times humorous discovery of the healing qualities of beauty, play, friendship, and love.

Expectation. Expectation. Expectation. Disappointment. After ten years of tear-soaked prayers, repeatedly dashed hopes, and multiple failed rounds of IVF, Sheridan Voysey and his wife come to a heart-breaking conclusion?their dream of having a child is over. Empty and confused from a decade of disappointment, they leave their jobs, pack their bags, and embark on a journey in search of restoration.

Voysey chronicles their return to life. From the streets of Rome to the Basilicas of Paris, from the Alps of Switzerland to their new home in Oxford, they begin the healing process while wrestling with their doubts about God's goodness. One part spiritual memoir and one part love story, Resurrection Year is an honest, heart-felt book about recovering from broken dreams and reconciling with a God who is sometimes silent but never absent.



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A hope-filled story about starting again after a dream has died?an emotive, poetic, and at times humorous discovery of the healing qualities of beauty, play, friendship, and love.

Expectation. Expectation. Expectation. Disappointment. After ten years of tear-soaked prayers, repeatedly dashed hopes, and multiple failed rounds of IVF, Sheridan Voysey and his wife come to a heart-breaking conclusion?their dream of having a child is over. Empty and confused from a decade of disappointment, they leave their jobs, pack their bags, and embark on a journey in search of restoration.

Voysey chronicles their return to life. From the streets of Rome to the Basilicas of Paris, from the Alps of Switzerland to their new home in Oxford, they begin the healing process while wrestling with their doubts about God's goodness. One part spiritual memoir and one part love story, Resurrection Year is an honest, heart-felt book about recovering from broken dreams and reconciling with a God who is sometimes silent but never absent.


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Meet the Author

Sheridan Voysey

Sheridan Voysey is an Australian-based writer, speaker, and broadcaster. He speaks regularly on issues of spirituality and belief, and has been published in many Australian and international publications.

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Fantastic memoir
5 stars By Lucy, Jun 27 2014
I was completely drawn into this book from the very first page. The author's honesty and transparency is refreshing. Reading about how they have gotten through such a difficult time and found life continuing positively despite the obstacles is extremely encouraging.
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5 stars By Jill Samera, May 31 2013
'Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart' Wordsworth. Sheridan Voysey does just this in his new book 'Resurrection Year'.
Resurrection Year is a heartfelt account of a journey through disappointment with God. The longing for a child, and a reckoning of wills. This book should appeal to anyone who has ever had a broken heart or a dream so far unfulfilled. That is probably all of us.
A much loved speaker, broadcaster and author, Sheridan gives us an intimate peek into his married life with Merryn, and their journey through their personal 'wilderness' experience. Sheridan and Merryn do not shy away from the difficult questions of life. They are not shy in approaching God with honesty and boldness. They are not shy in acknowledging disappointment.
Sheridan and Merryn entered each stage of their journey God focused and together. They honored God and each other every step of the way. Sheridan's beautiful description of their painful attempts at IVF and the harrowing application process of adoption, only to be left disappointed at each turn was devastating.
I don't know Sheridan personally, but during the time Sheridan was writing 'Resurrection Year', I often felt prompted to pray for him and his writing. I had not been told what he was writing about, yet I sensed it was heavy emotionally and that it may have had something to do with babies and reproduction. I knew it was God breathed, and I knew I had to read it. I also knew it would sting and challenge. That it did.
As a birth parent who gave her first child for adoption, my emotions varied as I read through their journey and heard their thoughts. Perceived judgements pelted at my face like Sheridan's opening 'bullets' of rain. I felt the general rift between birth parent and adoptive parent widen. Candid, honest, innocent comments at times sat like stone in my belly.  
Thankfully, God has gifted Sheridan with humour, and it was interspersed throughout his book with precision. It was not long until I was laughing along with him at specimen jars and radio beginnings. 
When in chapter 7, Ryza, their sponsor child was brought into the picture and they met, my heart melted. Ryza called Merryn 'Mummy' and Sheridan 'Daddy'. As Sheridan described their love for her and their grief at having to leave her in the Philippines, I knew that Sheridan understood the pain of losing a child, of giving up a child. I wept with him, felt his heart, his loss, and his daddyhood. The 'infertile' seeker and the 'birth parent' became one. Joined in unity of heart, just as God planned. Unity of pain, of longing, of love, togetherness in suffering and an ultimate reliance on God. This is perhaps why I had to read the book. God challenged my misconceptions and hard heart through Sheridan and his honest, vulnerable account of his and Merryn's desires, struggles and grief. Life throws us stones at times. It's what we let God do with them that matters.
There is both satisfaction and dissatisfaction at the end of this book. Not holding God to ransom for anything equals freedom and joy. Sheridan and Merryn have found this, yet their cry remains audible.  Whilst God may seem silent on certain issues, I know He is not deaf! I can't help but hope for a sequel.
What stands out to me in Resurrection Year is the strength of bond Sheridan and Merryn share. An unshakable love for one another and a desire to lift each other to God's heights and desires for their lives. This is something many couples dream for, but just can't quite grasp. There is a richness to their relationship that is enviable. The real beauty and strength of Resurrection Year is found in its vulnerability. 
Honor to you Sheridan and Merryn. You shine as God's children, broken and beautiful. God enjoys you. His dreams for you are huge. 
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God's Sovereignty Amidst Broken Dreams
5 stars By dandjcrank, May 29 2013
Very rarely does one come across a book that touches the heart so deeply. In Resurrection Year, Sheridan Voysey writes about the extremely painful and personal issue of infertility. With incredible candor and honesty Sheridan invites the reader to journey alongside as he reveals the highs, lows, joys and disappointments of both realized and dashed hopes. From broken dreams there gradually emerges a beautiful revelation of the sovereignty of God. Interwoven through Sheridan and his beautiful wife Merryn's journey, is another story of a rich and deep marriage relationship. Soul mates. 

Resurrection Year is one of those books that you can't put down. As I read, I cried and laughed.  When I came to the end I was left with an overwhelming sense of thankfulness for the blessings in my life and a conviction to surrender my - not yet realized - dreams to God. I highly recommend Resurrection Year!
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A struggle - with hope
5 stars By Miranda, May 29 2013
Wow. What a beautiful book. I couldn't put it down. All along the way I saw reflections of my own story, despite having not experience what Sheridan and his wife have. There were tears, but also lots of laughs, as I journeyed with them through their struggle with God. And even though there is no 'Hollywood ending' for this couple, their hope is renewed - with a renewed story and a renewed spirit.
This is a great read for anyone experiencing an unanswered prayer - whether they have the same prayer as Sheridan and Merryn, or a different one. My heart ached for them, and then was uplifted through their journey. A book filled with hope.
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Absolutely brilliant!
5 stars By Ursula Kuba, May 28 2013
I love to read, and have read many books. Few times have I ever read a book as vulnerably honest as this one, whilst being beautifully written. I cried and I laughed...and I marvelled at the strength of this couple. I've been a Christian for 15 years (on Thursday) and have experienced my share of broken dreams...somewhere along the way in reading this book, and hope and healing sprung in a weary heart.

Sheridan has managed to fulfil a very tall order - to tell their story in a compelling, powerfully honest way that I have no doubt will bring healing to hurting couples who struggle with infertility, whilst somehow making it accessible to anyone who has had a broken dream - and lets be honest most of us can identify with that.

Sheridan and Merryn, thank you for being so very brave and sharing your story so vulnerably. Thank you for inviting us into your lives and hearts and sharing your pain, your joys...your realness. Sheridan, you have stewarded your gift well, and I can't wait to hear the stories of hope and healing that will come out of it.

And....lastly, if you are thinking about buying the book...DO! You won't be sorry. In fact pick up a couple of books, I can guarantee you will know at least two people you will want to give the book to after reading the story.

Now...I think I have a resurrection year to go and plan. It needs to be fun. It needs to be risky. I think I have a few ideas, but it won't have a Rupette in it, I'll leave that to the Voysey's!
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  • Catalogue Code 370186
  • Product Code 9780849964800
  • ISBN 0849964806
  • EAN 9780849964800
  • Pages 224
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Publication Date Jun 2013
  • Sales Rank #9916
  • Dimensions 212 x 139 x 16 mm
  • Weight 0.235kg

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