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"This is a story about a family’s gritty, determined, trusting obedience to God, about God’s faithfulness and grace, and about a little boy who brought more truth and love with him in his 47 short hours on earth than anyone would have believed possible. It’s a story about the complicated and broken nature of real life. And it’s a useful reminder to those of us who haven’t starred in our own apocalyptic movies as yet to be caring, compassionate and practical in our help to our friends and loved ones who are grappling with problems that seem far, far too big to handle on their own. Thank you, Hannah, for writing 47 Hours with a Prince."
- Cecily Paterson, Author
"I really appreciated your commitment to lay the journey out piece by piece... you were clear, highly articulate without being overstated and you were above all devastatingly honest. I was so appreciative of this - it is very easy for many Christians in grief and loss to rush to the 'happy ending' of some profound kind of resolution. I felt you gave exceptional space for raw feelings and the almost bone snapping emotions and physical experiences..... in the end the knowledge of God's grace over Stephen's life- the integrity, the eternity and the Holy esteem of him burns though like brilliant sun out of the clinging fog of searing pain and loss.
It is a book that deeply affirms life even at the edge of hopelessness and I would recommend it to anyone."
- Ps John Sharpe, Senior Minister
Ringwood Church of Christ
Hannah Boland is an average Australian mum. She and her husband, Michael, could not have been happier when she fell pregnant with their son, Stephen. After yet another miscarriage, passing through the first trimester of pregnancy uneventfully was cause for celebration. But when they received news that their precious baby suffered from Alobar Holoprosencephaly (HPE) (a rare brain abnormality), she and Michael began an awesome journey to understand God’s purpose for their son’s life.
Stephen was diagnosed with Alobar HPE at the 20 week ultrasound scan. There was continued pressure put on the family to terminate the pregnancy, for according to medical staff, Stephen's life had no value. There was no certainty that he would be born alive ...read more...