This book is an example of what happens when women take up the great themes of theology. When a woman committed to the Bible as God's revelation begins to express the insights of Scripture, men are gifted with fresh and compelling pictures of God. Beginning with a reevaluation of meaning of the pain of childbirth in Genesis 3, Hammer surveys the birth/ mothering images throughout the Old and New Testaments, and Christian theology through the Reformation and beyond. She not only restores a whole matrix of images of the way God loves us, but reconstructs the church's ministry to women giving birth, and to their families. This book is filled with good Bible study and abundant practical approaches for the nurture of people at the vulnerable points of life.