Thursday, March 5, 2020

A Snowflake Named Hannah By John Strege

When John and Marlene Strege learned they wouldn't be able to have a child, they were devastated. Then Marlene asked the question that would change their lives: Can frozen embryos be adopted? The answer not only gave them their beloved daughter Hannah, it drew all three into a political spotlight they never expected.

Hundreds of thousands of frozen embryos exist, held in stasis because parents using in vitro fertilization have completed their families without them. When scientists discovered a way to extract stem cells from human embryos for disease research and cures, those tiny lives were suddenly at risk. And Hannah, just a few months after this discovery, became the first human face of the growing resistance to this new science. In the first few years of her life, she not only sparked other parents to adopt their own "snowflake babies," but she also inspired the first frozen embryo adoption program, featured on Focus on the Family (getting a new godfather in Dr. Dobson), attended her mother's testimony in Congress, and stood at President Bush's side as he vetoed federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

This compelling story unfolds at the intersection of faith and family, science and politics. Pro-life Christians, those who have experienced infertility or know those who have, and anyone concerned with where science can lead when moral and ethical concerns are ignored will welcome this book--and the sweet face of the baby who might never have been born.

Pick up your copy here...

John Strege is the author of seven books, two of them New York Times bestsellers -- "Tiger: A Biography of Tiger Woods" and "18 Holes with Bing: Golf, Life, and Lessons with Dad," co-authored with Bing Crosby’s son Nathaniel. Another book, "When War Played Through: Golf During World War II," won the United States Golf Association’s Herbert Warren Wind Book Award in 2005. John has worked for Golf Digest magazine for more than 20 years. He and his wife Marlene live in San Diego County with their daughter Hannah. 

My Thoughts...
This was one of the hardest books that I have read. After losing my only child, I have longed for a child of my own again so this was a really hard book for me.
I learned so much about "Snowflake" babies from reading this book.
This family is an extraordinary family and what they have is an Angel.
I am in full of  hope and adoration, this is a book all my friends going through infertility issues need to read. 
I recommend this 4 star read and plan to reread it when I am in a better place.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.


  1. If I was younger I would gladly have a baby for you Mary.

  2. I need to read this, this is a topic we all need to learn about.

  3. Thankful to this family for sharing their story with us.