What bothers me is the disingenuous way Beck describes the supernatural. Read the book on paper - it is quite a powerful experience. They'd plotted out a future in the most vaunted ivory tower of academe. I wish I knew Adam and his family--and of course I do. The Becks do pray for a miracle, especially towards the final days of pregnancy. She is trying to give herself the credit instead of just admitting the values she grew up with in her family and religious community were very good.
And by the way, that other book of hers wasn't nearly as bad as everyone says. From the moment Martha and her husband, John, accidentally conceived their second child, all hell broke loose. She once was self-absorbed and obsessed with academic prestige, like everyone sic around her. Its contradictory nature made it more of a garbage book Although Martha Beck has some writing talent and this book is in some ways a very interesting read, the drawbacks make it more of a one or two star read. How did your interpretation of the title change while reading the story? The book is funny, easy to read, and sometimes hard to put down. In fact, this book is about matters so important and yet so totally way-out that I would accept no one but a comic genius with seven years at Harvard under her belt telling me about them.
Its biggest appeal to me, however, lay in the outlandish descriptions of spiritual encounters that, despite their unusual nature, closely match some of my own. The thing is, I thought it was about a lady who had a baby with Down Syndrome. Martha Beck made me think hard about many things. Anyone considering having a child should have to read this book. Pregnancy brings with it an array of unpleasant physical symptoms that go far beyond simple morning sickness, but also a number of wonderful, unexplainable, otherwordly occurences. She is so clearly confused about herself and her family, that I felt uncomfortable reading the book, despite its redeeming qualities. Who the hell are you?? Then, when their unborn son, Adam, was diagnosed with Down syndrome, doctors, advisers, and friends in the Harvard community warned them that if they decided to keep the baby, they would lose all hope of achieving their carefully crafted goals.
If Expecting Adam raises suspicions among more rational readers that Martha Beck is slightly crazy, it raised my hopes that I'd catch it from her. Every day is a struggle for Martha and for John during the weeks that he is at Harvard, but they manage—barely. Baby talk is found in all nations, all cultures; it is the original Mother Tongue. This book was recommended to me as a wonderful read, filled with spiritual strength. Fortunately, that's exactly what happened. This is hands-down one of my favorite books of all times. In reality, it's the story of a woman's fall from truth and grace.
It's a memoir of Martha Beck's spiritual struggle as she gives birth to a son with Down Syndrome. I have discovered that many of the things I thought were priceless are as cheap as costume jewelry, and much of what I labeled worthless was, all the time, filled with the kidn of beauty that directly nourishes my soul. They'd plotted out a future in the most vaunted ivory tower of academe. I have to strip off all that comforting armor and go on naked. I kept telling myself I wasn't going to finish reading the book but I kept going back in hopes that she would wise up. I think that's maybe one reason we screen out so much loveliness. It hides within these, till one day it cracks them open.
There is no doubt that Adam--a boy who sees the world as a series of connections between people who love each other--is a tremendous gift to Beck, her family, and all who have the honor of knowing him. Beck is a gifted writer. I could go on and on, but you got to read the book and then we can really discuss this one! But anyway, the blurbs and jacket cover are misleading, so I'm adding to the reviews that attempt to give a clearer picture of what is going on in this book. I e-mailed her that after reading this to tell her that I actually feel bad for her that she went to Harvard. My mom always chose the donut. . Martha was violently ill during her first pregnancy, too, but this one is different.
On top of the stress of a difficult pregnancy Beck's descriptions of her morning sickness makes mine seem like a cake walk! As a parent of a child with special needs actually Daniel was born in the same month and year as the child in this story I know that this term was not appropriate way back in 1988. Gave me an amazing sense of A fantastic, poignant, funny, moving memoir from Martha Beck, one of my all time favorite authors. By the way, both she and her husband were studying for PhDs at Harvard during this time. Toward the end of the story, Martha revealed her frustrations with pro-life groups, specifically the ownership desired of her story to support their movement. We regularly check this is a fully automatic process the availability of servers, the links to which we offer you.
Does the electronic version of the book completely replace the paper version? You want the whole pan of brownies. By the way, both she and her husband were studying for PhDs at Harvard during this time. In addition to being an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, she has been nominated multiple times for a prestigious Audie Award, including for Good-bye and Amen by Beth Gutcheon. That's Martha Beck: funny, companionable, razor-sharp, down-to-earth, and onto the Big Secrets of Life Itself. It had weighed so heavily on my mind that I took the next year off from Harvard and read a lot of Western philosophy, from the pre-Socratics to the postmodernists.
What makes this book beautiful is that she doesn't push her interpretations onto you. I've heard it all several times before, so I'm going to ignore any comments that point this out to me. When I finished, I had to confess my disillusionment to those who recommended it to me. This small masterpiece is Martha Beck's own story--of leaving behind the life of a stressed-out superachiever, opening herself to things she'd never dared consider, meeting her son for maybe the first time. Martha Beck and her huband are both caught up in the world of academa at Harvard University and find themselves expecting their second child, only to discover he has Down Syndrome. And when she learned her unborn son had Down syndrome, she battled nearly everyone over her decision to continue the pregnancy. She finds out much, much later, even years later, that John had similar experiences.
In spite of it being a one plus or two minus star read, I admit I was wanting to know what would happen next and read it quickly. I will be thinking about this book for a long time. It is a quality of attention to ordinary life that is so loving and intimate it is almost worship. Focusing primarily on the pregnancy but floating back and forth between the present and recent and distant past, Martha Beck's well-written, down-to-earth, funny, heart-rending, and tender book transcends the cloying tone of much spiritual literature. The first time John went to Asia, leaving Martha alone, she had such a bad spell of morning sickness that she could hardly move. From the moment I opened to it's first page until it's last it captured me and all still I wanted more. Martha Beck is a celebrant skeptics can trust.