- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Hale Publishing (June 19, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983307571
- ISBN-13: 978-0983307570
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,457,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Passionate Journey: My Unexpected Life Paperback – June 19, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
With fellow radicals Marian reduced the world's GDP more effectively than any terrorist or communist organization. Yet they did it by bringing life to the world, not death.
Her autobiography, Passionate Journey: My Unexpected Life talks about a woman who was my some measures very ordinary. She loved being a mother and had seven children, not unusual for the 1950s and 1960s. She did distinguish herself by breastfeeding all her children, by having all the births of her children after the first three at home and by not using physical punishment. This was unusual, but not extraordinary.
When she formed a breastfeeding support group with her neighbors she was being different, but she was probably not the first. When she agreed to be president of this small group it still seemed like nothing of note outside her community.
What was different was that this group, subversively called La Leche League ("The Milk" in Spanish, avoiding the use of the forbidden word "breast"), exploded as hundreds, and then thousands, and then millions of women hungered for more information about feeding their infants naturally despite the fact that most information publicly available on infant feediing at the time was controlled by infant formula manufacturers. These were the years where the only acceptable place in public for breastfeeding was a toilet and where the word itself was as unlikely to be heard in the media as the F-word.Read more ›
Linda J. Smith, Dayton OH
The way that she carried herself with such grace in formal situations, knowing that she represented breastfeeding mothers who are always the real experts, is incredibly inspiring to me. Like Ghandi and Dr. Martin Luther King, she has a rare combination of humility and conviction that has transformed the world. She exemplifies the adage that a worldwide movement starts with just a single person with a full heart.
The only real criticism I have of the book is that I don't think it was laid out well (which I know is not anything the writers had any control over). I DID like the quality of the paper, the cover, and the fonts that were used for the titles, but the font size used in the main text was too small, the margins too narrow, and the space between paragraphs strange. I also found quite a few typos, which was surprising in a professional publication.
More importantly, I have seen next to no promotion of this important book in breastfeeding and natural parenting circles. I think Hale Publishing is seriously dropping the ball on promoting the book. They have such a rare opportunity to promote a book about a living legend. Marian is beloved by so many. This book would sell like hotcakes to all those in the breastfeeding/natural parenting world IF PEOPLE KNEW IT EXISTED!!!!
But it's a wonderful book about a wonderful woman. I encourage all of Marian's fans to purchase and read this book. Prepare to be inspired!
_Passionate Journey_ is written in an easy to read, flowing fashion. I felt like I was sitting down to tea with Marian Tompson and Melissa Vickers as they told the story. Thank you for the beautiful story of love and passion, M & M.
I'm in the last chapter of Marian Tompson's new memoir, called 'Passionate Journey: My Unexpected Life', and feeling so sorry it's almost over, that I intend to read it all over again!
There are so many things we take for granted now that were ushered in by this amazing, unassuming woman, simply sticking up for her right to enjoy her children.
A housewife and adoring mother who has done so much and traveled to so many places, met --and influenced-- so many people in influential positions, I think anyone would be surprised to live such a life. Expect to see photos of Marian posing with (or receiving a hug from) Gladys Knight, Ed Asner, Dr. Spock, Phil Donahue, and Princess Grace, and read how Walter Cronkite really blew it!
Here is a woman who ALWAYS errs on the side of kindness. She is polite, honest, determined, un-jaded, almost unflappable, and has a wonderful sense of humor. She is not above laughing at herself and some of the predicaments her travels and speaking engagements have presented, like counting stops on a small plane, as if it were a bus ride, and being brought to a communal bath on her very first day in Japan. She also shares about her beloved husband, Tom, their home life, their children, and their parting at Tom's untimely death. You'll laugh. You'll weep. You'll wonder how all this could really happen to a woman who is really an average citizen, and you'll be amazed at how she has influenced the medical community, government policy, WHO and UNICEF recommendations, by being polite, honest and determined.
I have had the honor of providing hospitality to Marian, and have heard many of these stories (and several more!) at my own kitchen table.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Marian Tompson has been an inspiration to thousands the world over for several decades, and including an inspiration to us and our family. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gutenberg Richter Pubns (Consignment)
Love this book about this very inspirational woman who has helped improve many lives. Love reading about her journey written in her gentle, humble style.Published on June 19, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Passionate Journey is just that ... passionate. And an unexpected life, of course. Few people know what their life will hold but when faced with something you have the choice to do... Read morePublished on July 6, 2012 by OtherWyse
but I'll try. Yes, Mrs. Tompson has had an unexpected life and her journey has been passionate. No one can do important - yea, seminal - work without passion. Read morePublished on February 26, 2012 by Thistle Brown
I personally have known Marian for about 40 years. Her story is most amazing and down to earth just as she is. She has had a wonderful lifetime serving others.Published on February 9, 2012 by outadate
Marian Tompson is one of the greatest women of today - a mother, a wife, a genius, a pioneer, a revolutionary, a visionary, and a dissident all rolled in one. Read morePublished on October 27, 2011 by Natalie Wilson
Passionate Journey is an exceptional book about an exceptional woman. When I think that one person cannot make a difference, I go to my library shelf and pick up this book. Read morePublished on October 8, 2011 by Linda Hayes