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"Christian Piatt's book is a bit like a baby itself: It's surprising, funny, lovable, and just a little bit gross."
—A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically (ajjacobs.com)

“The thing that makes reading Christian Piatt’s PregMANcy so enjoyable is that he just tells it like it is. This is not a work of ‘rationalization.’ This is exactly what a new father feels in excruciating and hilarious accuracy. Employing a laugh-out-loud vocabulary, Piatt leads us through all the pains and, ultimately, joys of fatherhood.”
—Landon Whitsitt, author of Open Source Church


“Not only does PregMANcy chronicle a crucial piece of Christian Piatt’s personal history, it also guides us in the transforming role of fathers in our society. With the cultural acuity of Chuck Klosterman and the spiritual vulnerability of Anne Lamott, Piatt points to a dad’s great capacity to juggle, love, and fret. He has the unique ability to lead us into a deep exploration of the emotional and physical discharges of life, and keep us laughing as we come up out of it.”
—Carol Howard Merritt, author of Tribal Church


“A laugh-out-loud journey, PregMANcy is an honest, real look into the minds and hearts of new fathers. This book isn’t just for dads. Moms and any parents-to-be will also love this book because it’s packed with stories that hit the raw, funny places where we all really live.”
—Kathy Escobar, author of Down We Go: Living into the Wild Ways of Jesus


“PregMANcy is a funny, charming, intelligent memoir. With honest hilarity, Christian Piatt’s journey toward baby number two will delight and encourage dads and moms of all varieties.”
—Matthew Paul Turner, author of Churched

“I have certain expectations when I start a book by Christian Piatt: that it will be hilarious, thoughtful, and a little bit rebellious. PregMANcy fulfills those expectations and then some. Piatt is an excellent writer and an even better dad, and this is as engaging a fatherhood book as I’ve ever read.”
—Jason Boyett, author of O Me of Little Faith and the Pocket Guide series of books

"Raising children is not easy, so moms and dads need to find a way to laugh at their chaotic lives in order to remain sane. Fortunately, Piatt (Banned Questions About the Bible), a popular author and commentator on contemporary Christianity, has mastered the art of self-deprecating parent humor. Facing their second pregnancy, the author and his wife begin to adjust their lives to welcome a sibling for their toddler son, whose energy wears them out almost daily. While serious about his faith, Piatt is refreshingly irreverent and never attempts to candy-coat the gritty and authentic aspects of life, from sex to arguments with one's spouse to changing diapers and cleaning up vomit. This is not only a memoir of pregnancy, but it is also a splendid guide for parents who may feel at times that their life challenges are insurmountable. The spiritual discourse flows naturally--nothing is forced or artificial. Piatt offers a gracious service by recounting how he and his wife mange to stay somewhat grounded while taking the crazy leap into parenthood for the second time. Regardless of faith background, novice and veteran parents alike will find consolation and a lot of laughs."
Publishers Weekly, May 2012

About the Author

Christian Piatt is a managing editor for PULP, an independent alt-monthly publication for southern Colorado; a musician, spoken word artist, and co-founder of Milagro Christian Church in Pueblo, Colorado; co-creator and co-editor of the WTF? (Where's the Faith?) book series; contributor for Huffington Post and Red Letter Christians; blogger on Patheos; creator and editor of the Banned Questions book series; and author of several other books.

He's a dad of two, husband to Rev. Amy Piatt, an antagonist and a God nerd.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chalice Press (March 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082723032X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0827230323
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,581,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've authored and edited several books, mostly in the areas of faith and culture, young adult spirituality and emerging church. My latest book, with Jericho/Hachette, is "POSTCHRISTIAN: What's left? Can we fix it? Do we care?" came out in August, 2014. My first novel, "BLOOD DOCTRINE," came out in May, 2014, and my humorous memoir about the dad's perspective of pregnancy and childbirth is called "PREGMANCY."

I created and edited the BANNED QUESTIONS book series, which includes, BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIBLE, BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT JESUS and BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT CHRISTIANS.

I WAS series co-editor for a series of books with Chalice Press known as the WTF? (Where's the Faith) Series, which are aimed at the interests and faith of young adults. The first book, OH GOD, OH GOD, OH GOD!, looks at faith an sexuality, and SPLIT TICKET is the second book in the series (co-edited by me, Brandon Gilvin and Amy Gopp), which talks about the intersections of faith and politics. There are several others in the WTF series.

I co-authored a book on young adult spirituality with my wife, Amy Piatt, called MYSPACE TO SACRED SPACE, and my first book, LOST: A SEARCH FOR MEANING is about the theological symbols and underlying themes in the hit TV show, LOST.

I speak nationally about diversity and justice issues in the church and our communities, young adult faith, emerging church and faith & technology. for more about me, my books, blog, podcast and videos, check out www.christianpiatt.com.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dad Reader on May 4, 2012
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As a father of 2 wonderful daughters the conflict was always there. I could describe the emotions of having our first child and then discovering the second was on the way. Christian "nails it" with whole hearted truth as the growth of my two children. This is not only a fantastic book to read, but I can relate to it on so many levels. It is a great way to reflect and smile along the way. Thank you for this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin on February 4, 2013
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I don't have kids. Even more, I'm rather ambivalent about the entire idea of having kids. So you might ask: what am I doing reading, much less reviewing, a book about pregnancy and fatherhood?

To be honest, I don't know, but I'm glad I did.

In his memoir-cum-parenting book, PregMANcy, author Christian Piatt mines his personal relationships as well as his own psyche to explore issues of fatherhood, parenting, childhood, fear, faith, love, and marriage all wrapped within the narrative cocoon of his wife's pregnancy with the couple's second child.

When I started the book, I expected the pregnancy to take center stage. However, I was surprised to find that other than a few particular areas, the opening chapter and (spoilers!) the birth of the baby, the pregnancy was used a more of a narrative frame. This framing gives the story a distinct beginning, middle and end, the book is even divided into trimesters, and propels the reader through the book on the waves of a narrative.

However, even though this book contains a narrative, and an interesting one at that, it is not a book about a narrative. This is a book about relationships and fear and how love overcomes fear.

The central relationship in this book is one of fathers and sons, in particular Christian and his son Mattias, but also Christian's relationship to his own father and his own past.

Piatt represents his relationship with his son as one filled with tenderness, love, and pride. When his
son asks a direct question, he typically receives a direct, honest answer even if that answer leads to more awkward questions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Tate on May 5, 2012
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As a father of two sons, I can relate to the anecdotes, the stories, the worries, and the mishaps that added so much to this book. However, in between the humorous tales that kept me in stitches, I appreciated how insightful Mr. Piatt was in analyzing why men act the way they do, why they say things the way they do, and why they feel the way they while their wives are pregnant. What a wonderful read all around!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dean Krakel on May 20, 2012
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I had no idea what to expect when I picked up Pregmancy. I was dubious having never read any of Christian's work. I'm not a Christian in the church going sense and frankly I expected to be put off by all the "God" stuff that I thought the book would contain. What a wonderful surprise Pregmancy is! This is a book that reaches across all lines and faiths right into the good stuff of life that knows no denominatons. It's an honest look at relationships, sex, parenting, parents, faith....life....just a wonderful wonderful book about the realities of being married and having children. There are parts of Pegmancy that are tender, parts that are serious and there are parts that are sad but most of this book is laugh out loud funny. It's so funny I didn't want it to end but it did and it ended the same night that I started reading it because I didn't want to put it down.

Nice work!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Brendle on May 7, 2012
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This book is laugh-out-loud funny, grab-a-tissue touching, and make-you-think deep, sometimes by turns, and sometimes all at the same time. It's open and honest and sometimes so candid you'll want to say Oh, TMI! But you won't, because you'll want to keep reading. And ladies, there are moments of sweet revenge, like the chapter about Christian's vasectomy. It feels like a settling of the score for the indignities suffered on the OB/GYN table. Great read, Christian. Looking forward to the next one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Penny Fletcher on May 6, 2012
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I don't know when I've seen this subject written in such an interesting- yet true -male perspective. As someone who had four babies in five years in the late '60s, I know men were then encouraged to have as little as possible to do with a wife's pregnancy. On one occasion, my husband attended a movie (in a nearby theater!) while I gave birth. Christian's unique way with words describes the feelings and actions of so many men, who before this, were probably afraid to even be associated with any part of the pregnancy except the sex act itself. Onward and upward Christian. Speak for the real men who have compassion, love and good sense!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Ackerman on August 27, 2013
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I have to admit, I approached reading Christian Piatt's "Pregmancy: A Dad, a Little Dude, and a Due Date" with mixed feelings. On the one hand, I wanted to read it because Christian wrote it. I read his "Banned Questions about the Bible", which was very good, but because it contained the work of a variety of scholars, there was not as much writing that was originally his. What I thought was lacking in the one, though, was made up for in spades by the other. I definitely learned a lot about him by reading this book! But that leads me to the part that made me reticent about beginning it.

As a childless man in his mid-forties, reading a book about another man's experiences going through his wife's pregnancy would just not be front-burner reading material for me. It's kind of like a guy with badly injured legs reading a book called "The Joy of Running." Yeah, I'm sure it's great and all, but... it's a little bit like salt in the wound.

But as I read the book, I realized that Christian knew a thing or two about salt, too (and I'm not talking about his language, either!). I learned about wounds that he faced in his life that people threw salt in, and I profoundly empathized with him. I also saw the kind of good salt in him that the gospels talk about. I laughed out loud and my eyes welled with tears. This book made me feel a lot of things, and I guess when you get right down to it, that's the kind of stuff that makes for a damn good book.

So take it from me, the kind of guy who would be least likely to read or recommend a book like this. Read it. Christian Piatt is an outstanding writer and you'll find your time will be well spent getting to know him and his family through these pages.
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