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Pregmancy: A Dad, A Little Dude, and a Due Date Paperback – March 31, 2012
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—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
He's a dad of two, husband to Rev. Amy Piatt, an antagonist and a God nerd.
More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Since I have no children of my own and no plans to have any, I can't quite put myself in the author's shoes. Read morePublished 20 months ago by C S Jones
Christian's a voice for those of raised in this post-modern experiential GenX/Y environments, it's difficult to feel as a parent that matters. Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by That Guy
I was interested in checking out this book since I'm about to become a dad. I really enjoyed the book. Read morePublished on June 9, 2013 by K. Freeman
Not gonna lie, this book was pretty darn hilarious; it's the misadventures of a Dad and a Dad to be. Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by BattleBornNV
Rarely have I read a book and laughed out loud so often! The writing is gracious, the author self-deprecating in the best sense by which he holds a mirror to his experience for the... Read morePublished on October 14, 2012 by Andrew Taylor-Troutman
I heard about this book about 9 months before it came out. I wish it was available sooner. What the book is a riotously funny, masculine, realistic look at what it means to be an... Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by Clint Walker
Christian Piatt is an author, editor, speaker, musician and spoken word artist. He co-founded Milagro Christian Church in Pueblo, Colorado with his wife, Amy. Read morePublished on May 25, 2012 by David Kenney