- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1482079828
- ISBN-13: 978-1482079821
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 150 customer reviews
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Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula Paperback – March 3, 2013
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"Philosophy, religion and love infuse this thoughtful set of observations." --Kirkus Reviews
“Amy Wright Glenn has written a remarkable book that I found very touching, reading it as I did when I was caring for my husband during the last weeks of his life. Because she's such a brave soul, I very much enjoyed her company as I journeyed deeper into that territory that had to be traveled.” --Ina May Gaskin, Midwife and Author of Spiritual Midwifery, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, and Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta
“Amy Wright Glenn has brought her own great sensitivity and heart to the portals where we enter and leave this life, and to the loving presence that is our source. Filled with a wisdom that touches into the great mystery, Birth, Breath, and Death is a poetic and beautiful reading experience.” --Tara Brach, Ph.D. Author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
“Amy Wright Glenn's collection of essays is filled with wisdom that arises from her own life journey as an esteemed high school teacher, inner-city hospital chaplain, birth doula, yoga teacher, daughter, wife, mother, and thoughtful, intuitive human being.” --Sharon Salzberg, Author of Real Happiness and Lovingkindness
"Birth, Breath, and Death is one extraordinary little book. I hope it will find its way into many, many hands: mothers-to-be, midwives, physicians, nurses, educators, doulas and healers of all kinds. Amy Wright Glenn writes about birth and birthing ourselves, as well as our babies. Five stars.” --Suzanne Arms, Director of Birthing The Future and Author of Immaculate Deception New York Times Best Book of the Year
“With her triple identity as yoga teacher, doula, and chaplain, Amy Wright Glenn brings a one-of-a-kind tenderness and empathy to her writing and she's not afraid to talk about the difficult parts of life.” -- Peggy O'Mara, Editor and Founder of peggyomara.com
“Tender, honest, and enlightening reflections on birth, death and what it means to be human. Highly recommended.” --Sarah Buckley, M.D., Author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering
“I found myself re-reading, lingering, pausing to think and to settle into the peace and love that pervades every word in this little but powerful book... She probably doesn't begin to consider herself A Teacher, but I would gladly sit at her feet and just soak up her inborn and learned wisdom.” --Peggy Vincent, Author of Baby Catcher
“Rarely is there a book that so deeply touches your soul and has you ponder, celebrate and reveal in life’s mysteries and connections. I smiled, prayed, cried and visioned as I shared Amy Wright Glenn's journey. Her message helped me search deeper into my own life purpose.” --Debra Pascali-Bonaro, Creator and Director of Orgasmic Birth, Chair of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization
“Through stories and personal narrative, Glenn creates an evocative search for meaning, suffusing readers with inspiration and hope for a better self and a better world.” --International Lactation Consultant Association®
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Amy explores this concept and makes you wish for someone a lovely as her to be with you and help you hold space whenever it's time for you to experience either of these life conditions.
We all want to be this good, to stay up in the middle of the night (as I know she did) and write one's life with a clear sense of self and other, present and past, cosmos and chaos. In many cases, the writing and rewriting of one's life can become the life itself, a wild and thought-provoking experiment (think: Capote), but one must appreciate all the work that Amy has done in her life in order to reach this point where unnecessary digressions can drift away and the author's life and voice may converge (and reemerge) in a sort of meditative cloak, one that can harness the power of past pains without making every experience fodder for self-indulgent, over-analysis. The book flows so beautifully with thematic continuity that it is hard to imagine she wrote a few paragraphs and ever deleted them, thinking, "No, not that. That's not what I want to say." Whether that happened or not, to me Amy's message--or mantra--is clear: LIVE. (Or as she quotes Campbell, "feel the rapture of being alive.")
If you liked "Blue Like Jazz" or "The Spiral Staircase," then you will love this book. If you want to appreciate the cinematic majesty of one woman's quest to find what modernity shrinks us away from, you will love this book. If you're human, just plain old human, you will love this book.
Her reservoirs of stories are rich, and one gets the feeling there are many more waiting to be told. Looking forward to a next book by this author.
Rosemary McCullough, Ph.D.
I loved reading every page. The book is well written, well organized, easy to follow, deeply engaging, and enchanting. I somehow feel close to her after reading this. If I ever met her I'd naturally want to hug her!