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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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I enjoyed Finding the Rainbow so much I wanted to continue with the story.
It is poignant, deeply moving and completely honest.
What a rocky road this young couple have traveled in the quest for their rainbow baby. Their strength and courage are admirable the way they kept fighting onwards despite setback after setback. I felt for them all the way through both of these books and I was willing Mother Nature to go their way. No-one should ever have to go through the pain and heartbreak that they have and it made me think of the injustice in the world where people who abuse children can have them as easy as falling off a log and people who would be the best parents have to go through this struggle. I won't give the outcome away so that readers can follow Rachel and her husband through all of the hurdles that beset them, just as I did.
It is very well written, honest and heartfelt in an open, conversational manner. What I also liked was the spacing in the format. It made it very easy on the eyes to read as I suffer from lots of severe headaches which makes reading difficult. This was lovely.
The book takes you through the second stage of the author’s struggle to become pregnant after four miscarriages (there’s a book that precedes it, but I didn’t feel I needed to read that to get through this, though I probably will). It’s told almost in blog form, with no hint of the outcome, and it had me on the edge of my seat throughout. In fiction you expect a certain ending — lovers united, a crime solved, the world saved — but real life doesn’t play by the same rules. It makes for a gripping read.
I was moved by Rachel’s strength in the face of such adversity, not to mention her good nature and generous attitude to others who seem to conceive and bear children so easily when she, through no fault of her own, struggled. I was with her every step of the way as she went through procedure after procedure, never giving up hope despite constant disappointment.
Given the nature of some of the descriptions, this is possibly more a book for women, especially those who have gone through the ups and downs of pregnancy and childbirth, than for men. But it kept me enthralled. I’m left in awe of Rachel, and I wish her well. She deserves it.
It is also tackling an issue that is sometimes dismissed all too easily and without real acknowledgement of how devastating the issue of miscarriage and infertility is.
The story is told with real determination and a likeability for Rachel. Biographical works have become somewhat dismissed because of the media's need to label them misery memoirs. This isn't he case for Rachel's story. There's something uplifting and heartwarming about how she embraces her situation but aims to change it without blowing through anybody else's joy at motherhood.
I really liked this and would recommend it to anybody who wants to read something with a real human interest.