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Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic Paperback – August 2, 2011
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Focusing primarily on the pregnancy but floating back and forth between the present and recent and distant past, Martha Beck's well-written, down-to-earth, funny, heart-rending, and tender book transcends the cloying tone of much spiritual literature. Beck is trained as a methodical academician. Because of her step-by-step explanation of her own progress from doubt to belief, she feels like a reliable witness, and even the most skeptical readers may begin to doubt their senses. When she describes an out-of-body experience, we, too, feel ourselves transported to a pungent, noisy hawker center in Singapore. We, too, feel calming, invisible, supporting hands when she falls. Yet, whether or not readers believe in Beck's experiences is ultimately a moot point. There is no doubt that Adam--a boy who sees the world as a series of connections between people who love each other--is a tremendous gift to Beck, her family, and all who have the honor of knowing him. --Ericka Lutz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Like many mothers of exceptional children I've known, Martha has touched on the one theme most of us feel reluctant to talk about--that our lives are peppered with unexplainable, prescient experiences that served to pave our way towards accepting a child that a highly educated world often believes is less than worthy of a chance at life.
Because Ms. Beck's Harvard Education and academic's resume brings the reader into a metaphycial journey towards coming to accept Adam through a skeptics eyes, her story seems more credible than that of the average person who sits down to write a book that says "oh, but my child is so much more than what he seems."
Martha's tale is as convincing as it is spellbinding. Her range as a writer is vast--she is both a comedian and an accomplished dramatist.
Expecting Adam hits its intended mark. It reminds us that every child comes into this world for reasons that often lay beyond the realm of human reckoning. It offers proof that all lives have purpose, meaning and dignity. On top of all this, Expecting Adam offers the reader the benefit of an excellent writer.
As the mother of two boys with autism, one who "came back" and one who "didn't", I commend this writer for sharing her story.
Ms. Beck's experiences felt universal to me, and true in a way I can't begin to put into words.
When I look into my children's eyes, I understand without reservation that nothing is left to chance. Like Ms. Beck, I feel both humbled and awed by the opportunity to mother children like mine.
It is impossible to read "Expecting Adam", and fail to see that every life has meaning and dignity.
For all things, there is a season...
Now for the bad news: the author of Expecting Adam, Martha Beck, is a highly questionable source of "non-fiction."
Just as Martha has those weird Japanese puppets whispering sweet nothings in her ear, I also have a keen sense of intuition that speaks to me. Somewhere around the scene of the apartment fire, it began tapping me on the shoulder and blurting out uncomfortable adjectives like paranoid, negligent, self-important, histrionic, and exaggerated. I was enjoying the book too much to be bothered with my pesky intuition. By the time I reached the last page, my intuition had become downright rude, tossing around unkind observations such as opportunistic and delusional. The words "ulterior motive" seemed to flash before my eyes.
It wasn't until I did some research on Martha Beck (the real and true Martha Beck of shared reality) that my intuition really started name calling.
Maybe my intuition is a bit harsh. Martha may not be a liar and she may not be crazy (two words that I will admit crossed my mind), but she certainly misrepresented herself and her marriage in this book.Read more ›
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What an experience! How interesting that she was so open to widening her horizons like this. And she tells it well, making even the heart-wrenching parts amusing.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really, really like this book. As a mother to a special needs child, it really hits home to me. I have read it twice now. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Kiki
A heartfelt journey through the emotional challenges a family faces with the devastating news of the upcoming birth of a disabled child. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jen525
I bought it to read a second time after I lost the first copy a few years ago. Was just as awesome on the second read as it was on the first.Published 4 months ago by Maria Ruggles
A friend recommended this book 2 years ago, but I have forgotten to get it. This weekend I ask "the universe" to give me an expected blessing, and this book showed up in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Buffy LaVeigne
I have read most of Martha Beck's books, but this one is probably my favorite. It is personal, fascinating and an amazing story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by cami c
An awesome book from a mother's perspective. Definitely puts everything into perspective for the average reader.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer