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Swimming in Circles: A Baby Chase Odyssey Paperback – April 4, 2011
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Michael Barr lives in the Pacific Northwest among a throng of beer-loving individuals, and as a result, he lives a particularly content life. He does three things every day: laughs heartily, tells his wife he loves her, and seriously considers therapy.
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But this is more than just a book about infertility. It is a love story. A story about a man's love for his wife and his future children. From the detailed description of the day he met his wife, to the heartbreaking talk with God begging to be given the gift of a long-desired, and hard worked for baby, Mr. Barr takes you into his life and his heart and his soul. It is refreshing to see a book so open and honest about a topic that many men suffer with silently.
This book is for anyone who has struggled with infertility. It is a book for anyone who knows anyone who has struggled with infertility. It is a book for anyone who has a family of their own. It is a book for anyone who has a heart. Everyone has something to gain from Mr. Barr's story. I hope to see more work from him in the future.
Into that yawning void steps Michael Barr with "Swimming in Circles." This is not an informational book; it is a personal one. And it is an excellent one. Barr's writing is compelling as he tells the story of the rollercoaster that he and his wife Kiersten faced in their quest to start a family of their own. You'll laugh out loud as his sarcastic wit shines through on the page, but you'll ache along with them when hope-filled highs are followed by devastating lows. Throw in a healthy sprinkling of truth-stranger-than-fiction twists, and the end result is a brilliantly told tale that's well worth reading even if you never face infertility at all.
For men (like me) who are faced with the diagnosis of male infertility, this book is an invaluable resource. Stereotypically, men don't talk about their emotions, and they certainly don't talk about infertility, but the result is that the millions of men out there fighting this battle are left feeling very, very alone. Barr's story shows those men that they are not alone after all, and there is hope to be found in fighting what can often seem like a hopeless, endless war. For those men, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. For the women who love those men, I recommend it just as highly, as it should help you understand what your men are thinking and feeling.
Major props to Michael for being willing to share such a deeply personal struggle for himself and his wife. Five stars all the way.
Michael Barr has a delightful way with words -- and I didn't feel like I was reading just another book about infertility. In talking to other colleagues who too have read his book we have all felt like this was indeed a love story of sorts. He loves his wife so very much, and how much he's going to love his children. The vulnerability Michael shares with us is utterly amazing and at times heart wrenching. I think the part of the book that spoke to me and made me cry was his talk he had with God and how he begged to be given a baby. I can't tell you how many times over the past 16 years my husband and I were trying so very hard to have a baby that I was on my knees literally begging God for a child.
Men often suffer silently regarding infertility and to see someone be so open and honest about the struggles through infertility is bound to give the reader hope. I think this books is for anyone who is on the trek through the jungle of infertility or who has struggled with infertility. I can't wait for his next book, I think there's a lot of insight with this book, and I think that men and women, young and old, are going to love this book.
Thank you for taking the time to write this long awaited book Mr. Barr -- You have two thumbs up from Parents Via Egg Donation.