I was disappointed in the presentation of this book - it seems to have been written for upper-class, predominantly white, heterosexual couples only .....moreI was disappointed in the presentation of this book - it seems to have been written for upper-class, predominantly white, heterosexual couples only ... which really counts out huge segments of the population. It mentions things about being overweight or underweight, but all the pictures are of perfectly healthy individuals. And the only mention of LGBT anything is under "Lifestyle Choices" in the "Risks" section, saying that it's a risk if you have a bisexual partner.
I'm a lesbian planning on naturally conceiving a child, talking with my partner and my chosen donor and his spouse about all conception issues ... people like us should be included in books like these.
The only good information I got out of this were some suggestions for herbal teas "said to increase fertility," to drink 8 glasses of water a day, and to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Basically ... be healthy ... and you'll be more fertile ...(less)
This was a very excellent read. I was always annoyed when my Mom would read parenting books while I was growing up, but I'm really getting into readin...moreThis was a very excellent read. I was always annoyed when my Mom would read parenting books while I was growing up, but I'm really getting into reading "parenting books" now that I'm planning on having kids of my own!
This one relates awesomely inspiring real-life occasions of families and kids standing up to violence and making the world a better place to live. Very educational, with so many great tips about what to do when confronted with pain, death, disease, bullying, and even hate crimes and drugs and gangs.(less)
I've read this book cover to cover at least 5 times throughout my life. I'm currently reading it for the 6th time, and the first since no longer being...moreI've read this book cover to cover at least 5 times throughout my life. I'm currently reading it for the 6th time, and the first since no longer being LDS. It makes me want to read the King James Version of The Bible again, because so much of it is lifted from or influenced by that book, and I would like to compare the messages. I only give this book 2 stars because it's premise is a lie.
The book is put forward as "truth" but the Native Americans have been genetically proven to not have come from Jerusalem. There is also NO archeological evidence for the animals and plants specifically mentioned in the book being in the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in the 18th century, and The Book of Mormon clearly claims those animals and plants were brought to the Americas in or around 600 B.C. If those things were here, we would have scientific evidence of their presence. The book was very apparently not sent as revelation from any heavenly beings, which the Introductory messages claim it to been. It was written by white, Christian males in the 19th century.
I would only recommend it to people studying religion or history, because the beginning of the LDS church and all of the religions that have branched from that church since this book was published is quite an interesting piece of American History - becoming world history - and I think it only right for the truth to be well known in relation to this book.(less)
This book is INCREDIBLE. I want it more than I want most books - because I want to mark it up, and, even more importantly, make notes in the margins/o...moreThis book is INCREDIBLE. I want it more than I want most books - because I want to mark it up, and, even more importantly, make notes in the margins/on sticky notes stuck throughout it about how it relates to how I'm currently teaching English to a speaker from the Dominican Republic. But it's $50!? No matter where I look! I can't believe it's so much . . . (less)
This book made me simultaneously happy and depressed. The writing was more beautiful and original, fresh and real, than I can describe. A memoir about...moreThis book made me simultaneously happy and depressed. The writing was more beautiful and original, fresh and real, than I can describe. A memoir about a girl born in China who moves to America when five years old - a story about her family, immigrant life, cultural differences, languages. I can't stop thinking about it. It will stay with me forever.
Excerpts I love:
". . . as an American I continue to lie if I perpetuate the myth of a classless, integrated America."
"I wanted to tell my family that I have not forgotten. And although she can't read the words, I sent my mother several copies. She called recently to tell me that she'd received them. "I only recognize one word," she said, and pronounced very carefully, in English, "daugh-ter."
"I can only express certain types of hunger in Chinese."
"If I followed style manuals and transliterated according to accepted academic standards, I would destroy everything that is precious to me about the Chinese language - the urgency, the intimacy, the multiplicity of meaning that memory imparts."
"varying shades of gray, dove to slate"
"On Tuesdays I breezed through school. On Tuesdays, the children's laughter didn't hurt. For the rest of my life, I will awake on Tuesdays expectantly, before consciousness hits and I realize that I have grown up."
"I had no choice - I resigned myself to second grade."
"Donna had delicate, papery skin that looked like sleep had not quite been scrubbed from it."
"Because what was the point of having the most important job in the country, if you were only going to get in trouble and let a roomful of first graders vote to put you in jail?" (referring to the day her teacher told the class President Nixon "had done something bad")
"To me, church and Mother were like math and spelling, two different parts of truth."(less)
This book has excellent excerpts and if I had nothing better to do I would love devouring the mountain of research and information that must have gone...moreThis book has excellent excerpts and if I had nothing better to do I would love devouring the mountain of research and information that must have gone into creating it. However the topic - WHY Christians are misinformed - just isn't relevant to my life as an Atheist. I gave it just over 50 pages and I'm ready to move onto re-reading The Blind Watchmaker. Apologetics just aren't my thing. The field to me seems to comprise of circular arguments that are never going to convince "one side" or "the other." Why can't we just focus more on commonalities than on why we all disagree? (less)
The first time I read this book I read it fairly quickly, enjoying that it was well-written and fairly accessible to an every-day reader. However by t...moreThe first time I read this book I read it fairly quickly, enjoying that it was well-written and fairly accessible to an every-day reader. However by the end of it, I wasn't able to recount anything from it! All-in-all the subject matter was very scientific, and although Richard Dawkins is a highly talented writer and can speak to an every-day audience, he still is a biologist and the topic of the book made for very dense reading. I'm glad to be reading it a second time, with highlighter in hand!(less)
This is an amazingly beautiful book, aesthetically. Soft-bound and almost pocket-size. It gives me pleasure to merely hold it. It was a gift from my M...moreThis is an amazingly beautiful book, aesthetically. Soft-bound and almost pocket-size. It gives me pleasure to merely hold it. It was a gift from my Mother and Step-Father when I was in high school. It is the French version of the Christian Bible. I wasn't able to read it in high school, but have started recently and it is quite the endeavor. I am mostly appalled by the content. It all seems so new and unexpected, when read in a language I've never read it in before - even though I know I've heard all the stories before. It's raw and disturbing, but I hope to complete the journey. It's an educational endeavor for me.(less)