One of our faves with a wonderful flow. It does gross me out just a little. One day my son purposefully stepped in bubble gum. I wonder if it was beca...moreOne of our faves with a wonderful flow. It does gross me out just a little. One day my son purposefully stepped in bubble gum. I wonder if it was because of this book! He always asks for it from the library. I love reading it aloud and the expressive performance it allows. (less)
Great rhythm, and his lair always looks irresistibly cozy. The only thing that bothers me is that he got lost only TEN FEET away from his home. Come o...moreGreat rhythm, and his lair always looks irresistibly cozy. The only thing that bothers me is that he got lost only TEN FEET away from his home. Come on; Bear is smarter than that. He would've seen it from that distance, even if scared!(less)
Dr. Alexander shares an interesting story, but it is not biblical. After I realized this, I did not return to it with any particular fervor, so I don'...moreDr. Alexander shares an interesting story, but it is not biblical. After I realized this, I did not return to it with any particular fervor, so I don't have all the points noted. The main thing is that he suggests that every person will experience a euphoric eternity after death, but that is not what the Bible teaches. Matthew 7:13-14 states, "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." (NIV)
I like that Alexander recognizes God as the Creator of all and the source of perfect love, but Jesus is the game-changer. This author does not discuss the savior except in the briefest passing (referencing a stained-glass window, I believe). John 14:6 tells us "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'" Basically, we have to believe in Jesus as the one and only savior to inherit eternal life in heaven. Many would like to believe that good-hearted people with good intentions go to paradise, but that is simply not what the true word of God (The Bible) says.
In the Bible, the angels also preexist humans, so one's previously deceased relative is not going to be his guardian angel. Heavenly tour guide, I don't know, but Alexander specifically calls his sister his angel. Another thing that bothers me is how he writes of his sister-in-law and friend in the acknowledgments, "I never could have returned without their individual loving efforts to bring me back to this world." While Alexander spends a large part of the book recognizing God's omnipotence, he doesn't believe he would've come back to Earth if it weren't for those women??
All in all, I do not know what to make of this man's experience. I'm glad that it incited him to believe in God and recognize Him as the source of life and love. Again, he, like all of us, still needs a relationship with Jesus to fully experience what God wants him to know. The details are off with what he is conveying. Further, I wasn't that wild about his writing, though I do understand that he concocted the book after a major brain trauma!
If you believe the Bible is truth, as I do, this story cannot be fully reconciled with it. Perhaps God did give Eben a glimpse of heaven, and I sincerely hope that it drives him to true faith as taught from God through His scripture. (less)
Seeing that I had a newborn when I read this, I didn't read it straight through cover to cover, but I do think I ended up reading almost all of it.
Wi...moreSeeing that I had a newborn when I read this, I didn't read it straight through cover to cover, but I do think I ended up reading almost all of it.
With my first child, we watched the video about these techniques in the hospital, which didn't seem to help all that much. Then again, he was a much more difficult baby than our newest addition! The book proved more helpful this time because it goes into greater detail and gives convincing logic for the techniques, motivating you to persist with them, even if they don't seem to help at first. I think Karp explains things well and he made me feel validated with struggles that are innate to the experience of having a newborn. It confirms that you really aren't an inept parent, but that certain challenges are just part of a baby's neurological adjustment, early on.
I recommend it and hope to read his toddler ideas, since the five S's did prove very valuable.(less)
My doula loaned this book to me and I found it so useful that I asked my husband to read a few of the chapters. Of course, a bit of it seems like comm...moreMy doula loaned this book to me and I found it so useful that I asked my husband to read a few of the chapters. Of course, a bit of it seems like common sense or you may have heard it before if you've studied birth at all or already had a baby in the hospital. Still, most was articulated well in a way I found motivating and helpful. I'm planning to go back and review a few sections if I have time before my baby comes!
Update: By the grace of God, I was successful in having a completely drug free birth in the hospital. :) One of the keys, as promoted in this book, is staying home as long as you can, without risking having your baby on the way. I was only in the hospital just over an hour before she made her debut. I also loved having a doula and only wish I had called her sooner in the labor to help me with the portion at home. Best wishes to other women who are desiring this. It isn't ideal, but there are so many advantages over the epidural. (less)
"Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic." These lines were my favorite part of this book. I went into...more"Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic." These lines were my favorite part of this book. I went into it thinking it would be primarily content I've heard or read before. Even if it was some of the same information, she put an insightful spin on it, but I learned a lot of new things as well. I must confess that I didn't read all the birth stories, since I have such a hard time finding time to read these days, but I maxed out my library renewals and absorbed almost all of it. Now I'm hoping I can remember the most useful lessons when I most need them. In a more perfect world, I would've taken notes, which I recommend to other readers to review before they go into labor. (less)
There is the expected usefulness of such a title, but my son and I also get a kick out of the cat paws in the pictures of raised hands. One of them lo...moreThere is the expected usefulness of such a title, but my son and I also get a kick out of the cat paws in the pictures of raised hands. One of them looks just like our cat's paw! Since he enjoys books so much, I think that ingesting the message while taking in a read has been more effective in this case than just our frequent parental blabberings. He used to swat at pictures of kids in other books, and now he'll usually stop and say, "No hit." It's encouraging to see that he's internalized the message! Oh, I also add that hands are for cleaning up when I read him this. There's no reason you can't promote two good messages with it! (less)
This past Sunday, I was having one of the happiest and best days I'd had in a while, and then I stopped and realized it was because I hadn't picked up...moreThis past Sunday, I was having one of the happiest and best days I'd had in a while, and then I stopped and realized it was because I hadn't picked up Gone Girl that day. I saw this on somebody's "To read" list and the description and reviews sounded interesting, so I asked my library to obtain it for me. Yes, it reeled me in and was engaging at first. The more it continued, the more sick and twisted it became, but by that point, I really wanted to know what happened.
There are certain words and themes that reiterate in every book and in this one they are "hate", "anger", "righteousness", "selfish", "killer", etc. If thinking about those things are how you want to spend hours of your life for a dissatisfying ending that doesn't even pay off, then check out this novel. I wish I had realized that it didn't matter how it played out if I couldn't stand the content on the way there. It made me feel heavy-hearted in spite of the fact that the narrators' minds were so repugnant that they didn't even seem believable. The narrators, Nick and Amy, don't just spew hatred at one another but toward almost everyone. There are so many overly harsh attacks of random characters in the book, that I couldn't imagine how the author could simply be voicing them without sharing some likemindedness with them. In fact, I imagined myself expressing negativity towards her book and she responding with one of the frequent derogatory and profane derisions she uses to describe females. It's discouraging to imagine her playing with the son she mentions, and then going and writing such a disgusting, demoralizing book. Even reading it and then playing with my child felt wrong.
I do not even feel like the ending wraps things up engagingly or well. It seems like it is supposed to be one of the outcomes we would least expect, yet it is just a letdown. Further, by that point, I disliked the characters so incredibly much that I didn't even care; I was just glad to be finished with this sour read that felt like it went on forever. (less)
I really enjoyed the first half or so, but after the New York trip, the pacing seemed off. The story unfolded so nicely at first, but then it was like...moreI really enjoyed the first half or so, but after the New York trip, the pacing seemed off. The story unfolded so nicely at first, but then it was like the author was trying to cram the rest of their lives into a span of the same length. When life episodes were explained in a more cursory fashion, I started feeling like I knew Cora less, and then the story wasn't as interesting. The narrator, Elizabeth McGovern, did an amazing job, leaving me once again wondering how I would've regarded the book differently if I were reading it on the page. It was a delight to "read" a work of fiction again after so long. (less)