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Expecting Adam by Martha N. Beck
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Sep 10, 2007

it was amazing

Oddly enough, another one of my all time favorite books. Martha Beck and her huband are both caught up in the world of academa at Harvard University and find themselves expecting their second child, only to discover he has Down Syndrome. An amazing story of how they prepare themselves for their son's birth (keeping him is never a question) and of the strange, supernatural events occurring during Martha's pregnancy. (For example, prior to Adam's birth, both parents independently somehow know that their child will be a boy and decide also independently of each other his name should be Adam). Martha (who later leaves academia to become a life coach) is a very spiritual person, although not necessarily Christian. You would think this would be a very sad book, but it isn't. Martha has a wonderful sense of humor that is very evident as she tells her story. I re-read this book immediately following 9-11 because I found it so comforting.
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message 1: by Cheryl (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:26PM) (new)

Cheryl You should read her "On Leaving the Saints" book where she confronts her identity as a LDS daughter.
Very moving.
BTW, did you know she's a lesbian? I had no idea until I read her website She's apparently been partnered for over 10 years...

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