- CD de audio
- Editor: Tantor Media Inc; Edición: Unabridged (13 de febrero de 2012)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 145263632X
- ISBN-13: 978-1452636320
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Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth and Everyday Magic: Library Edition (Inglés)
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"Wickedly funny and wrenchingly sad memoirs of a young mother awaiting the birth of a Down syndrome baby while simultaneously pursuing a doctorate at Harvard. . . . Even skeptics will find magic in this story, and parents of a Down syndrome child will cherish it." ---Kirkus
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"He says you'll never be hurt as much by being open as you have been by remaining closed."The messenger is a school janitor with a master's in art history who claims to be channeling "from both sides of the veil." "He" is Adam, a three-year-old who has never spoken an intelligible word. And the message is intended for Martha Beck, Adam's mother, who doesn't know whether to make a mad dash for the door to escape a raving lunatic (after all, how many conversations like this one can you have before you stop getting dinner party invitations and start pushing a mop yourself?) or accept another in a series of life lessons from an impeccable but mysterious source.From the moment Martha and her husband, John, accidentally conceived their second child, all hell broke loose. They were a couple obsessed with success. After years of matching IQs and test scores with less driven peers, they had two Harvard degrees apiece and were gunning for more. They'd plotted out a future in the most vaunted ivory tower of academe. But the dream had begun to disintegrate. Then, when their unborn son, Adam, was diagnosed with Down syndrome, doctors, advisers, and friends in the Harvard community warned them that if they decided to keep the baby, they would lose all hope of achieving their carefully crafted goals. Fortunately, that's exactly what happened.Expecting Adam is a poignant, challenging, and achingly funny chronicle of the extraordinary nine months of Martha's pregnancy. By the time Adam was born, Martha and John were propelled into a world in which they were forced to redefine everything of value to them, put all their faith in miracles, and trust that they could fly without a net. And it worked.Martha's riveting, beautifully written memoir captures the abject terror and exhilarating freedom of facing impending parentdom, being forced to question one's deepest beliefs, and rewriting life's rules. It is an unforgettable celebration of the everyday magic that connects human souls to each other.Ver Descripción del producto
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It's about transforming from a person-who-has-it-all-figured-out to a person who opens up to the miraculous.
"We will all be less hurt by opening--opening our hopes, our delights, our sorrows, our shattered and reborn dreams--than we will if we remain closed."
And here's why:
"Angels, or for that matter any forms of goodness, function like water; they run into any opening they are given."
I highly identified with over-valuing of intellect, planning and will-power...and then all of that changing in the face of life crisis. It is crisis that teaches us what really matters. It also opens doors to rooms we didn't even know existed.
As she began to trust herself to make a new life, "Some people told me I'd thrown my life away. They were right. But the life I threw away never fit me well... In the [new] life ... everything was transmuted into its opposite: grief turned out to be joy wearing a flimsy mask; danger turned into deep security; disability became genius; and death, the ultimate catastrophe, shimmered, shifted, and showed itself as just another sort of birth."
This book isn't about learning to cope with an imperfect life, nor is it some hippy-dippy rhapsody about flowers amid the ruins. Beck and her husband had mystical experiences (similar to ones I've had) that point to a much deeper order in life. I think the part I liked best was when (not to do a spoiler) a Presence says to him something like, "You just don't understand how it works."
I'm a little mystified by the reviews that say it's too much about Beck herself, since what she chose to write about is what she chose to write about. (The title is not "Adam", after all.) Nor do I find the tone "whiny"; it's humorous and somewhat self-mocking. (I get the impression that some of those who said this think that those who go to Harvard aren't allowed to claim to have problems.)
If you have even the slightest bent towards believing in a greater Life behind life, READ IT.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that no book as moved me more to tears and laughter, or that I have found more inspiring, in many years. Told with heartbreaking honesty, this book is about rediscovering true joy, beauty and purpose in the midst of what the rest of the world might view as tragedy. For those who have a hard time believing that the author's supernatural experiences are 'real', I would say that you probably have a hard time believing in the supernatural--period. It is always difficult to relate to, or believe in this kind of experience when it is someone elses'. The author repeatedly views her story from an 'outside' perspective, admitting that most people, including her former self would declare her insane for admitting her experiences or believing that they are real. But the proof is in the life-changing pudding: what else could compel two over-achieving Harvard academics to leave that world behind in favor of Phoenix, Arizona?!(Forgive me, people who love Phoenix, AZ! :)
The story is compelling and inspiring and one that I will never regret reading.