Expecting Adam

Author: Martha Nibley Beck
Publisher: Harmony Books
ISBN: 0307719642
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Describes how a mother struggled to cope when her unborn second child, Adam, was diagnosed with Down syndrome, her decision to keep her son, and his magical influence on her life.

Expecting Adam

Author: Martha Beck
Publisher: Harmony
ISBN: 0307954013
Format: PDF, Kindle
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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.

Leaving the Saints

Author: Martha Nibley Beck
Publisher: Piatkus Books
ISBN: 9780749950910
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In a thoughtful examination of faith, bestselling author and life coach Beck chronicles her difficult decision to leave the Mormon church, and her struggle to overcome a dark secret buried in her childhood.

Aidan s Way

Author: George T. Crane
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 9781402201530
Format: PDF, Mobi
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An inspiring account of parental love and devotion

100 Things You Don t Wanna Know about Expecting Adam

Author: James Anning
Publisher: Lennex
ISBN: 9785458937276
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.

Raising Henry

Author: Rachel Adams
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780300198911
Format: PDF
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Rachel Adams' life had always gone according to plan. Everything changed with the birth of her second child, Henry. Just minutes after he was born, doctors told her that Henry had Down syndrome. In this book, she chronicles the first three years of Henry's life and her own transformative experience of becoming the mother of a disabled child.

Finding Your Way in a Wild New World

Author: Martha Beck
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451624611
Format: PDF, Docs
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“The best known life coach in America” (Psychology Today) and bestselling author of Finding Your Own North Star provides a new transformational program for creating an unconventional life path to a sustainable way of life. Finding Your Way in a Wild New World reveals a remarkable path to the most important discovery you can make: the knowledge of what you should be doing with your one wild and precious life. It’s the thing that so fulfills you that, if you knew what it was, you’d run straight toward it through brambles and fire. Life coach and bestselling author of Finding Your Own North Star Martha Beck guides you to find out how you got to where you are now and what you should do next, with clear instructions on tapping into the deep, wordless knowledge you carry in your body and soul. You probably have sensed that you have a higher calling and a quiet power that could change the world—you lack only the tools. With her sparkling prose, Beck draws from ancient wisdom and modern science to help you consciously tap into that power and develop those tools for transformation. You’ll also find your inner identity and your external “tribe” of like-minded people, experience the spark of inspiration, and take action to make a lasting impact on the world. Compassionate and inspirational, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World is a revolutionary journey of self-discovery that leads to miraculous change.

How I Became a Human Being

Author: Mark O'Brien
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres
ISBN: 0299184331
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In September 1955 six-year-old Mark O’Brien moved his arms and legs for the last time. He came out of a coma to find himself enclosed from the neck down in an iron lung, the machine in which he would live for much of the rest of his life. For the first time in paperback, How I Became a Human Being is O’Brien’s account of his struggles to lead an independent life despite a lifelong disability. In 1955 he contracted polio and became permanently paralyzed from the neck down. O’Brien describes growing up without the use of his limbs, his adolescence struggling with physical rehabilitation and suffering the bureaucracy of hospitals and institutions, and his adult life as an independent student and writer. Despite his physical limitations, O’Brien crafts a narrative that is as rich and vivid as the life he led.

Life as we know it

Author: Michael Bérubé
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780679758662
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The author explores contemporary ideas about family values, social justice, and the sanctity of life through his experiences raising a child with Down's syndrome and his struggle to keep his son's personhood in view. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

Year My Son and I Were Born

Author: Kathryn Soper
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762762373
Format: PDF, ePub
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A brutally honest yet beautiful journey of how one mother learned to bond with her disabled son and gained a new perspective on life.