Expecting Adam : A True Story of Birth, Transformation and Unconditional Love, Paperback

Expecting Adam : A True Story of Birth, Transformation and Unconditional Love Paperback

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Expecting Adam is the beautifully written, poignant, achingly funny true story of John and Martha Beck, and of the extraordinary child they brought into the world. John and Martha were an exceptionally ambitious and driven all-American couple. With six Harvard degrees between them, and living in the refined and competitive atmosphere of the Harvard campus, the last thing they expected was to become parents to a Down's Syndrome baby.

Refusing to believe her child was 'defective', Martha decided to trust in the tiny life she felt growing inside her. And her hitherto ordinary life was transformed by magical visions and strange, heartstopping experiences which persisted throughout her pregnancy. By the time Adam was born, Martha and John had to redefine everything of value to them, question their deepest beliefs, and put all their faith in miracles. And it worked.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9780749921903



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I loved this book, and I was inspired to read Beck's life coaching books too. She's pretty amazing.

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I really enjoyed this memoir. I liked her writing style and the way she really brings you into her head. The journey she undergoes is fascinating and is both believable and unbelievable at the same time. She explores the metaphysical aspect of her experience and describes it all in a truly unique way and manages to do so without alienating the skeptic and nonbeliever, as she is one herself. This book purports itself to be about a woman pregnant with a Down Syndrome baby, but it really explores so much more than this. The quote from Time Magazine sums it up best "Beck's memoir charts the journey from being smart to becoming wise'".