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Thursday, November 29, 2012

thoughts on: Expecting Adam

Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday MagicExpecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic by Martha N. Beck

Expecting Adam was not at all what I was expecting. Thinking this month's book club selection was a memoir of the emotional journey of a mother who learns the baby she is carrying has Downs' Syndrome, I eagerly began reading.

What followed was Martha Beck's account of supernatural experiences during and after her pregnancy. She describes out of body experiences, transporting her across the globe, and numerous encounters with beings whom she describes at times as bankuru puppeteers, angels, and as her unborn son.

Beck clings to the truth of her personal experiences, but resists ascribing any part of her own beliefs to her upbringing or religious affiliation or academic background. She seems especially determined to reinvent herself apart from her religion, and this makes her writing unwieldy at times as she attempts to describe her religious feelings and spiritual experiences without referencing her faith or beliefs.

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