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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,430 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martha Beck Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michele | 2/8/2014

    " Loved this book! Heart wrenching and thought provoking.....a Harvard intellectual must decide to have a downs syndrome baby and find out how her life takes a new path. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/2/2014

    " Expecting Adam is a very interesting book. As I was reading this book, I felt very insecure and that anything could happen. The book starts off with Martha speaking to a woman that has magical powers. Most people probably thinks that's not real, but so did Martha, but she changed her mind when she saw her powers worked. Martha continues her story by giving us background information about her past times in Harvard. Although Martha and her husband were schooling in Harvard, their fetus has a very high chance of having down syndrome. Deciding whether to keep the baby and how to organize their life once they have the baby is harder than being in Harvard. Martha decides to have the baby even though many people have said many bad things about it. This book is a very touching and heart-felt book. I would specifically recommend this book to Mabel and readers who like reading books that liked the book, My Sister's Keeper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Celeste | 1/27/2014

    " This is a fabulous book of hope spirituallity and love. I'm not a nonfiction reader, but this made me a convert. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mdoty6 | 1/27/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I'm still not sure if I believe everything she writes... but it was a great read. Very insightful. "

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