When I was carrying him, I had the constant sensation that I was a kind of radio tower, within which Adam sat broadcasting some kind of signal to the world around me – not a verbal message but an unnamed energy, a sort of goodness, that drew out people’s best selves and helped them connect with each other.
Expecting Adam is Martha Beck’s memoir documenting the days leading up to the birth of her second child. During the pregnancy she discovers that her baby has Down’s syndrome. Both she and her husband are in their graduate studies at Harvard and on their way to academic and career success when their lives are turned upside down. Through these tumultuous days, Beck experiences a spiritual awakening that she describes in an honest, straightforward way. She experiences magical moments that stun her skeptical mind. This isn’t about conversion to religion or a New Age spirituality. It is about learning what matters in life.
Check the BPL catalog for this title: Expecting Adam