Great with Child by Debra Rienstra
Reflections On Faith, Fullness and Becoming a Mother

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Written during the months before and after the birth of the author's third child, Great with Child is an honest, funny, and passionate portrait of the everyday developments and profound transformations of motherhood. From the first tiny pinprick of a thought in her mind that maybe-just maybe-it was the right time for another baby, through the emotional dramas of pregnancy and birth, and on into the seamless string of sleepless nights that compose her son's first year, Rienstra beautifully depicts the difficulty and dignity of becoming a mother.

Through recounting the details of her own story-the sonograms, the labor pains, nursing in the middle of the night-Rienstra lays bare how motherhood can alter and deepen a woman's views on just about everything else. Allusions to a wide array of sources, including the biblical Psalms, the poetry of Lucille Clifton, Jewish feminist midrash, and a Better Homes and Gardens baby book from 1953, weave through the narrative, illuminating the way that this primal experience colors and informs women's lives. The book is a rare glimpse into the mind and heart of a mother.

About Debra Rienstra

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Debra Rienstra is a professor of English at Calvin College.
Published April 1, 2002 by Tarcher. 288 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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A new or expectant mother is much more likely to find herself, and thereby solace, in these pages than in how-to books written by those for whom the sleeplessness and tumult of infant care is a distant memory.

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"This is a fresh longing now for an experience I have lived before," writes Debra Rienstra, "First, the deep attentiveness of pregnancy, then the harrowing intensity of birth, then that surrender of the self to demands that press the boundaries of endurance and to a small person who, once here, w...

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