Books

Growing Pains: Learning to Love My Father’s Faith

Publisher
Brazos Press

Author
Randall H. Balmer

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Looking for Alaska

Publisher
St. Martin’s

Author
Peter Jenkins

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Israel in Crisis: What Lies Ahead?

Publisher
Revell

Author
David Dolan

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Prenatal Parenting

Publisher
Harper Collins

Author
Frederick Wirth M.D.

Central Theme
The joys and responsibilities of parenting begin with conception and mom is at the center of the process.

Overview
Dr. Wirth is staff neonatologist at Reading Hospital & Medical Center and Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University. He was physician for Elizabeth Carr, America’s first test tube baby and has served on several Presidential and Gubernatorial task forces centered on birthing issue. In short, he is well respected and credentialed, has spent 25 years caring for premature infants and concludes that the unborn child must be parented physically, psychologically and spiritually!

Beliefs num
–The fetus has more nerve cells and connections than an adult
–He has a memory of experiences before birth
–He develops a sense of self and consciousness prior to birth
–He can hear, smell, taste and see before birth
–His in utero experience builds the brain architecture that will determine behavior after birth
–He communicates with mother bio-chemically
–He shares his mother’s emotional experiences
–His mother cannot hide her intimate thoughts from him
–He is born looking for meaningful relationships
— We can communicate with the unborn child
— We can develop a spiritual relationship with the unborn child

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Do you agree that parenting starts before the child is born?
–If Mom had a huge effect in you while you are still in the womb, what do you know about what was going on in mom’s life when you were in her womb? How might it have shaped your personality?
–What do you think about Wirth’s idea of praying with the unborn child and trying to provide a spiritually peaceful environment for the unborn child?
–If science has learned as fact all the items listed as ‘beliefs’ above, how can abortion not be considered a crime against the unborn?

Provocative Quotes byline
–Most movies and novels depict the discovery of pregnancy as a wonderful, joyous event that miraculously changes the couple’s lives and their relationship. This romantic view of pregnancy may or may not be true for you. Many couples are surprised by the news that they are pregnant. Some are prepared, some are not, and some may be upset by an unplanned pregnancy.
==Frederick Wirth M.D.
–Pregnancy is a time of change and challenge. It is a time when we reevaluate our attitudes and priorities. It is a time of great personal growth and interesting opportunities.
==Frederick Wirth M.D.
–The question of nature verses nurture is complex, but now the debate is over. Both play in neurological and psychological development The traits we have are a combination of our genetic makeup and our prenatal and postnatal environments. But. Most important, the nurturer of the fetus or infant is a brain builder.
==Frederick Wirth M.D.
–Today there is anatomical evidence that the brain centers that affect our behaviors develop before birth.
==Frederick Wirth M.D.
–The excellent empirical scientific evidence that prayer is a powerfully effective force in our world was generated by multiple well-designed investigations using the most sophisticated scientific methods available.
==Frederick Wirth M.D.
–The primary reason for this book and spending so much time on the psycho-spiritual aspects of pregnancy is my firm conviction that you, and how well you manage the challenges of your pregnancy, are important to its outcome.
==Frederick Wirth M.D.
–A man’s mother is his other god.
==African Proverb
–Before you were conceived I wanted you,
Before you were born I loved you,
Before you were here an hour I would die for you,
This is the miracle of life.
==Maureen Hawkins
–Read this book! You will learn how to improve your birthing experience, as well as the health and happiness of your unborn child.
==C. Everett Koop M.D. Former Surgeon General

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Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas

Publisher
Zondervan

Author
Ace Collins

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Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood

Publisher
Knopf

Author
Oliver Sacks, a physician and writer whose exploration of the link between mind and body became part of American popular culture with the release of Awakenings..Since then this master storyteller has released other titles like:The Man who mistook his wife for a hat, An anthropologist on Mars, and the Island of the colorblind.

Central Theme
Being possessed of a natural curiosity and being raised in a medical and scientific family helped shape the extraordinarily interesting neurologist, Oliver Sacks.

Overview
Sacks recounts his childhood experiences in an Orthodox Jewish home where his father was a kindly physician by day and a student of Hebraic Scriptures by night. Mother was shy but scientifically precocious.His aunts and uncles were also in scientific pursuits and were a source of constant information for the exploratory mind of young Oliver. Seven of his nine uncles were in the sciences. How many kids can say their fondest childhood memories are “of metals?”Like so many children in WWII England, Sacks was sent away for Boarding School where he witnessed and experienced life-altering brutality of authority figures against children. He also recounts a story where he tested the existence of God and reveals in the book a fondness for the comforts of religious tradition but no belief in the supernatural. His fascination with the periodic tables and mathematics is rooted in his desire for order. His home laboratory, the thrill of scientific discovery all this and more are in store for the reader of this warm, intelligent reflection on the early life of a truly original thinker.

Beliefs num
–There is no supernatural.
–One can be raised in a religious home without knowing what the parents believe.
–The sciences became a replacement for religion in Oliver’s life, but not in his father’s life.
–The shaping influence of immediate and extended family cannot be overstated.
–Never turn away the inquisitive child. Feed their curiosities.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–How has your family shaped your life’s trajectory?
–How have you resolved the tensions between religion and science?

Provocative Quotes byline
–Well, I-I sort of asked God if he would either bless or curse one row so I could see a difference and-and be reassured of his existence. But he ignored my request, or else he wasn’t there. But-but, of course, even to consider this absurd experiment, you know, indicated, you know, a breakdown anyhow.
==Sacks
–Mendeleev, who discovered or invented the periodic table, I identified him in my mind with Moses. And I thought of him coming down from a sort of Sinai. These are periodic tables of the law.
==Sacks

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Treasures Hidden in the Darkness

Publisher
Promise

Author
Carole Logsdon

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Unafraid (Lineage of Grace #5)

Publisher
Tyndale

Author
Francine Rivers

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Soul Survivor: How My Faith Survived the Church

Publisher
Doubleday

Author
Philip Yancey

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Peace Like A River

Publisher
Atlantic Monthly Press

Author
Leif Enger

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