Only 5 minutes into this book I was convinced that Ed. V is the most arrogant author I've ever encountered. I continued with this book only because I was curious whether his comments could get any worse. The good news is they do not. The bad news is they also don't get any better, or more humble.
Frankly, I'm surprised this man has summitted anything - his ego is so big it must be difficult to drag along.
Brooke Shields' honesty and unwavering self-examination is remarkable. The struggle she describes is as courageous as her willingness to share her experiences with the people she has come into contact with and with her readers. Her tale will resonant with the countless women who have experienced postpartum depression, as well as those who struggle to become pregnant... for many it will become a favorite and a comfort.
It was not, however, anywhere near the quality work I'd expected. Ms. Shields' narrative fell into repeated very-very-very long descriptions of her dark feelings: when they first occurred they were described at length; when they resurfaced, they were again described and compared with the first description; later, to elaborate on her memory of those feelings at a different point of her life, she fully described them again; and, finally, she described them again when she wanted to remind the listener why her emerging insight was important. I thoroughly believe feelings need to be validated and understand why Ms. Shields felt the need to turn her feelings over and over in the process of examining them, but, frankly, the text (and her voice as narrator) got whiney.
Bottomline: My review is mixed. Ms. Shields has made very significant personal progress and this courageous book will encourage countless others to fight back again postpartum depression and other demons. But, although this book is a powerfully poignant journal - it is not a brilliant memoir nor even a well written commentary.
This book sets on its ear the Sunday school wisdom of my childhood and dared me to think critically about Christ, God, faith, and salvation. Threatening for the faint of heart and faith, but rich in history, ancient literature and legend, anthropology, theology, and philosophy, this title propelled my worldview broader. My appreciation for the authors of the New Testament; Christ, the son of man, but Son of God; and God's integrity and texture was enriched and enlivened. My understanding and awareness of what I believe and why will never be the same. Note: This is not a devotional book, nor conservatively Christian treatment of the materal, but rather a respectful, sober, and scholarly examination of an ancient text and its content's place in history and culture. Nonetheless, this book is for seekers, the parched, and those truly searching for perspective.
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