Monday, October 20, 2014

Book Review: Honor

The first in the Quaker Brides series by Lyn Cote, Honor is a novel about a young Quaker girl who makes big decisions that alter her life. She displays courage, strength, understanding, and bravery through the course of this story, bringing us along on a journey where we feel the emotions Honor is experiencing herself.

I've mentioned before how I'm not a big fan of novels, especially Christian fiction where romance is involved. There are a few reasons for this, not the least of which is the cheesiness of it. Yes, Christians do love, experience, and relish romance, but for some reason, Inspirational Christian books just never seem to tell the story well. Lyn Cote weaves an interesting story with interesting characters, but I have a bit of a hard time getting around certain parts of the romance aspects. There are parts of the story that are just abrupt; just stating facts to state the fact.

Now, that being said, the main character falls in love with a surprising partner, and I must say, I really really did enjoy the way Cote brought them together and unraveled their story. She kept me wanting to come back to read the next part of the story, seeing how things would unfold and seeing how such a match would work out in light of certain situations that any modern person would run from.

All in all, if you like Inspirational Christian fiction, you'll like this book. If this type of book isn't your thing, then you will probably find you don't enjoy it as much.

Have you read this book? Have you read anything else by Lyn Cote? What are your thoughts? As always, I'd LOVE to hear them!!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Book Review: The Unassisted Baby

Unassisted childbirth. The phrase strikes fear in the majority of people who hear it. Having a baby unassisted is just about unheard of in today's society, and even its lesser sisters (birthing with a doula and/or midwife) is almost just as bad. If you tell someone that you had your baby at home on purpose, you'll most often be looked at with a blank stare that reads "You did what?!"

That's why I appreciate books like The Unassisted Baby by Anita Evensen. Anita is seeking to provide people with a hands-on tool that people can read and in turn, learn about the whys, the hows, and the reasons behind having a baby unassisted.

The Unassisted Baby is a normal sized book. It is 211 pages long and softcover. You can also purchase this book in Kindle edition.

The title chapters are as follows:

  • Contents 
  • Preface
  • Introduction 
  • About Natural Childbirth 
  • Your Pregnancy 
  • Labor
  • Childbirth
  • After Childbirth 
  • Final Words
  • The Father's Guide to Labor and Childbirth 
  • Post-term Pregnancy Guide 
  • Guide for Expecting Parents 
  • My Pregnancy and Childbirth Experiences 
  • Recommended Reading and Resources 

Each of these chapters include a huge amount of information. If I were to list every sub title for the chapters, it would take up more space than I have room for in this review! The thing I love about this is that it makes finding specific topics super easy - always a plus with a book like this!

The Unassisted Baby is an easy book to read. It's written as if the author is sitting down with you having a conversation. It's not the most scholarly work, and because of this, it makes for easy reading. I feel as if the writing is slightly hesitant in what it is conveying, perhaps for legal purposes. (Stating things too positively could lead to a possible problem down the road, possibly, since Anita makes it clear in the beginning of the book that she is not engaged in rendering medical advice or service.

There are areas where I disagree, as with all books, and areas where I heartily agree. I think that if someone is researching unassisted birth, this book would be a good addition to other books and sources, but alone, is not inclusive enough. That being said, it makes for a great read if you are looking to get some basic information.

There are some things that are stated as fact which I feel have a little more wiggle room than what is given to them. (For instance, the book says that you should probably transfer to a hospital at birth if you or your baby has high blood pressure or if there is meconium in the amniotic fluid. I would disagree here, as my first birth, I had both high blood pressure and there was a lot of meconium when the baby was born. Both of us were healthy and doing fine. But I should also add the disclaimer that I am not a medical professional either; thus you should not consider this to be my medical advice.)

All in all, as I said earlier, I think this book would make a great addition to your library on birth. It has helpful information, and since it's not difficult to read (yay!) you are able to take in and understand the content more easily than a book written by a medical professional (those can be real doozies!) As with anything, compare compare and compare some more! Talk to people who have had unassisted births, research, join Facebook groups, and learn as much as you can from every single source that you can. You won't be sorry.

I also wanted to mention that I LOVE the fact that Anita is already planning a revision of The Unassisted Baby. To me, that shows that she's taking her book seriously, and wanting to make sure that the information she is sharing is accurate and up to date. When the revision is published, I'll be sure to post a link here!

If you get a chance, be sure to check out Anita's website where you will find helpful articles and additional information! Until then, happy reading! And as always, if you've read this book, I'd LOVE to hear your thoughts on it.