Description of the Book from Amazon
All parent stories about raising a child with Down syndrome are special and unique, but in the hands of a good writer, they can have the power to reach, change, and resonate far beyond family and friends. And that is the case with My Heart Can't Even Believe It, by journalist, blogger, and NPR contributor Amy Silverman.
Amy bravely looks at her life, before and after her daughter Sophie was born, and reflects on her transformation from a spoiled, self-centered brat, who used words like retard and switched lines at the Safeway to avoid a bagger with special needs, into the mother of a kid with Down syndrome and all that her new identity entails. She describes her evolution as gradual, one built by processing her fears and facing questions both big and small about Sophie, Down syndrome, and her place in the world.
Funny, touching, and honest, this wonderful book looks at a daughter and her power to change minds and fill hearts with love so deep that, as Sophie once remarked to her mom, I love you so much my heart can't even believe it! Theirs is a story worth reading.
The publisher was kind enough to provide me with a copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own and honest.
As a hopeful mother to be, hoping to adopt a child with Down syndrome, I am always looking out for books to read regarding parenting a child with Down syndrome. My Heart Can't Even Believe It is very different from others that I have read. Mixed with personal experiences and science I couldn't put this book down. I loved reading about the history and facts as they were writing in such a way that it added to the narrative instead of feeling like it was just a book about information. There are obviously differences between Amy's journey and mine as I'm purposely bringing a child with Down syndrome into my life, but her story was a refreshing read. As a non-Christian it was nice to not have the focus be a religious one and I also felt like the author wasn't afraid of sharing the hard times. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a child with Down syndrome, or knows someone with Down syndrome. There is something for everyone to take away from this book and I look forward to reading it multiple times.