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First time author Emily Colson, daughter of well known author Chuck Colson, has written an honest, gritty, and ultimately uplifting story about her struggles as a single mother who discovers her son is autistic. Colson writes with a great sense of humor as well.
Two of the best chapters in the book are GRIEVING THE DREAM and ORDER FROM CHAOS.
The story within the story, however, chronicles Emily's relationship through the years with her father. Through the ups and downs, eventually we find out just how much Max changes not only her life, but the elder Colson's as well.
One of my favorite quotes from the author is this..."Max is not a burden; he is my greatest gift. I'm not about to give up. I'm just not sure I can keep going."
But you know she will. And anyone who reads this book will learn great lessons as well.
This is an honest, touching, sweet, realistic, superb book. I own it and bought a copy for all of my siblings for Christmas. Highly recommended read.
With autism on the rise as it is, it's going to affect almost everyone out there at one time or another. Emily often mentions people who come in contact with Max and later have an autistic child in their family themselves. I know for some reason, as a child I was often drawn to accounts of autistic children. I am not religious enough to say God was preparing me for Janey, but sometimes I am starting to wonder if that was the case. I hope someone someday reading this book is prepared in the way I was to accept and love their own unique child with autism.
Even though her son was born much later than my brother, the same problems with the educational system, getting treatment, and specialists were there for her. She was forced to find new ways for Max to learn, to accept his limitations and be thankful for his special way of seeing the world. What I loved most about this book is Max's joy when he discovered something; he loved whether it is church services, refrigerators, the car seats of a special Volvo car. Also, the realization that it is not too late for Max to learn, the window theory is wrong. People with autism can learn after they are a few years old. I know that from my brother and she knows that from Max. This book is full of heartbreak and disappointment but the joy and fun in life shine much brighter. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This has to be the best book I've read this year . . . maybe this decade!Published 3 months ago by Patricia A Cramer
Fantastic book and very well written. Opens your eyes to what it means to live with autism. I highly recommend it.
One of the most moving and tender stories I've ever read! I love true life stories - this one will move you to laughter, tears, hope, and amazement of Gods love and mercy! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joyce Bishop
What a blessing! What a gift! Laughing and crying!
A life lesson in love , compassion and grace. Thank you.
As someone who followed Chuck Colson's writings, I knew he had an autistic grandson. It was really good to read Emily's story that painted a realistic picture of a single mom's... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joana
Emily teaches all of us how to respond to the life challenges we are given with this book. It is an easy to read format, packed with lessons to become more scholarly in our... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lois B Demerich
I laughed and cried as Emily Colson (Chuck Colson's daughter) shared her sleepless nights, dancing joy, picture talks, endless frustration and joyful love with her autistic son,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert Schill
very inspirational!!! anyone who knows someone with or has an autistic child should read this book. These children are very special and can teach us "regular" folks lots!!Published 7 months ago by Nancy
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