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Kathy Medina, her husband and three children live in Clovis, California. Zack was diagnosed with autism and neurofibromatosis at age 2 1/2. At age 9, Zack has made great progress by doing five years of intense home schooling. He is currently doing RDI as a home schooling program. Six years of chelation, supplements, diet intervention, sensory integration, vision, saunas, auditory, occupational, speech, cranio-sacral therapies and hyperbaric oxygen treatments have put Zack on the road to recovery from autism.
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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises (November 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598865633
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598865639
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been profoundly changed by Kathy Medina's 40 day devotional. It comes out of her own heartbreak in discovering her son's diagnosis. As a parent of an autistic/multi-disabled child, I feel a kinship with her in this "special needs"/therapy world where I don't really want to be. How nice to have a parent deliver a mixture of hope and heartbreak in a very humble and relevant way. We may not have all the answers, but I am guessing that God's heart breaks as much as ours and just because our kids have some disabilities, doesn't mean they can't give glory to God. Kathy reminds us of this over and over again.
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This book will bring you peace in the caos of Autism, and really help your focus stay on God!
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I bought this book with high hopes but a few days into it I could feel myself drifting away. I'm currently at day 15. I still look at it every day, because once in a while there is something that speaks to me. Nevertheless I have returned to "Jesus Today" by Sarah Young as the mainstay of my devotions. While "Jesus Today" isn't aimed specifically at parents of children with autism, it addresses my daily struggles in a more relevant way than "Finding God in Autism" does.

As another reviewer noted, there are a lot of typos in this book. There are errors in punctuation, spelling, and layout. It doesn't seem to have had an editor at the publisher. Many of the devotions begin with definitions of several words from the day's scripture, which soon become repetitive and tedious to read. I think a true editor would have noted that and asked the author to vary the way she begins each devotion.

There have been several times I've turned to my study Bible in order to make sense of the day's scripture, as the author's commentary didn't seem helpful or relevant. In those cases, the notes in my study Bible helped me make sense of the passage (as it relates to our parenting challenges) where the devotional itself did not.

The biggest difficulty I have, though, is that the author seems to believe that autism is God's perfect will for our children and that He WANTS our children to have autism so that we can glorify Him and have a wonderful testimony about His power. These ideas are referred to in many of the devotions. What kind of God would want His children to suffer? Yes, He allows it to happen, and He can make good things out of these terrible circumstances.
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The author may be planting a hope in some parents that can crush those who are not strong in their faith in God. It is common for parents who just had their child diagnosed with Autism, grasp at anything to "fix" their child. While I do believe that God can Heal or "fix" people I have learned that God is God and has a plan for all of us even if we don't agree, or give Him permission.
As you read this book and even pray through it, please remember, God loves us and knows the big picture for our lives. The diagnosis of Autism is NOT a death sentence, only a new experience.
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While autism prompted the author's exploration, the devotional could just as well be used in facing any number of other debilitating and challenging conditions, e.g. ALS/LouGehrig's Disease. The author identifies Biblical texts to support daily courage, hope, stress relief, and search for resources. Unfortunately, news coverage of recent tragedies linked autism to the perpetrators as if cause and effect. More than ever then, this devotional would assist people diagnosed with spectrum-of-autism to see a future with survival and productivity. I wonder how parents coped 50+ years ago when "autism" attracted less research and little social support.
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By A.L. on December 8, 2010
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i was very disappointed in this book. i have an 11 year old boy with autism and when i read this book i felt nothing short of condemned. continually throughout the book. not everyone can go the route she has with all of the therapies that cost thousands and thousands of dollars and are not even guaranteed to work. yet, she kind of pushes you towards this. she meantions that this is what a 'good' mother or parent would do several times and i was just a little offended. otherwise, she makes alot of valid points about God. but i really didn't get much out of this book and i wish i could get my money back. it was very shallow and generic.
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This book has been a tremendous help. The Scripture references have brought such healing and hope. it's wonderful to know that I am not alone in this journey of parenting my grandchild who is on the Autism Spectrum. A must read for those who are struggling with living and caring for those who are on the spectrum. When I am done with the 40 days of reading, I will start all over again. This is the kind of book that can be read a number of times with new insights each time it is read.
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By jmmmj on October 22, 2011
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While I don't agree with every word in this book I do recommend it. It is a very encouraging book. I actually did a little Bible study group with it for the moms at my son's special needs school. Visit the author's website, it is great, too.
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