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The Horse Boy: A Memoir of Healing Paperback – Bargain Price, April 2, 2010
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"Everyone who is fascinated by the human-animal bond should read this totally engrossing book." (author of Animals in Translation Dr. Temple Grandin )
"Rupert Isaacson has conjured a non-fiction journey that reads like an epic novel. It is a book of endless amazements. The world of Mongolian shamans, the details of adventuresome travel, the mysterious world of autism--all are all amazing. Soon, you realize that the world of horses is mysterious, too--and, yes, amazing. By the time you are in the grip of this book, you'll see love, marriage, and parenthood as a realm of magic, profound power, and further amazements. The Horse Boy can change the way you see your life, and it's a terrifically good read at the same time. It feels like a classic." (author of The Hummingbird's Daughter and The Devil's Highway Luis Alberto Urrea )
"In this intense, polished account, the parents of an autistic boy trek to the Mongolian steppes to consult shamans in a last-ditch effort to alter his unraveling behavior.... Isaacson records heartening improvement in Rowan's firestormlike tantrums and incontinence, as he taps into an ancient, valuable form of spirit healing." (Publishers Weekly )
"A colorful real-life adventure with inspiring results." (Good Housekeeping )
"Isaacson charts his son's progress and regressions with an endearing tenderness.... Readers also follow the rare moments when Rowan expresses affection for his father, who is honest and humble throughout. And the author's chatty and self-deprecating storytelling adds a welcome buoyancy to a weighty experience. Meanwhile, Mongolia makes a fetching backdrop for this father/son love story.... Rooting for Rowan through all this... makes The Horse Boy an unexpected page turner." (The Cleveland Plain Dealer )
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One facet of the syndrome is an affinity for animals which is mutual in this case a bond being forged between boy and a particular horse. We’ve read of horse whisperers but here we have a boy who communicates with animals on a non-verbal level. His parents travel to the ends of the Earth to ride horses and find Shaman whose own people have largely ignored whose prayers and rituals work an uncanny healing. There is no cure for this condition but anything that can ameliorate the stress and help parents and child cope is welcome. Reading the book will take you along for the ride.
This book is well-written and is a must-read for those who know nothing about autism or having a child who might be less able than others to live their lives normally. The journey the parents took to heal their son was incredibly described in the book and makes the reader engage more with the story. It makes you put yourself in their shoes and see what they went through in their journey.
One more reason why I loved this book is because I worked voluntarily with down syndrome children in Kuwait and could more likely relate to what those children go through and how special they could be. They definitely need special care and treatment for they might be easily wounded emotionally.
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What a wonderful story of a Mother and Father's love for their son and the lengths they went to to try to find a cure for his autism. Amazing story, riveting!Published 19 days ago by Tina Luken
Bought this when hosting the Horse Boy's Rupert Isaacson at our farm! Wonderful story, wonderful man..... truly inspirational. Thank you!Published 23 days ago by Tracy Prince
This is the amazing true story of an autistic boy who became interested in the horse next door. Riding it with his dad, he improved in communication. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Betty Steadman
I wish every family of an autistic child could go to the ends of the earth for them like this family did. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kristin Peek
Working with horses & children with autism, this book was amazing. The journey this family takes to make their baby boy happy is heart warming & their story has stuck with me. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Annie Hickey
This story of two parents' struggle to find a remedy for their son's autistic condition combines a great travel story with a family's search for healing and connection. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mary Vasseur Finn
The book showed up in a timely manner. It was as described, "in excellent condition," and it was. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Theresa
I think for people that believe or want to believe in healing because you want to help who you love,Rupert Isaacson empower the acceptance of difficulties you'll probably... Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Cyntia Silveira
Excellent book for anyone with a child in the spectrum. True story enriching and full of hope love and kindnesPublished on December 28, 2013 by mary Pepin