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The Soul of Autism: Looking Beyond Labels to Unveil Spiritual Secrets of the Heart Savants Paperback – April 1, 2008
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"The Soul of Autism reveals the often unrecognized spiritual gifts of those `on the spectrum' and explains how they can help all of us. William Stillman believes the world needs autism. After reading this moving and inspiring book, you will see why."
--Melissa Chianta, managing editor, Mothering
"I believe the world owes William Stillman a debt of gratitude for the courage it took him to research and write this book. It is filled with rare wisdom and amazing stories that will totally surprise you!"
--P.M.H. Atwater, Th.D., author of Beyond the Indigo Children
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Stillman is also Editor-in-Chief of SilverXord ["silver-cord"] Publications, a small publishing company located in Northwestern Pennsylvania which aspires to publish original works of quality across a diverse and eclectic range of subject areas while promoting advocacy, self-advocacy, health and wellness, and spirituality. Additionally, SilverXord offers a range of online forums, trainings and tutorials. Learn more about SilverXord and their products at www.silverxord.com / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top Customer Reviews
I am an adult with autism and for so many years I felt so close to God in a way that it is hard for me to explain especially to people who think I am just a "fruitcake". Many people don't like to hear "the spiritual talk" it is either because they are afraid or they don't think it is "cool." When I was a child I would rock in my little rocking chair holding a pair of Rosary Beads praying to all my dead relatives, even the ones I never met, and when doing this I would be facing the window looking up at the sky. There is something more to autism then just it's little quirks.
I find comfort in reading Bill Stillman's books and I think that adults with autism and adults who may think they are different should read this book. Also parents of children with autism should read THE SOUL OF AUTISM so that they will see deeper into their autistic child. I praise you Mr. Stillman for having the courage to speak out and letting the world know that people with autism have a great message to send.
I also know that some parents of autistic children may be put off by this book; with the author suggesting that these kids are "heart savants" when a parent can't control her 5 year old autistic son from constantly banging his head against the wall.
All I can say is that William Stillman knows what he's talking about. Having researched and personally interviewed dozens upon dozens of families with children who have autism, Bill noticed that many of them seemed to possess a special gift for sensitivity, empathy (that's right, empathy) and connection. Some of the stories you will read will simply boggle your mind, but I do not doubt their authenticity. Bill writes that he is convinced that the world needs autism. So am I.
When we can begin to value other people for the gifts they possess and not be threatened by them because of their perceived differences, society will have evolved to a radically different place than we're at now. Beware curebies: you won't like this book! Stillman calls for a radical acceptance of all forms of autism and is squarely against those who are impatient to find a "cure". In that sense, this book also makes a strong political statement as well.
Bill, I thank you, my man! As a person with Asperger's, I'm grateful that you wrote this book. Keep up the great work!
Our current reality of 1 in 155 children with autism is proof enough, but I have also witnessed firsthand that these souls are here for a higher purpose, and that is to open the rest of our eyes. The numbers keep growing. Are our eyes opening? Now we must take the next step and make changes to meet these souls on the middle ground, where we can see eye to eye, and listen with our hearts to what is being said beyond the space of our ubiquitous vocabulary. Stillman's book offers a way to begin down that road with integrity, an open heart, and a sense of wonder for these 'heart savants' known as the autistic ones.
To learn is to change. The autistic 'heart savants' are here to teach us. 'The Soul of Autism' encourages us to be the student, the blank canvas on which these souls can express their gifts. A common teaching in all spiritual traditions, after all, is that one cannot expect another to change... the change must begin within oneself. We can all benefit from this wisdom.
Thank you, William, for a wonderful and soulful book! I think everyone would benefit from reading this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
William Stillman has the gift of presenting the entire picture of the person who is experiencing life on the autism spectrum. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bernie Zmitrovich
Stuff I never knew. Really well written. I don't have any autistic friends or relatives, but I feel like I learned so much.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a worker in the field of Special Education, I have worked with many autistic children. My discovery with most of the students I have worked with is that their perception of the... Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Joy Andis
Purchased as a gift for our daughter for Christmas. Her only child is a beautiful little girl who went fully into autism at 18 months. Read morePublished on February 5, 2010 by Barb E
We have so much to learn from our autistic children and William Stillman brings to light just exactly what we have to learn- love! Read morePublished on January 4, 2009 by L. M. Gilliland
William Stillman has given us a hand held walk beyond the complexities of Autism. A deeper understanding and tolerance is revealed as Mr. Read morePublished on September 21, 2008 by Eddie Tuduri