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This Extraordinary Life [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Quatkemeyer
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This Extraordinary Life is a remarkable collection of literary magic written by a constellation of shining stars. They are autism parent bloggers, well-known poets and authors, people just like you, and some on the spectrum themselves, including one cute-as-a-button 6-year-old whose simple yet beautiful prose depicts his love for bacon, his family, and love for mixing colors. Contributors collectively illuminate a positive light on autism while uplifting readers with honesty, hope, and inspiration.

Editorial Reviews


Rachel writes with an honest loveliness that attaches itself to you comfortably. Through her writing she encourages you to see possibilities and wishes, and then to take those extra steps and believe! Do! Try again!

This Extraordinary Life is more than a book. It's a community of beautiful ideas, people, and differences, invited to be known. Invited by the talented and beautiful believer in dreams, Rachel Quatkemeyer. --Tsara Shelton, Autism Answers

Product Details

  • File Size: 1225 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rachel Quatkemeyer (December 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HIVY7F8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Honest & Heartfelt January 3, 2014
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I was recently recommended This Extraordinary Life and I have to say I am really glad they recommended it. This is a beautifully touching book that explores the ups and downs, the hits and misses, and the joys and pains of raising a child who has autism or Asperger's. Rachel Quatkemeyer really brings the subject into focus with a lot of care, love, attention to detail and a clear desire to show that no matter the struggles, life is "extraordinary" in it's complexities.

What really captured my attention is the heartfelt and truly authentic tone of the book from beginning to end. This is a work of love and that really shines through; drawing the reader in with words that capture the heart, words that bring strength and words that help to enrich the lives and families of the reader. From the touching stories of those of have experienced raising a child in the Autism spectrum to words of encouragement through inspiring poetry, this is a must read just for the mere fact it is a celebration of life in the best way possible.

Though I'm not a parent of a child in the Autism spectrum or closely connected to one, I do feel like this was a worthy read nonetheless and I would definitely recommend it to others even if you're like me and are just looking for a beautiful book that will touch your heart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raising a Family? Get this Book! January 25, 2014
By Tsara
Format:Kindle Edition
I was thrilled to receive my own paperback copy of This Extraordinary Life yesterday. It's beautiful!!! Before pulling away from the post office I had already finished reading the first essay, written intimately and with comfortable candor by Rachel Quatkemeyer. I knew right away that this was going to be an important and uplifting collection of stories, based on Rachel's reasons and style.

And, it is!!! Without avoiding honest challenges in the world of autism, parenting, or difference in general, this collection of poems and stories encourages the reader to smile, see answers in the questions, and believe in an exciting unknown and successful life for everyone in their home!

I recommend this book to anyone raising a family. After all, whether or not your child is on the spectrum of autism, you KNOW that he/she is going to have the opportunity to become friends with someone living with invisible challenges. This book will help everyone see clearly how much fabulous that friendship could offer!

And for parents of children with autism, there are valuable and beautiful lessons in each story. Regardless of your personal parenting style, you'll find treasures in the adventures of those who have ventured before you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of love went into this book. March 3, 2014
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As an autism mom, I spend far too much time focusing on the negative. I wish a book such as this one had been handed to me five years ago when my son was first diagnosed on the autism spectrum. "This Extraordinary Life" helped me to reprioritize and see what a wonderful life has been handed to me. While I was reading I realized that, if I were given the choice, I would still pick my own quirky husband and that there is no child on earth that I would prefer over the three beautiful ones that God gave me. Even knowing what I know now, I would not want to change any of that. It is obvious that a lot of love went into the writing of this book. The poop songs made me laugh and the genuine sincere tone of the entire book warmed my heart. I would recommend anyone with a spectrum kiddo to keep a copy of this book on hand. On a bad day when your child has broken your best television set and is banging his or her head against a wall, a quick look at one of the short stories will remind you why you keep on keeping on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loving this positive-minded book! January 19, 2014
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I am actually only about one-third of the way through this e-book, but I've thoroughly enjoyed all the stories and poetry I've encountered thus far. I have been reading one piece each day, and when I have gotten all the way through, I just may begin again! I love how it sheds a light of positivity on autism, and truly, I think every family, friend, and professional involved with autism in any way should have a copy of this beautiful book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully written Rachel! January 7, 2014
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This is a great and well put together read, whether you have a child with autism, any disability, or as a parent in general. It was fast paced and hard to put down :) I am proud of you Rachel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a MUST inspirational read for any parent whose child faces developmental challenges everyday. It is a beautiful piece of work with contributions from other parents who deal with the complexities of raising children with autism or Asperger’s. Unless one has a child with special needs, it is difficult for people to understand the full spectrum of emotions that accompany even the most simplest of tasks for their child. Rachel Quatkemeyer has put together a message of hope and encouragement for all parents; that is, with love for your child there is no limit to their future and the positive things they can accomplish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book December 31, 2013
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This book is amazing. It is very well written. I thoroughly enjoyed it and read it in one evening because I could not put it down. I would highly recommend it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a perfect compilation of stories, poems and an outlook on autism that shines instead of sending us the regular 'doom and gloom' message that most people convey. I have a daughter with Aspergers and I have been positive, as this author has, through my experience, and let me tell you, it makes all the difference. Not only is this author brilliant in her writings, but her kids obviously shine through in this novel as well, and we all know who is responsible.

This is a great book and I will definitely be purchasing more works from this author in the future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
What a wonderful book to read even if you don't know anyone with autism! This book is honest about the challenges that come with autism, and yet very uplifting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by blossom
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the world of elite parenting!
If you are raising a special needs child you NEED this book! Will it help you with diagnostics? Nope! Will it list a load of websites to help you? Nope! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Richard and Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 months ago by A Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Autism parents are top tier
Easy to read short stories about the challenges and joys of parenting children with Autism. A quick read, but I believe parents should take some time to be affirmed in their... Read more
Published 6 months ago by freezedriedchicken
5.0 out of 5 stars Very inspiring...a good read.
This is an excellent, inspiring book for those dealing with autistic children (and for those who aren't). Read more
Published 6 months ago by Anita
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I would recommend this book to any parents with a child diagnosed with autism. I no longer feel alone in my journey with my 4 year old son recently diagnosed with autism. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lissette
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and insightful
Interesting look into a very different world! A must read for people who want to know more about ASD or know someone who is dealing with ASD children.
Published 11 months ago by Susan Blandford
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful book
Once I started reading it was hard to put this book down. I laughed, I cried, I learned and I was reminded. The stories tugged at my heart. All hit close to home. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Elaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Very inspiring!
Very inspiring! I could relate to a lot of the things that were mentioned in the book. Also, a quick read.
Published 16 months ago by kelly rhue
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mother's Pride
This book was written by my daughter Rachel, I am not only blessed with having her as a daughter, but blessed with her creating a book that will inspirer and encourage others. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Deborah Marshall
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More About the Author

Rachel Quatkemeyer grew up in a little brown house in Northeast Ohio surrounded by horse pastures, but don't ask her to saddle a horse. She can't do that.

Autism mom. Homeschool mom. Wife. Writer. Dachshund cuddler. Colleen Hoover fan. Given a choice of Pepsi or Coca-Cola, she'd pick Pepsi. Cherry Pepsi.

Rachel finds humor and optimism in nearly everything and enjoys sunshine more than anything. When she's not writing, editing, working, or schooling her children, she frequently dreams of living at the ocean but would settle for testing out hammocks in the Caribbean.

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