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A Mother's Heart alternates between personal narrative and more general advice, which Eichin is well qualified to offer, as both a mother and a health-care provider (she and her husband are practicing optometrists). She never presumes to speak for all parents of children with special needs, yet her suggestions are sure to resonate with anyone who has raised a child in a non-traditional way.
This is a story that goes far beyond just a tale of a mother and her special needs child... it's a story or struggle, perseverance, and joy at some of the most things that people take for granted. It's inspiring to say the least, and her candor helped me connect with her journey.
Even if you are as busy as I usually am - take the time to read this book. It's a surprising gem that will leave an imprint in your heart.
With great care and sensitivity, Ms Chang-Lim tackles the subject of childhood deafness. At times, it's not the easiest read. Heart-breaking circumstances are explored, warts n'all, with no punches pulled. The author is hard on herself at times, but her honesty is engaging. Happily, there are plenty of uplifting moments, as Teddy and his family overcome hurdles most people couldn't comprehend. Chang-Lim's style is informative but never preachy; she tells us what's worked or not worked for her, but she acknowledges that there is no universal approach. Some of the advice seems obvious, but when life is hard, it's often difficult to see the wood for the trees. And by the end of the tale, I felt as though the Lims were friends.
Written with consummate skill, A MOTHER'S HEART is a book to savour. It is comprehensive without being long-winded, and the pace is perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it in particular to anyone involved with special needs parenting or parenting in general. An easy 5* from me!
This book was written to help others who are facing life with a genetically disabled child to understand and deal with what lies ahead for them, and to let them know that they are not alone. But this story is one of hope and triumph, not defeat. The author shares her own experience from the birth of her special needs child, through his childhood and up to the present, where he has become a young adult out on his own.
A Mother’s Heart is written in an honest, straight-forward manner, and the author is completely open about the ups and downs, anguish and joy, the guilt, the anger and all the other emotions and roadblocks associated with raising a special needs child. Her tale is often heart-wrenching, but more often it is uplifting.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has or knows a special needs child or simply is curious to know what it is like to have and raise such a child.