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Too Wise To Be Mistaken, Too Good To Be Unkind : Christian Parents Contend With Autism Paperback – January 8, 2000

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...a journey of one couple's struggle to help their autistic son emerge from his separate, hollow, forever crying ... world... -- A professional in the field of autism, Canada

I was moved to tears more than once and I simply could not set it down... -- A pastor in Oregon

This book is about some theologically well-grounded parents who have an autistic child. -- a reader in Oklahoma

About the Author

Cathy Steere is a homeschooling wife and mother of two in the Seattle area. She is frequently consulted to assist parents of special-needs children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Grace & Truth Books; 1St Edition edition (January 8, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930133006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930133006
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,466,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Too Wise To Be Mistaken; Too Good To Be Unkind is a must-read for all Bibically-minded parents facing the challenge of raising a child with a disability!! It was first recommended to us by our family doctor, and proved to be a turning point in our lives.
As a mother of 4 small children, one with autism and mild CP, this book was a God-send. It was the single most helpful and theologically sound book that I have read in my struggle to find appropriate and God-honoring treatment for our son. In this excellent book, I was encouraged to think Bibically about our son, God's provision, treatment options, and our own ability as parents to deal with our son's disabilities. I feel completely confident now that we are ordained by God as parents to make appropriate decsions for our child, and that God's hand and grace are upon His children. That He has given us "all things pertaining to life and godliness.." Therefore, we can find all the answers for how to deal with a disability using Bibical principles, which are so clearly outlined in Cathy Steere's book! In this book, she shares the story of early life with her son Drew~how they parented him (this could be considered a parenting manual as well, in my opinion!), how they found out he has autism, and then their journey through the options available to them.
Though Cathy does not promote *one* single way of dealing with a disability, we personally found that the approach she and her husband chose for their own son, has worked for us as well. We used her resource lists found in the book to contact specialists across the country, finally finding "our" specialist for our son Josiah.
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I found this book to be extremely encouraging. Like Mrs. Steere, I am a mother to a first-born child with autism. I, too, thought his strange behaviors were "normal" and it took the birth of my second child to begin to see just how challenged my first-born child was/is although I did recognize some of his unusual habits/reactions before then. I experienced many of the same thinking processes, emotions, fears, sadnesses, doubts about my mothering, intentional/unintentional harshness from others and struggles that she relates in this book. We searched and searched for help, spending many years and dollars in the process and reaping a lot of frustration and "hind-sight" wisdom.
This book is not a detailed textbook (and I don't think Mrs. Steere intended it to be); it is a parent-to-parent from-the-heart retelling of Mr and Mrs. Steere's journey from pre-birth until they found solid answers and real help for their son's needs. I found times when I could not put the book down!
Our family has recently started the same therapy program (NeuroDevelopmental or ND for short) that Mrs. Steere mentions in the latter part of the book. I was quite skeptical at first, since so many other therapies we encountered before had promised my husband and me everything from total cure to elimination of any learning/social/behavior problems and then produced little to nothing. The best of them helped our son's debilitating autistic attributes to decelerate somewhat but did not improve anything. With this ND therapy, we are seeing so many good solid levels of improvement and a lot of that improvement happened within the first 4 to 6 weeks! He is now building upon the earlier improvements. Both my husband and I feel that this particular therapy is the best avenue for him.
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I am a parent of twin daughters in the autistic spectrum and I have read through many books about autism: some clinical, some from a parents perspective. This book was such a breath of fresh air. I am so grateful that Cathy Steere shared her story. Cathy's struggle mirrored mine in many ways. As a parent of autistic children, it is very difficult to know how to discipline and teach them. Many people without autistic children or children at all, claim to be experts in the area of child raising. I tend to listen to other parents who have done the job successfully, who love their children and who hold to a strong faith in God. The Bible does not address autism per se but it does address child raising, it gives examples of wise people and foolish people, and we do have the example of Jesus Christ. I would highly recommend this book to any parent of a child diagnosed as being PDD-NOS, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, or Autism. I trust parents to be able to read Cathy Steere's book and judge for themselves. I don't believe Cathy Steere is an elitist as she is not among the "professional elite" that try to mold and shape public opinion. She is a mother who dearly loves her child and wants to do what's best for him and shared her story so that what she learned could benefit other parents.
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Cathy Steere shares in her book how she and her husband, David, coped with -- and then conquered -- her son Drew's autism. Through consistent, prayerful parenting, steadfast routine, and a home-based neurodevelopmental program, the Steere's brought their son out of this most devastating of developmental disabilities. With an occasional touch of gentle humor, Cathy leads us through the tears, fears, and victories in Drew's story. This is a story of faith and the rewards of clinging to God's word and His promises. Most of all, it is a story of hope for all parents, especially those new and not-so-new to a world turned upside down by autism.
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