This is the true story of Emily Colson, a single mother who has faced life's toughest obstacles. This is also the story of her 19-year-old autistic son, Max, a young man who struggles to speak, who some professionals deemed a waste of time - but a young man with a gift. Journey with Emily through this unabridged audio as she shows how Max unraveled the thinking of those who tried to teach him and help him, a lesson that the seemingly weak people can be more powerful than the strong, ncluding strong people like Max's own grandfather, Chuck Colson.
©2010 Emily Colson (P)2010 Zondervan
"In sharing her discovery of God's gift to Max seeing the world with a different but uncluttered view, Colson will bring hope and encouragement to those who have a child with autism. The book includes a prologue and epilogue by author - and Max's grandfather - Charles Colson." (Christian Retailing)
I really enjoyed hearing Charles Colson and his daughter, Emily, share Max's story. Also, at the very end, Max and Emily sing a little together, which was a nice surprise.
Emily Colson reminded me that we all interact with people, and that despite our troubles we need to look beyond ourselves to help and love others. Maybe someone doesn't have an obvious disability that they are struggling with, but are struggling with their marriage or finances, etc. If Max is able to reach out to the people in his community, why can't I?
Having a son with some similar issues to Max, I found lots of stories to relate to and appreciated Emily's determination and dedication to Max. She described the hard times and the good times with the same cheery disposition which grated on me a little bit.
What I didnt appreciate was her father's comments along the lines that the only good people who can care for kids like Max are the evangelical Christians like himself.
This book, written by Emily Colson, daughter of Chuck Colson, is an honest and inspiring look into a life consumed with raising an autistic son (Max) as a single parent. Emily shares the struggles candidly but you never lose the sense that she considers her autistic son and her life raising him as a gift from God. She writes in easy to read, enjoyable word pictures of snapshot moments that carry you along her life raising Max. I honestly both laughed and cried reading this book. As a parent of a child with Asperger's myself, many of the struggles were familiar and it caused me to seize each day with my child and remember to laugh and dance and find joy in each day.
Tell us about yourself! I am a school psychologist working with all special Ed. disabilities. I am also active in CIVIL AIR PATROL an all volunteer auxiliary of the U. S. Air Force. My favorite reading genre is fantasy-fairies, elves, good vs evil, you know… I have six adult children, a husband, two cats, three dogs and I am a "birder"
an enjoyable easy read. we who have autism in a family member will relate. I gave it one less star for being whiney at times.
I just finished listening to this book by Emily Colson, the daughter of Chuck Colson, who was one of the Watergate guys in the Nixon administration to go to prison--the one that got "converted", remember??
Anyway, she wrote this book about raising her autistic son, Max, from infanthood on. But at first I didn't want to listen to it---I mean, I could not take hearing one more story about somebody suffering and trying to deal with incomprehensible obstacles, detail by detail, you know? Too much reality and sadness for me.
But I guess I got desperate for a little "intellectual input" so I started listeningt to it yesterday. Yes, It is a difficult story to hear, as are all stories about anybody having to sacrifice to deal with the situations they find themselves facing in life. But there were one or two underlying themes and truths in this story which made it a story I am sure the Lord wanted me to hear.
I want to meet Ms. Colson---to "Knock her block off" (as Lucy would say to Charlie Brown). God seems to have given her a grace to raise Max that I could never, ever hope to attain to. But believeable. A person I could learn a thing or two from--amazing. She has obviously inherited her father (Chuck Colson's) intellect, but channeled it somehow into raising her little boy to become the person God wants him to be. She tells of the setbacks and disappointments, one of top of another; enough if it were me to make the average person give up completely. It has some really comedic moments, and beginning and ending commentary by Chuck Colson. I am going to listen to the entire book again, and try to digest more of it. This book has taught me more about the ways of God and his view of mankind, through the story of this one kid. It did not leave me feeling "good"; but it left me feeling definitely closer to the Lord. And it was humbling, and left me knowing that God expects more of me than I am giving him right now, which I was very suprised to learn.
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