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Space of Love

Understanding the Power of Thought and Wisdom in Living with Autism
Narrated by: Linda Pritcher
Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
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“An energizing lifeline and a brand new perspective on how to approach many personal concerns.” 

This highly acclaimed book is based on Gayle Nobel's 34 years of coping with the challenges of raising an autistic son combined with her more recent insights as a transformative life coach. Through deeply honest, inspiring personal stories and insightful poetry, Gayle takes the listener on an amazing journey as she explores the power of thought, resilience, wisdom, innate well-being, and most of all, love in creating the experience of living with autism. Space of Love centers the listener. It offers hope and inspiration. 

In need of an emotional pick me up? Space of Love provides a soothing surge of self empowerment. Like healing meditation, you'll find yourself wanting to listen to this book again and again. Space of Love is not just for those touched in some way by autism but for anyone seeking to discover and release their own natural resilience.

Listeners may shed a few tears, smile, and walk away with a totally new awareness of the human experience after listening this exquisitely narrated version of Space of Love.

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  • JP
  • 01-11-19

Not just about autism

This was incredibly eye opening for me. I do not have anyone close to me with autism, but I do have friends and family that do. This has helped me see what their lives may be like. The author mentions at some point that they were uninvited from an event because they decided to bring their autistic son and how hurtful that was and my heart just hurt for her. This had made me want to be more informed and want to be more helpful to those in my life with autistic loved ones. So much of what she shares can be applied to anyone’s life - not just those with autistic loved ones. The terms I jotted down that really spoke to me were “‘I don’t know’ creates space” and ‘The unknown is the place where new possibilities emerge’. Since finishing listening to this audiobook several days ago, I have reflected back on these lines and found them to be very helpful. I really enjoyed the reader of this audiobook.

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A must read for Everyone

Gayle Nobel is an excellent writer. I've read all her books, All About Attitude, Breathe and now Space of Love. Her words come from deep within her heart and her stories come from experience and education. All her books are must reads. Even if you don't have a connection to autism, her books will give you an insight into life and love in it's truest form. Her books are easy to read and understand. You'll walk away a better person with the knowledge of life's lesson's she infuses in you. This is a gift she gives you.
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A love filled guidance book.

Gayle Nobel has written an exceptional book about her struggles and insights of raising a autistic child. She walks you through her reflections of self-doubt and then the acceptance of dealing with her son. Nobel brings to light the raw emotions and deep relationships that she occurred and how she handled them to move forward. I found myself thinking, I can apply what I have learned from Nobel to any relationship I have. I can see my relationship with my children could benefit from me simply thinking more clearer on what the problem is and how I can change my thoughts to help improve the environment and relieve the stress it causes. This book is filled with amazing stories and poetry that speaks to the heart.
I had listened to this as a audio book read by Linda Pritcher. Pritcher’s voice was filled with love and compassion. She made the stories very believable and gave beauty to the poetry. The pitch was a good combination of equal parts of pause and rhythm.
I have enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those who need a little guidance and knowledge about what it is like to raise a child or someone who too is going though is mental disorder.

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  • 01-12-19

Space of Love

Space of Love explores the power of thought and how it shapes our reality, with the focus on making a happy life, even in challenging circumstances. Nobel ties her skills and understanding of transformative life coaching to help people who love, live with, and work with someone with autism. The center idea is that we all have an innate connection with our own well-being, including a deep wisdom of ‘knowing’ or intuition, it’s just often overwhelmed and drown out by loud, repetitive thoughts. This deep intuition, or an inner GPS for decision making, can guide us through our challenging interactions or stresses.

She builds this idea easily, relating to her own experiences with raising son with autism. Early on she shares a time when her son became wary of stepping into the shower, even though he usually was fine with the task. Her thoughts spiraled, trying different ways to get him to move, building frustration and stress. But when she finally let go, quieted her thoughts and allowed herself to look for ‘plan b’, she could finally hear the thought to help him bathe in another spot, that that was ok. A simple moment, but only one that came when she stopped those spiraling, panicking thoughts.

The experiences she shares are both bigger and smaller than this story, but her ability to get through them always ties back to her ability to quiet her panicky, judgmental thoughts, and allow her inner wisdom to approach the situation without her thoughts obscuring clarity.

I really liked her story telling, how she looks back to find her best moments and inspires you to follow the same approach to reach your own inner well-being and powerful intuition.

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A great read for any parent

This book, while mainly focused on Nobel’s experience parenting a child with autism, really touched my heart and spirit as a parent of three young kids. At one point, Nobel talks about the realization that by saying she didn’t know the answer for how to help her son, she opened herself up to receiving help from those around her. I don’t know how many times this has been the case for myself, but Nobel put it so nicely and succinctly into words. I know I will remember her life lessons the next time I’m struggling with a tough parenting phase.

I loved how Nobel interwove poetry and personal stories along with life lessons. It was so perfectly personal and helpful. I can’t wait to share this with a friend.

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Not Just an Autism Story

While the focus is on autism, I found this to be a productive tool for any parent. As the mom of a child with autism, Kayla is 14yo non-verbal, I try to grab anything on the topic of Autism. You truly can feel the love in this story, it comes through in leaps and bounds. The life of an autistic child, parent or family is never easy but it is a journey I wouldn't trade for anything. Every day has its struggles but also its milestones. It was so refreshing to hear the journey of another parent facing the same struggles. I found this to be an amazing reference tool and I honestly feel it will be beneficial to a neuro typical parent as well as the special needs one, especially during the IEP meetings, when many of us are ready to tear our hair out. I also feel that Gayle's story will help those of you that struggle to understand what it is like to live with autism. I also want to add that the narrator did an amazing job and made me enjoy the experience all the more.

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Perspective!

This author knows life with a family member who has autism. I do not have anyone related to me that has autism but I am a teacher and have experience with different levels of autism through that. To listen to someone else’s experiences and reactions hit home with me. Even though my child does not have autism I know that she has different reactions based on how I react to situations and her. Gayle also spoke about how her life has changed because of spontaneous reactions and no longer being able to control anything and feeling such doubt (I can’t imagine). This book was beneficial for me to read a parents view on this situation so that when I am involved in possible parent meetings and IEP meetings I can remember the extent of adjustments and hardships these parents experience. I will definitely use this as a reference and a reminder of different struggles and perspectives. I recommend this book without a doubt, NOT as a book to help you cope with children with autism per say but more to hear experiences and have a different perspective in life.

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Space of Love

Being a mother of two small children, I am always on the look out for more material to read (or listen to) that deals with various parenting topics and methods. Although I do not have a personal experience with autism, I have numerous friends who have children with the diagnosis and have learned about their daily struggles. After listening to the audiobook, it is clear to see how much love a mother can have for her child, even when the child has been faced with many obstacles. Since the author's son is close in age to myself, I found that I viewed her as a mother figure. Throughout the book we see the inner struggles that Gayle has faced while raising her son. The constant questioning or whether she was doing something right, the trial and error of what worked one month might not work the next. The poetry she included was a nice addition to the overall story. The audiobook (and the narrator) was enjoyable to listen to. Thank you for sharing Kyle's journey.

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A great lesson for everyone

First, I will start by stating that I am a mother of three, two of which have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum. It has been a journey, and one that still can change from day today. As the mother, my role has always been to protect and get the best for my children. It has not been easy, many times throughout the journey. And what I have always wanted is acceptance from my family. I love that this book teaches The idea of acceptance and gives a glimpse into the life of autism. I found myself choked up more than once in relating to the story, and I hope that people with typical children, or those maybe who don’t even have children, can benefit from this book.

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A book about Love and Acceptance

I listened to this audio book and it was filled with so much love. While I don't have a child with autism, I do have a child who struggles with a complicated congenital health disorder which also encompasses other mental health issues. I've spent so much of my time trying to "fix" my child, rather than just appreciate her. This book is filled with beautiful stories and poetry. It's a reminder that God has created all kinds of beautiful children with special abilities. While it can be difficult to watch a child who doesn't always feel like they fit in, this book reminded me that we need to relax, enjoy them, and see what a gift they are to us.

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