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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Every Least Sparrow by Carolyn Walker is a memoir that every mother should read. As a mother, I have always believed that every child is special, that is, every child comes with a blessing and a curse, and that the curse is the part of the child that brings out the motherhood in us. This memoir has taught me many lessons. Carolyn Walker finds out that her new-born baby girl has a rare syndrome, the Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome — and I am, like the mother, learning about it only in this book — a condition that affects her mental and physical abilities negatively, or so everyone thinks. One could imagine her anxiety, the worry that suddenly takes hold of her heart. This book chronicles her journey with her daughter and her desperate search for a cure. It is wonderful to read how she meets with professionals, travels from one part of the country to another, searching for what is buried inside her heart. She discovered patient love as she needed to find the best time to engage with her daughter, accompany her as she learned skills late, like using the toilet. What this journey did to Jennifer is as wonderful as the transformation happening in the heart of her mother.
Carolyn Walker’s memoir is really heartwarming and there is no better way of describing her journey than using the term “awakening.” Her experience of living with her daughter and tending to her family has provoked a spiritual growth in her. Readers will love Jennifer and watching her as she evolves in the story. Every Least Sparrow had a lot to teach me and one of the wonderful lessons that caught my attention is this: No matter the depth of our pain, of our frustration and worry, it becomes less when we allow love to take hold of our heart. Jennifer found solace and a wonderful place to grow in the love of her parents. One can’t read this memoir without giggling happily at times, feeling tears run down their face, or occasionally being seized by a wave of powerful emotions. It was such an inspiration. A beautiful story simply told and a powerful message of love and hope, with lessons for everyone.