Optimism for Autism

The Inspirational Journey of a Mother and Her Autistic Son

Christian - Non-Fiction
313 Pages
Reviewed on 02/11/2014
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Reviewed by Steve Painter for Readers' Favorite

In her book, Optimism for Autism, Susan King reveals, along with notes from her son Patrick, a life that was fulfilled not by her son's autism, but from her faith that led her through some very troubling days. Days where the tasks she undertook to get help for Patrick seem rather heroic. The road is often very rocky for those with autism and King holds nothing back in her assessment of what was needed to provide her son with a chance to overcome this illness and lead a normal life. She writes with the love of a mom and not only covers the great things that happened over the years, but stays grounded by writing that it was never a walk in the rose garden. Despite some setbacks, it was all due to the Lord and His blessings that enabled such a wonderful story to come forth from a frightful beginning.

I was blessed to have read this book. Many parents and caregivers would be wise to read it as well, not only for the magnificent writing, but for the powerful tools they can use in their own circumstances. In her book, Optimism for Autism, Susan King, along with her autistic son Patrick, tells a story that should be read by any struggling parent trying to raise a child who needs intercession. Armed with a boatload of faith, King (along with her husband David) embraces the challenges of raising Patrick, who started life with such struggles that it was difficult for her to know where to start. And there are many parents in the same boat. But help is here and anyone can find encouragement by reading this book.