For years as she raised her son with Down syndrome, Barbara Gill wished for a book to help her in times of difficulty and doubt, a book that would confirm her instincts and reassure her that she could do the job. In Changed by a Child, Gill shares her journey with all parents of a child with a disability. In simple stories of faith, courage, fear, and forgiveness, Gill describes what parents feel with honesty, integrity, and grace, and addresses with clarity the range of issues they encounter. In these short passages, Gill finds the universal in the particular and offers parents the salve of true understanding. In words that are direct and true and realistic and buoyant, Changed by a Child invites parents to take a moment for themselves and find in its pages recognition of their reality, affirmation of their dreams, and praise for their efforts.
A book to read over and over, a constant source of reassurance, understanding, and hope, Changed by a Child is the book every parent will reach for in the middle of the night.
Barbara Gill is a writer, attorney, and disability consultant. She works actively for disability rights and makes frequent presentations to professional and disability organizations. She has served as a special assistant attorney general for Minnesota, and practiced in the areas of mental health, disability, criminal, and welfare law. She lives with her husband and two sons in Minneapolis.
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Parenting is always tough, but parenting a child with disabilities, serious injuries, or chronic illness can be a life-changing, profoundly disrupting experience. In Changed by a Child, Barbara Gill provides brief meditations and passages about the challenges, grief, faith, hope, and other feelings and experiences of parents who have a disabled child. Gill's son has Down syndrome, and she writes with the authority and credibility of a parent who has been through it herself. The brief pieces in this small, handsome book are divided into three sections: "In the Beginning," "Rounding the Curves," and "Transformed." It's a credit to Gill's experienced wisdom and her skills as a writer that this material never becomes sentimental or sugary. Temple Grandin, a woman with autism and the author of Thinking in Pictures, writes, "I wish my own mother had had this book when I was a child. If she had read this book she would have realized that she was not alone." For those parents who do feel alone, this book may serve as a kind and compassionate companion. --Ericka LutzFrom the Publisher:
"A thoughtful, touching book written by someone who has 'been there.'"--Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
"I wish my own mother had had this book when I was a child. If she had read this book she would have realized that she was not alone."
--Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures
"Wise, funny, helpful--I wish I had had this book twenty years ago!"
--Jane McDonnell, author of News from the Border: A Mother's Memoir of Her Autistic Son
"As a mother of four, two of whom had disabilities (leukemia and autism), I found comfort, solace and resonance on every page. Changed by a Child is a book for all parents, not just parents of children with disabilities. It is comprehensive, literate, inspiring and deeply healing."
--Annabel Stehli, author of The Sound of a Miracle: A Child's Triumph over Autism
"While this book is written for parents, it should be mandatory reading for medical students, pediatricians, as well as students and practitioners in the health professions. This is a book to treasure and to read and reread many times. Barbara Gill is to be thanked for putting into words what most of us may feel but often find it difficult to describe."
--Margaret L. Bauman, M.D., Children's Neurology Service, Boston
"A treasure! Changed by a Child is an outstanding achievement. Profound, absorbing, and a great joy to read. I recommend it enthusiastically."
--Bernard Rimland, Ph.D., founder of the Autism Society of America
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Book Description Doubleday, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0385482426
Book Description Doubleday, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110385482426
Book Description Doubleday. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0385482426 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1060053