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Changed by a Child

Gill, Barbara

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ISBN 10: 0385482426 / ISBN 13: 9780385482424
Published by Doubleday, New York, 1997
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Title: Changed by a Child

Publisher: Doubleday, New York

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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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.


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 Lutz

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