Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Book Review-Rex

Rex: A Mother, Her Autistic Child, and the Music that Transformed Their Lives by Cathleen Lewis is an outstanding book. If you have seen 60 mins then you have seen him! He was born with a cyst in his brain, born blind, born with serious problems with his brian, autistic and a musical savant. Cathleen describes her life with her son and the grace God provided daily to help her through. She writes how God used her son with all of his disabilities to bring her to Himself.

It is a book about a mother's love, courage and strength to face the challenges of raising a disabled child in a world that cater's to the non-disabled. She describes the break-down of her marriage to Rex's father due to the strain on the marriage from the disabilities. She goes into some technical detail about the disabilities Rex has, such as no membrane between the two brain halves and little to no connection between the two brain halves which is needed to do simple things like picking objects up from one side of the body with the opposite hand. These daily tasks we take for granted!!

This is a perfect book to recommend to a friend who may be struggling with bringing a disabled child into the world. Without the dedication of this mom and God's grace, this boy may have never had a fighting chance. This week is sanctity of life week. This book is a reminder that no matter the disability, all life is valuable.

2 comments:

Ryan Ashley Scott@Optimistic Cynicism said...

Thank you for this review - the book sounds like an inspirational read for anyone.

Vivian M said...

Thanks for the book recommendation, I will check it out!