I recently received a book from Bring it On Communications. The book was Lonely Girl, Gracious God by Lauri Khodabandehloo. The only thing I knew about this book before was that it was written by a mother about her daughter with autism.
My mom used to work in a preschool with autistic children, and being a mom, it's definitely something I've done a lot of research on, and even feared, so I was interested in reading this book.
While I knew the book would be good information, I didn't think I would be as drawn in as I was. I honestly couldn't put it down, and finished it in just a few nights.
It was a heartbreaking to read about Lauri's struggle with trying to find out exactly what her youngest daughter had, and it took years before she was diagnosed with autism, but Lauri never gave up. She went to doctor after doctor, read book after book trying to find answers. And when she finally got the answers; that her daughter was autistic, she was determined to get the best help possible for her daughter. Through all of her struggles and trials, she always put her faith in God, which was extremely inspirational.
Lauri struggled with guilt after she learns Farema, her youngest daughter, is different than her 3 older sisters. She wonder if God is punishing her because she she didn't want a fourth child. She didn't want this pregnancy. This is the type of honesty that shows throughout the entire book, which is so refreshing to read.
It's an honest, inspiration, touching story that I recommend do anyone who knows someone with autism and want to understand it better, or even if they just want to read about an inspiring mother.
I've already passed this book onto my mother to read, and she texted me a few nights ago saying "You are right, it's hard to put it down!"
To buy it, go to http://www.deepriverbooks.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=Lonely+Girl%2C+gracious+god