Dancing with Max: A Mother and Son Who Broke Free  -     By: Emily Colson Boehme, Charles Colson
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Dancing with Max: A Mother and Son Who Broke Free

Zondervan / 2010 / Hardcover

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Written by Chuck Colson and his daughter Emily Colson Boehme, Dancing With Max is the true story of Emily's 19-year-old autistic son, Max, and the personal battles they fought to find a pathway through to unexpected beauty. A single mother for most of her son's life, Emily and grandfather Chuck Colson share their discovery that Max's disability reveals who they are more than it defines who he is. Jacketed hardcover.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310293685
ISBN-13: 9780310293682
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Publisher's Description

Meet a remarkable young man. Max doesn’t communicate like we do. But he communicates better than we do about the most important things. Max doesn’t think like we do. But his actions reflect deep spiritual truths. With candor and wit, Emily Colson shares about her personal battles and heartbreak when, as a suddenly single mother, she discovers her only child has autism. Emily illuminates the page with imagery—making you laugh, making you cry, inspiring you to face your own challenges. Chuck Colson, in his most personal writing since Born Again, speaks as a father and grandfather. It is a tender side Max brings out of his grandfather, a side some haven’t seen. As Emily recalls her experiences, we discover that Max’s disability does not so much define who he is, but reveals who we are. Dancing with Max is not a fairy tale with a magical ending. It’s a real life story of grace and second chances and fresh starts in spite of life’s hardest problems. And Max? Max will make you fall in love with life all over again, leaving you dancing with joy.

Author Bio

Emily Colson is the daughter of Chuck Colson. She is an artist and writer. After many years as an art and creative director in the field of advertising and design, she now pours her creative gifts into helping her son, Max, who is diagnosed with autism. She has even pioneered an innovative communication system to assist her son. Emily has been a single mother for most of Max’s 19 years, with hard-fought lessons of life, love, and laughter. Emily and Max live on the coast of New England, where they can often be found dancing. You can visit her at www.emilycolson.com.

Chuck Colson was a popular and widely known author, speaker, and radio commentator. A former presidential aide to Richard Nixon and founder of the international ministry Prison Fellowship, he wrote several books that have shaped Christian thinking on a variety of subjects, including Born Again, Loving God, How Now Shall We Live?, The Good Life, and The Faith. His radio broadcast, BreakPoint, at one point aired to two million listeners. Chuck Colson donated all of his royalties, awards, and speaking fees to Prison Fellowship Ministries.  

Publisher's Weekly

An average of 1 in 110 children has autism spectrum disorder, a developmental disability that affects communication and social skills. Author Colson tells a common tale of life with her autistic son, Max, with uncommon grace and candor; she's a single mom and artist who developed her own visual communication system for working with her son. She is also the daughter of high-profile evangelical Christian leader Chuck Colson, who contributes candid material about his family in front and back matter that surround the main narrative like a paternal embrace. None of this story is easy, or heroic, or happily ever after if readers expect that the autistic son will miraculously arise and be normal. But if the story is rightly understood as the tale of healing a family and portraying the grit and grace in getting up every morning, readers will find a heartening and modest miracle. (Sept.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

Being a parent of a child with special needs can be isolating and difficult – and a challenge when it comes to faith – or so Colson found her experience with her now 19-year-old son, Max. In Dancing with Max: A Mother and Son Who Broke Free, Colson shares her experience. Colson – whose husband left when Max was an infant – was overwhelmed with the lack of progress Max was making early on as she saw others his age get along in life just fine, while she suffered through his repeated setbacks and, at times, embarrassing incidents. Finally finding answers, she discovered that Max had autism, enabling her to move forward and grow with Max. In sharing her discovery of God’s gift to Max seeing the world with a different but uncluttered view, Colson will bring hope and encouragement to those who have a child with autism. The book includes a prologue and epilogue by author – and Max’s grandfather – Charles Colson.

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  1. Kokomo, Indiana
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    I love this book and have shared it with others!
    July 21, 2012
    Kokomo, Indiana
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    Gender: female
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    I had read Dancing with Max a year or so ago and appreciated it so much that I sent it to a friend whose nephew also has a severe case of autism Recently, I was talking to Mom about the book, and she sounded interested. I purchased the book for her, and she could hardly lay it down. Thank you for a very inspirational must-read that's making the rounds through my circle of friends!
  2. Vincent
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    January 13, 2012
    Vincent
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    Of all the books I have ever read, this has to be by far one of the most touching and powerful examples of unselfish love I ever seen written. I even told my wife that I would love to see this book made into a motion picture. Very inspiring and moving. It looks at the personal side of Autism and how it affects everyone involved. A must read.
  3. drrr
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    Dancing with Max is a beautiful story of life!
    January 6, 2012
    drrr
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    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Dancing with Max is a story of a mom and her son who has autism who open the door to the amazing mysteries of life and its purpose.

    Emily has had a tough row to hoe, yet she trusts God to give her strength for the daily challenges she faces. In the daily struggles of her life, she learns the beauty God has in ashes. She catches flashes of heaven.

    Max is a sweet baby who cries and throws tantrums and never really seems to "grow out of it." He has severe anxiety in public places. Like a human GPS, Max has a photographic memory when it comes to road signs, bridges, and cars. His compassionate heart sees beyond what the eye can see and flashes of heaven can be shown to the patient eye watching him. As he grows up in this story, Max grows in all the hearts who are fortunate to know him.

    This story is a beautiful weaving of life: full of ups and downs, disappointments and victories, joy and pain. The story is also about the Story Maker, God. God created Max and He has plans for him. The dance that God has is full of purpose and reason even when we may not understand or know all the answers. We see Max and his struggles with the simplest things, yet how caring for another hurting person turns a faucet on pouring out all his strengths.

    As January is the Celebration of the Sanctity of Life Month, reading this book reminds me again how close God is to those with disabilities. And that in one way or another, we all have disabilities. From conception to death, God is the One in control of our lives. He loves us and wants us to know that.

    Job 10:10-12

    New Living Translation (NLT)

    10 You guided my conception

    and formed me in the womb.[a]

    11 You clothed me with skin and flesh,

    and you knit my bones and sinews together.

    12 You gave me life and showed me your unfailing love.

    My life was preserved by your care.
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    This book is an Awesome heart aching book. So much of this is my two boys. I really wish there was a movie of this book. I read this book in a day I was unable to put it down it was a good reader. Thanks for writing this book.
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