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!
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.
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.
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.
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.