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At the same time Lauren makes a dramatic discovery. Long ago, her parents and Holden's parents were good friends, and she and Holden played together until his diagnosis of autism, at which time Lauren's mother distanced herself from the friendship. Now Lauren's mom and her MLB baseball player are father are trapped in an unhappy marriage and a life that is shallow and meaningless. Not until a tragedy takes place at the high school does Lauren take a public stand against the way the more popular privileged kids treat those who are different.
At the same time, Lauren continues to be a friend to Holden and in time their mothers realize that something special is happening. Hurts from the past are dealt with and all around Holden miracles begin to happen in various relationships. The greatest miracle is the change in Holden, himself, and everyone is stunned by the transformation they witness. Ultimately, the community comes to understand that many people walk around in a personal prison and that only by love and faith can the doors become unlocked, the way they dramatically do for Holden Harris.
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Publication Date: 2010
Before You Take a Stand … You Got to Take a Chance. Holden Harris is an eighteen-year-old locked in a prison of autism. Despite his quiet ways and quirky behaviors, Holden is very happy and socially normalon the inside, in a private world all his own. In reality, he is bullied at school by kids who only see that he is very different. Ella Reynolds is part of the "in" crowd. A cheerleader and star of the high school drama production, her life seems perfect. When she catches Holden listening to her rehearse for the school play, she is drawn to him … the way he is drawn to the music. Then, Ella makes a dramatic discoveryshe and Holden were best friends as children. Frustrated by the way Holden is bullied, and horrified at the indifference of her peers, Ella decides to take a stand against the most privileged and popular kids at school. Including her boyfriend, Jake. Ella believes miracles can happen in the unlikeliest places, and that just maybe an entire community might celebrate from the sidelines. But will Holdens praying mother and the efforts of Ella and a cast of theater kids be enough to unlock the prison that contains Holden? This time, friendship, faith, and the power of a song must be strong enough to open the doors to the miracle Holden needs.
New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury is Americas favorite inspirational novelist with over 20 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction™ has produced multiple best sellers including Unlocked, Leaving, Take One, Between Sundays, Even Now, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust was made into a major motion picture and is now available on DVD. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several womens groups including Women of Faith. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is married to Christian artist Kyle Kupecky.
Linda5 Stars Out Of 5ExcellentSeptember 28, 2016LindaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I haven't know people with autism very well, but this book, told a story and was very informative too. I read it in two days - only because I had to do other things too. It was excellent and gave me a new understanding.
barbNY5 Stars Out Of 5Very InterestingMarch 14, 2016barbNYQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I learned a lot about autism in this book, but also realized it truly would take a miracle to accomplish what happened in the story. It could be dangerous for Kingsbury to suggest that vaccinations are a possible cause of autism. While it has been suggested as a possibility, many may react to it by withholding shots for their children with possible fatal results. Millions of children avoid serious diseases by being vaccinated and do not become autistic! I did enjoy the book, however, and would recommend it as food for thought.
sandyTexasAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Unlocked: A Love StoryFebruary 29, 2016sandyTexasAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I highly recommend this book. It was very enlightening for me to read about autism. The current cover is a new one and it looks more like a book that teens would like; however, it is for granny's, too! You won't regret reading Unlocked, and then you'll want to pass your copy around for others to read.
Jennifer GilchristnjAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5wonderful bookJanuary 8, 2016Jennifer GilchristnjAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved this book so much that after reading it, i gave it to an unsaved friend of mine to read. She liked it so much that she is now reading more Karen Kingsbury!
musicmomZoar, OHAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Very insightfulDecember 29, 2015musicmomZoar, OHAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I work as an Intervention Specialist with students who have multiple disabilities, including autism. So many times, these individuals are judged by their seemingly irrational or random behaviors. This book, although fictional, offers a glimpse into the possible thought processes of an individual with autism. People with autism often perceive, process and react differently than others, but that is not to say that there are not valid rationales behind their actions and reactions. Indeed, as illustrated in the story, they may be intelligent, talented, and have unique strengths and abilities to offer, if only provided with patience, understanding and appropriate supports.
Having a child with autism often does precipitate relationship difficulties within marriages, families, and in social circles, as reflected in the relationships of the Holden's, their families and friends. The emotional and spiritual elements interwoven in the story also demonstrate the power of prayer, faith, and perseverance.
I enjoy Karen Kingsbury's books, and "Unlocked" is no exception.