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Defying Autism [Hardcover]

Karen Mayer-Cunningham
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Aug. 24 2009
When their 18-month-old son, James, was diagnosed with severe autism, Cunningham and her husband were devastated. They sought help from social service agencies, medical specialists, and expert educators, but found no assistance. Then God stepped in! This dramatic story of James's supernatural healing will touch your heart and show you that God still performs miracles!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I have come across some truly atrocious books about autism, but this one is so far off the charts that I felt impelled to warn others about it.

This is one of the worst books I have EVER read! It made me so angry that I sincerely hope other readers will dodge this bullet and turn to other books about autism instead.

This author calls children with autism "deathly, deathly ill with no hope for a cure." How's THAT for a ray of hope? To make matters worse, the author calls autism a curse and has the effrontery to suggest that people with autism are demon possessed. That is just a steaming crock of bull manure.

In the aftermath of Bettelheim who defrauded the public for decades with his fallacious claims about autism, one would think we, as a world would have moved into a more tolerant and progressive stage. I come across this book and feel it is many quantum leaps backwards.

This author's claim that autism is a curse is not only dangerous; it is downright cruel. Cruel! It is condemning people with autism much as Bettelheim and Kanner blamed parents for causing autism in their children.

How does this author expect people with children on the spectrum as well as adults who are on the spectrum to feel when encountering dangerous fallacies such as this? This book does not serve any helpful purpose.

Autism is a sensory and neurobiological condition that affects communication and sensory processing to varying degrees. As someone who is directly involved with people on the spectrum, the inflammatory and condemnatory rhetoric and downright BULL this book espouses is not only cruel; it is DANGEROUS!

I cannot in good conscience recommend this book. With the growing body of good autism literature, please bypass this one. It would be best used as liner for bird cages.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Healing Power of a Memoir Feb. 5 2010
By Linda O'Hern - Published on Amazon.com
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Karen Mayer Cunningham presented a tale of healing which had a mystery within it. What was it about the doctor's visit in her son's life that led to his autism? Or was the autism always there but cloaked until a certain unspecified event revealed it? The healing power of what could be considered an exorcism is real. Her book is outstanding among the formulaic examples I have seen. It is real and compelling.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One womans story May 19 2010
By Susan A. Spurlock - Published on Amazon.com
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This was written from the Heart, it is one womans story, of how spirit can work in our lives.
I bought several more copies as gifts.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than hope Sept. 29 2009
By R. Gray - Published on Amazon.com
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About a year ago, Karen Mayer Cunningham told me an amazing story about her son, James. God has healed him, and Defying Autism tells the story. She eloquently captures all of the emotions a mother has seeing her child go through autism. The best part is revealed in her book that it is possible for healing to come to our children, and Acts 10:38 is still true.
My own son is ten and was diagnosed with Asperger's years ago. After leading me to Karen's story and showing me that healing is possible, God has healed my son too. Since also going to Gospel Revelation Ministries, I have watched the miracle in front of me of profound changes in his brain. Within two days of coming home, his neurologist decided to start tapering his medication.
When I learned Karen's story about James, it brought me hope. I have even more than hope now: I have assurance, and evidence, and faith. And that is a gift from God.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect condition - great price Jan. 3 2014
By nrightor - Published on Amazon.com
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Perfect condition - great price - awesome book for the money. I enjoyed the content of the book as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Testimony March 13 2013
By Ana - Published on Amazon.com
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I think this book is a wonderful testimony of hope, of a common person (woman, mother), like me and you, to those that face challenges when dealing with autism. God can bring hope and healing! A must read!
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