Defying Autism: A Miraculous Story of Hope Hardcover – Mar 23 2009
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About the Author
Karen Mayer-Cunningham is a Christian comedian and speaker. She travels to churches and events throughout the country and was recently interviewed on the Daystar channel’s program Houston Celebration regarding her son’s story. She raises awareness of autism through Karen Mayer Ministries and has two Web sites, www.karenmayer.org and www.AutsimCure.org.
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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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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.
What I admire about Karen is her transparency. She shares the ups and downs. The everyday life. She opens up about her struggles and feeling as if someone she is a failure. She too bares her soul about her marriage and all the struggles there. Her husband seems very passive. Having the attitude that everything is going to be okay. They know that something is different, but in the beginning years are almost in denial.
I too love how Karen never gives up on her son. She shares how difficult it was to have others to truly reach out and help them in this area. Finally, through years of determination she finds answers. She finds the help her family needs. She is so determined.
Some may read this book and get toward the end and find issue. Others will totally agree with Karen. If I was searching for books on Autism this probably wouldn't be my first choice, but like I say, Karen is transparent and I think many can learn from her experiences.
So, what is it that I take issue with? Well, Karen is involved with a healing church. I must say, God heals! But it seems Karen is put to the test. She must straighten out her own life before healing will come to her son. There are also members of this church who bring about that her son could be filled with a demon. Now, again, demonic presence is reality, but with the way these last chapters are worded doesn't sit well and I can't obviously share what I did like without sharing the issues that trouble me. But, with that being said, this is Karen's experience. She isn't saying this is everyone's experience, but being transparent, and this I LOVE!
I want to thank Karen for trusting me with her penned words and trusting me to give an honest review.
This book was a gift from Karen Cunningham for sharing my review with you.
I bought several more copies as gifts.
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