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Defying Autism: A Miraculous Story of Hope Hardcover – Mar 23 2009

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Creation House (March 23 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599796287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599796284
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.8 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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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, and

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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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HASH(0xaa77cab0) out of 5 stars More than hope Sept. 29 2009
By R. Gray - Published on
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaa77ccfc) out of 5 stars My Honest Review July 29 2014
By robin prater - Published on
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I received Karen's book for review. This is the first book I've read on autism. Let me begin by sharing that this is Karen's story. This is her journey. Not every journey is the same. Karen begins her story with the early years of her life before she was ever married. She shares what was going on in her heart and all that she was searching for. It takes a brave woman to bare her soul.

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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaa77cf3c) out of 5 stars The Healing Power of a Memoir Feb. 5 2010
By Linda O'Hern - Published on
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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
HASH(0xaa7810fc) out of 5 stars One womans story May 19 2010
By Susan A. Spurlock - Published on
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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.
By LRC - Published on
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I bought this book after watching her interview and highly recommend it. I like the indepth truthfullness of her life dealing with her beloved son' autism. I like how she doesn't water down anything, like how bad it got between her and her husband, how they almost had to institutionlize her son, etc... The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because she left out some information on deliverance that she spoke about in her interview; I think this information would be very helpful and encouraging to others.