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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching true story - must read, Jan. 19 2009
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Christina Banks "Stina Rose" (Deep River, ON Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rex (Hardcover)
"He was exceptionally gifted and exceptionally challenged. But why had Rex been given so much - on both ends of the spectrum?"

Like every expectant mother, Cathleen Lewis had great hopes for her unborn child. Nothing could have prepared her for the phone call she received just three weeks before her little boy was due. A suspicious mass was found in the baby's brain. Cathleen's world was turned upside down, and life would never be the same. At eight weeks old, little Rex had his first surgery, to drain a cyst on his little brain. Not too long after that, Cathleen learned the horrible truth. Rex was blind. The struggles of raising a handicapped child tore her marriage apart. It was, however, a gift of a small electrical piano that started to pull life back together.

This is a story of a mother, a boy and the amazing power of God working in their lives. Rex had mountains to overcome. At age two he was not walking, talking or eating solid foods. Cathleen's dedication and raw emotions drive this passionate story along. She shows her doubts and her struggles dealing with everyday life with a blind, autistic child. The book shows an interesting peek into the frustrating world of special needs education. More importantly, this book shows the pure love of a mother toward a very special boy - a musical savant named Rex.

This book, Rex, came Friday afternoon and was finished less than 24 hours later. It really is a touching story, worth the read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story, Aug. 27 2009
This review is from: Rex (Hardcover)
This is the story of Rex, an autistic, blind boy who is also a gifted musician. His mother writes the story and you can hear her heart as she expresses her unconditional love for her son and agonizes over his needs. She is a woman of great strength and faith who put her whole life into giving Rex the best help he could get to deal with his disabilities and to develop his musical abilities. Through her writing I felt like I was able to get to know Rex and discover what a delightful boy he was. This was truly an inspiring, touching story of an incredible boy and his amazing mother.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rex Shatters Expectation on Society's Perception of Disabilities, April 14 2009
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After reading this biographical novel, I am amazed on how musically talented Rex is. He was told that he would never talk -- not only he talks, he can sing. He was told that he would never walk -- he can do more than walking. Rex may have been born with a disability, but he was also born with a gift that no one has a right to take away from him. MINOR SPOILER: Although it is not mentioned in the book, Rex was born with a birth defect (Dygenesis) of his Corpus Callosum. Many children and adults are currently living with this condition, which is also known as Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum. As an adult living with a similar condition, stories like Rex inspire me and others to live beyond our disabilities and excel on what we can do. I recommend this book!
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