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Soul Of Autism Paperback – Mar 28 2008
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Wonderful Books !
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I also know that some parents of autistic children may be put off by this book; with the author suggesting that these kids are "heart savants" when a parent can't control her 5 year old autistic son from constantly banging his head against the wall.
All I can say is that William Stillman knows what he's talking about. Having researched and personally interviewed dozens upon dozens of families with children who have autism, Bill noticed that many of them seemed to possess a special gift for sensitivity, empathy (that's right, empathy) and connection. Some of the stories you will read will simply boggle your mind, but I do not doubt their authenticity. Bill writes that he is convinced that the world needs autism. So am I.
When we can begin to value other people for the gifts they possess and not be threatened by them because of their perceived differences, society will have evolved to a radically different place than we're at now. Beware curebies: you won't like this book! Stillman calls for a radical acceptance of all forms of autism and is squarely against those who are impatient to find a "cure". In that sense, this book also makes a strong political statement as well.
Bill, I thank you, my man! As a person with Asperger's, I'm grateful that you wrote this book. Keep up the great work!
I am an adult with autism and for so many years I felt so close to God in a way that it is hard for me to explain especially to people who think I am just a "fruitcake". Many people don't like to hear "the spiritual talk" it is either because they are afraid or they don't think it is "cool." When I was a child I would rock in my little rocking chair holding a pair of Rosary Beads praying to all my dead relatives, even the ones I never met, and when doing this I would be facing the window looking up at the sky. There is something more to autism then just it's little quirks.
I find comfort in reading Bill Stillman's books and I think that adults with autism and adults who may think they are different should read this book. Also parents of children with autism should read THE SOUL OF AUTISM so that they will see deeper into their autistic child. I praise you Mr. Stillman for having the courage to speak out and letting the world know that people with autism have a great message to send.
Our current reality of 1 in 155 children with autism is proof enough, but I have also witnessed firsthand that these souls are here for a higher purpose, and that is to open the rest of our eyes. The numbers keep growing. Are our eyes opening? Now we must take the next step and make changes to meet these souls on the middle ground, where we can see eye to eye, and listen with our hearts to what is being said beyond the space of our ubiquitous vocabulary. Stillman's book offers a way to begin down that road with integrity, an open heart, and a sense of wonder for these 'heart savants' known as the autistic ones.
To learn is to change. The autistic 'heart savants' are here to teach us. 'The Soul of Autism' encourages us to be the student, the blank canvas on which these souls can express their gifts. A common teaching in all spiritual traditions, after all, is that one cannot expect another to change... the change must begin within oneself. We can all benefit from this wisdom.
Thank you, William, for a wonderful and soulful book! I think everyone would benefit from reading this one.
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One of the phrases William Stillman has used, and that stays with me is, "The World Hurts". No one knows this more than a person with autism spectrum....disorder? Why is such a perception called a disorder when many of the peole profiled in this series of books (This is book no.2, No.1 is 'Autism and the God Connection" and No. 3 is "The Autism Prophecies". posess what I think of now as gifys. yes many are physically impared as well, but in getting past this it becomes ever more apparent that these people just see the world in a different way.
In Addition, as noted in this series of books, autism spectrum (disorder) is on the rise. I am on board with the theory that this is a new wave of children coming here to help those 'normal' people how to shift in their limitiing perceptions and beliefs and see the big picture. This book had to be written, and I am glad I found it. Thank you Mr. Stillman.
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