A Painful Gift: The Journey of a Soul with Autism by Chris Goodchild

By Chris Goodchild

This superbly illustrated, relocating and revelatory booklet will encourage readers to work out that it is usually that which supplies us the inner most sorrow in lifestyles which may carry us the best pleasure. 'Welcome to my global. i've got autism. 'But A Painful reward isn't really approximately my autism. it truly is in regards to the fight to be actually ourselves on this planet. To be absolutely human, to the touch humans and to be touched via humans in go back. 'Autism is a blessing, a proficient manner of seeing the area. it's also deeply misunderstood. there's a lot speak of discovering a therapy for autism, however it is just our lack of ability to simply accept distinction that cries out to be remedied. 'Although autism is a present, it may be a painful reward. i've got shared my woundedness in complete so you will be given the power to convey to gentle your woundedness. nice love and nice ache are a part of the non secular trip. pain can't simply holiday us down, it may well additionally holiday us open. This ebook is a pilgrimage of the brain to the center and is a sworn statement to the truth that it's not the absence of sickness that makes us who we're, yet our faithfulness in adversity that's the deeper degree. 'My inner most prayer is that every one who learn this ebook may be encouraged to determine that it's always that which supplies us the private sorrow in existence which can deliver us the best joy.' Christopher Goodchild

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And now because of my circumstances in having to travel far from my home and my fixed routines on my fortnightly visits to Daniel,€I was in real need of receiving help and support from others. € Up to now I had been independent, with a great investment in that independence. Now I was doing the one thing I had never done in my life – ask for help. This was something I was not comfortable doing and it took me some time to get used to it. I am flooded with gratitude to those dear€ friends who helped me after my separation from Sarah – they were like Good Samaritans to me.

I cannot really come close to explaining quite how I felt on the day I saw him come into the world, but the overriding feeling was one of excitement. The whole family had been in a state of increasing excitement in the weeks leading up to the birth. In spite of the anxiety I had concerning the problems between myself and Sarah, the impending birth€had brought the whole family closer together. €The labour had seemed long and distressing and I was so relieved when it was over. I was so overjoyed when my baby came into the world.

The joy was that Daniel would not have to face tragedy and insurmountable loss as a result of my suicide. A suicide that would have been irreversible had this cloud of unknowing not been lifted that day. This is neither exaggeration nor melodrama, just cold fact. The greatest challenge in my life is to love my son, and to pass on to him something beautiful and life- affirming, so that he can be truly himself. I trust that, amidst the tragedies and unfairness of life, he will be able to never lose sight of the fact that the world is a beautiful place and that God is right in the centre of it all and that Daniel will be free to be himself.

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