Friday, November 9, 2012

Too Wise to be Mistaken, Too Good to be Unkind Schoolhouse Review Crew 2012

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       Being the parent of 2 children on the Autism spectrum, we have traveled a long bumpy road since the boys were very young. Getting an Autism Diagnosis back in 2001 was not as easy as it is now, and we knew not a soul who had or knew anyone that was Autistic. I plunged into researching all of these labels that they were putting on my son, who at the time was 3 years old. PDD, SID, ADHD, ODD, OCD the list goes on and on. Finally after seeing a Psychologist, then a Psychiatrist we were referred to a Pediatric Neurologist. That is when we began to get real answers. Scared and feeling alone I started checking out books from the library. There was one thing I noticed though, none of them were written from a Christian viewpoint. Then we were saddened to learn that not only our middle son but our baby who is just 15 months younger also had a form of Autism. Should we not in our time of need reach towards God and ask for his help and guidance. I had not time to question I just had to learn how to help my sons. Over the years we have struggled and succeeded and finally listened to our God and chose the path of Homeschooling and changing our path of how to help our sons, and teach them that GOD is the center of our lives no matter who we are or what challenges we face.
     I was given the opportunity to review Too Wise to be Mistake, Too Good to be Unkind, by Grace & Truth Books,a family business with husband and wife team Dennis and Naomi Gundersen and their 4 boys who are also an intricate part of the business.
Too Wise to Be Mistaken, Too Good to Be Unkind
Written by: Cathy Steere
Publisher: Grace & Truth Books
Price: $9.75

              Cathy Steere, the author of this thought provoking book, knows where parents like myself and my husband have been in the trenches of an Autism Diagnosis. Struggling with confusion and not knowing where to turn, except they knew they needed to trust in the Lord.  Many of her son's issues mimicked those of each of my sons. Each of my boys have similar symptoms but also unique ones independent of each other, but similar to those of Cathy's son.
  Up until our choice to homeschool we lived in a fog, going through the motions each day just to survive. We  then happened upon a church that many people we met homeschooled. It certainly had my thought wheels turning, but if I cannot handle my son a few hours a day how would I handle being his teacher too. After all I looked forward to the relief public school brought me each week day. How did I ever become one of those Moms that was happy to usher her kids out the door. I decided I needed to give it all up to God, and I started to pray, Please God show me a sign that this is the path our family is to take.

    Soon the path God was laying before us started to unfold and I took that leap of Faith and started our homeschool adventure. Much to my surprise things improved immediately, and I figured out that the school was most of my children's problem, not myself like the school had tried to make it out to be.  We immediately began to teach fervently the Word of God to our boys on a daily basis and teach them that they need God to get through their life, disabilities and all, much like the author of this book and her husband and son Drew. We noticed a continuing change in our sons, and now 4 years later we are watching them turn into mighty Godly men. Becoming Social, yes more social being homeschooled than we ever thought possible in public school. Now do not get me wrong things are far from perfect, but our issues are few and far between and when we do come across a problem we have taught the boys to turn to God for the answers to their problems.

   I am about half way through the book, but I read a bit each night and it brings me great comfort as we continue this journey God has laid before us. It helps to know that we are not alone in this homeschooling adventure with Autism Spectrum children. That God has bigger plans than any of us can even begin to comprehend. That our special kids are wise beyond our measure and under God's divine supervision, they are capable of much more than we give them credit for, but God game their special "gifts" as part of his ultimate plan.

   If you are a parent of special needs child or even children, and are thinking of homeschooling or already do and just do not know where to turn next. First and foremost give it all up to GOD. Next buy Too Wise to be Mistaken, Too Good to be Unkind it will help you travel this road you have been pointed towards and give you comfort that you are not alone.

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