Autism and the God Connection: Redefining the Autistic Experience Through Extraordinary Accounts of Spiritual Giftedness

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A powerful, groundbreaking new book for anyone touched by autism!

Autism has captured the world's attention as the neurological disorder that impacts one out of every 166 children-ten times higher than just ten years ago. Despite the international scrambling of scientists to provide an explanation, there remains no single known cause for the rise in autism. Autism and the God Connection is the first book of its kind to view autism through a spiritual prism, unlocking its hidden ...

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Overview

A powerful, groundbreaking new book for anyone touched by autism!

Autism has captured the world's attention as the neurological disorder that impacts one out of every 166 children-ten times higher than just ten years ago. Despite the international scrambling of scientists to provide an explanation, there remains no single known cause for the rise in autism. Autism and the God Connection is the first book of its kind to view autism through a spiritual prism, unlocking its hidden meaning. Through countless, compelling interviews William Stillman documents extraordinary examples of spiritual giftedness.

Autism and the God Connection boldly challenges our traditionally held beliefs about people with disabilities. Readers looking for hope, inspiration and a deeper understanding of their loved ones will appreciate the affirming anecdotes of ordinary families.

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In certain cultures, people with illnesses affecting the ability to communicate are thought to be visited by spirits. The sufferer may be regarded as a messenger for a deity, an anointed one to be revered and honored. Sadly, Western culture often relegates those diagnosed with autism and related disorders to the ranks of the incurably crippled. Worse, almost everyone, from family members to friends to primary caregivers, too easily writes off the intelligence of a person who has difficulty speaking. So written off, the sufferer is discounted and ignored. Stillman, who has Asperger's syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism, speaks out on behalf of the wisdom of considering people with autism as not just intelligent but also highly spiritual. Drawing on testimony from dozens of parents, teachers, and autistic individuals, he builds a solid case in favor of not just his mantra­­'always presume intelligence'­­but also of thinking that God's most challenged people possess a deep, abiding spirituality.
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A writer with Asperger's syndrome, a mild version of autism, Stillman (Demystifying the Autistic Experience: A Humanistic Introduction for Parents, Caregivers, and Educators) treads a highly sensitive subject: the connection between autism and faith in God. Many parents of autistic children have taken a similar slant (see Lynne M. Hamilton's Facing Autism: Giving Parents Reasons for Hope and Guidance for Help and Catherine Maurice's Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family's Triumph over Autism). Stillman tries to shed light on the condition by tying together a wide variety of personal narratives (the best part of the book) with a broader spiritual message. While the conclusions might provide comfort for some, many, if not most, will find them insulting. Stillman cites the ability of autistics to connect better with animals, to offer "profound" messages when communicating, and to exhibit a sense of telepathy with those around them before concluding that people with autism are "messengers of God." Such a simplistic view contributes very little toward understanding autism. This book has extremely limited appeal and is not recommended for libraries.-Corey Seeman, Kresge Business Administration Lib., Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402206498
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 634,668
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

William Stillman, author of Autism and the God Connection and The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Asperger's Syndrome, is a contributor and columnist for The Autism Perspective, a new national publication. His website is www.williamstillman.com and he lives in Hershey, PA.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Part One: A PATH TO OPPORTUNITY Chapter One: Making Miracles Chapter Two: Surrendering to Serendipity

Part Two: DIVINE EXPERIENCES Chapter Three: Speaking in Silence Chapter Four: Spiritual Protectors Chapter Five: Angels in the Atmosphere

Part Three: VALIDATIONS Chapter Six: Izzy Chapter Seven: Ghosts in the Laboratory Chapter Eight: The Ladybug Story Chapter Nine: Full Circle

Appendix A: Bibliography Appendix B: Additional Resources About the Author

William Stillman is the author of Demystifying the Autistic Experience: A Humanistic Introduction for Parents, Caregivers, and Educators, which has been highly praised by the autism self-advocacy community. His other titles include The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Asperger's Syndrome: Help, Hope, and Guidance and The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Bipolar Disorder: Professional, Reassuring Advice to Help You Understand and Cope. Stillman also writes a column, "Through the Looking Glass," for the national quarterly magazine The Autism Perspective and is on the publication's advisory board.
As an adult with Asperger's Syndrome, a mild "cousin" of autism, Stillman's message of reverence and respect has touched thousands through his acclaimed autism workshops and private consultations. His national television appearances include CNN Medical News and the Maury Povich Show.
Stillman has a BS in Education from Millersville University in Pennsylvania, and has worked to support people with different ways of being since 1987. He was formerly the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Office of Mental Retardation's statewide point person for children with intellectual impairment, mental health issues, and autism.
Stillman is at the forefront of the autism self-advocacy movement and is founder of the Pennsylvania Autism Self-Advocacy Coalition, which endeavors to educate and advise state and local government, law enforcement, educators, and the medical community. He serves on Pennsylvania's Autism Task Force and is on several autism and Asperger's advisory boards including the Youth Advocate Programs' National Autism Advisory Committee. Stillman has collaborated with Temple University to develop a relationship-based curriculum for Youth Advocate Programs which will set the national standard by which mental health workers will be trained to support children and adolescents with autism. He is also the coordinator for a Pennsylvania-based meeting group of individuals who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
Stillman is coauthor of several successful books about his life-long passion, The Wizard of Oz. He website address is www.williamstillman.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    I made a strong connection to this book personally.

    I found many answers that I didn't even know I had questions for.
    This book generally provided a lot of insight to our issues with autism within our family. It's not a "fix it" book, just very eye opening. Coming from a Catholic family I found it very revealing and it left me wondering of our true purpose here on Earth. In my personal opinion I believe that individuals with ASD are innocent angels put here to remind us that we need to return to basics and enjoy life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2008

    Validation!

    I have always felt my high-functioning autistic son had a special connection to God and the spiritual world. This book validated these feelings so completely. Several times I closed the book and put it down, completed stunned. By the way, we have since found ourselves in the company of ladybugs weekly.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 16, 2012

    Dumb.

    Really.

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