I Wish I Were Engulfed in Flames: My Insane Life Raising Two Boys With Autism

I Wish I Were Engulfed in Flames: My Insane Life Raising Two Boys With Autism

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by Jeni Decker
     
 

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Welcome to the down and dirty world of one autism mom’s journey—from Sex-Ed to Santa Claus. 

Jeni Decker is five-foot nothing and one-hundred and [redacted] pounds—a self described roly-poly, forty-somet

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Welcome to the down and dirty world of one autism mom’s journey—from Sex-Ed to Santa Claus. 

Jeni Decker is five-foot nothing and one-hundred and [redacted] pounds—a self described roly-poly, forty-somet

Editorial Reviews

Epoch Times
In her no-holds-barred storytelling style, her prose peppered with blunt and profane language, Ms. Decker delivers the autism family in a new light: Vexing, prone to mischief, and painfully funny. . . . As a father of an 11-year-old autistic boy, I can relate to the unchartered journey a parent and spectrum child take when the diagnosis—the hard truth—emerges about a kid’s developmental issues.
Thus, the joy in Ms. Decker’s book is not only her self-deprecating humor, as mother-as-fireman putting out the boys’ daily fires of trouble, but the lessons and observations she shares that transcend all family types, cultures, and backgrounds.

— James O. Grundvig

Kim Stagliano
“This is not your mother’s autism book! Raw, honest with ‘she said what?!’ laughs on every page.”
James O. Grundvig - Epoch Times

In her no-holds-barred storytelling style, her prose peppered with blunt and profane language, Ms. Decker delivers the autism family in a new light: Vexing, prone to mischief, and painfully funny. . . . As a father of an 11-year-old autistic boy, I can relate to the unchartered journey a parent and spectrum child take when the diagnosis—the hard truth—emerges about a kid’s developmental issues.
Thus, the joy in Ms. Decker’s book is not only her self-deprecating humor, as mother-as-fireman putting out the boys’ daily fires of trouble, but the lessons and observations she shares that transcend all family types, cultures, and backgrounds.

Epoch Times - James O. Grundvig
“In her no-holds-barred storytelling style, her prose peppered with blunt and profane language, Ms. Decker delivers the autism family in a new light: Vexing, prone to mischief, and painfully funny. . . . As a father of an 11-year-old autistic boy, I can relate to the unchartered journey a parent and spectrum child take when the diagnosis—the hard truth—emerges about a kid’s developmental issues. Thus, the joy in Ms. Decker’s book is not only her self-deprecating humor, as mother-as-fireman putting out the boys’ daily fires of trouble, but the lessons and observations she shares that transcend all family types, cultures, and backgrounds.”
Library Journal
Decker, mother of two and an independent filmmaker, has found herself living a life she never imagined as a parent with both sons on the autism spectrum, wife of a husband who doesn't know what to do with boys uninterested in Little League or Yankees games, and caretaker of a dog and albino frog. Decker's memoir is a laugh-out-loud, though often unbelievable look at her daily life and the way she has chosen to embrace the unexpected each day brings. Decker focuses on her sons' abilities and uniqueness rather than their differences. Short chapters by Decker's oldest son, Jake, are included. In the final chapter, "The Weight of Normal," she writes about accepting children for who they are, not who you thought they were going to be—the key to her enjoyment of her children and all the joy and laughter they bring to her life. VERDICT Brash, sarcastic, irreverent, heartfelt, and touching, Decker's memoir is all this and more. Highly recommended.—Lisa M. Jordan, Johnson Cty. Lib., KS

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620876077
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
943,657
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Jeni Decker lives on a farm in rural Michigan with her husband, two autistic sons, an Australian shepherd, and an albino frog named Humbert Humbert. In between kid-wrangling and writing, she is also an independent filmmaker. You can find her at her website: closetspacemusings.blogspot.com or on Twitter @Jeni_Decker.

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