A Longtime Caregiver's Inspirational Guide to Understanding and Ultimately Succeeding at Caregiving.
James Walker is not only Jessica’s Dad and an award winning author and designer, but along with his wife Renée, has been Jessica’s 24/7 caregiver for nearly 40 years.
In this book he follows up on his first book, ‘Growing Up with Jessica: A True Story: Blessed by the Unexpected Parenting of a Special Needs Child.' by carefully recounting the lessons learned and truths revealed, throughout their caregiving experiences.
“...after many years of 24/7 caregiving for our youngest daughter Jessica,
the scales finally fell off of our eyes and we beheld
the privilege we had been given as caregivers
of another human soul. And finally we began embracing
the joys and blessings of being‘Ultimate Caregivers.”
Practical Guidance to Find the Path.
Walker suggests practical ways to acquire the commitment, endurance, and unselfish love needed to become what he describes as an ‘ultimate caregiver.’ Other topics include, the importance of friendships, personal character development, confidence, the miracle of hope, understanding patience, finding blessings, amazing joy and faith, understanding helplessness, the worth of the human soul, and the privilege of caregiving, all of which adds up to the ‘ultimate caregiving’ experience.
Proven Universal Principles
Jessica’s Dad, weaves into his narrative insights from the lives of Viktor Frankel, Mother Teresa, Albert Schweitzer, Ann Sullivan, Helen Keller, Josh McDowell & Jesus Christ, along with his own practical life experiences. Also included are simple and practical ways to offer support and encouragement, and study and review questions. Any one reading this book will be encouraged and inspired by the Walker’s down to earth and practical experience as an ‘ultimate caregivers.’
Based on true experience not theory.
About the Author
His second book, 'Lessons from Jessica: Ultimate Caregiving : A longtime Caregiver's Inspirational Guide to Understanding and Ultimately Succeeding at Caregiving' was released on 'Children's Day' October 8, 2015.
Walker first began writing books because his wife, friends and distinguished writing professionals, kept encouraging him to tell the remarkable and moving story of his baby girl Jessica's affliction.
"...after many years of 24/7 caregiving for our youngest daughter Jessica, the scales finally fell off of our eyes and we beheld the privilege we had been given as caregivers of another human soul. And finally we began embracing the joy and blessing of being an 'Ultimate Caregiver."
The Walker's caregiving journey began quite unexpectably on a cold Halloween night in 1978, when Renée arrived home from choir practice and quietly said '...there is something wrong with Jessica...' Suddenly they found themselves in a different world as Jessica's affliction turned their world upside down, and they entered the domain of the caregiver, a world they dubbed... 'Jessica-land.'
The story of how the Walker's survived and thrived and grew stronger as they dealt with Jessica's affliction and provided her 24/7 care, was the subject of his first book. Now he has written a guide for caregivers and their friends and family. His latest book shows the way to the path to 'ultimate caregiving' using a step by step, clear concise plan. Emphasis is on the practical experience of the Walker family and other more famous caregivers, all using the same tried and true principles.
James Walker resides in the grandeur of Idaho with Renée and their children and grandchildren.
Table of ContentsDedications
Foreword by Pastor Harold Antrim
Notes from Jessica's Family
Chapter One, page 19
Into the UNDISCOVERED LAND
What is 'Ultimate Caregiving?'
Chapter Two, page 31
Your PROBLEMS or MINE?
A Matter of Perspective.
Chapter Three, page 39
The Glue of COMMITMENT.
A Really, Really Long Word.
Chapter Four, page 45
ENDURANCE for the RACE.
Sprint or Marathon?
Chapter Five, page 53
A LOVE that is GENUINE.
Chapter Six, page 63
Make Lasting FRIENDSHIPS.
The Fruits of Unselfish Love.
Chapter Seven, page 69
Keeping Your PERSPECTIVE.
The Width, Breadth & Depth of Life.
Chapter Eight, page 75
More than a Cartoon.
Chapter Nine, page 83
Trust in your Future.
Chapter Ten, page 89
The Miracle of HOPE.
Confidence Breeds Hope.
Chapter Eleven, page 95
Where is My PATIENCE?
Running Out of It?
Chapter Twelve, page 103
The Fruit of BLESSINGS.
Flowing From Sacrifice.
Chapter Thirteen, page 109
Adding Everything Up.
Chapter Fourteen, page 117
Someone is at The Door.
Chapter Fifteen, page 125
Help for HELPLESS.
Who is the Helpless One?
Chapter Sixteen, page 133
Consider the SOUL.
What is a Soul Worth?
Chapter Seventeen, page 143
It is Our PRIVILEGE.
The Greatest of them All.
Chapter Eighteen, page 151
Traveling in JESSICA-LAND.
We 'Grew Up' with Jessica.
Chapter Nineteen, page 159
Questions & Activities.
Understanding Ultimate Caregiving
The APPENDIX: page 171
Appendix: Table of Contents, page 173
Resources for Caregiving, page 175
'12 Days of Hope' Challenge, page 175
Your Review Requested, page 176
Chart of Quotes, page 177
Personal Resources, page 179
Websites & Digital Resources, page 181
Jessica Book Information 182
Credits, Photo Notes Bibliographic Summary, page 185
Our Family, 'Growing Up with Jessica,' page 189
Pages for Your Personal Notes: 191-194
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A really good book that addresses the needs of the caregiver. It is not an easy job but it is a possible one! A great job on helping people who are caregivers!