Rex: A Mother, Her Autistic Child, and the Music that Transformed Their Lives (Google eBook)

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Thomas Nelson Inc, Oct 28, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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The inspiring story of Rex, a boy who is not only blind and autistic, but who also happens to be a musical savant.

How can an 11-year old boy hear a Mozart fantasy for the first time and play it back note-for-note perfectly-but struggle to navigate the familiar surroundings of his own home? Cathleen Lewis says her son Rex's laugh of total abandon is the single most joyous sound anyone could hear, but his tortured aversion to touch and sound breaks her heart and makes her wonder what God could have had in mind. In this book she shares the mystery of Rex and the highs, lows, hopes, dreams, joy, sorrows, and faith she has journeyed through with him.

Endorsements

"This memoir documents a musical savant in a way we have not seen before, allowing us to reconsider the limits we place on people with disabilities. Highly recommended for all public libraries and academic libraries with autism and special needs collections." -- Library Journal, 11/25/2008

"Two of the most extraordinary and uplifting people I have ever known. Their story shows the amazingly moving struggle and success that proves love and faith can achieve miracles." -- Jane Seymour, actress, artist, author, and entrepreneur

"The remarkable story of a mother's love and a child's indomitable spirit, told in a writer's style that riveted me to the page, is singularly the most important work ever written on the relationship between a parent and a child with disability. For me, as a person who happens to be blind, the experience of reading Rex was an eye-opener I will never forget. Bravo, Cathleen! Bravo, Rex. Your work and your lives will forever change the future of disability in America. -- Tom Sullivan, author of Adventures in Darkness and Together

  

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Very good book

User Review  - Joanne - Christianbook.com

This book was very well-written. The author surprised me by drawing me into the story and keeping me there. What an amazing mother and her son! I definitely recommend this book. Read full review

This book is a tremendous inspiration

User Review  - Sunshine - Christianbook.com

This book would be a blessing to anyone who has a child with autism and an inspiration to parents who have children with disabilities. The author shares her heart and how she became a blessing because she saw her challenges as stepping stones instead of stumbling blocks. Read full review

Contents

Beginning
1
Into the Dark
11
A World Upside Down
24
The Meeting
47
Searching for Understanding
59
Miracles
78
The Ripple Effect
93
The Real World
107
IEP
157
Aftermath
169
Musically Speaking
183
Beyond the Music
196
Meeting Derek
208
Rexs Time
219
REFLECTIONS
230
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
238

Savant
125
A System Out of Touch
145
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
241
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About the author (2008)

Cathleen Lewis earned a B.A. from Stanford and a French Business Degree in Paris. Since Rex's birth, she has been consumed by love for him which led her to become an Educational Specialist in Visual Impairments. She and Rex tour the world as he shares his incredible music talent.

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