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Emily Colson

Dancing with Max: A Mother and Son Who Broke Free (Paperback)

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<p><strong>The true story of a single mother's love and perseverance, her son's autism diagnosis with its challenges and gifts, and their triumph together over life's toughest obstacles. </strong></p> <p>Journey with Emily Colson--daughter of Chuck Colson--as she takes you from her darkest days of pain to her adventure through life. With candor and wit, she shares about her personal battles and heartbreak when, as a suddenly single mother, she discovered her only child has autism. Emily illuminates the page with imagery--making you laugh, making you cry, inspiring you to face your own challenges.</p> <p>Along the way, we discover that Max's disability does not so much define who he is, but reveals who we are. <em>Dancing with Max</em> is not a fairy tale with a magical ending. It's a real-life story of grace and second chances and fresh starts in spite of life's hardest problems. And Max? Max will make you fall in love with life all over again, leaving you dancing with joy.</p> <p>This is the story that will inspire you to &quot;get up and live,&quot; to break free of the barriers that threaten to constrict your life. And this is the young man who will capture, even change, your heart.</p> <p>Includes contributions from Chuck Colson, in his most personal writing since <em>Born Again</em>, as he details how Max's resilient spirit unraveled his thinking and brought out his tender side as a grandfather.</p>

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The true story of a single mother's love and perseverance, her son's autism diagnosis with its challenges and gifts, and their triumph together over life's toughest obstacles.

Journey with Emily Colson--daughter of Chuck Colson--as she takes you from her darkest days of pain to her adventure through life. With candor and wit, she shares about her personal battles and heartbreak when, as a suddenly single mother, she discovered her only child has autism. Emily illuminates the page with imagery--making you laugh, making you cry, inspiring you to face your own challenges.

Along the way, we discover that Max's disability does not so much define who he is, but reveals who we are. Dancing with Max is not a fairy tale with a magical ending. It's a real-life story of grace and second chances and fresh starts in spite of life's hardest problems. And Max? Max will make you fall in love with life all over again, leaving you dancing with joy.

This is the story that will inspire you to "get up and live," to break free of the barriers that threaten to constrict your life. And this is the young man who will capture, even change, your heart.

Includes contributions from Chuck Colson, in his most personal writing since Born Again, as he details how Max's resilient spirit unraveled his thinking and brought out his tender side as a grandfather.

Meet a remarkable young man. Max doesn't communicate like we do. But he communicates better than we do about the most important things. Max doesn't think like we do. But his actions reflect deep spiritual truths. With candor and wit, Emily Colson shares about her personal battles and heartbreak when, as a suddenly single mother, she discovers her only child has autism. Emily illuminates the page with imagery--making you laugh, making you cry, inspiring you to face your own challenges. Chuck Colson, in his most personal writing since Born Again, speaks as a father and grandfather. It is a tender side Max brings out of his grandfather, a side some haven't seen. As Emily recalls her experiences, we discover that Max's disability does not so much define who he is, but reveals who we are. Dancing with Max is not a fairy tale with a magical ending. It's a real life story of grace and second chances and fresh starts in spite of life's hardest problems. And Max? Max will make you fall in love with life all over again, leaving you dancing with joy.

Specifications

Language
English
Features
Trade Paper
Publisher
Zondervan
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
199
Author
Emily Colson
Title
Dancing with Max: A Mother and Son Who Broke Free
ISBN-13
9780310000198
Publication Date
October, 2012
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
031000019X

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I absolutely loved thi...
I absolutely loved this book! As an educator I have taught children with special needs which included Down's Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida etc. This book not only deals with the challenges of raising an autistic child but also takes the reader down that path as if we were right there with Emily Colson. It's like watching a TV show and you actually yell when you are mad at the character or cheer them on when they accomplish something. Emily and her father Charles Colson went through numerous trials and tribulations in life and where some might give up with despair they endured. She gave her love unconditionally to her son. Max lacks the verbal skills needed to communicate but with his uncanny memory and Emily's artistic abilities they have a major breakthrough! Both Charles and Emily, at different points in their lives, find God and put their faith and trust in Him. There was so much energy and passion in Max's story that I read the book in one day! Every parent should have Emily's drive and determination to provide for their child. Recently I was having a conversation with a parent of an autistic child who is facing the same battles as Emily. I will be recommending this book, hoping she dances as well.
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Dancing with Max. Emi...
Dancing with Max. Emily Colson. 2010. I didn't intend to read two books about autistic children in such a short time, but Janet lent this on to me. Colson is not a professional writer but she is a loving mother. Her account is more about her spiritual growth as she comes to feel that Max is a spiritual blessing to all who are open to him. Her father Chuck Colson provides an incredibly moving account of how Max has affected his life
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I absolutely loved thi...
I absolutely loved this book! As an educator I have taught children with special needs which included Down's Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida etc. This book not only deals with the challenges of raising an autistic child but also takes the reader down that path as if we were right there with Emily Colson. It's like watching a TV show and you actually yell when you are mad at the character or cheer them on when they accomplish something. Emily and her father Charles Colson went through numerous trials and tribulations in life and where some might give up with despair they endured. She gave her love unconditionally to her son. Max lacks the verbal skills needed to communicate but with his uncanny memory and Emily's artistic abilities they have a major breakthrough! Both Charles and Emily, at different points in their lives, find God and put their faith and trust in Him. There was so much energy and passion in Max's story that I read the book in one day! Every parent should have Emily's drive and determination to provide for their child. Recently I was having a conversation with a parent of an autistic child who is facing the same battles as Emily. I will be recommending this book, hoping she dances as well.
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Dancing with Max. Emi...
Dancing with Max. Emily Colson. 2010. I didn't intend to read two books about autistic children in such a short time, but Janet lent this on to me. Colson is not a professional writer but she is a loving mother. Her account is more about her spiritual growth as she comes to feel that Max is a spiritual blessing to all who are open to him. Her father Chuck Colson provides an incredibly moving account of how Max has affected his life
I absolutely loved this book! As an educator I have taught children with special needs which included Down's Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida etc. This book not only deals with the challenges of raising an autistic child but also takes the reader down that path as if we were right there with Emily Colson. It's like watching a TV show and you actually yell when you are mad at the character or cheer them on when they accomplish something. Emily and her father Charles Colson went through numerous trials and tribulations in life and where some might give up with despair they endured. She gave her love unconditionally to her son. Max lacks the verbal skills needed to communicate but with his uncanny memory and Emily's artistic abilities they have a major breakthrough! Both Charles and Emily, at different points in their lives, find God and put their faith and trust in Him. There was so much energy and passion in Max's story that I read the book in one day! Every parent should have Emily's drive and determination to provide for their child. Recently I was having a conversation with a parent of an autistic child who is facing the same battles as Emily. I will be recommending this book, hoping she dances as well.
Dancing with Max. Emily Colson. 2010. I didn't intend to read two books about autistic children in such a short time, but Janet lent this on to me. Colson is not a professional writer but she is a loving mother. Her account is more about her spiritual growth as she comes to feel that Max is a spiritual blessing to all who are open to him. Her father Chuck Colson provides an incredibly moving account of how Max has affected his life

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I absolutely loved thi...

I absolutely loved this book! As an educator I have taught children with special needs which included Down's Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida etc. This book not only deals with the challenges of raising an autistic child but also takes the reader down that path as if we were right there with Emily Colson. It's like watching a TV show and you actually yell when you are mad at the character or cheer them on when they accomplish something. Emily and her father Charles Colson went through numerous trials and tribulations in life and where some might give up with despair they endured. She gave her love unconditionally to her son. Max lacks the verbal skills needed to communicate but with his uncanny memory and Emily's artistic abilities they have a major breakthrough! Both Charles and Emily, at different points in their lives, find God and put their faith and trust in Him. There was so much energy and passion in Max's story that I read the book in one day! Every parent should have Emily's drive and determination to provide for their child. Recently I was having a conversation with a parent of an autistic child who is facing the same battles as Emily. I will be recommending this book, hoping she dances as well.

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Though I myself do not...

Though I myself do not have a child who suffers from Autism, I found this book was able to speak to me on so many other levels. As Emily shares the story of her personal journey from the child of a fallen-from-grace public figure (Chuck Colson), to a young woman in a troubled marriage, to a single mom with a special needs child struggling to make ends meet, I identified with her feelings of pain, frustration, anger and loss. Her choice to surrender wholly to God and allow Him to heal her and open her eyes to the joy - yes joy! - that could be found in the midst of trial was transformational to watch. Emily chose to see Max as a gift, not a burden. There are many hard places in my own life where I can make the same choice. I think this book would strike a chord with many people, not just parents of Autism.

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This was a really grea...

This was a really great story about Max, a young boy with severe autism and the relationship his mother Emily develops with him after her husband leaves her. Max is actually the grandson of the late Charles Colson who has written the forward and epilogue.I enjoyed this book because it was so real and gives an outsider a glimpse into the daily struggles of life with a child like Max. Emily tirelessly seeks to find ways to communicate with him and improve his quality of life. Her example is one of complete selflessness, she obviously adores him and has sacrificed her life that he might experience some joy here on earth. They are Christians. This book is actually pretty funny--Emily uses a lot of amusing metaphors and similes to try and help people understand exactly how she felt and how other people responded to Max's behaviour. There were many people who sought to connect with Max, others who didn't know what to do and still others who really should be ashamed of themselves. Emily perseveres through the ups and downs. The writing style is creatively unique, it's difficult to explain but I haven't read a book quite like this before. An ideal gift for someone dealing with a child with disabilities or just for those who enjoy true stories of Christian hope in the midst of trials. There is no bad language, sexual content or violence.

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Emily Colson, daughter...

Emily Colson, daughter of Charles Colson, gives an honest account of life with her autistic son. She writes of the grief and pain of a special needs child, while also writing of the complete joy that her son brings her on a daily basis. I would highly recommend this book for parents with special needs children, or for those who wish to support them.

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I thought this book ga...

I thought this book gave a great first-hand perspective of the difficulties of living with autism. This condition is still not understood by many outside of those in direct contact (family and schools) with people with autism or Asperger's. To hear from someone directly does a lot to take away the misunderstands and stigma sometimes associated with it. I enjoyed the book for that reason. I did not think necessarily more well-written than other books I read, just a different (and important perspective).

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