Saturday, May 28, 2011

Book Review: Lonely Girl, Gracious God

I was sent a book, Lonely Girl, Gracious God A Mother's Story of Autism's Devastation and God's Promise of Enduring Love on behalf of Bring it On! Communications. You can buy this book on Amazon. I reviewed this book on my other blog, Planet of the Apels, but I thought it was important to bring up a few key things about autism on Milking the Issue.

About Lonely Girl, Gracious God:

This is a very inspiring biography and autobiography. It's about a mother that raises a girl that has autism. For a long time Lauri, the mom and author knew something was wrong with her daughter, Farema. Lauri spent much of her time hiding her daughter's odd behavior from others. She just didn't know what Farema had. Doctor's even had a problem diagnosing little Fee. Autism was just starting to be researched at the time of Farema's childhood. Something in Lauri longed for Farema to be normal like her three older sister's.

Days became long. Lauri felt the need to keep Farema stimulated socially. One day she took her for a ride. She was looking for anything to do. They spotted an ice skating rink. Farema skated with ease. Many other individual sports such as biking, horseback riding and swimming came naturally for Farema. Ice skating seemed to be Farema's calling. 

Ice skating was the solution to Farema coming out of her shell. She moved into her own home, skated for the olympic ice skater, Scott Hamilton and got a job at the local skate rink. Everything seemed to be looking up for Farema. 

Lauri never expected that Farema was doing too much. The 20 something Farema had a giant set back. Farema got lost in her own world.  

These are not listed out like this in the book. Farema has autism, so I'd like for you as my readers to understand the disorder more. The book is the mother's story.

  • Roughly 1 in 150 children born in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have autism.
  • There are key signs that show up before the age of three.
  • Most commonly these things are effected: Speech, communication, social skills and behavior problems.
  • Autism spectrum may range anywhere from mild, "odd" behaviors to low functioning individuals who need protection to keep from harming themselves.
  • Repetitive Movements. In Farema's case she liked anything that went in circles such as tops, fans and just spinning in circles. She also flapped her hands in front of her face a lot. It was a habit her mother tried to break while in public.
  • Repetitive Speech.  It's also called, "echolalic speech," which is when they repeat what is said to them instead of building off of it.
  • Lack of Self-Preservation Skills. This is when someone is unaware of real dangers. Farema just decided to jump into the river in the book. It was really traumatic to everyone in the situation.
  • Poor Social Skills. They have trouble communicating.
  • Splinter Skills. Being really good at select things! Farema was a very good ice skater. Other things that came easy for her were swimming, horseback riding, running and bike riding. Each person with autism can be different in what they are good at.

About the Author:

Lauri Khodabandehloo is a major supporter in the autism community. She is a contributor for Chicken Soup for the Soul; sharing her heart felt story about raising Farema, her daughter that has autism.


The opinions on this post are my personal take on the products. This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. I am not compensated to provide my opinion except for receiving the products themselves to test out. Bring it On! Communications provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so choose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

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