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Autism and the God Connection: Redefining the Autistic Experience Through Extraordinary Accounts of Spiritual Giftedness

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  126 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Everyone who seeks a more compassionate and wise life will benefit from this wonderful, insightful, and beautiful book. It is a very short step from understanding autism and the God connection to understanding you and the God Connection.

---Gary Zukav, author of The Seat of the Soul and The Dancing Wu Li Master

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Ellen
Nov 16, 2014 Ellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I heard Mr Stillman speak several years ago. I was moved by his presentation, and I learned a lot from his insights. I've been looking forward to reading his book ever since. I was quite disappointed. First off, the volume is so full of typos and grammatical errors as to distract from the content. Secondly, although Mr Stillman refers repeatedly to his "research", he does not employ anything resembling the scientific method. Lastly, he seems to see spirituality as synonymous with Christianity. H ...more
Debbie
Aug 02, 2008 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERY HUMAN BEING, ESPECIALLY OLD WHITE REPUBLICANS
Recommended to Debbie by: Blessed to find it.
This is a book that every family should read, whether you have a child diagnosed with autism or not because at the rate of diagnosis, we will ALL be involved with autism eventually in some way. Let's get comfortable with it right now. And that is the goal of this book, I believe, to get everyone at a comfort level with these incredible children. Here is the message I get from this author over and over from his various books on autism: this is NOT a condition that calls for a cure, this is an opp ...more
Gina Denny
Meh.

As someone who has made more than a casual study of autism and related disorders, and also someone who has more than a passing interest in religion and spirituality, I thought I would find this more interesting than I did.

If you are very scientifically-minded, this will probably bug you a lot. It relies almost exclusively on anecdotal evidence, though none of it specifically contradicts science, and some reliable studies and research is quoted and referenced.

Look, receiving an autism diag
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Linda
Jun 01, 2014 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked "Autism and the God Connection." Reading the experiences the author wrote about I feel like my eyes were opened to the real possibility that special needs children do have a "God connection." In my quest to learn what I can about children on the autism spectrum, I believe this is a good book to read.

Here is a quote from a 15 year old autistic:

"God gives us the choice of what we want to experience. These choices direct our lives. My choice was to lead people home to their source. It requ
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Katrina
Jul 21, 2013 Katrina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Though it may sound intriguing, this book simply makes wild spiritual claims about people with autism. Not helpful for helping people with autism, or advocating for their rights.
Laura Sullivan
Nov 04, 2007 Laura Sullivan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
I had really high hopes for this book. I was extremely disappointed. It is really, really lame.
Megan
Jan 02, 2015 Megan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author takes a very dualistic stand, claiming that our physical bodies are "shells" for our immortal spirits, which is neither a Christian belief nor helpful to people with disabilities at all. I'm surprised how stark his body/spirit dualism was given that he claims to want to help people with differences or disabilities. Once it becomes clear that the "God" referenced in the title is not explicitly the Christian God, it's a bit easier to understand Stillman's spiritual amalgamation; still, ...more
Eryn
Feb 04, 2014 Eryn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am sadly disappointed by this read. The title in itself makes one believe that the book might be about God's relationship with our asd children, perhaps even insight about how we can advocate for autistic children in a godly way...however I couldn't determine whose god the author is trying to describe. The summary seems to be that autistic children have a deeper connection to the spiritual world and that a god has sent them here to teach us...I don't necessarily disagree, however there are no ...more
Douglas
Mar 01, 2008 Douglas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in autism and/or spirituality
Recommended to Douglas by: no one
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Cheryl Thomas
Mar 24, 2015 Cheryl Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read, even if you don't have anyone with autism in your life. I do not have anyone in my life with autism, but I have a friend who does & she was telling me about some of their experiences. It so intrigued me that I had to know more. This book was so dead on to what she had shared with me, truly incredible. Her friend with autism has communicated to her that autism was given to him as a gift from his God. He has a strong purpose in life & embraces his autism which is echoed throug ...more
Dana
May 11, 2015 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very mixed review. The author claims repeatedly that these experiences are not indicative that all autistic people are psychics and mystics, but then all of his examples and quotes are of the mind that they are. It really sends mixed signals.

I LOVE the idea of "presume intelligence." I totally agree with the idea that we need to listen to people with autism with an open mind and let ourselves be open to the idea that they might be getting information in a way in which we are not. Personally, my
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Dawn Livingston
Feb 24, 2016 Dawn Livingston rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I finally give up. I tried to read this book and I've been wrestling with it for months. I give up. The author uses 20 words when 10 would work better, make the topic clearer. By now not only can I not trudge through the book but I no longer care. It's such a chore that I don't want to read it anymore. Such a potentially interesting topic, and the opportunity to explore it squandered. I can't recommend this book. Buy it at your own risk.
Christopher
Apr 09, 2009 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author is autistic and makes the case that autistic people have a unique connection to the spiritual and can exhibit paranormal abilities.

A profoundly broken body often houses a profoundly gifted soul.

Great resources listed for those who are or live and work with autistic people.
Erin Isgett
I wanted to like this book, but there were just so many assumptions and attempts at connection-making that just felt so forced. I really did have to make myself finish the book, mainly in the hopes that it would redeem itself. I did, however, appreciate the author's desire to honor autistic individuals and his belief that their "suffering is not imposed upon [them] by [their] Creator but by the attitudes and mores of others who haven't yet accorded the autistic experience the reverence, apprecia ...more
Lisa
Dec 30, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this book last night. My daughter works with young children on the spectrum and it hit the mark of all that we both believe. Amazing, special people here to heal the Earth.
Pam Camel
Nov 30, 2013 Pam Camel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
I only got 100 pages in. It's dry and boring. At times felt like a bad lecture.
Hil
Dec 23, 2014 Hil rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing codswallop.
Sverre
This author is not shy about mixing New Age spirituality in with his advocacy for open minded assessment and compassionate treatment of children with autism or Asperger's Syndrome. God is referred to in the title but neither Christian fundamentalists nor traditional academic behaviourists will recognize established cultural God-bearings in Stillman's accounts and propositions. Religionist will complain about the work's lack of any doctrinal basis and academics will decry its lack of sound scient ...more
Ron Krumpos
Jul 13, 2014 Ron Krumpos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Autism and the God Connection" is one of the books in the primary bibliography of my free ebook on comparative mysticism. "The greatest achievement in life" at suprarational.org/gail2012.pdf has been reviewed on Goodreads.
Anne Evans
Apr 07, 2014 Anne Evans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous! I have had many of the same experiences working with autistic children I have known. Very realistic.
Peter Hakkenberg
Excellent book... explores the spiritual connection of those with autism. Very much worth the read, provoking much thought.
Erin Healy
Oct 27, 2009 Erin Healy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
An eye-opening and sensitive speculation about the spiritual and even supernatural giftedness of persons with autism. William Stillman's love and respect for the families he serves permeates these pages and loads the book with tangible value. Though not scientifically convincing, his theories are respectable and his anecdotal support is captivating.
Tonya
Aug 16, 2008 Tonya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tonya by: bcautism support
This book was interesting, but seemed a little cultish. Some of what was said went against my beliefs and what the bible says. However, the realization my children (both with autism) are probably more sensitive than I am (I have prophetic/discernment tendancies) was interesting.
Laura
This book offers a unique perspective into the world of Autism by focusing on spirituality (God, angels, ghosts). You have to keep an open mind while reading this.
Lisa Dorenkamp
I started reading this book a few years ago, but need to take the time to start reading it again. What I have read so far is engaging, probably why I bought the book!
Jennifer
Interesting to read, but sometimes I thought some of it was a stretch.
Terri
Jan 15, 2008 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simple: Wow... It is neat to think that we are ALL connected...
Kyle
Oct 31, 2007 Kyle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Faith can be a powerful thing for a person in need.
Linda
Apr 12, 2012 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I appreciate his insight.
Laura Weldon
Laura Weldon marked it as to-read
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