I truly enjoyed this book when I read it. Although I agree with other reviewer's that Wallis has a tendency to oversimplify complex social and politic...moreI truly enjoyed this book when I read it. Although I agree with other reviewer's that Wallis has a tendency to oversimplify complex social and political issues, I also feel that politicians and media like to over-complicate those some issues, so perhaps some simplification is in order.
What stuck with me most from this book were Wallis' many examples of how a shared vision could create common ground for Dems and Reps to truly work together to create workable solutions to real problems, even on some of our country's most seemingly polarized issues, such as abortion. I may not agree with all of Wallis' opinions, but I do like his arguments.
However, my opinion of this book has been tainted by a bad experience with the author himself. I had the opportunity to listen to Wallis speak at a conference and to ask him a question. Wallis speaks often about how the majority of religions represented in our country share common morals, supporting his Judeo-Christian vision. I asked him how a political vision with an overtly religious basis could include, rather than alienate atheists and agnostics who are just as much a part of our country's social/moral/political tradition.
Instead of answering my question, Wallis launched into an anecdote about how he once prayed with leaders of three different religions in a jail cell. The story had nothing to do with atheists or agnostics in the least, leaving me feeling ignored and dismissed. Unfortunately, I think that is how Wallis' political vision would leave those in our country who do not practice a religion.(less)
A good guide for parents, teachers, and other caregivers who are unfamiliar with childhood epilepsy. This book was recommended to me by a mother of a...moreA good guide for parents, teachers, and other caregivers who are unfamiliar with childhood epilepsy. This book was recommended to me by a mother of a young girl with epilepsy. She said that she found it very helpful when she was first trying to learn about her daughter's diagnosis.
The text gives an overview of the causes, symptoms, and treatments of epilepsy. It also discusses many specific childhood seizure disorders and describes different seizure types.(less)
An excellent reference not only for parents of children disabilities, but for any other friends or family members. It is a book I would recommend to p...moreAn excellent reference not only for parents of children disabilities, but for any other friends or family members. It is a book I would recommend to parents, especially those whose children have been recently diagnosed.
Batshaw covers the most prevalent disabilities (Autism, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy, Spina Bifida, etc.) He explains the causes, symptoms, and treatments in easy to understand language. I actually found this text very helpful in my own research, especially when trying to decode the heavier medical terminology in Batshaw's other popular reference book, "Children with Disabilities."
The downside to this book is that your child probably has only one, or maybe two of these disabilities. It may not be worth purchasing this entire book for one chapter on your child's disability when you can purchase other books that go into much greater detail. However, I would definitely recommend trying to borrow a copy of the text or checking to see if a local library has it.(less)