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

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"Everyone who seeks a more compassionate and wise life will benefit from this wonderful, insightful, and beautiful book." -- Gary Zukav, author of The Seat of the Soul

One in 68 US children have an autism spectrum disorder, and with countless parenting books helping families care for children with special needs, Autism and the God Connection is the crucial, spiritual look
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Sourcebooks
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erl
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Katrina Warner
Jul 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
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.
Megan
Dec 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Linda
Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it
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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Laura Sullivan
Nov 04, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
I had really high hopes for this book. I was extremely disappointed. It is really, really lame.
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
Douglas
Mar 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in autism and/or spirituality
Recommended to Douglas by: no one
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Eryn
Feb 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Cheryl Thomas
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 throughout thi ...more
Dawn Livingston
Jan 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Christopher
Apr 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autism
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.
Pam Camel
Nov 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
I only got 100 pages in. It's dry and boring. At times felt like a bad lecture. ...more
Lisa
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Hil
Jul 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Disappointing codswallop.
Melissa Coffield
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was so intriguing and explained a lot for me. Both me and my two boys have a CHD8 gene duplication that caused autism. I have read many books on autism; many more on the clinical side and some a bit more light hearted. This book was unlike any I have read.

Although this book was not exactly what I expected, it was definitely worth the read. It explained some of the experiences I have had of a spiritual nature.

I am a strong believer in Christ. He has helped me through many situations.
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Emily Brown
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was useful to me at a time when I was trying to understand my son's precocious spirituality better as well as his diagnosis. ...more
Dana
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
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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Erin Isgett
May 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Erin Healy
Oct 27, 2009 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Tonya J.
Aug 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Tonya J. 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.
Kyle
Sep 21, 2007 rated it it was ok
Faith can be a powerful thing for a person in need.
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!
Laura
Apr 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Anne Evans
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous! I have had many of the same experiences working with autistic children I have known. Very realistic.
Peter Hakkenberg
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book... explores the spiritual connection of those with autism. Very much worth the read, provoking much thought.
Sarah
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