A Painful Gift: The Journey of a Soul with Autism by Chris Goodchild

By Chris Goodchild

This fantastically illustrated, relocating and revelatory publication will encourage readers to determine that it's always that which supplies us the inner most sorrow in existence that may deliver us the best pleasure. 'Welcome to my international. i've got autism. 'But A Painful reward isn't really approximately my autism. it truly is in regards to the fight to be really ourselves on this planet. To be totally human, to the touch humans and to be touched via humans in go back. 'Autism is a blessing, a talented means of seeing the area. it's also deeply misunderstood. there's a lot speak of discovering a treatment for autism, however it is barely our lack of ability to simply accept distinction that cries out to be remedied. 'Although autism is a present, it may be a painful present. i've got shared my woundedness in complete so you should be given the energy to carry to gentle your woundedness. nice love and nice anguish are a part of the religious trip. affliction cannot in simple terms holiday us down, it may possibly additionally holiday us open. This booklet is a pilgrimage of the brain to the center and is an affidavit to the truth that it isn't the absence of disease that makes us who we're, yet our faithfulness in adversity that's the deeper degree. 'My private prayer is that every one who learn this booklet can be encouraged to determine that it is usually that which supplies us the private sorrow in existence which may carry us the best joy.' Christopher Goodchild

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And when I contemplated the story of Christ taking on the Empire,€ simply dressed and riding€ on a donkey,€ armed with nothing but tenderness and love,€ I fell in love with Jesus. On a sunny day on Hampstead Heath, while reading Peter Marshall’s A History of Anarchism, I came to the section on religious anarchism. It was here that I read about the Catholic Worker movement and its founders Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin. €I was given the telephone number of a man called Ciaron O’Reilly. The next week I was on a train heading north to Liverpool.

It is here that we play and eat together. It is here that I sleep each fortnight and it is here that he runs in the morning, to jump into my sleeping bag and wriggle close to me to keep warm. It is in these moments that it becomes clear to me that it is my son who has taken me out of my comfort zone and into the world. Just as Jesus said, ‘A little child shall lead them’, sure enough it was Daniel who has led me into tenderness and love, and thus my very new understanding of myself as a man with autism.

I was convinced this would be the last time I would see him. I spent the night with him in the caravan. I looked into his face that night when he fell asleep in my arms. I loved him so much, I would do anything for him, but now the pain was too great, too great to do the one thing he would be sure to want above all else, which was for me to stay alive. That night in the caravan my heart splintered into a thousand pieces. My soul was in such agony that there are no words to convey the depth of desolation I felt at the time.

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