We Win: A Book Review

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading “We Win” by Kris Shinn.  I wish every doctor’s office had a copy of it to give away to parents of children diagnosed with autism.  I think it would be a way to infuse hope into a challenging situation when hope is so desperately needed.  I have a young child with autism, but all situations are unique and our situation is different from the Shinn’s, naturally.  It was interesting for me to read another parent’s perspective.  For example, I worked with children with autism some prior to my son’s diagnosis.  We knew about autism from a peripheral viewpoint, but I didn’t know what it was like to live with it everyday.  Even so, our son’s diagnosis did not come as a great shock to us. It was still hard, but I’m thankful that we were eased into it somewhat. It was helpful for me to read about the shock and emotions that Mr. Shinn went through when his son was initially diagnosed because I think it will help me better empathize with and reach out to parents that are blindsided by the diagnosis.

I also enjoyed reading about someone who is further along in their autism journey than we are.  It was absolutely amazing to see all that Will has learned and also what he has taught those around him.  I loved the story about how their family grew and changed.  It really a beautiful love story!  🙂

Will is a just an amazing kid!  I loved reading about his life thus far and I want to meet him.  I appreciate his dad being open and sharing him with us.  It really is a gift!  This family has a lot to offer and I firmly believe this book will be an encouragement to so many!  I know it was to me.

Now that I’ve spoken about how this book made me feel as a mom, I’d like to take just a moment to reflect on how it made me feel as a Christian.  For me, this book was equal parts autism guidebook and devotional book.  It touched my heart and made me think about my relationship with God.  Mr. Shinn is right, our lives may not turn out exactly like we planned, or at all like we planned, but He is still God and I believe He is still working for our good. When I finished reading this book, I felt like it had refreshed my spirit and I was grateful for it.

I laughed and then teared up throughout various parts throughout this book.  I thought I was going to be able to make it to the end without totally breaking down, but alas, it was not to be. The last chapter really got me! Ha!  Get yourself some tissue and settle in for the ride.  This book is worth it.

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Written by

Melissa Essary

Mom to Korban, age 8, Autism Rockstar

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