This book is about a family who have had to adapt their lives to include a boy with Down syndrome, with all its challenges and joys. His name is Jonathan and the family is mine.' With heart-warming honesty, Liz Wickins shares the story of her son Jonathan and through it helps to answer the question asked by many parents of children with disabilities - 'Can I love this child?' Liz Wickins does not minimise the responsibilities involved in caring for a child with a disability, nor does she fantasise about the realities. Jonathan's journey has been marked by hardship and heartache, but it has also contained moments of sheer elation and joy. The thread that runs through her story is an affirmation of the value of children like Jonathan and their place in society. Jonathan has given his family many priceless gifts - he has taught them about patience, perseverance and tenacity and he has shown them how to love completely and unconditionally.
Siphiwe on Amazon wrote:
A well written account of the challenges of parenting children. In the case of the Wickins and Jonathon, they had specific challenges. However; we all face difficult decisions and emotional challenges in raising children. Liz's book gives us ideas on how we might meet those challenges.
Awesome book! I read this book many years ago and it truly changed how I view disability as well as ability. A google search brought me here today because I was talking to someone whose little brother is dyslexic and the whole family hasn't know how to love him in a way that matters. I recommended Invincible Spirits: Jonathan's Journey and will always recommend it to anyone who may interact with anyone living with a disability. That's probably everyone of us.
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