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On the spectrum : autism, faith, and the gifts of neurodiversity / Daniel Bowman Jr.


Nearly everyone knows someone on the autism spectrum, whether it's a niece or nephew, a student in their classroom, a coworker, or a sibling, spouse, or child. One in 54 children has autism, according to the CDC, and autism is reported across racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. Yet most of what people think they know about autism is wrong. On the Spectrum debunks myths with a realistic yet hope-filled deep dive into the heart, mind, and life of a Christian. Daniel Bowman, a novelist, poet, and professor, received an autism diagnosis at age thirty-five after experiencing crises in his personal and professional life. The diagnosis shed light on his experience in a new, life-giving way. In this captivating book, Bowman reveals new insights into autism, relationships, faith, and the gift of neurodiversity. Rather than viewing autism as a deficiency, Bowman teaches readers--through stories of his heartbreaks and triumphs--authentic ways to love their neighbors as themselves, including their autistic neighbors who are fearfully and wonderfully, if differently, made.

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  • ISBN: 9781587435065
  • ISBN: 1587435063
  • ISBN: 9781587435317
  • ISBN: 1587435314
  • Physical Description: 253 pages ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : Brazos Press, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2021]

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Prelude: You always hurt the ones you love -- Foundations: Why you should read this book (and how) -- Diversity and dignity -- Speaking the words -- A portrait of the Autist as a young man -- The neurodiversity paradigm -- Place: Living maps -- Autistic culture making -- Riding while Autistic -- Community, worship, and service: Autism and church -- Shining like the sun -- Service and the spectrum -- Dancing in fields of wheat and tares -- Writing, teaching, and learning: Autism and poetry -- The insidious nature of bad Christian stories -- Beautiful loser -- Meaning and estrangement -- The tracks of my tears -- Family and identity: A true name -- Loving the expanse -- Peace in Terabithia -- Spectrum interviews: Interview by Molly -- Interview by Jenna -- Interview by Brian -- New directions: Falling and Autistic representation -- Therefore let us keep the feast -- SEND and the future of neurodiversity.
Subject: Autism > Religious aspects > Christianity.
Autism spectrum disorders.
Neurobehavioral disorders > Patients > Rehabilitation.
Autism spectrum disorders.
Autism > Religious aspects > Christianity.

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