August 18, 2013

Grace, Under Pressure by Sophie Walker

Grace, Under Pressure by Sophie Walker is the story of the author’s experience raising a child with Asperger’s syndrome. To help deal with it, she trained for the London Marathon, and found courage and determination in herself, and her daughter, Grace.

Book Description
By the time her daughter Grace was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, Sophie Walker’s life had unraveled. Her career was in disarray. She couldn’t sleep. She and her husband had divorced. All the while, Grace, whom Sophie had once hoped was merely shy, was withdrawn and sullen — and suffering. When Sophie remarried and had another daughter, the baby’s development forced Sophie to recognize how much Grace needed — everything from advocacy for her educational rights and protection from bullying to help with homework and making friends. When Sophie realized she was neglecting her own health and well-being — common among caregivers — she decided to train for the London Marathon. At the same time, she started the Grace Under Pressure blog to document her and her daughter’s trials and triumphs. The blog captivated readers with its honesty and real-world inspiration, as will this book of the same name.” – Grace, Under Pressure

My Thoughts
Grace, Under Pressure is such an uplifting and motivational book for people who are raising children with autism, or any other special need. As the author discovered, dealing with the situation makes you feel alone, filled with worries, and depressed. However, you aren’t alone! The author does an excellent job of really sharing her story with those who read this book, to inspire them to keep moving and be the best they can be in the situation.

I love that the author shares so much of her story and her daughter’s story with her readers. She is very honest and this honesty is what makes this book so valuable to people going through struggles in life. Her suggestions and examples can be used in many different situations in life, and for many different types of struggles people face. Her courage is an exemplary force that is inspiring. I admire her for everything she has done and continues to do to help this cause, and of course, her daughter.

This is the perfect book for someone who is going through similar struggles, and for anyone who needs some courage or motivation in their life. I highly recommend it.

* Thank you to the publisher of Grace, Under Pressure, New World Library, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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